Title:  Stranded

Author:  Don & Stephanie Prichard

Pages:  408

Year:  2014

Publisher:  Stephanie Prichard

My rating 5+ out of 5 stars.

Both the novel and the authors are new to me, and I haven’t read any of the over 1,000 reviews posted on an online bookstore site.  I am glad that I didn’t have anything in my mind before I opened the book.  If I could have kept my eyes from getting tired, this is one book I would have read from beginning to end in one sitting!  What an exceptional story that is filled with danger, mystery, conflict, and so much more!  It seemed like every page was filled with the tension of the four survivors figuring out a way to live on an island after a disastrous voyage on a ship had placed them in the perilous ocean for days.

Each of the four main characters has a story to tell of their life that is slowly revealed as they live on the island through heat, storm, dangerous animals not to mention the difficulty of finding food, shelter and a lone soldier still at his post?  Oh, but you must discover that one yourself when you read the story!

First, there is Betty who is the elderly great-aunt to Crystal who is a young girl in need of understanding God’s love.  Betty’s story of her past and her love for God is moving.  Then, meet Eva Gray or is that her real name?  Eva is a federal prosecutor who is trying to find evidence to put a dangerous man away for life.  Eva’s past and her well-protected heart make her furious every time Betty or Jake mentions God. Jake is a reservist with the Marine Corps who was on the cruise with his wife to make memories before her cancer would take her life.  Jake takes the lead when he is marooned with these three women.  His grief is threatening to strangle his heart, but he must take care of them all and hopefully get home to his two children.

What happens during the time on the island is both surprising and heart-gripping!  There are times of discovery that help buoy their hearts and other times where life hangs in the balance.  All four must pull together and learn new skills and constantly attend to the needs of the group as death is nipping at their heels.  Betty and Jake openly share their faith.  Jake had his Bible on him when he went overboard so he can teach Crystal about God and his actions help her understand how real God is.  The very end of the book is just brilliant and instills hope in the heart of readers as I can attest to!

Make time to read, experience and get lost in the pages of one stupendous novel!

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