Confession: One of my big bookish pet peeves is a large cast of family characters. You know the ones I’m talking about; those huge family sagas that have about twenty relatives and each get their own book. Somehow these families found between the covers are super close and loving despite the drama that ensues among them. Yep, I can’t stand those books.
Why? Well, to be completely honest, I find them completely unrealistic and frustrating. I mean, you have this large family and it feels like a cookie-cutter perfect family that goes through ridiculous amounts of drama. And there are so many of them, I can never keep them straight since I’m so confused as to who’s who. On top of all that, many times the character development suffers as a result of so many characters. So suffice it to say that books with a large cast of characters pretty much repel me.
Phew. Sorry but I had to get that off my chest. I’m sure I’m in the minority on this but that’s how it goes folks.
Now, what does my little rant have to do with anything?
Well, I’m so glad you asked! There’s this one book that I read recently, that had me glued to the pages:
Submerged by Dani Pettrey
Alaskan Courage, Book 1
Bethany House, 2012
I absolutely loved Dani Pettrey’s first book in the Alaskan Courage series. The McKenna family has won me over. Yes, the McKenna family is a large one, with five siblings and some family-like friends, but it worked for me.
Each character had his or her own personality and flaws that jumped off the page. They were each so distinctive and I loved that. We have Cole, Gage, Kayden, Piper, and Reef. Five siblings and each one is their own person, with their own interests and quirks that I enjoyed reading. And I can’t wait to read each one of their stories. This book and the characters are so engaging and I enjoyed the way they interacted with one another.
First of all, this is Cole’s story, so we learn a lot about him in this book. He, as the eldest brother, has raised his siblings, in a sense, so he feels responsible for them and loves them fiercely. I loved his protectiveness and his desire to be the supportive big brother to his siblings.
I’m dying to read Piper’s story. I enjoyed her back-and-forth banter with Landon, the big-brother-like family friend. But is there more to that relationship? I’m really hoping the next book is about Piper because she was one of my favorite characters in this book.
Kayden is a character I can’t quite put my finger on yet, but she seems mysterious and I’d like to know more about her past.
Gage is intriguing to me. That tattoo of his has a story behind it. We got a tidbit of it in this book, but there’s a lot more to his story and I need to know it!
And finally we have Reef, the brother we haven’t even met yet. Now that is mysterious. And he is going to show up sooner or later, right? I mean he has to. You don’t mention an estranged brother and have it lead nowhere. He will return eventually, and I am very interested to see what happens when he shows up.
Submerged is a wonderful book. There is romance, intrigue, and suspense that keeps you engaged and eager to learn more about the characters. This book was a surprise for me, and I’m so glad I gave it a chance. Dani Pettrey has a talent for writing novels that are exciting and riveting. Time to add all of her books to my TBR list!