Thursday, March 24, 2011

"No Safe Haven" Book Review

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
No Safe Haven
B&H Books (March 15, 2011)
Kimberly and Kayla Woodhouse

A new and different kind of mystery / suspense has landed and it is fun. Lots of new ideas show up in this debut effort by mother/daughter team Kimberly and Kayla Woodhouse. I actually learned quite a bit while reading this book. The setting is Alaska and the situation is bad guys after mother / daughter, Jenna and Andie want them dead - but who are the bad guys, who are the good guys and why are they after them? How does this all link up with how Marc died a year ago (Jenna's husband/Andie's dad)? There are some hair raising moments when a blizzard sets in while they are stuck on the side of a mountain - good stuff!

We see everything through 4 perspectives... Jenna's, Andie's, Cole's and Leaper's. We don't know if Cole and Leaper are good or bad so their perspective's are very interesting. Jenna is seen as the over-protective mom that she is and plays her part well. The only unrealistic viewpoint for me was Andie - she is supposed to be a 12 year old but she comes off a little more as an annoying 20 year old. Her viewpoint was a little inconsistent because she thinks like a 12 year old but talks like a 20 year old. The crazy thing is I liked her, her viewpoint just didn't ring very true.

Over all I really enjoyed this book and have to admit that the identity of Leaper surprised me at the end and that is hard to do. Everything toward the end deals with the espionage, betrayal and mystery and that is all handled really well. A good first attempt by this pairing and I look forward to more from them.


A devoted wife and mother, Kimberley Woodhouse is a third generation Liszt student, she has passed down her love of the arts to hundreds of students over the years.

About fifteen years ago, Kimberley began writing seriously. Songs, plays, short stories, novels, picture books, articles, newsletters - you name it - she's written it. It wasn't until a dear friend challenged her to "do something with it", that she pursued publication.

Kimberley and her family's story have been on the front page of newspapers, in magazines, articles, medical journals, and most recently her family was chosen for ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. They were also asked to share their story on The Montel Williams Show and Discovery Health Channel's Mystery ER. She has recorded three albums, and has appeared at over 700 venues. Kimberley lives, writes, and homeschools in Colorado with her husband and their two children in a truly "Extreme" home.

Thirteen-year-old Kayla Woodhouse’s zest for writing comes not only from her natural ability, but also from her love of the written word as witnessed by her voracious reading appetite. One of only a few dozen cases in the world, Kayla was born with HSAN, Hereditary Sensory Autonomic Neuropathy, an extremely rare nerve disorder. Unable to sweat, or feel pain, she’s also been through brain surgery. But even through a life of extreme hardships, her ever-present smile encourages others to pursue their dreams, no matter the obstacles. In addition to being homeschooled and writing with her mom, she’s an amazing swimmer, and spends up to thirty hours a week in training. No Safe Haven, her first release from B&H Publishers in 2011, written with mother, Kimberley, makes her the youngest author to have a full-length novel published by a royalty paying publisher.


Jenna and Andi Tikaani-Gray are hoping for a fresh start. Though twelve year-old Andi has long struggled with a rare medical disorder, she and her mother have finally received good news from out-of-town specialists. It's news they desperately needed, especially after the recent death of Jenna's husband (Andi's dad) in a car accident.

But as they are flying home to Alaska, ready to begin again, the unthinkable happens. The pilot sabotages their small plane and crashes into Sultana, one of the most remote and dangerous mountains in the Land of the Midnight Sun. Even worse, a winter storm is headed their way along with someone who doesn't want to save them, but to kill them.

Only one man can keep them alive: Cole Maddox, the mysterious last-minute passenger who joined them on their flight. But trust doesn't come easy to Jenna or Andie and they both sense Cole is hiding something.

A relentless tale of survival and suspense unfolds, involving military technology designed by Jenna's late husband that some would do anything to possess.

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If you would like to read the first chapter of No Safe Haven, go HERE.

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