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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, r 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 Andi, 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. Endorsements and Reviews: "I'd only made it to page 8 when I realized I was holding my breath. Shivers are still traveling up my arms from a story that is both dramatic and heart-warming." Tricia Goyer, award-winning author "Kimberley and Kayla Woodhouse know how to weave powerful, faith-building, can't-put-down stories - in life and now, brilliantly, in fiction." Susan May Warren, best-selling author of Nightingale "A novel of high adventure, exhilarating suspense, powerful divine proteection and enough love to bring tears all around." Christian Retailing (Top Pick review) "A thrilling adventure of the heart and mind . . . No Safe Haven is a brilliant start to what will be an unmissable series from this mother and daughter team." Relz Reviewz "Romance, suspense, intrigue--Kimberley and Kayla Woodhouse have crafted a book that has it all. You won't be able to put this one down!" Jenny B. Jones, award-winning author of Save the Date and A Charmed Life series "A nail-biting delight of a romantic suspense novel. I loved the Alaskan setting and characters. The Woodhouse writing duo is dynamite!" Colleen Coble, author of The Lightkeeper's Ball and the Rock Harbor series "Non-stop action from an unforgettable mother/daughter team." Brandilyn and Amberly Collins, co-authors of the award-winning Rayne Tour Series "An incredible adventure thriller that kept me turning pages well into the wee hours. I look forward to more from this incredible mother-daughter team." Tracie Peterson, best-selling author of the Striking a Match series "Based on personal knowledge and experience, the authors create realistic characters. Alternating perspectives, love, loss and mystery hold the reader's attention. The authors remind us that faith is simple: All one must do is believe." RT Book Reviews (4 stars) "The story is captivating and the action is fast-paced." TitleTrakk.com


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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, r 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 Andi, 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. Endorsements and Reviews: "I'd only made it to page 8 when I realized I was holding my breath. Shivers are still traveling up my arms from a story that is both dramatic and heart-warming." Tricia Goyer, award-winning author "Kimberley and Kayla Woodhouse know how to weave powerful, faith-building, can't-put-down stories - in life and now, brilliantly, in fiction." Susan May Warren, best-selling author of Nightingale "A novel of high adventure, exhilarating suspense, powerful divine proteection and enough love to bring tears all around." Christian Retailing (Top Pick review) "A thrilling adventure of the heart and mind . . . No Safe Haven is a brilliant start to what will be an unmissable series from this mother and daughter team." Relz Reviewz "Romance, suspense, intrigue--Kimberley and Kayla Woodhouse have crafted a book that has it all. You won't be able to put this one down!" Jenny B. Jones, award-winning author of Save the Date and A Charmed Life series "A nail-biting delight of a romantic suspense novel. I loved the Alaskan setting and characters. The Woodhouse writing duo is dynamite!" Colleen Coble, author of The Lightkeeper's Ball and the Rock Harbor series "Non-stop action from an unforgettable mother/daughter team." Brandilyn and Amberly Collins, co-authors of the award-winning Rayne Tour Series "An incredible adventure thriller that kept me turning pages well into the wee hours. I look forward to more from this incredible mother-daughter team." Tracie Peterson, best-selling author of the Striking a Match series "Based on personal knowledge and experience, the authors create realistic characters. Alternating perspectives, love, loss and mystery hold the reader's attention. The authors remind us that faith is simple: All one must do is believe." RT Book Reviews (4 stars) "The story is captivating and the action is fast-paced." TitleTrakk.com

30 review for No Safe Haven

  1. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    Regrettably, No Safe Haven is a perfect example of why I struggle with the premise of Christian fiction. I have no issues with people’s beliefs in a Higher Power, with the idea of forgiveness and loving one’s neighbor, and other Christian elements. I do however wrestle with the idea that these tenets are purely Christian. I also take issue with the idea that someone is not trustworthy unless they believe in God or consider themselves Christian or that somehow being a Christian makes someone comp Regrettably, No Safe Haven is a perfect example of why I struggle with the premise of Christian fiction. I have no issues with people’s beliefs in a Higher Power, with the idea of forgiveness and loving one’s neighbor, and other Christian elements. I do however wrestle with the idea that these tenets are purely Christian. I also take issue with the idea that someone is not trustworthy unless they believe in God or consider themselves Christian or that somehow being a Christian makes someone completely honest and reliable. For all its talk of tolerance and love, I find Christian fiction to be highly intolerant and exclusive. In my limited experience, the enemies are always non-Christian, and the heroes always find their way back to God after having lost their faith for some reason. This is a very narrow and dangerous viewpoint in our highly diverse world and is one that does nothing to promote the tolerance and acceptance which Christians love to claim as their primary message. No Safe Haven does nothing to convince me that the true message within Christian fiction is not one of intolerance, however subtle that message may be. Throughout the novel, there are several moments when a character questions another person’s actions as implausible because s/he is a Christian and would never do such a thing. At other times, a character urges others to accept God before it is too late, and these discussions always occur during highly stressful and action-packed scenes. No other belief system is as important as theirs. Call me crazy, but that is an attitude that is difficult to stomach. Take away the Christian elements, which do make up approximately half of its 352 pages, and the actual story of No Safe Haven is not horrible. Andi is adorable, bouncing between a precocious girl-child and an all-too-wise young women as only a preteen can. Her bond with her mother is breathtakingly sweet. Cole makes for a great mystery man. However, the entire novel feels more like action-lite than a true thriller. The mystery is convenient, while the danger in which Andi and Jenna find themselves never really gets under the skin of the reader. There is tension, but it does not build to a fever pitch, as a reader knows that the good guys will win out in the end. In fact, the entire story is very black and white. There are the good guys and there are the bad guys, and there is no confusing of the two. It makes for an interesting storyline but one that is not absorbing, pleasant without being completely engrossing. Unfortunately, the story itself cannot compete and does nothing to offset its more negative aspects. The proselytizing within No Safe Haven is just too much too often. When not discussing faith, God, and the power of prayer, there is the long and repetitive discussions of Andi’s medical disorder, one in which Kayla Woodhouse has firsthand experience, as she has it herself. While the disorder is fascinating in what it means for sufferers, after the third or fourth explanation of the dangers, the drama behind the illness loses its effectiveness. For the right audience, No Safe Haven may indeed be compelling. Sadly, I am not a part of that target audience, and I consider No Safe Haven a great lesson in that there is such a thing as moving too far beyond the boundaries of one’s comfort zone. Acknowledgments: Thank you to LibraryThing's Early Reader Program for my review copy!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jill Williamson

    Andie and her mother, Jenna, are flying home from a doctor’s appointment in Anchorage when the pilot sabotages their small plane. They crash on Sultana, a mountain that is part of the Denali National Park. Stranded with a winter storm on its way, only one man can keep them alive, the mysterious last-minute passenger, Cole. With hidden secrets and killers trying to track them down, no one really trusts anyone. Yet they must trust each other if they are going to survive. This was an engaging story Andie and her mother, Jenna, are flying home from a doctor’s appointment in Anchorage when the pilot sabotages their small plane. They crash on Sultana, a mountain that is part of the Denali National Park. Stranded with a winter storm on its way, only one man can keep them alive, the mysterious last-minute passenger, Cole. With hidden secrets and killers trying to track them down, no one really trusts anyone. Yet they must trust each other if they are going to survive. This was an engaging story told from several points of view, including that of Andie, Jenna’s teenage daughter. Andie’s point of view was written by Kayla Woodhouse, a teenage author and daughter of Kimberly. What a fun thing to write a book with a family member like that. They did an excellent job. I thoroughly enjoyed the suspense as Jenna, Andie, and Cole fought to stay alive despite the way the bad guys and nature kept coming at them. And there is an interesting mystery woven into this tale as well. Very well done. Can’t wait to read book two!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mag

    It was an Early Reviewers copy, and I must admit I requested the book because I was mainly attracted by the setting: Alaska, Denali National Park, a crash in the mountains, and the themes of survival and perseverance. The information it was Christian fiction was either not there, or I must have skipped over it, as I would have never thought it was for me. Christian fiction is not something I would read out of my volition. Still, since I requested it, I decided to read it, and I must say that the It was an Early Reviewers copy, and I must admit I requested the book because I was mainly attracted by the setting: Alaska, Denali National Park, a crash in the mountains, and the themes of survival and perseverance. The information it was Christian fiction was either not there, or I must have skipped over it, as I would have never thought it was for me. Christian fiction is not something I would read out of my volition. Still, since I requested it, I decided to read it, and I must say that the story did keep me interested. It had a good mixture of suspense, drama and romance, and the style had certain exuberance to it. It’s impressive that it’s written by a mother and an adolescent daughter team as well, and I think it would really appeal to adolescent Christian readers. Overall, not a bad read

  4. 4 out of 5

    Anna Marie

    I wanted to give this book four stars. It actually deserves one. We're... grudgingly giving it two. The story is completely unbelievable, first off. We have a girl who doesn't feel pain who's first word in the book is 'Ouchie'. (!?!) And I highlighted six other 'ow' and pain references that shouldn't have been. But then when she severely sprains her ankles, she doesn't feel anything...? Added to that, she's got a condition in which she can't adjust to temperature fluctuations... and she's stranded I wanted to give this book four stars. It actually deserves one. We're... grudgingly giving it two. The story is completely unbelievable, first off. We have a girl who doesn't feel pain who's first word in the book is 'Ouchie'. (!?!) And I highlighted six other 'ow' and pain references that shouldn't have been. But then when she severely sprains her ankles, she doesn't feel anything...? Added to that, she's got a condition in which she can't adjust to temperature fluctuations... and she's stranded in subzero temps, endures a firestorm, climbs a mountain with a severely sprained ankle, her mother has an infected gash and a head injury and elevation sickness and... the problems just keep coming, and there's just NO way anyone could buy all of this with such a storyline. But worse was the author's voice. She writes like a petulant teenager. The story has over-reactions on every single page. Someone says something, and people start screaming at each other for no good reason. The author writes things in to suit as she goes along, with no prior allusions to them... which is shoddy. It's just awful writing, all the way around. It's the author who makes us hate this book. OTOH, in comparison to other books I've read of the chrischun genre, this one has *REAL* faith in it. It about kills the proverbial dead horse, it's so prevalent, but it is done well... I have to admit. And the action is exciting. The description is well done. The plot is well thought-out. The hero is just the right parts conflicted and courageous. So there are things that are done well, here. But they're cancelled out by too much of everything else. Mostly the author, herself. Her voice shouldn't be printed. It was just not good.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Agnieszka

    WOW what a great story and so well written it was a real joy to read it. I loved the plot and the three main characters - especially Andie. This book has one of the best character developments I read in a long time in a Christian novel. The book is a mixture of so many gernes it would be very difficult if ever I had to put it onto one single shelf - it has elements of suspense, romance, drama, chick-lit, YA, conspiracy, contemporary Christian fiction, ... For sure this won't be my last book by the WOW what a great story and so well written it was a real joy to read it. I loved the plot and the three main characters - especially Andie. This book has one of the best character developments I read in a long time in a Christian novel. The book is a mixture of so many gernes it would be very difficult if ever I had to put it onto one single shelf - it has elements of suspense, romance, drama, chick-lit, YA, conspiracy, contemporary Christian fiction, ... For sure this won't be my last book by these authors and I'm looking forward to read more!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Johnson

    Title: No Safe Haven Author: Kimberley & Kayla Woodhouse Pages: 352 Year: 2011 Publisher: B & H Books Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/No-Safe-Haven-K... Written by a mother and daughter team, No Safe Haven, is a journey into the dangerous and beautiful wilderness of Alaska. Jenna is the mother of a young girl named Andie who has a rare medical disorder that can put her very life in danger in the blink of an eye. What may startle some readers is that Kayla, one of the co-authors, does have the disorder t Title: No Safe Haven Author: Kimberley & Kayla Woodhouse Pages: 352 Year: 2011 Publisher: B & H Books Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/No-Safe-Haven-K... Written by a mother and daughter team, No Safe Haven, is a journey into the dangerous and beautiful wilderness of Alaska. Jenna is the mother of a young girl named Andie who has a rare medical disorder that can put her very life in danger in the blink of an eye. What may startle some readers is that Kayla, one of the co-authors, does have the disorder the character Andie has in the tale where they cannot feel pain or regulate their body temperatures. The action starts from the first words on the page and only increases until the very end of the book! Jenna’s husband Marcus is killed. He had been in the Army, but lately his actions were leaving Jenna with an unquiet spirit. Andie just had a major operation when her father was killed. Now, a year later, Jenna and Andie are flying into Alaska ready to start the lives anew. However, the plane has been badly sabotaged which leads to one scary ending by crashing into the side of a mountain. When Andie wakes up first, she begins to check her mom and minimize the effects of the severe cold temperatures and the coming snow storm. Those who are after Marcus’ computer program mean business and aren’t afraid to remove anyone who attempts to keep them from locating their prize. Not only is the writing exceptional, but so is the input of the disorder from which Kayla Woodhouse suffers. Knowing some of what real people with this rare disorder go through along with their loved ones was an eye opening experience. I loved how Andie’s faith was bold, open, and unafraid, and her dependence on God amazing. The mother-daughter bond depicted throughout the novel is heart-touching. I loved how the authors show that the love of God shown before others can melt even the hardest of hearts. The one character named Cole really was resistant to hearing about God for a long time in the novel. When you read the book, see what cracks the hard veneer of this Army man. Another book the mother and daughter have collaborated on is Race Against Time and I plan on reading this soon! Here is another wonderful novel to wrap and give to your avid reader this coming holiday season! My rating is 5 stars. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspo... . Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/lisa.johnson...

  7. 4 out of 5

    Julie Graves

    Andie and her mother Jenna are flying in their plane home to Alaska. They are giving a ride to a man named Cole. When they see Hank their pilot and Cole struggling together they are confused and scared. Hank has sabotaged their plane and set them on a crash course for one of the highest peaks in Alaska. After the crash Andie awakes first and realizes that she must help her mother and Cole stay warm in the freezing elements. Also she must take care of her own needs as she has a rare disorder that Andie and her mother Jenna are flying in their plane home to Alaska. They are giving a ride to a man named Cole. When they see Hank their pilot and Cole struggling together they are confused and scared. Hank has sabotaged their plane and set them on a crash course for one of the highest peaks in Alaska. After the crash Andie awakes first and realizes that she must help her mother and Cole stay warm in the freezing elements. Also she must take care of her own needs as she has a rare disorder that causes her to feel no pain and her body to be unable to maintain a proper temperature. Jenna suffers a severe cut on her leg and has lost a lot of blood. When she comes to her first thoughts are for her daughter. Since the death of her husband she has been the sole caregiver for her daughter. She is very leery of Cole and his desire to get them away from the crash site. She also is struggling to understand why Hank who has been their friend for years would sabotage the plane. Cole had made a promise to Jenna’s husband before he died. He promised to take care of his family. He intends to do that no matter what. Battling his own demons of losing his wife and daughter he is determined to never let his heart care again. What he didn’t count on was spunky Andie. In an effort to escape other bad men that are after a secret that Jenna’s husband never talked about to her, the 3 start hiking higher up the mountain. Their hope is that the bad men will think that they died in the crash. While spending harrowing days battling the elements Jenna’s leg becomes steadily more infected. Andie’s disorder proves challenging and Cole is in constant battle within himself about his softening heart towards “his girls”. Andie gets under his skin with her straight-forward talk of God’s love and forgiveness. Danger is still just around the corner once they are rescued. Jenna is devastated when she learns about her husband’s part in why they are in danger. Andie is disillusioned about her “hero dad.” Both must learn to give their fears to the Lord and trust Him. Cole needs to learn that he is not in control of all situations and he must put his faith in God. This was a fast-paced, heart-stopping mystery that I really enjoyed. You get the feel for each character as the story is told from Cole, Jenna and Andie’s points of view.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jenny

    I was not sure about this book when I won it in the Early Reviews but it really surprised me. I started reading and was shocked that the plane went down so quickly at the start of the book. I asked myself where on earth could they take this book if the plane has already crashed but I was pleasantly surprised that the book continue to climax all the way to the end. The authors did a wonderful job at describing the life on the mountain without making it seem too over the top. It really seemed real I was not sure about this book when I won it in the Early Reviews but it really surprised me. I started reading and was shocked that the plane went down so quickly at the start of the book. I asked myself where on earth could they take this book if the plane has already crashed but I was pleasantly surprised that the book continue to climax all the way to the end. The authors did a wonderful job at describing the life on the mountain without making it seem too over the top. It really seemed realistic considering it is a fiction book. I loved how they wrote the book from each character's perspective. It make the book move faster and it was interesting to see what was going on through each person's eyes and know what they were thinking throughout the whole ordeal. I also have to say what a great job they did on writing in the faith aspect of the story. As a children's church director, I see the faith children have and how they fully believe without question. The authors really wrote the child's perspective in an authentic way and I am sure that is due to Kayla's influence. I am impressed at how well this mother-daughter team did on expressing how hard it is to keep faith when you are going through some of the hardest times of your life. Overall, this is a book I would definitely read again and I have already passed it along to my mother to read. I hope that this mother-daughter team write more books in the future! (I received this book through LibraryThing in exchange for a review.)

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kay

    No Safe Haven is one of those books that grabs you and pulls you into the story from the very first page, which is great and very exciting. There is so much suspense in not only the precarious situations in which the characters land, but also in the dilemma of who can be trusted, which changes throughout the story. These dangers are all compounded by the medical condition of the young character, Andie. Most of the story moves along at a fast pace. Each very short chapter is told from the viewpoin No Safe Haven is one of those books that grabs you and pulls you into the story from the very first page, which is great and very exciting. There is so much suspense in not only the precarious situations in which the characters land, but also in the dilemma of who can be trusted, which changes throughout the story. These dangers are all compounded by the medical condition of the young character, Andie. Most of the story moves along at a fast pace. Each very short chapter is told from the viewpoint of one of the characters, so the reader is privy to the mind and emotions of many characters throughout the novel. I found this aspect of the novel to be very interesting. I think the authors did a good job in connecting the reader to each of the different characters. My favorite character is Andie, who is a preteen. She is feisty and definitely an overcomer. I think she is a great addition to the cast of characters. Andie and Jenna are both committed Christians, who rely heavily on God for guidance and protection. This spiritual aspect plays a large part in the story. If you enjoy adventure and suspense with a bit of romance thrown in, I think you will like No Safe Haven.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    Loved the suspense and action in this book. Enjoyed the characters in such a way that I could hear their voices in my head as I read it. Kim and Kayla, thanks for explaining this disorder in such an understandable way - story format is always the best way for me to understand and learn new things!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Becca-Rae Weidel

    Whew! Allow me a moment to get my blood pressure down a little ;) From cover to cover this book was a page-turner fully loaded with twists and turns.  If I didn't already know that this was written by a mother-daugther duo with the daughter only being 12 I never would have guessed it. There is actually quite a bit of their real lives weaved into the characters' pasts. After they were on the show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Kimberley Woodhouse published the book Welcome Home: Our Family's Jour Whew! Allow me a moment to get my blood pressure down a little ;) From cover to cover this book was a page-turner fully loaded with twists and turns.  If I didn't already know that this was written by a mother-daugther duo with the daughter only being 12 I never would have guessed it. There is actually quite a bit of their real lives weaved into the characters' pasts. After they were on the show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Kimberley Woodhouse published the book Welcome Home: Our Family's Journey to Extreme Joy where she shared much of their family's journey both leading up to and following Kayla's rare diagnoses. Some of the memories shared in it also found their way into this story. So while the plane crash and Jenna's husband Marc were fully fictionalized, Andie's medical condition and history are very true to Kayla's life. The fact that at only 12 years old Kayla was able to write and express herself in such a way is truly remarkable. With something new hitting the characters around every corner, this book easily kept the pages turning. I would not have wanted to find myself anywhere near the situations they found themselves stuck in. The suspense was palpable and the action explosive. As with other novels written by Kimberley Woodhouse there is a strong faith element woven in. Throughout their journey you see both Jenna and Andie both relying on God and sharing Christ with others around them. It's evident that their hope is to point the reader to Christ as well. I really enjoyed this one and can't wait to read the next in the series. Definite two thumbs up!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Leigh Ann

    I enjoyed this book, it's a quick easy read but enjoyable, if not a bit unrealistic. A mother/daughter crash into Denali in Alaska in the middle of winter and the daughter has a medical condition that is hard to manage...and that is just where the fun begins. There are bombings, gunshots, avalanches..and a knight in shining armor. Once off the mountain their life gets even harder! It's a page turner that keeps you guessing who are the good guys and who are the bad guys. I enjoyed this book, it's a quick easy read but enjoyable, if not a bit unrealistic. A mother/daughter crash into Denali in Alaska in the middle of winter and the daughter has a medical condition that is hard to manage...and that is just where the fun begins. There are bombings, gunshots, avalanches..and a knight in shining armor. Once off the mountain their life gets even harder! It's a page turner that keeps you guessing who are the good guys and who are the bad guys.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Robin

    I have wanted to read this book for several years and finally got it on interlibrary loan through the public library. Top notch adventure and mystery by a mother and daughter writing team. It was interesting that the daughter wrote it as a teenager. It also reflected the true life rare medical condition of the daughter with the 12 year old main character. They have written another book, which I will put on my TBR list.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Ellen White

    Jenna and Andi mother and daughter flying over the majestic land of Alaska. She had a private plane and a stranger wanted a lift, The Pilot was on the take to crash the plane. Unknown Colt was hired to protect her. Learning trust for any of them was something they had to do when they are trying to survive in the Alaskan wilderness. The story was told by the different characters. Interesting, and the setting was well told.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    This was a page turner! Suspenseful, falling in love (though, not necessarily from the direction you'd expect), and unique touches to keep my attention. I found myself reading the jacket again to see if there's a sequel. This was a page turner! Suspenseful, falling in love (though, not necessarily from the direction you'd expect), and unique touches to keep my attention. I found myself reading the jacket again to see if there's a sequel.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Delilah Winstead

    Well written This Christian novel was a pleasure to read. The suspense was just enough. These authors put in great scriptures. This story showed what can happen when we trust the LORD.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Erica Nicole Pait

    😍😍😍 Wow! The action was so intense throughout this awesome book but there was so much laughter too! Incredibly balanced and researched.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sandy Carmichael

    Interesting spy mystery with the young main character having a life threatening disease. Set n Alaska, a deep faith in God also part of theme of storyline.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Supernova

    AMAZING!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn Tye

    Engaging story.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Betty

    Kimberley and Kayla R. Woodhouse have put together an indelible thriller that will keep your heart pounding, yet uplifting and heartwarming at the same time. With trials and tribulations enough to make Job's miseries seem almost trivial in comparison, this intrepid trio face incredible odds against survival while their Christian faith stays strong, at least for two of them. The third member of the party will come to it but has two injured "girls" to rescue off one of the highest, steepest mo Kimberley and Kayla R. Woodhouse have put together an indelible thriller that will keep your heart pounding, yet uplifting and heartwarming at the same time. With trials and tribulations enough to make Job's miseries seem almost trivial in comparison, this intrepid trio face incredible odds against survival while their Christian faith stays strong, at least for two of them. The third member of the party will come to it but has two injured "girls" to rescue off one of the highest, steepest mountains in Denali park in an Alaskan winter, all the while being pursued by terrorists who are looking for something they believe the mother has information on, and then to leave no witnesses alive. They are out to kill these three and they are very good at what they do, leaving no trace. This book is a wonderful story of faith and survival, but it is also full of tips for survival woven into the story, and an awareness of a rare neural disorder that can be deadly in a matter of moments, a disorder that one of the authors actually suffers from. I was aware of this disorder, but learned more for which I'm grateful to the authors. So, we have a mixed bag in this book Terrorists, a man who has lost too much in his life and must learn to live again, a fast-paced, wild ride of a thriller, a 12 year old girl, Andie, with a rare disorder of unimaginable consequences, families disrupted by death, a love story, and deep, inspiring faith. What sounds like a very complicated story is actually a book that I couldn't put down. Action-packed from the moment the plane they were flying home in is sabotaged and crashes high on Sultana Mountain to the final murderous attempt. The plane was originally owned by Andi's father Marc until his murder, and now is owned by her mother, Jenna. It was flown by Hank, a "trusted" friend of Marc and Jenna prior to Marc's death. Who was the mysterious last minute passenger? After he took over piloting the plane when the radio was shot out, what caused him to pass out? Was he responsible for the crash or was he trying to correct the damage? Can Jenna and Andie trust him? When Jenna took over piloting she realized that none of the controls were responding. That there would be a crash was inevitable. I took away so much more from the book than just a great story. Living in the north myself, I found the survival techniques very useful, especially how to keep warm through the bitterly cold nights and what to have with you for survival preparation. I also took away a refreshing of my faith. I applaud the authors for the smoothness with which they wrote this book, the interaction of the characters, more noticeable because of the manner in which the chapters are written, the heart-pounding action, the exciting plot, and pulling it all together so believably. The chapters are told mostly by the three main characters in the first person, almost giving a feeling that the reader is invested in the story. I look forward to more from this author pair, mother and daughter. This is the duo's debut as a writing team, and an exceptional one.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Nike Chillemi

    This debut novel by a mother and teen-age daughter team portends of good things to come. This is a terrific action-adventure novel with no mere romance, but a wonderful love story. The novel is based on real life, as co-author Kayla, the teenage daughter, has a rare nerve disorder preventing her from regulating her body temperature or feeling pain. They have created a mother-daughter team (Jenna Tikaani-Gray and teenage Andie) whereby the fictional teenage daughter has the same disorder. The stor This debut novel by a mother and teen-age daughter team portends of good things to come. This is a terrific action-adventure novel with no mere romance, but a wonderful love story. The novel is based on real life, as co-author Kayla, the teenage daughter, has a rare nerve disorder preventing her from regulating her body temperature or feeling pain. They have created a mother-daughter team (Jenna Tikaani-Gray and teenage Andie) whereby the fictional teenage daughter has the same disorder. The story opens one year after Jenna’s husband and Andie’s dad died in a car crash. Mother and daughter are flying in their private plane back to their home in Alaska and have agreed to give a lift to a man named Cole. When Cole begins struggling in the cockpit area with their pilot Hank they become more than concerned, they’re terrified. And that’s just the beginning of their problems. It’s going to get a lot worse. It turns out Hank has sabotaged their plane and they’re about to crash into Sultana, perhaps the most remote and dangerous peaks in Alaska. The crash leaves Jenna with a horrid gash in her leg and tremendous loss of blood. Bad men are chasing them and the ladies don’t know why. It seems Cole might know more than he’s letting on But Jenna isn’t sure she can trust him. Her only thought is the protection and care of her daughter. She knows she must keep Andie safe from the bad men who are chasing them, and she fears she might have to protect her daughter from Cole as well. All logic says they should get off the mountain as fast as possible, but Cole insists they hike further up its brutal slopes. His thinking is if they go higher and hide in ice caves cut out of the packed snow, the bad men will not see them going down the mountain and will think they’ve perished in the crash. Jenna struggles to understand why their pilot, a family friend, betrayed them. Cole finally reveals what he knows about her deceased husband. Jenna is devastated to find out her husband was involved in nefarious and corrupt activities bordering on treason. She begins to allow herself to trust Cole and grows to love him. Cole’s heart has been in a deep-freeze since the death of his wife and daughter, but it’s beginning to thaw as he allows himself to experience intimate emotions he hasn’t felt in years. I was deeply touched by the way Andie’s simple and beautiful faith was presented. I think that will be a breath of fresh air to long time Christians and will explain the faith to any non-Christians reading the novel. I enjoyed the different points of view and thought that was handled well. The way they did it enabled me to get to know many of the characters in a deeper way. If I have one bone to pick it’s that the brave and stoic Jenna, who confronts every challenge on the mountain head on, turns into a whiny, weepy female as soon as she gets to safety. I would’ve liked her character to retain her strength. That aside the novel is a page turner. Action-adventure lovers will enjoy this novel, I’m sure.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Nora St Laurent

    I was thrilled to receive a review copy of such a gripping, action adventure novel. This is a great book for so many reasons. First it’s written by an amazing mother-daughter team. Kayla is 13 years old and writes the POV of the 12 year old girl who has the same nerve disorder she has. Making Kayla’s condition part of the story brought a depth of emotion, suspense and drama to a whole new level. Not only were Andi and her mom running from men determined to wipe them out but there was an urgency I was thrilled to receive a review copy of such a gripping, action adventure novel. This is a great book for so many reasons. First it’s written by an amazing mother-daughter team. Kayla is 13 years old and writes the POV of the 12 year old girl who has the same nerve disorder she has. Making Kayla’s condition part of the story brought a depth of emotion, suspense and drama to a whole new level. Not only were Andi and her mom running from men determined to wipe them out but there was an urgency to get Andi to a safe place to stabilize her condition. This book gripped my heart from the start as the action exploded from the very first page, literally. Jenna and Andi try to find help and piece together what happened as the reader is doing the same. Not only were the main characters Cole, Andi and Jenna running from the enemy, they were also battling Mother Nature and all she had to dish out: snow storms, frost bite, avalanches, and dropping temperatures that messed with their ability to get a grip on the side of the Alaskan mountains as they climbed to safety. Jenna tries to explain her daughter Andi’s medical condition to their pilot Cole. He says, “She’s a real dare devil, huh?” “Oh, you have no idea. Take a stubborn child, and remove the fear factor. Think about it. If you have no fear of consequences – mainly pain- you’d try just about anything.” Kayla adds much to the story and gives the reader an insight into her condition they never would have had other wise. Andi’s dialogue, spunk, and her passionate relationship with Jesus added intensity, tension and gave an urgency of their rescue. This compelling story had me holding my breath, biting my nails and up until the wee hours of morning seeing who would survive. No Safe Haven has it all danger, suspense, romance and characters I cared about long after I finished reading the last page. This is an engaging, faith-building story written by a dynamic mother-daughter writing duo you won’t want to miss. I’m anxiously awaiting this team’s next book called, “Race Against Time.” After reading No Safe Haven, you’ll be looking for it too! Disclosure of Material Connection: #AD Sponsored by publisher. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising” Nora St.Laurent The Book Club Network www.bookfun.org The Book Club Network blog www.psalm516.blogspot.com Book Fun Magazine www.bookfunmagazine.com

  24. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    A year has passed since the horrific car accident that killed their husband and dad, but Jenna and Andie Tikaani-Gray are hoping for a fresh start after receiving good news about Andie’s rare medical disorder. They are returning home to North Pole, Alaska, in their own plane piloted by their friend Hank. Unbeknownst to Jenna, Hank, a long-time friend of her and her husband, his soldier buddy, has sabotaged their plane. Mid flight, their small plane crashes into Sultana, the most remote and danger A year has passed since the horrific car accident that killed their husband and dad, but Jenna and Andie Tikaani-Gray are hoping for a fresh start after receiving good news about Andie’s rare medical disorder. They are returning home to North Pole, Alaska, in their own plane piloted by their friend Hank. Unbeknownst to Jenna, Hank, a long-time friend of her and her husband, his soldier buddy, has sabotaged their plane. Mid flight, their small plane crashes into Sultana, the most remote and dangerous mountains in Alaska. Without radio or flight communication, they are unaware of a winter storm heading their way. Also unknown are the people who are heading their way and don’t want them to survive. Only one person is available to help Jenna and Andie, and that’s their last-minute passenger, Cole Maddox. Who is this man? And can they trust him? Do they have any choice with the circumstances? The suspense of not knowing the trustworthiness of the unknown passenger, the danger of the monstrous winter storm, and the insidious alliance of unknown killers stalking the Tikaani-Gray family were expertly collaborated together by Kimberley and Kayla R. Woodhouse into one incredible thriller from beginning to end in No Safe Haven! I absolutely loved the identified points of view by each character, giving me an inside view of their fears, feelings, thoughts, and plans before the others were privy to them–both the group stranded on the mountain and those who intended the eradication of their lives and why. Kimberley and Kayla build suspense as their characters are hurdled through the medical aspects involving Andie, which can be deadly, their survival on the mountain, their rescue, their safety once safely on ground, albeit the hospital, and the breaches of security. Who can be trusted to keep them safe? The culmination of the story is so mind-boggling, yet realistic. It makes you wonder how the depravity of man can be so hideous. The book is also educational about the Andie's medical disorder (HSAN). Though she has this disorder, don’t underestimate her. She is only twelve, but she is feisty, astute, witty, and full of faith! And she is not shy in sharing her trust in God and salvation. She will win your heart over in a second! This is not a book to start just before bed, unless you plan to be up into the wee hours of the morning, and then some! It is riveting! This book was provided by Julie Gwinn, Trade Book Marketing, B&H Publishing Group in exchange for my honest review. No monetary value was exchanged.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Beverly Frisby

    What would you do if you were a twelve-year old girl who is suddenly stranded on a mountainside in Alaska after your plane crashed and you find out someone wants you dead? “No Safe Haven,” the first novel by mother/daughter writing team Kimberley and Kayla Woodhouse, is the thrilling story of what happens to twelve-year old Andi Tikaani-Gray and her mother, Jenna, when their private plane crashes. Their pilot, someone they trusted and had known for years, appears to have sabotaged the plane, mak What would you do if you were a twelve-year old girl who is suddenly stranded on a mountainside in Alaska after your plane crashed and you find out someone wants you dead? “No Safe Haven,” the first novel by mother/daughter writing team Kimberley and Kayla Woodhouse, is the thrilling story of what happens to twelve-year old Andi Tikaani-Gray and her mother, Jenna, when their private plane crashes. Their pilot, someone they trusted and had known for years, appears to have sabotaged the plane, making it crash into the mountainside. A last minute passenger, a stranger named Cole Maddox, survives the crash along with the Tikaani-Grays. Cole appears to know something sinister is behind the plane crash and immediately urges the mother and daughter to start climbing higher up the mountainside although Jenna wants to stay with the plane thinking help will arrive. But when a helicopter arrives and shoots a missile into the crashed plane, they quickly realize that Cole is right. The explosion causes an avalanche that buries the three survivors inside a small cave. The avalanche is only the first of nature’s fury the trio encounters as they climb up the treacherous mountainside seeking safety. Writing real-life into the characters, Andi suffers from a medical disorder called Hereditary Sensory Autonomic Neuropathy (HSAN). Kayla was born with HSAN, an extremely rare nerve disorder that makes you unable to sweat or feel pain. Kayla is only one of a few dozen cases in the world and has also been through brain surgery. Throughout the story, Andi’s condition is discussed as it imperative that she control her body temperature since her body can’t do it itself. The book is written through the “eyes” of four characters…Jenna, Andi, Cole, and Leaper. I enjoyed this way of handling the story as you were able to get inside the mind and characteristics of the characters as the story unfolded. The story is an action-packed suspenseful read, with vivid descriptions of the beautiful, rugged Alaskan terrain. There is also romance, espionage, and faith throughout the story. “No Safe Haven” is the first of in a three book series and I am looking forward with anticipation to the second book’s release. I highly recommend this book to everyone! You may find more information about Kimberley and Kayla by visiting their website, http://www.kimberleywoodhouse.com/kim...

  26. 5 out of 5

    Cafelilybookreviews

    If the last name Woodhouse sounds familiar, it’s because authors Kimberly and Kayla Woodhouse first found fame on the popular television show, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. The mother and daughter duo teamed up to write their first novel and came up with No Safe Haven, an action packed suspense story. Kayla Woodhouse also incorporated her real life struggle with HSAN, (Hereditary Sensory Autonomic Neuropathy) and included the illness in the book. HSAN is a rare nerve disorder which prevents th If the last name Woodhouse sounds familiar, it’s because authors Kimberly and Kayla Woodhouse first found fame on the popular television show, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. The mother and daughter duo teamed up to write their first novel and came up with No Safe Haven, an action packed suspense story. Kayla Woodhouse also incorporated her real life struggle with HSAN, (Hereditary Sensory Autonomic Neuropathy) and included the illness in the book. HSAN is a rare nerve disorder which prevents those affected from feeling pain, unless it’s many times worse than what a “normal” person would feel. Patients also do not sweat meaning their body temperature has to be closely monitored to prevent overheating, which could result in brain damage. Including HSAN in this story added even more suspense, because there was an extreme sense of urgency when the main characters were involved in a plane crash, ending up stranded in snowy Alaska. I found it amazing how well the characters in this story “meshed” considering that Kimberly and Kayla wrote their characters separately. Kim wrote the adult point of view and Kayla wrote the 12 year old’s point of view and it all came together in a fantastic first novel. The chapters flow back and forth from Jenna (the mom’s) perspective to Andi (the daughter’s) perspective. This fluctuation gives readers good insight as to what both characters are thinking and feeling. No Safe Haven is the story of a mother and daughter trying to start their lives over after the devastating loss of their husband / father to a car accident. Twelve-year old Andi has HSAN and life is enough of a struggle without the added grief of losing her father. She and her mother find themselves the victims of sabotage as the small plane they are flying in is purposely crashed. Not only do they face the brutal elements of weather, but also the man who is trying to kill them. This is a story that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very last page! Kayla Woodhouse is a beautiful example of not allowing physical challenges to hold you back from pursuing (and reaching) your dreams. I have no doubt that this book will be an amazing seller when it hits the bookstores in March.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    When I first received this book, I didn’t realize what an action-packed suspenseful read this would be. As the story progressed, I found it extremely difficult to put the book down! Right from the start Jenna and her daughter Andie find themselves on an airplane where everyone else is either dead or knocked out. And they are crashing! Talk about a gripping beginning! Each character was very deep and well fleshed out. Through the harrow adventures that they encounter the reader dives deep into the When I first received this book, I didn’t realize what an action-packed suspenseful read this would be. As the story progressed, I found it extremely difficult to put the book down! Right from the start Jenna and her daughter Andie find themselves on an airplane where everyone else is either dead or knocked out. And they are crashing! Talk about a gripping beginning! Each character was very deep and well fleshed out. Through the harrow adventures that they encounter the reader dives deep into the lives and characteristics of Jenna, Andie, and their rescuer, Cole. Jenna was neat to get to know, though I think I connected best with the other two characters. Andie is such a trouper and so much fun! The way she teases and jokes with Cole is entertaining to read. Cole is just what Andie needs at this time in her life—not only to help them stay alive while trapped on the mountainside, but also to sooth her hurting spirits over her father’s untimely death. The plot was wonderful! Kimberly and Kayla come up with an awesome, twisting, suspenseful adventure story! Just when the reader breathes a sigh of relief that they escaped their recent dangers alive, they are thrown into another life-or-death situation! With life and vivid description, these two talented writers bring their story to life. I felt like I was right inside the head of each other their characters—from vivacious Andie, cautious Jenna, or calculating Cole. I applaud these two young women on the wonderful talent the Lord has given them in their writing! Before you begin this story, make sure you have plenty of free time available! I began reading late at night and could hardly bear to stop reading. As soon as I awoke the next morning, I opened the book almost instantly. I love a good adventurous, suspenseful story, and No Safe Haven brings me all this and more. I highly recommend this book and look forward to the next book by these two authors.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Title: NO SAFE HAVEN Authors: Kimberly Woodhouse and Kayla R. Woodhouse Publisher: Broadman & Holman March 2011 ISBN: 978-1-4336-7116-6 Genre: Inspirational / suspense Jenna and Andi Tikaani-Gray are trying to survive after the untimely death of Jenna’s husband, Marc. Twelve-year-old Andi had just had another brain surgery and now they were flying home to Alaska. There was an extra passenger on their flight, but suddenly things went weird. Jenna’s long time pilot and the passenger started fighting the Title: NO SAFE HAVEN Authors: Kimberly Woodhouse and Kayla R. Woodhouse Publisher: Broadman & Holman March 2011 ISBN: 978-1-4336-7116-6 Genre: Inspirational / suspense Jenna and Andi Tikaani-Gray are trying to survive after the untimely death of Jenna’s husband, Marc. Twelve-year-old Andi had just had another brain surgery and now they were flying home to Alaska. There was an extra passenger on their flight, but suddenly things went weird. Jenna’s long time pilot and the passenger started fighting then the pilot shot the controls. When both men end up unconscious, Jenna is forced to take over the controls, but she doesn’t know how to fly. She managed to make a controlled crash, and everyone survives—barely. But now they have to survive. Cole Maddox (their extra passenger) insists they go up the mountain, saying that someone wants Andi and Jenna dead and they would look below the crash site, not above. So now, a winter storm is headed their way, and only one person is looking for them—and he wants them dead. Only one man might be able to keep them alive—Cole—and neither Jenna nor Andi trust him. NO SAFE HAVEN is the first fiction book by this dynamic mother-daughter writing team, but it won’t be the last. I enjoyed the suspense in this story, the knowledge that went behind the setting, the lifestyle, and survival, and the romance. My only complaint is that the point of view jumped so much in the story it was rather jarring. It was in multi-characters’ points of view and it seemed to change quickly, drawing me completely out of the story. Sometimes I couldn’t even get back into it before it changed again. This made it very easy to put the book down. That said, the story is good. The characters well-developed. The Alaskan setting very well described. If you are looking for a good suspense with a lot of military technology then NO SAFE HAVEN is a book you’ll want to read. Coming March 2011. $14.99. 352 pages.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    This highly suspenseful book covers a story of a young girl who has just been given her life back and her mother. Andie and Jenna have faced so much adversity, from Andie's diagnosis to the loss of Andie's father/Jenna's husband. This plane ride home is a celebration. That is, until their trusted friend Hank slugs a last minute passenger and the plane goes down. For days, the girls, along with the unknown passenger Cole, try to reach safety. Cole finally breaks down and tells Jenna that someone This highly suspenseful book covers a story of a young girl who has just been given her life back and her mother. Andie and Jenna have faced so much adversity, from Andie's diagnosis to the loss of Andie's father/Jenna's husband. This plane ride home is a celebration. That is, until their trusted friend Hank slugs a last minute passenger and the plane goes down. For days, the girls, along with the unknown passenger Cole, try to reach safety. Cole finally breaks down and tells Jenna that someone is trying to kill her and Andie. Andie in her sweet way tries to reach Cole with her message of Christ. Cole is a hard one to crack though. Something or someone is preventing him from loving God. Rather, he blames Him. A pivotal turn comes about when Andie recognizes Cole's tattoo...it's just like her dad's. Did he know him? If so, how? Only when they are able to radio for help does the whole truth come out. Will the girls ever be safe again? I thoroughly enjoyed this book, especially reading about the terrain in Alaska. I was fortunate enough to visit Anchorage and the surrounding areas about 15 years ago. It's the most beautiful place I've ever seen before! I wasn't not aware that there are so many different names for the mountains. Learning (very) little about the Athabaskan culture was also interesting to me. The suspense built into the story seemed to compound with every page turn. You don't know who is good and who is bad because the details keep on coming out each character! Some readers may be turned off by the amount of "God talk" in this book as Andie does spend a lot of time trying to convince various characters to find God. While I do not agree (nor does the Bible) that salvation comes from praying God into your heart as a sole action (there are 5 steps to salvation...hearing, believing, repenting, confessing, and baptism), I would still recommend this book for it's clean fictional value.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Laurie Carlson

    No Safe Haven This book was written by a mother/daughter team. It is a Christian Fiction/Suspense book. It starts out where Jenna and Andie (the mother and daughter) are in a small plane and it crashes into the side of a mountain. Cole, another passenger, but stranger, knows someone is after them to kill them. Apparently they are on the side of the largest mountains in Alaska. Andie, the daughter, has some spunk to her, being a teenager. You gotta love that. It was the treacherous track of trying No Safe Haven This book was written by a mother/daughter team. It is a Christian Fiction/Suspense book. It starts out where Jenna and Andie (the mother and daughter) are in a small plane and it crashes into the side of a mountain. Cole, another passenger, but stranger, knows someone is after them to kill them. Apparently they are on the side of the largest mountains in Alaska. Andie, the daughter, has some spunk to her, being a teenager. You gotta love that. It was the treacherous track of trying to save themselves from whomever it was, and wherever they were they did not know, from the people who were after their lives. This book is filled with action and circumstances well beyond their control. It is how they do or don’t deal with these occurrences that they get through this all. This book was okay. I probably would not have chosen to read it on my own. The story is a little far-fetched in what ‘the bad guys’ wanted. I really didn’t understand why that was woven into the story. The story could have gone many ways, even just a plane crash and trying to survive from it, but did they throw in the part about someone trying to kill them to make the book ‘suspense’? It would have been suspense enough just trying to get off the side of the mountain with a strange man they didn’t know, and didn’t know if his abilities to help them could be trusted, let alone throwing into the plot someone trying to kill them. I do have to give the mother/daughter team writers credit for writing a flowing book. The book was not choppy at all. It read smoothly and nicely. I could see more books coming from this writing team, but please don’t throw in the type of suspense of someone trying to kill the characters. As stated, I would have enjoyed this book just as much had they just tried to get off the mountain to safety. I give this book 3 star.

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