~NO SAFE HAVEN~
********************************************************************************To cope with her husband’s death, Jenna Gray learned to fly. To cope with his secrets, she must learn to survive. Stranded in the Alaskan wilderness with a man who vowed to protect her, they must learn to trust each other if they want to get her daughter home alive and prevent the most advanced defense weapon in history from falling into the wrong hand.
At thirteen, Kayla Woodhouse isn’t like most teenagers, overly consumed with themselves and their social lives. Despite a rare medical disorder, Kayla has become one of the youngest full-length series novelist, releasing with her mother, Kimberley Woodhouse, the first of a three-part series, No Safe Haven (B & H Books).
As a child, Kayla was diagnosed with Hereditary Sensory Autonomic Neuropathy, a disorder that prevents Kayla’s body from feeling pain with the same intensity as other people, while her cooling function (sweating) doesn’t kick in until her body reaches a lethal high temperature. As a result, Kayla need protective cooling gear just to go outside and must always stay in a cool environment (not over 65 degrees F). Kayla also endured brain surgery when the doctors discovered her brain was growing into her spinal column.
Due to overwhelming medical bills, the Woodhouse family lost their home. They continued to hold strong to their faith, and through the campaigning of their friends and local media, the Woodhouse’s were given a home and featured on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.
Kimberley Woodhouse is a popular speaker who has learned to face difficult circumstances with a positive outlook. “Through ever trial or tough time I’ve found myself in, God’s joy has been there in the midst. I can always look back and see how He pruned me, helped me grow, and made His undeniable joy available to me through it all,” says Kimberley. Additional information is available at http://www.kimberleywoodhouse.com and http://www.kaylawoodhouse.com.
Jenna and Andi Tikaani-Gray are hoping for a fresh start. Though twelve-year-old Andie has long struggled with a rare medical disorder, she and her mom have finally received good news from an out-of-town specialist. It’s news they desperately needed, especially after the recent death of Jenna’s husband (Andie’s dad) from a car accident, a man who invented a top-secret item for the US military.
But as they are flying home to Alaska, ready to begin again, the unthinkable happens. The pilot sabotages their small plane and crashes in Sultana, one of the most remote and dangerous mountains in the Land of the Midnight Sun. Even worse, a winter storm is head 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.
Hardened by the loss in his life, Cole knows the best path is one he walks alone. No one to care for, or about. That way he is able to focus on what matters: getting a secret technology safely in the hand of the US Military.
But when the plane he’s on with Jenna and Andie crashes, it twill take all his skill and strength to get them out alive–and all his determination to stay in this self-imposed solitary confinement. No Safe Haven is a relentless tale of survival, romance and suspense involving military technology designed by Jenna’s late husband that some would do anything to possess.
March15, 2011/352 pages/$14.99/ISBN: 978-14336-71166
Kayla Woodhouse is a thirteen-year-old whose 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. She also suffers from severe allergies. She can only go outside to play after sundown, which means she is forced to stay inside their home most of the time. 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 home-schooled and writing with her mom, she’s an amazing swimmer, and spends up to thirty hours a week in training. She has appeared on ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, the Montel Williams Show, Mystery ER, and numerous other national programs. Kayla is the youngest author to have a full-length novel published by a royalty-paying publisher.
Kimberley Woodhouse is a wife, mother, writer, and musician. Her previous book, Welcome Home: Our Family’s Journey to Extreme Joy, chronicles her daughter’s extremely rare health issues and how the Woodhouse family received an amazing gift through the ABC Television program Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. Kim and her husband have two children and live in Colorado.
In 1977, doctors discovered that Kayla was one of the 25 diagnosed people in the world to suffer from hereditary Sensory Autonomic Neuropathy. The Woodhouse family relocated to frigid Alaska in the hopes to decrease any re-occurrences Kayla might face. Their experiment proved to be a failure when they found their daughter running outside without shoes or socks in 15 below weather.
In 2005, after the Woodhouses had finally settled in Colorado Sprigs, CO, the family’s financial situation took a turn for the worse due to their medical bills; they ended up living with friends. With thousands of people petitioning and the local media nominating the family for help, The Woodhouse family was featured on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and given an industrial strength, well air-conditioned home.
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 Susan Hunt, of Pure Publicity, in exchange for my honest review. No monetary value was exchanged.