Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication Date: February 18, 2020 Format: eARC
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Source: Publicist via Netgalley
From the internationally best-selling author of The Simple Wild comes the continuation of a woman’s journey to Alaska and a life she never imagined for herself.
Calla Fletcher returns to Toronto a different person, struggling to find direction and still very much in love with the rugged bush pilot she left behind. When Jonah arrives on her doorstep with a proposition she can’t dismiss, she takes the leap and rushes back to Alaska to begin their exciting future together.
But Calla soon learns that even the best intentions can lead to broken promises, and that compromise comes with a hefty price—a log cabin in interior rural Alaska that feels as isolating as the western tundra.
With Jonah gone more than he’s home, one neighbor who insists on transforming her into a true Alaskan, and another who seems more likely to shoot her than come to her aid, Calla grapples with forging her own path. In a world with roaming wildlife that has her constantly watching over her shoulder and harsh conditions that stretch far beyond the cold, dark, winter months, just stepping outside her front door can be daunting.
This is not the future Calla had in mind, leaving her to fear that perhaps she is doomed to follow in her mother’s fleeing footsteps after all.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Yall, I was so nervous starting this book! I freaked out when I realized I’d be getting an ARC, but so nervous because The Simple Wild is one of my all-time favorite books, and I was worried that this sequel wouldn’t live up to my expectation. Thankfully I was not disappointed and definitely recommend reading Wild at Heart!
Even though I was nervous starting the book, as soon as I got a few chapters in I was so immersed and so excited to be back with Calla and Jonah in Alaska. I loved the Alaskan setting. It’s described so beautifully, but doesn’t seem to be too idealized, there’s so much discussion about how difficult it can be to live in Alaska because of the cold and being kind of secluded.
“I can’t remember what it’s like to wake up and not have you be the first thing I think about. Every morning I roll over in bed to check for a message from you. Every night, I go to bed annoyed because you’re not beside me. Because you’re so far away. I need you in my life like I need to fly. Like I need this Alaskan air. More than I need this air.”
Jonah and Calla met and fell in love in The Simple Wild, but in Wild at Heart the two are actually getting to know each other and to learn what they want and need in a relationship. This book shares more of their day to day life, they have different expectations going in and have to learn how to compromise on things like work and finances. I really enjoyed this aspect of the book because it shows the hard work that goes into being in a long term relationship.
If you’ve read any of my reviews, you’ll know that my most common complain with romance novels is that I don’t think the characters communicate enough, and so many problems are because of miscommunication. In Wild at Heart I felt that there were too many misunderstandings and hurt feelings because Calla and Jonah weren’t talking to each other about certain things.
One thing I was surprised by but really, really liked were the parts where Calla describes how her blog and Instagram followers love seeing her posts and reading about her experiencing living in Alaska, but they don’t see how she actually feels and how difficult living in Alaska can be for her. This is something important to remember, especially with so many social media influencers, there’s always more to the story than just the fun perfect picture.
Overall I was really happy with this book, and think it’s a solid sequel to The Simple Wild!