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.
WILD AT HEART is a sequel to THE SIMPLE WILD.
When I first read THE SIMPLE WILD back in 2018, it became an instant favorite. K.A. Tucker has a unique talent for writing with both heart and humor, and her stories always pull me in within the first few pages. The world she first created in THE SIMPLE WILD, has become one of my favorite fictional worlds, partly because it feels so incredibly real. So, when she announced she’d be writing and releasing a sequel, WILD AT HEART, I was ecstatic.
WILD AT HEART begins right where THE SIMPLE WILD left off. Jonah is on his way back to Alaska after surprising Calla on her porch in Toronto a few months after she returned. They know they want to figure out a way to make it work, and when Jonah asks Calla to move to Alaska to be with him, she agrees.
From there, we follow Calla through her first year living in Alaska full-time and her new life with Jonah. It becomes clear that love alone may not be enough to make their life in Alaska work. Jonah works long days flying, while Calla is left at home trying to find ways to fill up her days alone. The reality of living in Alaska with Jonah is much different than she imagined it’d be, and that struggle felt so realistic. One can never really know what something will be like before trying it.
I really loved getting a peek into life with Jonah and Calla. There was so much more to their story I wanted to know after finishing THE SIMPLE WILD. I knew the adjustment to life in Alaska would not be easygoing for Calla, no matter how much she loved or was committed to Jonah. Her journey and struggles and doubts and joys felt real and true for someone making such a big life change as she did. Yes, Jonah left the town he’d been living in for a decade, but he didn’t leave Alaska. He didn’t give up flying. There were adjustments he had to make too, but I don’t think he really had any major overhauls to his life; at least not like Calla did. I don’t think he quite understood just how much of a change this would be for Calla, and how he’d need to support her through that. He does eventually realize (with the help of Agnes) his part in their struggles, and together they look for a way forward.
Calla and Jonah struggle through their first year, but what’s steady is their commitment to each other. They may have doubts about how to make their life together in Alaska work, but what they don’t doubt is their love for each other. This story is about love, but it’s also about making sure you don’t lose yourself in someone else. Making sure you have purpose for yourself outside of your relationship. That purpose will only make your relationship stronger in the end.
If THE SIMPLE WILD had you itching for more Jonah and Calla, to know more about their life in Alaska, read WILD AT HEART. It will fill that Jonah-Calla-Alaska shaped whole in your life and is sure to satisfy.
You can read my review of book 1, THE SIMPLE WILD, here.
I received a free ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Meet the author: K.A. Tucker
K.A. Tucker writes captivating stories with an edge.
She is the USA Today bestselling author of 17 books, including the Causal Enchantment, Ten Tiny Breaths and Burying Water series, He Will Be My Ruin, Until It Fades, Keep Her Safe, and The Simple Wild. Her books have been featured in national publications including USA Today, Globe & Mail, Suspense Magazine, First for Women, and Publisher’s Weekly. She has been nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Romance 2013 for TEN TINY BREATHS and Best Romance 2018 for THE SIMPLE WILD. Her novels have been translated into 16 languages.
K.A. Tucker currently resides in a quaint town outside of Toronto with her family.
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