Rating 5 Stars!
KA Tucker is a phenomenal writer and one of my all time favourite authors. The first book I ever read by her was The Simple Wild (Wild #1) and from the first page, I was hooked. Since then, I have read many more of her books and the result is always the same: my complete captivation and awe of her stories and storytelling abilities. Wild at Heart, sequel to The Simple Wild, was no different. I started this book at 8pm, thinking I’d get in a little reading before bedtime, and ended up staying up until 4am to finish it. Getting up a couple of hours later to run errands was painful but totally worth it – that’s how much I loved this book.
After reading and loving The Simple Wild, I knew I wanted a sequel but it wasn’t until after I finished Wild at Heart that I realised how much I needed one. In the first book, Calla goes through a tremendous amount of personal growth as she leaves her naivety and comfort zone behind and becomes the person she was always meant to be. She experiences love, loss, family and friendship and she understands the inner strength that is required when living in an isolated, rural area. However, its ending leaves many unanswered questions about where Jonah and Calla go from there. Wild at Heart provides those answers and so much more.
Calla’s personal journey continues as she and Jonah decide to sell Wren’s houses and move to Trapper’s Crossing, a small rural town outside of Anchorage. For Jonah, their place is a dream: large, open property with its own private landing strip, quiet town away from the noisy big city and suburban life, and lots of exciting new flying opportunities. For Calla, it’s very nearly hell as she spends days alone away from her family and friends while Jonah’s working. She feels lost and confused, and bulldozed around by the force of nature that is Muriel. It’s a long and bumpy journey for Calla as she struggles to find a role in her new life and continues to grieve for her father but Calla is stronger than she gives herself credit for.
I thoroughly enjoyed Calla’s continued character growth and the new friends she makes along the way. In this novel, I felt (and appreciated) that Tucker really stresses the importance of home being a person and not a place. For Calla, the feeling of home became less about where in Alaska they lived and more about the life she made with Jonah – which I absolutely loved that. And speaking of Jonah, he is still as swoon-worthy as ever. His love and care for Calla is unparalleled and he will always be one of my all time favourite heroes.
This sequel was such a wonderful, powerful experience and I cannot wait to read it many more times in future. There were parts that made me laugh and many more times that had me in tears; but for the whole story, my heart felt so full of love for each and every one of these characters. This is a story that is going to stick with you long after you turn the last page.
Disclaimer: Thank you to Social Butterfly PR and Netgalley for the free copy in exchange for an honest review.