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WILD AT HEART
February 18, 2020
Jonah and Calla are back, and the world rejoices. The Simple Wild ended with Calla back in Toronto feeling beyond sad after leaving her bush pilot soulmate behind and mourning the loss of her father. But not a month later, Jonah shows up at her doorstep, saying he can’t live without her, and he pledges his willingness to do what he has to do to make a life with Calla work. Long story short, Calla moves back to Alaska with Jonah to see where the future will take them.
They decide to move to a slightly bigger village where Calla has access to such luxuries as, ahem, Walmart. It’s obviously not everything Calla has ever dreamed of, but because of her deep commitment to Jonah—along with the help of a sizable inheritance left to her by her father—Calla’s able to make herself at home, turning their starter cabin into an Instagram-worthy fairytale getaway. Unfortunately, though, money can’t change Jonah, and it can’t force him to stay home every once in a while instead of chasing the high he gets from putting out raging wildfires with his plane. While Calla sits at home alone, doing her best to make friends with the locals, Jonah is off living his dream. Calla loves Jonah, no question, but their life together doesn’t feel like hers, and soon she begins to wonder if she accidentally made the biggest mistake of her life.
I really loved The Simple Wild, and I am so surprised to say that I loved Wild at Heart just as much. (How many sequels can accomplish that feat?) Calla and Jonah have the same intoxicating chemistry, but their problems are more grown up this time around. Honestly, the book reminded me a lot of the beginning of my own marriage, when my husband and I really had to do our best to communicate directly and respectfully, while also establishing realistic boundaries with work/school commitments. Marriage is so hard! And it’s especially hard if one person is living the dream…while the other person is left to fend for themselves and “make it work.” But I so enjoyed watching Calla and Jonah work through their issues in a loving and (mostly) level-headed way. And specifically, I appreciated watching Calla find her voice and her passion. After all, a hot Yeti can only take you so far. 😉
In short, what a gem of a book. If you haven’t read The Simple Wild or Wild at Heart, oh man, just do it. You won’t regret it.