Thursday, December 3, 2020

Wild at Heart - Review

Wild at Heart (Wild, # 2)

By: KA Tucker

Publication: March 3rd 2020 by K.A. Tucker

400 pages

Genre: Adult, Contemporary

Source: Personal Kindle Library (birthday present)

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Goodreads description--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 had no idea when I finished The Simple Wild that KA Tucker would end up returning to these characters. But I'm so glad that she did. Because even though Calla and Jonah have the realization that being together is the most important thing, there are still logistics that they have to work through. Does Calla really fit in in Alaska? Will Jonah's love for his job and flying eventually be too much for them as he spends so much of his time away? Can they meet in the middle and compromise? I was so glad to get a chance to delve back into these questions.

As the description states, Jonah and Calla move to rural interior Alaska in an effort to compromise. But the isolation is hard on Calla. Jonah is still able to fly and take jobs, but Calla is constantly finding things "she just has to get used to." She meets two neighbors. One is a really rude man whose property borders theirs. The other is a family that runs a resort and small motors repair. Toby is a mechanic and his mom Muriel has her hands in everything that happens in their town.

Time seems to drag Jonah and Calla into unstable territory. Isolation, boredom, and a friend who is in love with Jonah adds tension between these two. Calla has to find her own place in Alaska.

To be honest as I was reading, I was expecting the journey to find something Calla can call her own to take more of the book. It seemed like through the process most of what she was finding was what wasn't her thing. And so once I got to the 70% mark I felt like there just wasn't time for her to find her thing since what the book had been focusing on didn't seem to be working for her. But KA Tucker did it justice in the end.

Jonah and Calla's fights and tension felt so real. We all think "love conquers all" right? So we just think that once we fall in love the logistics will work themselves out. But that isn't always the case. And we often find ourselves in situations like Jonah and Calla. If he turns down jobs he wants to take just because he doesn't want to upset Calla, how long will it take for him to begin to resent her? But on the other hand, if Jonah takes the jobs that take him away from Calla for days, weeks, and even a month at a time, how long will it take for her to begin to resent him? These are real issues that many couples face in some form or another. Love and choosing to put each other first takes hard work. And I liked watching these two learn to figure things out.

Favorite quotes:

-It’s easy to trust a person unequivocally when you don’t have to worry about what they’re not telling you.

-I’m also not naive. You can’t just turn off feelings for someone because they love someone else, as much as most people would like to.

-I’m not sure what annoys me more— that I don’t know about it or that Marie does.

I feel so strongly about this one. I can't stand the idea of anyone knowing something about my relationship that I don't know. It undermines your relationship.

-It’s strange how your relationship can feel impenetrable one day and vulnerable the next— with a misunderstanding, a few words, and a mountain of repressed worries that finally swell to the surface.

I really enjoyed Wild at Heart. I didn't quite blow through it, but I did hate to stop reading at times. I always appreciate relationships that put in the effort needed to make things work. Jonah and Calla had a whole new journey to conquer, and I was happy to be able to see it play out. Wild at Heart gets 4 Stars. Have you read Wild at Heart? What did you think? Let me know!

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Can't Wait for Winning the Gentleman

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings to spotlight and talk about the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released as well. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine. Find out more here.

Winning the Gentleman (Hearts on the Heath, # 2)

By: Kristi Ann Hunter

Expected Publication: April 20th 2021 by Bethany House Publishers

416 pages

Genre: Adult, Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction

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Goodreads description--Aaron Whitworth hasn't had control over most aspects of his life, but he's always taken pride in being an honorable businessman and better-than-average horseman. When both of those claims are threatened, he makes the desperate decision to hire the horse trainer of a traveling circus as a temporary jockey for his racehorses.

Sophia Fitzroy knows that most horsemen don't take her seriously because she's a woman, but she can't pass up the opportunity to get away from the tumultuous world of travel and performing. As she fights for the right to do the work she was hired for, she learns the fight for Aaron's guarded heart might be an even more worthwhile challenge.

As secrets come to light and past vulnerabilities are confronted, will Aaron and Sophia sacrifice their former dreams and forge a new one together--against all odds?

What are you guys waiting on this week? Let me know!

Monday, November 30, 2020

November 2020 EOM Wrap Up

I have read 7 books (not including children's books). *These qualify for the 2020 Series Enders Reading Challenge.
A Captain for Caroline Gray by Julie Wright
The Knockout by Sajni Patel
Iron Crown (Dark Swan, # 3) by Richelle Mead
*Shadow Heir (Dark Swan, # 4) by Richelle Mead
First Comes Like (Modern Love, # 3) by Alisha Rai
From Blood and Ash (Blood and Ash, # 1) by Jennifer L Armentrout
The Duke Meets His Match by Karen Tuft

I have reviewed 4 books. *These qualify for the 2020 Series Enders Reading Challenge.
The Bad Boy and the Tomboy by
Lost on the Way (West Side, # 4) by Isabel Jolie
Moment of Truth by Kasie West
Secrets & Suitors by Joanna Barker

Other Posts:
Sunday Post - 11/01/20
Sunday Post & Stacking the Shelves - 11/08/20
Sunday Post - 11/15/20
Sunday Post & Stacking the Shelves - 11/22/20
Sunday Post & Stacking the Shelves - 11/29/20
Can't Wait for Twice Shy by Sarah Hogle
Can't Wait for Sunkissed by Kasie West
Can't Wait for The Dating Plan by Sara Desai
Can't Wait for First Comes Like (Modern Love, # 3) by Alisha Rai
2020 Series Enders Reading Challenge - November Wrap Up
October 2020 EOM Wrap Up

I finished my Bible-in-a-year plan.
I've read 88 out of 52 books (including children's books).
I've read 8 out of 5-10 series enders.

Sunday, November 29, 2020

Sunday Post & Stacking the Shelves - 11/29/20

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ The Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~this meme was inspired in part by ~ In My Mailbox~ It's a chance to share News. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

Oh boy! Another crazy week in the books. Monday was normal except the kids were out of school. Tuesday, Grammy came to watch the kids while I ran to the doctor for my 4D Ultrasound. We got some really awesome pictures. However, my car started acting up on the drive there. I didn't feel comfortable driving it home so Husband met me at one car place after the doctor. We left it there to be looked at. He had to drive back to work to grab his laptop, then we came home. The car place called us that afternoon to tell us it wasn't something they could fix. So we drove to pick it up and took it to the dealership. Wednesday was a normalish day. The kids and I went for a walk and then we played outside. Thursday we drove to Mobile to see my grandmother for Thanksgiving. We stayed outside on her porch to maintain as much social distancing as possible. The kids had a blast, and it was a really good day. My grandmother gets really lonely during normal times so 2020 has been even more difficult for her than normal. Plus she's just been told she doesn't need to drive anymore. That's not settling well with her either. We got home about 9 pm and Little Boy threw an epic fit getting ready for bed. It was so bad he accidentally fell into the potty after he'd just peed and ended up having to get a super late bath. Black Friday was spent piddling around the house. Husband worked outside, and the kids always enjoy following him around as he's getting things done. Saturday was much the same. Now this coming week is supposed to be PACKED with errands and such. I don't know how I'm going to get any of it done though with no car since mine is still in the shop.


Monday: Review of Secrets & Suitors by Joanna Barker (3 Stars)
Wednesday: Can't Wait for First Comes Like (Modern Love, # 3) by Alisha Rai


Monday: November 2020 EOM Wrap Up
Tuesday: Top Ten Tuesday?
Wednesday: Can't Wait for Wednesday
Thursday: Review of Wild at Heart (Wild, # 2) by KA Tucker

Don’t forget to link up for the 2020 Series Enders Reading Challenge! You have until December 15th, 2020 to sing up. Each month there will be a giveaway for those participating with an end of the year giveaway too! Click on the picture below or the link above to find out more!

Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews.

The Duke Meets His Match

By: Karen Tuft

Expected Publication: December 1st 2020 by Covenant Communications


Genre: Adult, Historical Fiction


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Goodreads description--At thirty years of age, Susan Jennings has long been considered a spinster. Exceptionally intelligent, she has little tolerance for London and the dreaded Season—if that’s how one is expected to find love, it’s not for her. But when an invitation arrives that cannot be ignored, Susan leaves her comfortable life in the country and enters the fashion and frivolity she most despises. She quickly discovers, however, that there is more to loathe in London—and his name is George Kendall.

George, Duke of Aylesham, has learned to keep his distance from cloying females chasing the title of duchess. Susan Jennings, however, proves an entirely different challenge—a woman who has pushed him to the limit of his patience with their every encounter. But their simmering hostility is disrupted by a thoughtless slip-up: to avoid a marriage of political strategy, George claims he is already betrothed. And when pressed for the name of the lucky woman, only one name comes to mind: Susan’s. Their forced betrothal proves advantageous, but when their verbal sparring must change in order to be convincing, the line between fact and fiction becomes blurred by something neither expected: love.

That's it for my shelves and recaps of my past and upcoming week. What did you add to your shelves this week? Any bookish news you want to talk about? Let me know!

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

2020 Series Enders Reading Challenge - November Wrap Up

Time for our Monthly Wrap Up for the 2020 Series Enders Reading Challenge hosted by Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know and Holly @ Words Fueled by Love!

Sandy finished Shadow Heir (Dark Swan, # 4) by Richelle Mead. Holly hasn't finished any series enders this month.

Which series enders did you finish? Link the up below. Don't forget to include the title, your name, & your blog name (Ex: Requiem - Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know) Also, the November giveaway runs from November 25th - December 23rd. On December 23rd we will use and the linky entries to pull a winner.

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