K.A. Tucker

I started off hating this book and almost put it aside—so glad I pushed through as it became one of my all-time favorites.

 

Calla is happily living in Toronto when a stranger from Alaska calls to tell her that her father—who couldn’t be bothered to even call her—is dying of cancer and does she want to come out there. Is Calla supposed to care? Should she go to Alaska and say her piece, get some answers and some closure, or just let it go? She decides to suck it up and visit Wren before it’s too late and irreversible regrets can sink in.

 

Who’s there to meet her after three grueling flights? Not Wren. Just Jonah, who, before Calla even sets foot in Alaska, has made his mind up about her and is hell bent on making the reunion with her dad miserable. Yes, Calla is high-maintenance and not initially cut out for the Alaskan tundra, but she’s there and making an effort, which is more than Wren ever did for her.

 

I harbored some serious hostility toward Jonah and Wren, and the beginning of this book put me in a foul mood.  But I stuck with it and now it’s one of my absolute favorites—so definitely worth it. As Calla adjusts to difficult surroundings and tries to let go of the pain and hurt from Wren’s abandonment, and Jonah realizes there’s more to Calla than he thought, something special develops between them. But Calla can’t imagine living in rural Alaska, and Jonah can’t imagine living anywhere else. Is it just a convenient fling while they’re holed up in Alaska, or is there more?