I have been wanting to read this book since I first heard about it months ago. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book that takes place in Alaska, which was a huge draw for me. I also liked that this book has a focus on a father/daughter relationship.
So much of Wren and Calla’s story is accurate to my life, and at times I was very emotional because of it. It was beautiful seeing their relationship develop while Calla grew as a person. Going to Alaska was the best thing for her and for everyone involved.
There are portrayals of a lot of different types of love in this book, which I appreciated so much. There is the love of family, both the ones you’re born with and the ones you create; romantic love, and the love of community. The people in the book that live in Alaska have a deep sense of belonging there, and even though life can be hard, they wouldn’t want to live anywhere else. The people of the community help each other and are happy to. I’ve always wanted to live in a place like that.
Additionally, the setting of this book is such a huge part of the story. I learned so much about Alaska and now I really want to go there. It’s kind of funny because the night I started reading this I had dreams that I was going to Alaska, and I was only, like, 5 chapters in at that point. Now, after finishing it, I want to watch all I can about living there.
When Calla arrives to Alaska, she is greeted by a very “charming” Alaskan named Jonah. Jonah and Calla start out hating each other, but slowly begin to become closer. The banter between the two of them is great – I love good banter. However, Jonah’s whole thing about the make-up annoyed me slightly even though I do appreciate that he helped Calla feel more comfortable in her own skin. Other than that I thought the romance was fun and endearing. I also liked that this book was steamy without being too explicit.
I wanted this book to continue past the ending, but alas, all good things must come to an end. After I finished the book, I went back and read the prologue, which I would recommend; knowing the whole story made the beginning even more heartbreaking. This book was a lovely ride and I will definitely be looking for more Alaskan adventures to read – I’m looking at you The Great Alone.