Book Review: Wildland by Rebecca Hodge

If you enjoy stories that incorporate animal rescue, adoption, race, disease, and so much more in a way that isn’t necessarily the main issue but just a part of life like it is in the real world, then this is a book for you.

Wildland // by Rebecca Hodge

Pub Day: February 11, 2020

Publisher: Crooked Lane Books

Synopsis:

Kat Jamison retreats to a cabin in the Blue Ridge mountains to work through her feelings about the loss of her husband and to make a life-changing decision that she thinks will mostly affect her. While having a sleepover with two children whose fathers she just met, the unthinkable happens: they are cut off from escape to the safety of the town by a deadly wildfire and have to work together to try to get out alive. Now the possibly life-changing decisions not only affect her anymore, but also the young children and two dogs in her care, and in the struggle through the mountains she also struggles through her emotions. Will she be able to make the right decisions and save everyone in the end?

Wildland by Rebecca Hodge is a story that combines so many aspects of every day life in one beautiful and harrowing novel. This book made me laugh and it made me cry, it made me cheer and it made boo. While the start was a bit slow, it did build up the characters and surroundings in a way that I could picture so easily. As soon as the excitement started, I could hardly get myself to put the book down again. It kept me on the edge with my nerves because the feelings of the characters – whether it was fear or hope, love or disappointment – were conveyed so well that I sometimes caught myself feeling them right along with everybody.


“The stars above us govern our conditions.”

One of my favorite things about this novel (a debut novel at that!) is the impressive character growth that takes place throughout the story. Hodge takes the time to show not just the strengths but also the shortcomings of her characters at the beginning and the possibility of losing their lives or their daughters’ lives gives each character the chance to grow into a stronger person than they were before. Kat herself goes from someone that life happens to to someone that happens to life.

“It is not in the stars to hold our destiny, but in ourselves.”

About the Author:

Rebecca Hodge is an author of fiction, a veterinarian, and a clinical research scientist who lives and writes in North Carolina. Fiction writing is the space where her creative side comes out to play, and her writing centers on characters who discover that life is not a spectator sport. She has three grown sons, two crazy dogs, and one patient husband. When not busy writing, she loves hiking, travel, and (of course) curling up with a good book.

About the Publisher:

Crooked Lane Books is a crime fiction imprint that publishes gripping mysteries, thrillers, and suspense novels. From high-concept thrillers and white-knuckled suspense to traditional mysteries and literary crime, their titles consistently deliver driving plots, engaging characters, and stunning twists from the most talented authors on the scene.

Thank you to the author, publisher, and NetGalley for giving me a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Our pups got to go hiking in the mountains in the spring this year too! Luckily, out trip was much safer than Kat’s! We’re hoping to go back in the fall again for some more hiking!

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