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  • Left me Breathless!

    Everything in “Wildland” by Rebecca Hodge screams “Fervent”! From the wild fires that began raging in the mountains to the deep, hot, and burning desire for Kat Jamison to determine her life’s next chapter; every moment was so deeply experienced. As I joined Kat on her path and those of the other characters, I was so immersed I could not let go! I turned the pages with the same sense of urgency I’m sure each character was either trying to escape the Blue Ridge Mountains or rescue them! Intense, powerful, inspirational! Wildland left me breathless. Holding my dogs tighter! Appreciating my life!

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  • Action Paked in the Blue Ridge Mountains

    Just to find a place to escape the weight of your world baring down on your soul. That was one woman’s hope when she fled to a beloved mountains side cabin in Rebecca Hodge’s novel “Wildland”. Trying to clear your head and figure out witch path to take in a life that keeps throwing curves your way is the hope of Hodge’s main character in her story. A woman who has battled uphill for so long finds herself, with some new friends, needing to escape downhill from one of nature’s deadly forces! More strength and courage will have to be dredged up in herself to battle for her life and those she finds unexpectedly under her care. Hodge uses a beautiful location in her story that turns deadly! I was captivated by the action and perilous situations she put her characters into, it was just enthralling! I felt a personal closeness to her main character, Kat. Both of the difficulties she is going through, one physical and the other a natural disaster, I went through myself. This made the story, a very well written tale, come even closer to my heart! This is an action packed, emotionally charged novel I heartily endorse for fans who love to be thrilled by a marvelous story!!

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  • wildland

    wow this was a great story. It held your interest all the time . Suspenseful for sure . A GREAT READ.

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  • Excellent - Loved it!

    Wildland by Rebecca Hodge I could not put this book down! I knew it was a survival story but it was a pulse pounding, though provoking, life or die story that kept me on the edge of my seat till the very end. I kept wondering what I would have done if in Kat’s shoes and whether or not I could have been as strong, focused and resilient with a huge forest fire to get away from. This hit close to home due to the fact that during the California Camp Fire that wiped out Paradise, California I was checking in with family and friends hoping that they had made it out of the fire safely. The harrowing tales they told, their flight, their seeking shelter from the fire and then the losses sustained were remembered as I read this book. What I liked: * Kat: marvelous character who has reached a crossroad in her life with a big decision about her future to make. She was so very real as she took on the responsibility of getting not only herself but others to safety. * Malcolm: a scarred warrior who has undertaken fatherhood and a man to be admired. He takes charge when he must and is a bulwark for those that need him. * Nirav: a young boy with an old soul – he suffered so much and yet persevered – he so deserves happiness with Malcolm * Lily: seemed a whiny pre-teen but proved to be a leader in the making * Scot: father of Lily and a man who grew a lot in this story * Sara: a good woman and daughter of Kat * The writing was compelling, vivid and made me feel I was there with Kat and her crew * That I was made to think and feel and care * Really liked all of it except… What I did not like: * I am trying to think of something and...can’t ;) Did I enjoy this book? Definitely Would I read more by this author? Without a doubt Thank you to NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for the ARC – This is my honest review. 5 Stars

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  • An excellent tale

    I received a free electronic copy of this debut novel from Netgalley, Rebecca Hodge, and Crooked Lane Books. Thank you all for sharing your hard work with me. I have read this deeply moving novel of my own volition, and this review reflects my honest opinion of this work. I am happy to recommend Rebecca Hodge to friends and family. She writes from the heart about important milestones in life. Those curves in the road that measure our spiritual worth by our response. Kat Jamison is in her late-40's, an Alexandria high school teacher, mother of a single adult daughter who is a vet and works with and trains dogs. Kat was widowed a couple of years ago, and a breast cancer survivor. This time despite the radical mastectomy, radiation, and chemotherapy in the past her cancer is back, and advanced. Kat nursed her own mother through to the end with breast cancer. She remembers the pain of body and soul, the emotional energy she had to find to see her mother in such pain, the bleakness of each day structured around medication and nausea and sick room duty. The months of watching her mother waste away, fade away. And while she wouldn't take back a day of that time with her own mom, she wouldn't want to put her daughter through that experience. She is toying with the idea of taking those good days left to her and spending them making different, joyous memories with her daughter. But Sara is doing her best to guilt Kat into fighting off the dreaded C. Again. Kat assures Sara she will consider her viewpoint, but she has booked a month at a vacation house on a mountainside where she and her husband Jim once stayed. Good memories there, clean clear air, views to break your heart with their beauty. At the end of this 'vacation', she will have decided one way of the other. There is, of course, no landline phone, nor cell phone coverage. The road is primitive, a two-track badly rutted, but she promises to call Sara when she goes into town to shop. She had packed up four boxes of memorabilia, filling the whole back seat of her car, touchstone memories that she has saved over her adult lifetime - her daughter's schoolwork, souvenirs, and college work, play programs from the classes Kat has taught over the years, important photos and paperwork from their lives and those of her parents - all things Sara will one day want. Hopefully to pass on to her children... Kat will use this month to sort and preserve this life story into a couple of albums that she can pass on to Sara. Her rented cabin is at the top of a pass, and the view is extraordinary with bench seats placed in the best viewing areas of the pass - and popular with the down-road vacationers. All those long hours of solitary, serene introspection she had pictured might not be. She is met on her arrival in the driveway of the cabin by daughter Sara, who insists that she keep a golden lab named Juni with her while she is on the mountain despite the fact that Kat has never had a dog, never wanted on. Sara's life revolves around dogs so she can't understand that mindset. They argue again about starting cancer treatments at the car as Sara gets ready to leave, headed for Florida to judge a regional agility competition. Within the hour, Juni has befriended Malcolm Lassiter, late 40s or early 50s, a security consultant at his firm in D.C.. Malcolm is ex-Special Forces military with a badly scarred face, and with him is his recently adopted son Nirav, a nine-year-old Pakistani orphan Malcolm encountered while working in Istanbul. Nirav has limited English and is a bit shy and has only been in the US for a few days. The Lassiters are staying in the cabin toward the bottom of the road while their new home purchase in D. C. is being finalized. Something that Malcolm says as they are leaving to walk back down the road to their cabin makes Kat aware that he overheard her argument with Sara as she was leaving. Kat hasn't shared her recent diagnosis with anyone but Sara as she doesn't want the side effects that go with that knowledge - the knowing looks and sympathy and unsolicited advice that comes with sharing that sort of news. Well-meaning but not helpful when faced with making the decision between a little good time now or perhaps more time, but much of it as an invalid. By day two, Juni befriends the third and last cottage of visitors on the mountain, Scott Bradford and his twelve-year-old daughter, Sara. And as Kat and Sara walk down the mountain road just past the old wooden bridge, Juni finds a puppy trapped in a fence, starving and filthy and very smelly, which they take to a vet in town. Sara named the dog 'Tye' for a river in Virginia, and Kat agreed to pick him up tomorrow, after his surgery for an embedded collar and cut leg. Once Tye is cleaned up and relieved of his many parasites. Kat can afford the bill, and the alternative was to put the pup down. Now Kat has two dogs she didn't know she wanted. Pets are a long term commitment and Kat doesn't have a long term to

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