My name is Kylie Sebert. I'm a native of Spirit Lake and recently moved back to West Des Moines! I have a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, with an emphasis in fiction. You can find me on Instagram and Facebook as @litwithkyiejo. As with most writers, one of my passions is discovering and reading great books. I hope my reviews will spark an excitement for literature in people around the Iowa Great Lakes area!
The Simple Wild Series
by KA Tucker
The Simple Wild instantly became one of my favorite romances ever after reading it. This book was beautiful and adventurous. I always love a story set in Alaska because it’s spectacular but she also did a great job of showing the day-to-day way of life and how it’s not easy to live in such a harsh environment. It was raw and relatable throughout the entire story. While I didn’t love the characters at first, I think a clear transformation in characters is essential to a great story, and I absolutely saw that in Calla and Jonah.
The story begins with Calla, a young professional living with her mom and step-dad in Toronto, with a busy life and a successful fashion blog. When she learns that her father has a terminal illness, a man she hasn’t seen since she was a baby, she makes a difficult decision to go to Alaska to get to know him before it’s too late. Calla is not cut out for Alaska with her glamorous way of life. She finds the remote town she was born in, swarming with mosquitos with and almost intolerable. Not to mention, her father’s right-hand man, a young pilot named Jonah, is extremely rude to her and has written her off as a "Barbie.” As time goes on, Calla bonds with not only her father but also this burly bush pilot. She discovers the Alaskan way of life is all about working hard and helping each other, it’s all about family. As their friendship grows, Calla begins to think about something more but she’s scared of making the same mistakes as her mother.
KA Tucker explores love, family, America’s last frontier and so many struggles of a young woman on the brink of finding herself. There are two other books in the series, Wild at Heart and Forever Wild. I can’t recommend them more!
The Winter Street Series by Elin Hilderbrand
Winter Street is yet another beautiful story from Elin Hilderbrand, and I’m so thrilled that I get to follow the Quinn family for three more books!
Elin’s characters are always so flawed, real and easy to relate to. The Quinns are no exception! This story begins with Kelley, the father in the family & owner of the Inn walks in on his wife of 20+ years making out with Santa Claus, who happens to be a long time friend of his. From there, things fall apart and we meet the rest of the family who all seem to have their own crisis happening. This book is entertaining, romantic and heart-wrenching.
Nantucket in the winter is just as magical as in her summer books. Her descriptions of the festive Winter Street Inn bring it to life from the drinks & food they are serving to the Christmas carols they are singing!
This entertaining, train wreck cast of characters takes you through three more books and it’s fantastic!