Heart of the Journey

A Sweet and Clean Small Town Romance (Wild Hearts Series Prequel)

Christian - Romance - Contemporary
76 Pages
Reviewed on 06/24/2021
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Author Biography

Kay Wolfe is a sweet contemporary romance and romantic women’s fiction author. Kay gives her readers strong and inspiring women who struggle through real-world challenges and, in the end, find love and happiness.
Nothing brings her more pleasure than living vicariously through the ebbs and flows of love, and the intricate lives of her characters. A firm believer in happy endings, she lives for the joy of seeing love prevail against seemingly impossible odds.
Kay loves strong mochas, chocolate seashells, and lilac perfumes. She lives in a quaint little town at the foot of the Rockies with her own poet-musician husband, energetic son, and fluffy dog.
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    Book Review

Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Heart of the Journey is a work of fiction in the contemporary romance and Christian fiction subgenres and was penned by author Kay Wolfe. The work is intended for the general adult reading audience and features a clean and sweet romance which is a prequel to the Wild Hearts Series. Our protagonist is Chase Hunter, a young man with everything set out for him in life, who finds himself under the thumb of creditors, shadowed by ruin, and traumatized by his time protecting his country in the Special Forces. When he meets Tess, it causes him to face his scars, and work out whether they will ever truly heal.

Author Kay Wolfe has crafted a beautifully romantic work of fiction with plenty of emotional sensitivity, realism, and sweet moments to offer readers. This is not to say that there aren’t serious themes and darker times in the novella, for I personally found Chase’s traumatic story to be very inspiring for all its difficulties. I think there was a wonderful balance of rough and smooth, and that the author always made you feel in safe hands with confident and comforting narration. The dialogue was also very effective, serving to display the unique traits of the characters whilst moving the plot forward in a natural way. Tess is delivered with just as much compassion and realism as Chase and given her own standing in the story too, rather than just being an accessory to it, which is wonderful to see. Overall, I would highly recommend Heart of the Journey to fans of clean romance novellas, heartfelt emotional writing, and for Christian fiction enthusiasts everywhere.

Peggy Jo Wipf

Heart of the Journey by Kay Wolfe is the beginning of her Wild Hearts Series. Chase Hunter seems to have everything while growing up. Losing their ranch at the foot of the Rockies Mountains creates an emptiness in him that sends him searching. Chase runs right into the Army and thrives on the adrenaline and the mastery of his skill. He pauses long enough to marry Tess. Now Chase has the demons of war chasing him. Tess loves Chase deeply but knows he needs help. One wrong move forces Chase to face his demons on his own. Is he strong enough to get the help he needs without losing his wife and son? Is he brave enough to swallow his pride? The wounds of war run deep, and the bottled-up emotions are what Tess fears the most.

I found Heart of the Journey fascinating as this novella sets the pace and characters for the next book in the series. This book is well-written and holds you captive as the storyline unfolds. Kay Wolfe brings a refreshing twist to her romance novella as the principal character finds refuge and strength when immersed in nature. With strong characters fighting for the things they love, the story plays out as you would expect but ends before anything is solved. Overall, the author shows a promising beginning of an intriguing series. Her characters rule the pages and face their shortcomings head-on. I would recommend this book to those who like their novels sweet, engaging, and quick.

Lesley Jones

In Heart of the Journey by Kay Wolfe, as Chase Hunter stands in the wilderness of Wyoming, he believes life cannot get any better. He looks forward to working on the ranch that has been in his family for years and building a loving future with his sweetheart Sarah. Then in his final year of school, Chase’s parents deal a crushing blow that will change the direction of his life forever. With the family business and home in the hands of the creditors, Chase decides to leave everything he treasures behind to join the US Army and hopefully regain ownership of his beloved ranch. As Chase’s courageous actions in the military lead him into the Special Forces, he also meets his future wife Tess. However, Chase’s tour of duty in the Middle East takes a severe toll on his mental health. A dangerous incident involving his young son results in Chase, once again, having to face losing everything he loves. Chase must discover who he truly is again and this may mean making some serious personal sacrifices.

The descriptive narrative of the tranquillity of the mountains of Wyoming and Chase's peaceful solitude immediately drew my interest in this alluring story of humanity. The plot moves forward continually, with wonderful insights into the characters' personalities. I thought Chase made for the perfect protagonist; his selflessness and kindness toward others were highlighted throughout, especially his heroic rescue attempt in Iraq. Chase always seemed to bury his own inner struggles so he would not become a burden to those he cared about. His relationship with Tess was supportive, loving, and heartwarming, I adored their first encounter with one another and how their bond developed into passionate love. The story also highlights the serious issue of PTSD extremely realistically. The scene with Chase’s son was nail-biting but I also felt such sorrow for Chase’s mental health.

Heart of the Journey is far more than a romance, it explores the types of relationships we experience through life with parents, partners, children, and friends. I also thought the scenes in Afghanistan and Iraq were superb and filled with action and tension. I enjoyed how the novel took Chase full circle and the ending was absolute perfection but with a little twist which will be revealed in the next novel, Heart of the Mountain. A fantastic novel by Kay Wolfe and one that I would highly recommend.