Tenured English professor Bly Daniels believes the short walk from her campus office to the university library is too much exposure to the harsh elements of the outdoors. She would prefer to spend her days (and nights) comfortably seated indoors reading classic literature.
When Bly is arrested for reading one of the great books while driving home, a judge sentences her to thirty days of community service with The Wild Way, a therapeutic wilderness program for troubled teens.
There she meets Turner Wild, the owner and operate of the wilderness program. Turner is everything Bly despises: rugged, unrefined and outdoorsy. For Bly a trip to hell sounds more desirable than spending an entire month with Turner and his band of hooligans as they traverse the woods of rural northwest New Jersey communing with nature.
Bly certainly never expects to form a bond with the troubled teens she's been assigned to mentor and forge an unlikely relationship with their fearless leader, Turner Wild.
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When Bly was feeling tragic over the accident, her loss of her good name, and the sentence the judge handed her, you couldn't help but want to offer a hug and a helping hand. When Jae, a fellow camp counselor, came upon the sad visual story that was Bly's arrival to The Wild Way, her introduction left us feeling burnt, but we grew to love her anyway after a little warming up. Turner's easy banter, handsome ruggedness, and way with the teens, created a package that was hard to resist...and although she/we tried, everyone has their limits of restraint. When Kia, one of the troubled teens attending the camp (who is an amazing young lady!), connects with Bly, my heart rejoiced as it lifted BOTH of them in more ways than they understood at the time...making her disappearance later on THAT much harder to swallow.
The story goes from simply of matter of personal redemption and life path awakening to one that extends beyond her own fingertips. Her life becomes about more than just herself, her career, and her (*gulp*) books. As she conquers this challenge laid before her, she discovers how much she's been missing, you know that point where alone turns into lonely..and just how much she truly has to give, and it's a lot more than just best grammar practices and the perfect literary quote. Each piece of the puzzle, every heart touched, every inner door opened, created another link between the reader and the work...and THAT my friends is what helps make a good story GREAT.