The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker
Published by Atria Books on August 7, 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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Calla Fletcher wasn't even two when her mother took her and fled the Alaskan wild, unable to handle the isolation of the extreme, rural lifestyle, leaving behind Calla’s father, Wren Fletcher, in the process. Calla never looked back, and at twenty-six, a busy life in Toronto is all she knows. But when Calla learns that Wren’s days may be numbered, she knows that it’s time to make the long trip back to the remote frontier town where she was born.
She braves the roaming wildlife, the odd daylight hours, the exorbitant prices, and even the occasional—dear God—outhouse, all for the chance to connect with her father: a man who, despite his many faults, she can’t help but care for. While she struggles to adjust to this rugged environment, Jonah—the unkempt, obnoxious, and proud Alaskan pilot who helps keep her father’s charter plane company operational—can’t imagine calling anywhere else home. And he’s clearly waiting with one hand on the throttle to fly this city girl back to where she belongs, convinced that she’s too pampered to handle the wild.
Jonah is probably right, but Calla is determined to prove him wrong. Soon, she finds herself forming an unexpected bond with the burly pilot. As his undercurrent of disapproval dwindles, it’s replaced by friendship—or perhaps something deeper? But Calla is not in Alaska to stay and Jonah will never leave. It would be foolish of her to kindle a romance, to take the same path her parents tried—and failed at—years ago. It’s a simple truth that turns out to be not so simple after all.
The Simple Wild snuck up on me and forced me to fall in love with it. I honestly was not prepared for the emotions that it stirred in me.
Calla hasn’t known her father for most of her life but when she gets a call telling her that he has lung cancer and it’s time to come home, she makes the long trip to rediscover who her father is. All she has known about Alaska is her mother’s description and it doesn’t seem like her cup of tea.
From the moment she lands in Alaska, it’s one thing after another. The most irritating? The surprisingly rugged Jonah who grates on her nerves from the start. Not only is she in the tinniest plane known, he’s made sure to keep the digs coming.
When the dust settles and Calla becomes familiar with her new surroundings, she actually enjoys the set up around her father’s home town. Everyone knows everyone and they are like family but the biggest surprise is just how giving her father and his company are.
As she takes the time to get to know her father, she finds herself getting closer and closer to Jonah. It will never work. Her life is in Toronto and he won’t leave Alaska but they find themselves falling for each other anyway. Problem is, they are falling into the same pattern that her parents did and she’s not OK with that.
So my absolute favorite thing about this book is the the banter between Calla and Jonah. It’s witty and sarcastic and I just couldn’t get enough of it. Tucker built the tension between them so well that I was hanging on to every word.
I also enjoyed the sense of family that everyone is and or becomes. Every single person had this undying love for one another, including Calla’s mother and stepfather.
I honestly can’t express to you how much I loved The Simple Wild. It’s heartbreaking, uplifting and emotional. At first I felt like it was a really good book that I was enjoying and couldn’t put down and then it morphed into a book that made me feel. Made me cry. Made me remember. You don’t want to miss out on this gem!