Author: K.A. Tucker
Published by: Atria Books
Publication Date: August 7, 2018
Calla Fletcher was 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 her father reaches out to inform her that his days are numbered, Calla 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 new subarctic environment, Jonah—the quiet, brooding, and proud Alaskan pilot who keeps 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. As time passes, she unexpectedly finds herself forming a 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.
K.A. Tucker is one of those authors who write books that I jump to read without needing to know what they’re about, so of course, The Simple Wild was a must-read for me.
I was totally smitten with Calla and Jonah. My favorite trope is the loath-to-love and these two do it very well. 😉 I love their banter and pranks they pull on each other, and their chemistry was on fire! Something that bugs me is when a couple will have really good banter and tease each other, but then it drops once they get together. That isn’t the case with Calla and Jonah. They continue to tease and laugh at each other through it all.
I felt immensely for Calla and the situation with her father. Watching them mend their relationship was both really moving and heartbreaking because of the circumstances. It was an emotional read that I deeply connected with. There were definitely tears, but there were even more laughs involved.
Overall, The Simple Wild was a wonderful read that left me feeling genuinely light and happy.