Published by Atria Books on August 14th 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary
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City girl Calla Fletcher attempts to reconnect with her estranged father in rural Alaska, and unwittingly finds herself torn between her desire to return to the bustle of Toronto and a budding relationship with a rugged pilot in this masterful new romance from acclaimed author K.A. Tucker.
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.
Wow, where do I even start with this one. It was just amazing. Being a fan of Tucker’s work, I always know that I will be emotionally drawn in, but this one for me was even more emotional than I thought it would be, but in the best way.
Calla and her mother Susan packed up there belongings and moved from Alaska to Totonto when she was just a toddler. Susan didn’t like the sheer isolation and frigid winters of Alaska. There was little to no contact from Calla’s father in the years to come. Now as an adult, Calla has to make the decision to make a trip to see him or keep living on without him being a part of her life. A dear friend of Wren (Calla’s biological father) calls to give her news about her father. She sucks it up and packs, boards a plane and goes to see him.
Calla still lives at home with her mother and stepfather, who by the way was a good man, he raised her like she was his own. I have to admit, at first I was all the thrilled with Calla, she was very materialistic and Jonah who was her pilot did a great job calling her on it. She did come around though, she had other things to worry about than what she had or didn’t have.
It’s a small group of characters, and even the side characters didn’t feel like side characters. Each played a part of Wren and Calla’s life and events that happened while there and it wasn’t an easy go. There was some bitterness for Calla where he father was concerned. There was some growth for he in that department of which I enjoyed so much. I just ahve to talk about Jonah for a minute, he was so broody and “Viking hot” as Calla and her best friend call him. He was a good man underneath all the moodiness. And wow could these two throw words at each other. It was quite entertaining to read. And to see it change along the way into something more was just amazing.
The emotions that filled the pages were a mix of humor, regret and raw emotion and a slow burning romance mixed in too. Tucker does such an amazing job capturing not only the feelings but the beautiful setting, it felt like you were right there in the heart of this little town. This was her fathers home, and the time they spent together was an east thing at first but grew into something I enjoyed so much.
Yes, there was romance in this, but at the center of it all was a story of family reconnections and second chances. It gutted my heart and repaired it as well. It was just a beautiful story all around and I can’t recommend The Simple Wild enough. Just have the tissues ready.
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