Also by this author: He Will Be My Ruin, Burying Water (Burying Water, #1), Until It Fades, Keep Her Safe, Say You Still Love Me
Published by Atria Books on August 7, 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Format: Netgalley eARC
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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.
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🛩REVIEW BY ROBBIE🛩
Once again, I’m taking my review to a cold location — certainly not by choice, but since The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker is set in Alaska I will follow where the storyline leads me. For this beach girl, it gives me a chill just to read about ice and snow and the difficulties associated with life in the Alaskan wilds. Calla Fletcher isn’t a beach girl and even though she should be accustomed to the cold since she lives in Toronto, she is completely unprepared for life in the fictional town of Bangor when she flies to Alaska after learning of her father’s terminal illness. Time and distance have taken a toll on a father and daughter who once had a loving relationship and Calla is no longer the little girl whose mother left her husband for a less austere lifestyle. I had to smile at the author’s description of the amount and variety of clothing Calla packs for her trip. Every piece of luggage and every trendy outfit screams “I’m a pampered little rich girl.” Calla is also unprepared for the enigmatic Jonah, a pilot who works for Alaska Wild, her father’s charter plane service. As Calla and Jonah slowly work through their initial prickly relationship, readers will begin to wonder if Calla’s parents’ history is going to repeat itself. The conclusion was a bit of a surprise to me, but in the real world, it’s perfect!
K. A. Tucker’s fans will not be disappointed in The Simple Wild. It has the same well-developed and likable characters who are found in her other books and the author never shies away from serious themes. How do two people who love each other deal with the fact that one of them can’t live in a location the other calls home? How does one deal with an estranged parent who has a terminal illness and who lives in a primitive and isolated area? Can a young woman who has led a privileged life tolerate the bleak conditions and hardships she experiences in her father’s world long enough to find reconciliation? The Simple Wild is a touching journey to understanding the importance of second chances at love, forgiveness, and healing. Get out the tissues — you’ll need them!