Title: The Simple Wild
Author: K. A. Tucker
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: August 7th, 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.
"Why would anyone get involved with a person in the first place when they're so sure it's doomed to fail?"
I always am looking forward to a new K. A. Tucker book to devour and this one was no different. Just from seeing the cover, I was so excited to read. Because come on it's gorgeous! But what I wasn't prepared for was to find my new favorite Tucker book. All her books are simply amazing but The Simple Wild rattled me and took me to another world.
I feel like this book was so different and nothing like this has ever been written. I found myself transported to Alaska and I never wanted to leave.
"Hipster is a style. Rockabilly is a style. Yeti is not a style."
The Simple Wild follows the story of Calla and Jonah. Calla has a good life, a perfect life. There is nothing in her life that is lacking, except for the fact her father isn't in her life. Though he's never put the effort in, never has she. But when she gets news that he's sick, she knows if she doesn't go to Alaska and see him, get to know him, she will regret it. So, that's exactly what she does. She goes down to the middle of nowhere, where you have to be flown from one place to another. But the last thing she expects is to met a yeti. A rude one at that.
Jonah is the last person she wanted in her life because he's downright rude. But she isn't there to focus on getting a man or avoiding a man, Calla is there to connect with her father. Calla is transported to another world in Alaska and the last thing she ever expected was to fall in love with the town and the people. Though she doesn't always agree with their way of living, she understands it and respects it.
I loved being in Alaska and learning new things about this culture, and just being in this world. I loved all the characters and getting to know all of them. Calla was one of those characters that I wasn't sure I was going to like at the beginning I can say but her character development over the period of this book was beautiful. Seeing what Jonah was doing to her without her even realizing it...was amazing.
"How am I supposed to feel about possibly losing a person who has only ever hurt me?"
I adored Calla's and Jonah's connection. I found their banter hilarious and very honest. I sometimes struggle to find the right words to describe how much I loved this book. Every page had me full of emotions and never wanting to put the book down. It's the perfect combination of everything. I cried, I laughed, and I adored these characters. Read this book... the best advice I could give.
K.A. Tucker writes captivating stories with an edge. She is the bestselling author of the Ten Tiny Breaths and Burying Water series and the novels He Will Be My Ruin, Until It Fades, and Keep Her Safe. She currently resides in a quaint town outside Toronto with her husband and two beautiful girls.