Title: The Simple Wild
Author: K.A. Tucker
Series: The Simple Wild #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: ~12.5 hours (390 pages)
Publisher: Atria Books
Release Date: August 7, 2018
Source: Library-Libby app
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.
Beautiful. Hilarious. Heartbreaking.
Calla is a fish out of water when she returns to her birth state of Alaska for the first time in 24 years to visit her father after his cancer diagnosis. Calla’s culture shock led to a lot of hilarious moments. I found Calla to be very relatable, and I loved watching her grow throughout the story as she understood the community better and became a part of it.
AND JONAH, THE GRUFF, LOVABLE YETI! I love the way he challenged Calla to be less shallow, even if he went about it the completely wrong way at first. I was totally here for their humorous banter and I absolutely loved their relationship.
This book also had several heartfelt moments as Calla bonded with her dad. All of the characters were so well developed and I cared for them all. The story became incredibly emotional, and the end had me WEEPING.
I couldn’t write this review without sharing my thoughts about the ending. A major recurring point in this book was the reasons for Calla’s parents’ failed relationship. Basically, they loved each other, but they wanted different things, and neither was willing to make that sacrifice to stay together. I’m glad that Calla and Jonah decided to find a compromise so they can give their relationship a chance without repeating her parents’ mistakes. It wouldn’t be fair for either of them to force the other into their existing lives, but maybe they can make a new life together. Can’t wait to read Wild at Heart!