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. (Goodreads)
K.A. Tucker is an automatic read for me. A few years ago her Ten Tiny Breaths series was recommended to me and I’ve been a fan ever since. The Simple Wild is one of the best romances I’ve read this year. I enjoyed it from beginning to end and already re-read it once. I loved everything about this book and I already know it will be a romance I go back to over and over again.
This story has so much heart and depth. In the beginning we are introduced to main character, Calla Fletcher. Calla’s life has just been thrown a curve ball when she loses her job. She then receives a call, from a women she doesn’t know, telling her that her estranged father has cancer. Bad luck comes in three’s right? So when she makes the decision to fly to Alaska she meets the obnoxious and testy Alaskan pilot, Jonah. Or is that really bad luck?
Calla was such a witty, smart and dynamic character. I enjoyed reading the banter between her and Jonah and there were so many times I caught myself laughing at exchanges between the two. The secondary characters brought so much more depth to the story. The relationship between Calla and her father, brought a whole other element and I thought the way Tucker played it out was so emotional and raw.
What really brought this story to a different level was the setting. The Alaskan backdrop became a character all its own. Challenging Calla from the moment she steps off the plane. What was really lovely to see what the Canadian touches! I enjoyed the scenes set in Toronto, I could picture it so clearly having grown up in Southern Ontario and visiting Toronto many times. I really hope to see the author use Canadian settings more! It’s such a beautiful country and I don’t think its utilized in the writing world enough!
If you are looking for a beautifully written romantic story, with a lot of depth then this is the book you need to get your hands on. I can’t wait to see what K.A. Tucker has in store for us readers next!
P.S. how gorgeous is that cover?