Review: The Simple Wild ~ by K.A. Tucker
388 pages (paperback) ~ Contemporary Romance, New Adult
August 2018 ~ Atria Paperback
My Rating: 4/5
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.
This book was exactly what I needed right now- something full of warm fuzzy feelings, humor, love, and hope.
- The father/daughter connection between Wren and Calla. It was complicated, heartwarming, bittersweet, and real. Humans are not perfect, and this book really captures the importance of forgiveness, how difficult it can be, and how worth it it is in the end
- Jonah and Calla’s relationship is so much fun. They bicker and tease, but there is such an honest and genuine love story between them. They support each other through grief and develop a deep appreciation for one another
- Lastly, the setting! This book is so picturesque. It has caused me to move Alaska to the top of my bucket list. I loved the descriptions of Western Alaska, the lives of the bush pilots, and the stories of the people they help. This was such an interesting element to the book and it was really well done
You would love The Simple Wild if:
- You have an ongoing obsession with Alaska like I do
- You enjoyed “Flying Wild Alaska” on the Discovery Channel- which is a really interesting documentary about the life of bush pilots in Western Alaska
- You like romance with a bitter-sweet edge- The Simple Wild is an adorable love story, but Calla’s journey is not easy. She experiences a lot of loss and it does have moments of sadness. However, Tucker does a great job of balancing it with humor and hopefulness
- You like romance with adventure, such as The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren, or London Belongs to Me by Jacquelyn Middleton
- You are a shameless fan of the enemies to lovers trope, such as The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
This was my first K.A. Tucker book and it definitely won’t be that last! I am really looking forward to reading more from her!
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