The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker
Published by Atria Books
Published on August 7, 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Contemporary Romance, Romance
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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.
If you don’t already suffer from wanderlust (like I do), do you want to know how to get it? Read this book. Do you want to know how to love KA Tucker more than you already do, and if you don’t already, do you need a place to start? Read this book. Do you want to fall in love, in laughter, in sadness, in happily ever after? DO YOU GET MY POINT YET?!!!
This book is so much more than just a contemporary romance novel. The romance is amazing, but there was just so much more in this for me. The lives of all the characters, the environment, the feeling of healing, the breath of fresh air… I feel like my thoughts are just so jumbled, because even though I’m writing this roughly 2 weeks from the time I finished reading it, I just still feel so excited to gush about it, and my love for it is this overflowing fountain… I think I miss it already. Can I do more than 5 stars? Okay. Focus…..
It was such a relief that Calla was likable. Due to the way she was raised and her home life, she had the potential to be so obnoxious. And while she was high maintenance and superficial at times, it wasn’t anything that made me dislike her. She was more reasonable than I anticipated. And funny! OH and JONAH. Freaking SWOON.
Hard headed, stubborn, funny, beautiful, caring, manly, strong, life saving, hero Jonah. There are more adjectives for him, I’m sure, but you’ll get sick of me if I keep going. Every time he wasn’t on the page, I missed him. Sigh. I love him. He might be my new fave of Tuckers men. I love the witty back and forth with him and Calla, and the progression of things with them was so much fun. Getting to know all the characters was wonderful! I loved the whole family thing happening in Alaska. It was easy to love them all, they felt like people I want to know, in a place I want to be. I haven’t really read many current, contemporary romance books that made me wish I could live in their world, but this felt like the home I wish I had. Removed from big cities, everyone helping each other day to day, being such an important part of the lives and culture and the wilderness. Fernweh for a fictional place. I adored every second of it.
And I cried. But it felt good, in a way, to cry for this. Like, it felt like relief, like releasing a breath you didn’t realize you had been holding (wow I can’t believe I just got to use that line in real life and it actually felt like the right explanation for what I was feeling!). We never lingered too long on the hard times, just enough to allow you to feel them and then to heal easily. This was emotional on a much deeper level than just romance. Not to mention, the beauty of figuring out who you are and what kind of person you can become – seeing the growth in Calla – filled my heart. Everything about this book filled my heart. Far beyond 5 stars.
I LOVE THIS BOOK. I don’t think I can be more clear. Tucker has been one of my favorite authors for a long time now, so I assumed I would enjoy this, but I didn’t expect it to shoot to the top of my fave Tucker books list. Do yourself a favor and read this book! I’m going to try to stop gushing over this.
NOW, PLEASE FEAST YOUR EYES ON SOME OF MY FAVORITE IMAGES FROM GOOGLE THAT I FOUND WHILE OBSESSING OVER NEEDING TO GO TO ALASKA ASAP:
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