The Simple Wild
About The Book
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.
K.A. Tucker has worked some wicked voodoo magic. Not only did she write a phenomenal enemies-to-lovers love story (that’s actually so much more than a love story), she also made a beard woman out of me. Trimmed, of course; none of that pre-makeover yeti shit.
The Simple Wild follows Calla Fletcher, the very definition of a spoiled city girl with major daddy issues. Calla and her father Wren have basically been estranged for years due to Wren’s dipping out on her graduation. So, when Calla gets a call from Agnes, a friend of her father’s, telling her that her father has lung cancer, Calla heads from her mother’s home in Toronto to the middle of BFE, Alaska, where she attempts to reacquaint herself with the father she barely knows in the time he has left. Oh, and I would be remiss if I failed to also mention that Wren owns his own charter plane business, employing one fine hunk of bearded specimen named Jonah who, it would appear, is less than thrilled to see the fashion forward, hygienically aware outsider. However, appearances can be deceiving.
I’ve been handing out five stars this year like Oprah hands out cars. But The Simple Wild is a legitimate five-star read, so I have to call it as I see it. I appreciated how it took some time for Wren and Calla to develop the father-daughter dynamic they hadn’t had since Calla was a toddler and how Calla slowly acclimated to a new way of life in Alaska and the people in it. I also liked Calla’s relationship with her stepfather, Simon, who is truly stepparent goals. All of the side characters were also well fleshed out and had a purpose in the story.
However, what I loved the most was the slooooow burn between Calla and Jonah. Jonah is every bit the grumpy bastard who sets my blood on fire with his banter and ability to transform into a big teddy bear when the opportunity arises. They say opposites attract, and Jonah and Calla certainly personify that adage. I know I’m certainly Here. For. It.