Review: The Simple Wild by KA Tucker

August 7, 2018

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.


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**** 4 Star Review ****


Lately, some of my usual go-to authors haven't been hitting the mark for me. I was a bit apprehensive going into this one because I didn't want to chance that happening with Tucker too. Alas, that did not happen. This book definitely did not disappoint.


This book isn't just about a girl thrown into a life and place she is unfamiliar with. It's more about relationships, and not just the slow burn of a relationship that Calla ends up finding herself in. 


Every character in this book is as important as the next. Each character has a relationship, or budding relationship, with another character. Each one is unique and essential to this story. While the story centers around Calla, Jonah, and Calla's dad, the supporting characters hold each other up in ways I hadn't imagined. 


I love a good story of self discovery. This one is definitely a great example of that. Each character learns so much about themselves in this book, which helps them grow as people and in their relationships. 


This book is full of an array of emotions. I found mine all over the place throughout this book. From sadness, to emptiness, to happiness, to despair. I was a big ball of raw emotion from start to finish. 


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