Review: The Simple Wild - Vilma Iris | Lifestyle Blogger

City girl Calla Fletcher attempts to reconnect with her estranged father, and unwittingly finds herself torn between her desire to return to the bustle of Toronto and a budding relationship with a rugged Alaskan pilot in this masterful new romance from acclaimed author K.A. Tucker.

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.

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The Simple Wild
By K.A. Tucker

Review: The Simple Wild

A city girl reluctantly travels to the Alaskan wild seeking peace with her absentee father, only to fall in love with a rugged pilot who challenges everything she ever thought she wanted.

Twenty-six-year-old Calla Fletcher has lived in bustling Toronto since she was two, when she and her mother left rural Alaska—and her father—behind. She’s built a life of comfort full of fancy morning lattes while working at a bank and trying to make it big as a lifestyle blogger with her best friend.

Her life is suddenly upended, however, when she’s let go from her job and learns her father’s days are numbered. Fueled by a storm of emotion and a list of unanswered questions, she flies back to the remote town in which she was born, to face a father she doesn’t really know.

The trip to Bangor, Alaska is anything but smooth, thanks to the teeny tiny plane and its arrogant, bearded pilot, Jonah. Calla hopes never to see him again, but their paths cross again and again as Jonah is her dad’s go-to pilot in his charter plane business, Alaska Wild.

Everything starts off horribly wrong—her bags are gone, there are mosquitos everywhere, everything costs a ludicrous amount of money, and things between her and her father are awkward at best. But gradually she begins to see a side of her dad, a side of Alaska, and even a side of Jonah, that she never expected.

Before her week is up, Calla finds herself falling for the boy, heartbroken by her father’s prognosis, and wanting to stay for them both. The truth is stark and stolid however, as the past repeats itself—she could never live in Alaska, and those she’s come to love deeply could never live beyond its rugged terrain.

THE SIMPLE WILD is one of my favorite of Tucker’s repertoire. Poignant and witty with an enemies-to-lovers thread that felt all the more fascinating and consuming with the wild Alaskan backdrop. It’s a compelling story of family, forgiveness and love that unravels with both emotional depth and delicious, romantic tension. I wanted to read it all over again the moment it was over.

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