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 absolutely left me a mess! So full of emotions, it had me in tears of joy, hope, and sadness – giving me an ugly cry I didn’t expect but welcomed wholeheartedly. It is my TOP READ of the year so far and left such an impact on me.
Alaska has always been this fabled land for me. I’ve always had this fascination, my mind filling with the romance of the state. What would it be like to live so simple? So when I saw this book come across in an email, I jumped at the opportunity to read it. Not only was it something I was really interested in but also written by one of my favorite authors!
Alaska is not made for the faint of heart, as Susan soon found out after moving to Alaska with her new husband. She thought that their love could survive anything… but she was wrong. Making the heartbreaking decision to leave Alaska and the love of her life, Wren – the sky cowboy she fell head over heels for, she decides to take her baby daughter Calla and move back to Toronto.
Now 24 years later, Calla gets a call she never expected. Her father is sick and his friend thinks she needs to come to Alaska to see him. The only problem is that Calla hasn’t heard from Wren in over 12 years… So why should she stop her life and go to Alaska to see the man who never bothered to be a real dad to her? The last time her dad saw her was the day she and her mother left Alaska for good.
Curiosity and with a little nudging from her stepfather – Calla takes off for Alaska. Her mother tried to prepare her, but this city girl was in utter shock after landing in the Last Frontier. And having a pilot who seems to have a stick up his a$$ doesn’t exactly leave a great first impression either. Turns out the rude pilot is her father’s right-hand man… so this should be fun.
Calla finally meets her dad. He’s everything and nothing like she thought he would be. It awkward, filled with emotions she doesn’t know how to handle. Why? it’s all she can think of. Why did he let them leave? Why hasn’t she heard from him in over 12 years? Does he even love me? Thought of me? The emotions run high for both Wren and Calla.
I really don’t want to say more about the book… you need to experience each raw emotion and the easiness and lightheartedness of the Alaskan Tundra. I hung on every word. I couldn’t read it fast enough. I had a hard time walking away from the book to feed my children. LOL.
This book was an expected treasure for me. Read it. Feel it. Let the feeling fly – Brava!!
Check out KA’s Website to read the prologue of The Simple Wild HERE
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
K.A. Tucker writes captivating stories with an edge.
She is the USA Today bestselling author of 16 books, including Ten Tiny Breaths and Burying Water, and her latest contemporary novel, Until It Fades. Her books have been featured in national publications including USA Today, Globe & Mail, Suspense Magazine, and Publisher’s Weekly.
K.A. Tucker currently resides in a quaint town outside of Toronto with her husband and two beautiful girls.
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