Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Atria Books (Aug. 7 2018)
Synopsis: 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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I am having a hard time starting this review because I don’t know how to put into words the emotions that this book provoked. The Simple Wild by KA Tucker tells the story of Calla, a Toronto native, who goes to Alaska to meet her sick father for the first time in 24 years. Entering such a different way of like for Calla is shocking and takes an adjustment – so does dealing with her father’s employee, Jonah; a man who is rude and obnoxious and uses every opportunity to make Calla’s visit to Alaska more miserable.
I loved having the setting in Canada for part of the book – there were lots of Canadian references, especially Toronto references – although some of these might be lost to non-Torontonians, I got them all and loved each one more than the last! The plot line was intriguing and kept me reading; personally, I found a lot of relatable topics that helped to make it enjoyable.
But the big thing that I feel made this book so amazing was the characters. In Tucker’s previous books, her characters are always really strongly developed and distinct, which help them come alive in your mind – with this book, that is no different, and if anything her character development has gotten stronger. There were parts of the book were I was actually laughing out loud with the characters. The chemistry between them was also great, the distinctness of each character was amazing… I felt like they were real people – I was sad to turn the last page and leave their story.
In conclusion, this book is an amazing read for fans of KA Tucker and new adult books in general.
* I received this book in exchange for an honest review from Simon & Schuster Canada *