The Simple Wild (Unabridged)
by K. A. Tucker
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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 26, 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.
A million stars
There’s always those type of books that leave you reeling with emotion. And that is precisely what The Simple Wild did.
Calla hasn’t seen her father in over 20 years, but some news comes that can’t keep them apart any longer. So Calla travels to Alaska to see what the wild is all about. I’m still so emotional from this book and still just want to cry after reading. It’s a beautiful story. With all these lovely characters. You can’t help but love them.
Tucker has always been one of my favorite authors. Every book she comes out with I’ve loved. But this one by far is the best. This is Tucker. This is the brilliant writing, that tugs at every emotion. You can feel that love they have for each other. The passion and care. If I could give this a million stars, I would, and still wouldn’t do this book justice.