ABOUT THE SIMPLE WILD
By 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.
Dawn’s 5 Brilliant Blushes
I LOVED EVERYTHING about The Simple Wild by KA Tucker. It’s a book about self discovery, healing, forgiveness and love. Having rural Alaska as it’s backdrop only enhanced the book further. Despite it’s serious content, a father with cancer, I found the book rather refreshing. There was no forced or unrealistic drama. Just brilliant storytelling. To keep it lighter, KA Tucker wove in humor, wit and tenderness perfectly. Her vivid details about Alaska actually brought me there. She did her homework!
Calla Fletcher is a city girl, who finds herself in a remote part of Alaska to spend time with her estranged father, Wren. Talk about a fish out of water. Although this is a romance, I loved how most of the book focused on Calla and her new relationship with her father. Oh my heart… So many tender and sad moments. I loved how her budding relationship with Jonah, an overbearing bush pilot, was in the background slowly coming to the forefront. Once Calla left her comfortable surroundings in Toronto, she began to see who she truly was and what brought her real happiness. Her insecure internal dialogue was spot on. As women we question everything!! So I found her very relatable. With a little, not so welcomed help and a big push from Jonah, Calla opened her eyes and heart to Alaska and it’s people. …and maybe even her father.
As for Jonah, my first impression of him was not good. He was such an ass to Calla. Rude and brash, but as the story progressed, I found out the cause of his animosity… Underneath his scruffy appearance and bark was a beautiful man who cared with all his heart and went above and beyond for everyone. Even strangers.
His and Calla’s relationship was comical from the beginning and anything but love…. What could a mountain man and a real life Barbie have in common and how on earth could it ever work?? hummmm.
The Simple Wild had me fully invested. As I flipped page after page, I didn’t want it to end. I fell for all the characters within its pages. They all brought so much to this story. Especially Simon, Calla’s stepfather. He was wonderful, compassionate and caring.
The Simple Wild is my first KA Tucker book, and I am beyond impressed. Now I plan on reading her others.
Sandy’s 5 Blush Review
Calla Fletcher does not remember the small isolated town of Bangor Alaska where she was born. Probably because her mother, Susan, left it and her father, Wren, behind 24 years prior and never looked back. Wren’s love for Alaska is only dwarfed by Susan’s disdain for it. Hoping against hope that he would come after them. Wren never did.
Everyone has now moved on. Calla is an adult living a comfortable life, rent free courtesy of her parents, a boyfriend, a job and a blog she runs with her bestie. Until that absolutely craptastic day that starts with her getting fired and ends with a phone call from a friend of her father’s in Alaska. He has cancer. Get on a plane and meet him before it’s too late or not. Needless to say she gets on a plane (or four) with no idea what to expect.
Jonah, her Dad’s right hand man, picks her up at the airport. His attitude makes it abundantly clear that she’s not high on his list of favorite people. The culture shock is almost exactly what her mother told her to expect. Her Dad is not exactly warm and excited to see her.
We’re so quick to judge. Finger pointing and assigning blame is easy. You could have called! You could have visited! Getting to the heart of things is much harder. As is living with regrets. Love is interpreted in different ways by every person.
Cancer is unforgiving. It tears a hole in the patient and their family too. Treatment does not guarantee survival. Irregardless our time here is finite.
Maybe she’s not so selfish and spoiled. Maybe this giant of a man has a heart to match. Will Calla and Jonah move past their preconceived notions and explore what’s blossoming between them? Or will the ghosts between them speak louder?
The Simple Wild is a beautifully written story that took me on a journey of the heart. K.A. Tucker writing is so evocative! In my mind, I saw the mountains, I breathed the air, I felt the love of the town folk like a warm hug, I felt the heartache, I laughed and I cried. This story is not about hot sex and handcuffs. It’s about family – not just the kind related to us by blood – the one we choose. It’s about the inevitability that life continues. It’s about learning lessons from the past. Its about saying hello and goodbye. It’s about accepting each other where we are, right now, in this moment!
The beauty and poignancy of this story will stay with you long after you’ve turned the last page.
Christina’s 4 Beautiful Alaskan Blushes!
I’ve loved every KA Tucker novel I’ve read and The Simple Wild was no exception. Set in a rural Alaskan town, Calla’s story is one of self discovery and reflection, realization, making amends and finding love. Her story is not without heartbreak and loss. I teared up numerous times while reading especially towards the end. But I also really enjoyed reading the light hearted banter between Calla and Jonah (think Charlie Hunnam circa season 2 of Sons of Anarchy but instead of motorcycle he’s flying a plane- YUM), and the picturesque landscape that Tucker illustrates beautifully.
Their romance is one of enemies to lovers with a subtle, slow burning attraction that explodes once ignited. I loved Calla and Jonah together. Calla is a bonafide self-proclaimed city girl and Jonah the burley and brooding pilot tasked with bringing her to Alaska on his single engine plane. And so it begins….an unlikely bond is forged between the Barbie and her yeti. I’ve spent the last few days totally sucked into their world and loved every minute of it.
Stephanie’s 4 Blush Review
“This man who I don’t even know still wounds me so deeply.”
What a beautiful story. So emotional. The Simple Wild takes you on a journey. A journey of hope, healing, love, sadness and humor. The Alaska setting is a beautiful background. The pace is steady. My heart grew fuller with each chapter.
Calla is a city girl. Some would say high maintenance. Hair, nails, clothing. All are done to perfection. She enjoys fashion, social media and being with her friends. Her busy city life comes to an abrupt halt after receiving a phone call from her dad’s friend asking her to come for a visit. Her dad has lung cancer and the prognosis is not good. Calla Fletcher hasn’t seen her dad since she was 2 years old. Her mom was unable to handle the conditions of rural Alaska so she packed her up and headed home to Toronto.
“Just… prepare yourself. Life out there is different. Harder. And yet simpler, if that makes any sense.”
Jonah is an Alaskan bush pilot who works for Wren, Calla’s dad. He arrives to fly Calla to Bangor, the small Alaskan town where her father lives and owns the Alaska Wild charter company. Jonah is direct. And he tells Calla exactly what he thinks of her….
“You’re dramatic, entitled, and judgmental. You like attention and you’re used to getting it.”
So many things are set in motion. As Calla tries to get to know her dad she discovers that not everything is as it seem. Regrets are heavy for both of them. Add in the Jonah factor and things just got real interesting. There is a push and pull between them along with some animosity or is it chemistry?
Calla experiences so many things. Culture shock comes to mind. At first she seems selfish and snobby. But as she begins to understand the Alaskan way of life she becomes more attuned and adaptive. The story has so many beautiful people who are part of the community. Friends and neighbors who pull together to survive the rugged environment which is rural Alaska.
The story is beautifully written. I enjoyed the humor that was laced in between the serious situations that were occurring. There are so many layers to this story. I just could not imagine how it would all come together. KA Tucker does an amazing job of completing Calla’s journey and bringing it all together in a beautiful way. There are lots of surprises at the end as well…. Take your time and enjoy!
“Life will keep moving and changing, whether we want it to or not, Calla.”
Jade’s 4 out of 5 “Alaska Wild” Blushes
KA Tucker, yet again, impresses me with her unique stories in The Simple Wild. My favorite thing about KA’s writing is her settings. The Simple Wild takes place in Bangor, Alaska, and although Bangor itself doesn’t actually exist, her depiction of what Alaska is, will engulf you. You LIVE The Simple Wild!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
K.A. Tucker writes captivating stories with an edge. She is the bestselling author of the Ten Tiny Breaths and Burying Water series and the novels He Will Be My Ruin, Until It Fades, and Keep Her Safe. She currently resides in a quaint town outside Toronto with her husband and two beautiful girls.