on August 7, 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Calla Fletcher wasn’t even two when her mother took her and fled the Alaskan bush, 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, to attempt to fix their estranged relationship.
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 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.
A brilliant exploration that had me contemplating my views on life, love, and truths only the heart can fully understand.
The Simple Wild blew me away with its intimate look at relationships, especially the ties that bind. Tucker excels at taking the seemingly ordinary and exposing all its extraordinary qualities. The people, places, and even the animals are all incredibly memorable. Be prepared for Wren, Susan, Simon, Calla, Jonah, Agnes, Mabel, and so many more to steal your heart! I love them all. Each brings life to this story with humor, heart, adventure, shenanigans, honesty, and a swoon-worthy setting that is simply breathtaking.
I read this novel in one sitting, equally unable and unwilling to put it down. Every word carefully crafted to intrigue, enthrall, and inspire. My emotions were all over the place: curious, concerned, entertained, sad, twisted and unsure, hopeful, happy, swooning, and always satisfied. Tucker’s writing is effortless, layers upon layers of subtle details that leave a lasting impact. The Simple Wild is must read.