Author: K.A. Tucker
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Genre: Romance/Women’s Fiction
Date of Publication: August 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.
Review: *AIR HORN* First 5-star read of 2020 and one of my new favorite books of all time! I am kicking myself for taking so long to get around to this heartbreaking, beautiful story that made me feel things, y’all.
The Simple Wild follows twenty-six-year-old Calla, who was born in Alaska but moved to Toronto with her mother at a very young age. Because of this, her relationship with her father, who stayed in Alaska to run his airline business, Alaska Wild, has always been strained and nearly non-existent. When she receives a phone call one day with news that he has been diagnosed with lung cancer, she makes the decision to travel to Alaska in order to get to know him and repair their relationship before it’s too late. Upon arriving in Alaska, she meets Jonah, a hot-headed pilot and one of her father’s employees who seems intent on making her life miserable. Calla has to not only brave the Alaskan wilderness, but her relationship with her father, Jonah and their community and the result is *chefs kiss.*
While I definitely wasn’t a huge fan of some of Jonah’s actions (i.e., hiding Calla’s makeup and luggage, the Barbie nickname, etc.), he, much like all of the characters, grew on me so quickly and I was truly rooting for their romance after learning more about him and his heart. More importantly, watching Calla and her dad’s relationship rekindle and blossom as they both grow to understand one another was heartbreaking and beautiful all at the same time. I didn’t want this book to end and highly recommend you pick it up!