Title: The Simple Wild
Author: KA Tucker
Publication Date: 7 Aug 2018
Rating: 5/5 *bring tissues
Synopsis from Goodreads
Calla Fletcher wasn’t even 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 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 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 rugged environment, Jonah—the unkempt, obnoxious, and proud Alaskan pilot who helps keep 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. Soon, she finds herself forming an unexpected 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.
Oh, my heart – The Simple Wild will pierce your heart and linger in your thoughts. I’m going to sound completely cliche in my adoration of The Simple Wild although I am not going to go into plot details (seriously just read it).
The Simple Wild deals with a lot of issues and the emotions associated with them. Family is the foundation of the story and the base with which each individual builds their perception of the world on top of. It shows how parents are human and therefore fallible but also how those flaws and failures affect the children within that circle. Perception is the keyword at the beginning of The Simple Wild. How a child’s impression of a situation is only one facet of the circumstances, yet can have a lifelong effect on the relationships they have and to some degree their self-esteem. Yet, you have to remember there are always two sides to any story and both sides need to be explored in order to gain true understanding.
I loved the way in which Calla developed through the narrative, from shallow city girl to a well-balanced mix of both her mother and father.
The beautiful descriptions and knowledge that has gone into the Alaskan setting brings the country alive within the pages and proves that reading really does allow you to travel without leaving the comfort of your sofa 😉 It also helps understand other cultures and their way of life even if it is so completely different from our own, building empathy in the process 💞
The characters within The Simple Wild are truly fantastic and very diverse; above all else, they appear extremely self-aware and as such allow the reader to reflect on their own attributes (both good and bad). The inclusion of psychology (and the amazing Simon) add to the ability to self-reflect while immersing yourself in the story.
Prepare yourself before you enter the book, bring tissues, possibly chocolate and above all else get ready to lose a piece of your heart forever.