Sunday, August 12, 2018

The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker Blog Tour!

Publication: August 7, 2018
Publisher: Atria Books
Source: The Publisher


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.


My Thoughts:

Call feels like her life is going pretty well until she gets unceremoniously laid off from her job as a Risk Analyst. She lives at home with her mom and stepdad, so for now she can just focus on starting over career-wise. Until one night she gets a phone call telling her that her biological dad (Wren) who lives in Alaska is sick and it doesn’t look too good. Calla hasn’t see her dad since she was just shy of two years old and she hasn’t spoken to him in over a decade. Despite her uncertainty about the whole situation, she decides to book a trip to Alaska to see him.

This is all new territory for both Calla and Wren. This is the first time they’ve seen each other in 24 years and neither one seem to know how to act towards each other. Wren is not good at talking things out or expressing his emotions and Calla's feeling rejected almost from the start. She's not sure how to make the first step. She's not sure what to say. There are all these emotions that she is holding on to and juggling and she's trying to find a way to somehow put that aside in order to be there for her father, help him, and get to know him just in case she may not have that much time with him.

I did not like Jonah that much until maybe the last half of the book. I thought he was a total jackass. Which he still was, but his later actions softened my opinion of him...a little.
I can definitely get Jonah being on the defensive and being overly protective of Wren since he has known him for quite a few years. He's been his right hand man who not only works with him, but they are close like family. And with Wren being sick, he's going through a lot. But I felt like he shouldn’t have been so quick to judge Calla. And he should’ve realized that even though she never had a real relationship with her father, that didn’t mean dealing with everything would be easy for her.

I finished this book in two days. I found it very easy to get pulled into Calla and her time in Alaska with her dad. I loved the community they lived in. People were friendly and helpful. Everyone seemed to know everyone. The Simple Wild was a sweet story of family, love, and being content with the simple things. Once again K.A. Tucker has created a well written story that I enjoyed very much.

Side Note: I absolutely love this cover. It’s simple yet gorgeous. I think it perfectly captures the story.

RATING: 3½ out of 5.

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.

Atria Books Paperback | On Sale: August 7, 2018 | 400 pages | ISBN: 9781501133435; $16.00 |
eBook: 9781501133459; $7.99


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