“Up here it’s about having enough food to eat, and enough heat to stay alive through the winter. It’s about survival, and enjoying the company of the people that surround us. It’s not about whose house is the biggest, or who has the nicest clothes, or the most money. We support each other because we’re all in this together. And people either like that way of life or they don’t…”
What book have you recently read that had been on your backlist book list for too long?
The Simple Wild by KA Tucker sat on my nightstand for months. There wasn’t any reason why I didn’t pick it up; the synopsis sounded amazing and it had phenomenal reviews. But, still, there it sat. Back in December, I decided that it was time to pick it up and see what all the fuss has been about and, friends, I see what the fuss was over and I am still kicking myself for taking so long to read this beautiful story.
“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”
I sincerely loved everything about this novel and am so grateful that it was my last read of 2019. I was transported to the Alaskan wild and fell head over heels for every character that Tucker introduced to me; they will always hold a special place in my heart.
KA Tucker did a remarkable job developing Calla’s character; from starting as a city girl with a fashion blog to being a part of the Alaskan wilderness and a member of the tight-knit community her mom ran away from all of those years ago. I admired her spirit, her courage and her ability to give her father a chance. Jonah has become my favorite book boyfriend and I wanted him to just step out of the pages and come to life before me (sorry hubby but it’s the truth).
It has been a long time since a book made me truly cry real, lip trembling, unstoppable tears. I knew what direction the storyline was likely to go about halfway through but the last 30 pages or so completely wrecked me. Honestly, I was grateful to have been reading the book at home, alone because my husband probably would’ve thought something was wrong. No, it was just this profoundly moving storyline transpiring before me and making me feel so many different emotions at the same time.
I was not ready to finish the book and when I finally did, I immediately began researching to see if and when a second book would be released. Y’all, fear not, Wild at Heart by KA Tucker will be released sometime this spring. I saw on the authors Instagram that she just finished writing the last chapters.
If you haven’t read The Simple Wild yet, it is an absolute must as Wild at Heart is a TRUE sequel. The author currently has a giveaway going on right now for The Simple Wild (it ends on January 23); be sure to check it out and enter.
But, seriously, read this book. It was truly spectacular.