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.
This is the first book I've read from this author and now I'm a big fan. Ms. Tucker's knows how to deliver a story that is romantic, sweet, humorous and a little heartbreaking. I will be sure to go back and read previous books from her.
The Simple Wild is a wonderful story of second chances and finding love in the most unexpected place. Calla Fletcher lives the city-life in Toronto with her mother and step-father. She's originally from Alaska, but moved as a toddler with her mother, who wanted more than the Alaska lifestyle. Wren Fletcher loves his wife and daughter, but knew setting them free, is the only thing he can do to make them happy.
Years later, Calla finds herself back in Alaska, reconnecting with Wren. She still harbors anger towards her father for abandonment and broken promises when she was growing up. But she knows that she has to give Wren a second chance of being a Dad. There are too many misunderstandings that this father and daughter begins to discover.
What Calla didn't expect is to find the annoying (and sexy) Alaskan lumberjack, pilot, Jonah, to change her world. But it wasn't that easy. Jonah right away was a jerk to Calla. He quickly labeled her as a spoiled, rich princess. But the more time these two spent time together, the more they started to learn about each other and their differences were put aside.
As Calla rebuilds her relationship with her father, she starts to build a relationship with Jonah. But the problem is...she lives in Toronto and Jonah lives in Alaska. The Simple Wild is a book that will have you breaking out the tissues and hoping that these characters find their HEA.
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