The Simple Wild

Wild #1

K.A. Tucker

fiction contemporary romance
adventurous emotional reflective slow-paced

388 pages | first published 2018

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.

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emotional 78%
adventurous 65%
funny 50%
sad 36%
hopeful 34%
lighthearted 22%
reflective 18%
inspiring 16%
relaxing 7%
challenging 4%
dark 1%
informative 1%


medium 64%
fast 20%
slow 15%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 47% | Character: 41% | Plot: 11%

Strong character development?

Yes: 83% | No: 9% | It's complicated: 5% | N/A: 1%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 80% | It's complicated: 15% | No: 3%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 46% | Yes: 40% | It's complicated: 12% | N/A: 2%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 80% | It's complicated: 7% | N/A: 5% | No: 5%

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