Author: K.A. Tucker
388 pages, published August 7, 2018
Note: I received this book from NetGalley to facilitate my review. I received no other compensation, and all opinions are my own.
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 read Kristin Hannah's The Great Alone earlier this year and fell in love with the Alaska setting, so when several blogger friends told me about this book, I had to read it! I'm so glad I did--I LOVED it. One of my favorites this year for sure! I loved Calla as a character--and I loved her and Jonah's relationship. I loved all the banter and back and forth they did. I loved Calla's dad, and Agnes, and all the supporting characters. I got so attached to these characters so quickly. I was sad when the book ended and have been in a book hangover ever since.
I loved Calla's journey throughout the book--how it mirrored her mom's life in a way, and how she grew to understand both her dad's love for Alaska and the reasons why she couldn't stay. It 's hard to put into words how much I loved this book! It's been awhile since I've stayed up super late reading--and this book kept me up late reading both nights I was reading it. This is a book not to miss! 5 stars!