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Published by Simon and Schuster
Released on August 7, 2018
Alaska. The last frontier of America and the last place Calla Fletcher ever thought she would be visiting. After a phone call from a friend of father, she either visits or possibly misses out on ever getting to know her father. The visit could go either way, but she sure isn’t ready for a fly by the seat of his pants bush pilot named, Jonah.
First of all let me just say that K.A. Tucker is one of my all time favorite authors and I have been reading her books since the beginning of her career. It is also the first time that I have read an ARC twice before writing my review. I didn’t really mean to, but once started again on it, I couldn’t put it down for nothing.
When Calla was a baby, her parents split up and her mother took her back to her original home in Toronto. Calla’s father is owner and pilot of an airline catering to small villages and out of the way outposts in the bush of Alaska. Even though her parents are still in love, her mother can’t deal with the cold dark winters and a husband that’s home very little due to his business. So she remarried and the new couple gave Calla an upbringing of privilege and a beautiful loving home. Calla kept in touch with her father by phone for years until he disappointed her by never coming to visit. Now, her father is very sick so she goes for what is supposed to be a week’s vacation. She didn’t count on caring about her father again and she sure didn’t count on his second in command, Jonah, becoming a burr under her skin at every step. This was definitely an enemies to lovers type of story. And it ended up being so much more.
Calla is blonde, beautiful and has the makeup and clothes to match. She and her best friend have an Instagram account all about fashion, makeup and being two city girls in Toronto. Jonah has long unruly hair, an unkempt beard and a chip on his shoulder a mile wide when it comes to Calla. He’s everyone else’s favorite person and seems to hate Calla from the start-sight unseen. On Calla’s part, she’s brought thousands of dollars worth of clothes and makeup with her for a week’s vacation. Jonah’s not having it. They butt heads and the chemistry and sparks start flying pretty much off the bat. And then there’s Calla’s dad, Wren. He’s quiet and almost withdrawn, deeply troubled about the way he treated her, but he’s also loved by all around him. I ended up loving his character as well. Other pilots, airport workers, Calla’s mother and stepfather, and friends of Wren’s rounded out the cast of characters.
What a beautifully written story this author has crafted. Her scenes in the wilderness or looking down from a plane to the rugged terrain below made me “see” Alaska and fall in love with the beauty of a place I’ll certainly never get to experience. The visits to the small villages and the Alaskan people that have lived in these out of the way places for generations came alive for me as well. She created the town of Bangor and before it was over with, I felt like I had visited for real. There’s generally not that much world building in a contemporary romance, but this book certainly had it and I was pulled into the author’s world- hook, line and sinker. I wish I could meet the characters that peopled this book because with main characters that were larger than life in some respects, she also wrote wonderful side characters that were just as realistically portrayed. And that’s not even mentioning three raccoons that managed to become involved.
I could go on and on, but I won’t except to say that this book should be a must read for any adult contemporary romance reader or really any reader that enjoys a good story that gives you all the “feels” and transports you out of your own life. There’s some tragedy here, but there’s also humor as well-not to mention a beautiful romance. If you haven’t experienced a book by this author, I am here to tell you that you are missing out! She’s one of the handful of author’s that are auto buys for me. Highly recommended!