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The Simple Wild

(The Simple Wild #1)

4.44  ·  Rating details ·  17,946 ratings  ·  3,191 reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 390 pages
Published August 7th 2018 by Atria Books
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Kasia Proce The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah is an AMAZING book that takes place in Alaska!! One of my favourites <3
Dance It is a standalone; in any case the first, should there be a series. But apart from one character that could inspire Tucker to develop it further, I…moreIt is a standalone; in any case the first, should there be a series. But apart from one character that could inspire Tucker to develop it further, I don't see a sequel to 'The Simple Wild'.(less)

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Colleen Hoover
Aug 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Do you ever read a book and absolutely love it and then reach out to the author and she's a total dick to you and then your hatred for the author seeps into how you feel about the book and then you realize you can never, ever read that book or recommend it again because the author pretended to be your friend, slept with your husband, stole your favorite shirt and had the audacity to wear the same wedding dress to her wedding where she married your husband two years after you read her book and ...more
Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing

ARC provided by Atria Books in exchange for an honest review.

Is it bad etiquette to start a review with a quote by another author? Because while reading this book, I couldn’t stop thinking about Tarryn Fisher’s quote in one of my favorite books of all-time, Mud Vein, “What’s the difference?” I asked him. “Between the love of your life, and your soulmate?” “One is a choice, and one is not.” And I know I haven’t been on this Earth for that long, but that quote is the one of the truest things I’ve
Jul 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-five-stars
5 stars!!!

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The Simple Wild is KA Tucker at her best. I've read a lot of this authors work, most of her books, actually. And this book one is tied as my favorite of hers (Ten Tiny Breaths is hard to top). It had romance, adventure, and was a story about finding yourself. A perfect combination. I loved everything about it!

Calla Fletcher was born in the Alaskan wild, but was moved to Canada with her mother when she was only 2. She hasn't been back since. She's 26 now, living in Toronto and life
Chelsea Humphrey
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: from-publisher
"For the hundredth time, I wonder if I'm being the selfish one. If I should grit my teeth and bare the misery, the isolation of Alaska. After all, I made the bed I'm running from now."

My initial reaction to opening The Simple Wild when it arrived in the mail was pure excitement, yet this book turned out to be so much more than my expectations were initially prepared for. Of course its Kathleen's latest book and it's set mostly in Alaska and it's packaged with a breathtaking cover, all things
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Chelsea by: Melanie
Shelves: favorites
WOW I’M EMO THIS WAS SO GREAT I JUST I’m rating this 5/5 from a purely emotional standpoint, but it’s probs more of a 4 or 4.5 bc I was really annoyed of the love interest pulling some “ girls look better without make-up ” bullshit but the rest of this was perfection and I’m crying in the club ...more
Aug 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Substantive, Scrumptious Slow Burn!!

This was my first read by Ms. Tucker, and glory days can the woman write!

Calla’s father is dying and wants to see her, although he has been mostly absent in her life. Her mother left him when she was only two years old. He lives thousands of miles away in the western wilds of Alaska and owns a small airline company.

As a warning before she leaves to visit her father, her mother tells her not to fall for one of the pilots, or in her words “sky cowboys.” Of
chan ☆
Jun 13, 2019 rated it liked it
cute.... but if a man told me i looked better without makeup and prevented me from having my luggage he'd get a swift kick to the 'nads
Just finished my reread of this book! It was just as great the second time around and I very much agree with my original review. Jonah still drove me nuts at the beginning of this book and I'm still not a fan of the 'barbie' nickname, but all the characters won me over in the end. I adore this book so much and it makes me want to visit Alaska so bad.

Holy fuck I loved this. So I went into this book with pretty low expectations. He Will be My Ruin is one of my all time favorite
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
its taken me awhile to figure out how to write this review because, as you can tell from the rating, i really enjoyed this! its been awhile since ive read a NA book that i liked this much. and its probably because the story reminded me a lot of colleen hoover and renee carlinos work - both are authors whom i absolute adore! but this story has a couple of big issues and im still kind of confused as to why they dont bother me.

the first problem is calla. as ive mentioned before in other reviews,
Samantha Young
Nov 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My top read of 2018 so far!

This is my first K.A. Tucker book and it most certainly won't be my last. I was transported to the wilds of Alaska by Tucker's stunning writing. A poignant, authentic story about family and love. It touched me because it was so achingly real and I honestly can't remember the last book that made me cry this hard. It also made me laugh out loud a lot! The banter and chemistry between Calla and Jonah was just so on point. I was swept up in this story. It was quietly
Aug 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars
Re-read#2 (2/14/2020) rereading this because the anticipation is killing me! I need the sequel like yesterday! I freakin love this book and I’m both nervous and excited for the rest of Jonah and Calla’s story!

5 ‘Sky cowboys’ stars

What hold does Alaksa have on them? What makes this place worth giving everything else up?

A nice heartwarming story about love and forgiveness. This was my first K.A Tucker’s book, and I loved it.

Calla Fletcher was born in Alaska but she left with her mother when she
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im gonna move to alaska and find me a viking sky cowboy and live my best life even tho im terrified of heights on a good day and my sanity is highly dependent on my wifi speed but, we'll make it work

K. A. Tucker how effing dare you make me feel like a book is part of my soul to just end it and not continue it forever????!!!!

anyways, you should pick up this book bc its so fricken atmospheric and well developed in writing and characters and INTERESTING AND INCREDIBLE AND FUN

**** 4.5 Stars!!!! ****

I loved this book! It would have been a five stars for me but the beginning was a bit slow... Once it got started though it was a book that was full of emotion and heart! I’m not a reader that cries very often, but this story challenged my tear ducts more than a few times!

I’ve always had a soft spot for stories that take place in Alaska, and this one was no exception! Calla has grown up in the city of Toronto but she’s always felt an emptiness regarding her father whom her
Aug 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, net-galley, faves
5 Simply Perfect Stars

K A Tucker is one of my absolute favorite authors, and this is now my absolute favorite book by her! Sorry “Ten Tiny Breaths “you still are fabulous... but this book has edged you out of that top spot! When you pick up a k a Tucker book you know you are going to go on an emotional journey, filled with fabulously complex characters, and a plot filled with twists and secrets that will keep you on your toes.... this book did all that and so much more... truly a beautiful
Larry H
May 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'll admit, I have a straight-up obsession with Alaska. Of course, I'm far from the roughing-it type, so my appreciation of the "Last Frontier" comes from the pictures I've seen from those on Alaskan cruises, books like The Great Alone or The Smell of Other People's Houses , and movies.

I must say, that when a character in K.A. Tucker's book The Simple Wild said she loved Alaska because of what she saw in the movie "Into the Wild," I actually laughed out loud, because I felt seen.

Anyway, all
Patty ~ Wrapped Up In Reading Book Blog
*****FIVE STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Publisher}

He’s not like any other guy I’ve dated or crushed on. And while he’s capable of making my blood boil like no one else, I feel a magnetic pull toward him that I can’t explain.

THE SIMPLE WILD is a story filled with so much heart and emotion. It’s one of those books that will leave a lasting impression on you long after you’ve finished it. K.A Tucker’s writing is brilliant. You feel as if you are in Alaska with how the author brings it to
Aug 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Re-reading this beauty for a buddy read, but decided to listen to the audiobook this time, and so far the narration is already a good one..... enjoying it a LOT! Jonah is already make me chuckle....

The audiobook was as emotional and captivating as the physical book. Love this sotyr, and can't wait to read Wild at Heart/.


4.5 stars

I knew, according to other reviews, that this book was something special. Since I never read anything by this author before, I didn't
K.A. Tucker
Dec 09, 2019 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
I'm having a blast writing the sequel, Wild at Heart It's coming 3.3.2020
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THE SIMPLE WILD: Is a full length, stand alone romance novel by K.A. Tucker.

Calla Fletcher was born in the Alaskan wild, but her mother couldn't settle down in such a remote life style and they moved to Canada when Calla was a two year old toddler. Calla's not set foot on Alaskan soil since.

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Now we see her as a twenty six year old living in Toronto with her mother and step father, life is good, until things spiralled out of control all within a day as she's being laid off from her job
Jennifer Kyle
Aug 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
4.5 - 5 Stars

"What makes this place worth giving everything else up?”


K.A. Tucker delivers a story of forgiveness and love with the vividly written Alaskan wild as its back drop. It’s about a daughter whose parents love story is a very sad one. Calla hasn’t had any relationship with her father since their split twenty some odd years ago. When she’s called by an employee of his to visit with her ill father she decides to head to Alaska and see what her mother left behind and perhaps get some
Sep 25, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Update: I did shed some tears. Not as many as I would've liked though.
I was about 40% in when I felt myself starting to like the book more and more. The characters absolutely irritated me at first. But that was the point. Calla wasn't used to the lifestyle in Alaska and being a city girl, that just wasn't working out for her.
Jonah is your classic, lovable dick.

For both Calla and Jonah, there is more than what meets the eye, and I really loved seeing their character develop.
There was just a nice
May 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I Loved The Simple Wild! 26 year old city girl Calla, receives a call one night that her estranged father, Wren, is ill in Alaska. Calla barely remembers her brief years in Alaska as she was young when she and her mother left years ago. Her relationship with her dad is distant at best, but given the currently uneventful state of her life in Toronto, she decides to take the trip. Once there, she meets Agnes, a woman who’s relationship with Wren is complicated, as well as Jonah, a young pilot ...more
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5 stars

This is one of these books that you'll stay with you forever.It was such a beautiful, captivating and unique story.I felt so connected to Calla it was like I was her!


The Simple Wild isn't a simple romance it's so much more.Prepare yourself and go blind into this one, you will have so many feelings.It's one of these stories that will touch you and it will bring you many emotions.

The romance was perfect, it was so entertained watching them battle most of the time.I love their
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
If I were to base my rating on the first half of the book, I think I would have given this 2-stars. I was irritated (!!!) with the female MC and was ready to DNF, but the last 25% really turned my rating around.

I like a story where we start off disliking a main character and then slowing morph into loving them. Now, I'm not sure that was K.A. Tucker's plan, but I certainly started off hating Calla.

Calla was a bratty, entitled girl who wore wedge heels and brought a suitcase of basically just
Debbie Oliphant
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am so glad I purchased this book. This is my first from this author and it won't be the last. The valuation of a good story is the feeling you experience when it is done. The author takes her time developing the characters which allows the story to evolve with the appropriate conclusion.

Calla receives a phone call from a friend of her father, who she has not heard from in 12 years, that he has lung cancer. She is numb to the news at first because so much time has past, but she makes a decision
Dec 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Me: *sees this book being read by some people she follows*
Me: maybe I should try reading it?
Me: it’s not like it’s going to take me a long time to read a romance
Me: and I need a quick mindless book right now, even if it’s mediocre

*12 days later*

Me: WHO AM I? why am I not living in Alaska? why am I hurting?
Me: ... I don’t think I can read anymore. NOTHING WILL EVER BE AS AMAZING AS THIS BOOK

... but in the best way.

I didn’t know what I was getting into when I picked this book up. I didn’t know
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘
Aug 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ by: Melanie

3.5 stars, and I'm still not sure I should round it up, but \_(ツ)_/.

The last time I saw my dad, we argued. I shouldn't remember, because it wasn't the first time, but I do remember, because that's the last time I saw him. I remember sitting in the car besides him while he was being a jerk to my mother, and I remember thinking - not for the first time - and screaming - for the first time - THAT'S ENOUGH. I remember him, sitting on a chair in my mum's garden a few hours later, asking me, no,
Aug 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

This is quite possibly my favorite romance book I have read this year (Ghosted comes in a very close second place). I felt compelled to slap Jonah in the face for Calla's sake when she first meets him, but by the end of the book I was all-in for their relationship. This is very much enemies-to-lovers done right!

Beyond the romance story line there is so much depth with Calla's relationships with her parents, her stepfather, and her father's next door neighbor. This is very much not
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This book is definitely one of those I'll remember for a while. Beautiful setting of the Alaskan wilderness and memorable characters... I could practically FEEL the fresh air while reading this book.
Jun 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, netgalley, loves
View this review and many more at: Ashes Books & Bobs.

I think the Texas heat has made my obsession with Alaska come to a head this summer. I have been religiously watching Alaska State Troopers and have been eager to read or watch anything Alaskan-related lately. Thanks to Atria Publishing, my obsession was able to continue when I received the ARC of The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker through Netgalley. This book has been one of my most anticipated reads for the year and did not disappoint.

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K.A. Tucker writes captivating stories with an edge.

She is the internationally bestselling author of the Ten Tiny Breaths and Burying Water series, He Will Be My Ruin, Until It Fades, Keep Her Safe, The Simple Wild, Be the Girl, and Say You Still Love Me. Her books have been featured in national publications including USA Today, Globe & Mail, Suspense Magazine, Publisher's Weekly, Oprah Mag,

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