The Simple Wild: A Novel
I LOVED IT!!! But I knew I would. K.A. Tucker has become one of my most favorite authors ever. I connect deeply with each one of her books (and heroines), and I feel like I’m actually living them. I love her “voice”, and her brand of storytelling that is so unique to her, and yet so relatable to me.
This one was exactly what I was hoping for. Funny, heartwarming, and bittersweet. I read it with an almost permanent smile on my face. I was delighted. They had me chuckling so hard…
He reaches up to drag his fingers through his beard. “What’s wrong with this?”
“Nothing, if you’re planning on living alone in the mountains and foraging for food. And now walking quite upright.”
“So you’re saying you don’t like it.” There’s no mistaking the amusement in his voice.
He shrugs. “A lot of women like it.”
“No they don’t.”
“It’s my style.”
“No. Hipster is a style. Rockabilly is a style. Yeti is not a style.”
Tee hee!!! Oh the two of them and their banter… I LOVED it!! And then… the laugh-out-loud snorting too (but I’ll let you experience that chapter for yourself). 😉 Oh yes, and there was swooning… and even ugly-crying through quite a few pages.
That is how connected I was with these characters. EVERY SINGLE ONE. I especially loved her amazing step-father. What a fortunate woman to have such secure love surrounding her so deeply.
Kathy P: Just finished The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker. I stayed up late to finish it. Definitely one of my best reads of the year! Visiting Alaska is now at the top of my bucket list!!
Jean: Just about finished The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker and really loved it. For those of you who like the slow burn, and that initial dislike of each other slowly growing into something more, you will love this. And I loved all the aspects of Alaska and the types of people who live there and their way of life!
Maryse: I just wanna say… The Simple Wild <— I am still loving it, and it’s one of those books that you read with a sweet smile on your face. How I love this author, and her way with dialogue and introspection. It’s all so… real. Maybe she’s my new favorite. Okay… back to my book.
Kathy P: Get out the manny and your tissues on this book read. Someone posted on this site that you will feel and the emotions and that is true!! Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
Nay: …The story was powerful, just not at all what I was expecting. Hit a little close to home for me, another thing I wasn’t expecting, but I still enjoyed it 4 stars worth, I especially loved the last few chapters as far as the feelings they stirred in me.
Ash: I really enjoyed The Simple Wild – offbeat and even though I hate the cold, Alaska worked for me!
Kim: The simple Wild! K.A tucker does it again and better!
And while there’s nothing particularly … dramatic or uber-angsty, or jaw-dropping about this book, that doesn’t mean it won’t grip you. It hooks you right from the start, and it makes you feel (and feel everything…) every single step of the way.
So what’s it about?
Born in Alaska, but raised in a big city in an upper-class household by her mother and stepfather, Calla has pretty much only known the good things in life. Her mother, posh and prim, and her stepfather (a successful and sensible therapist) have made sure that she wants for nothing, and encourage and support her (and love each other, too). Sure, she’s been disappointed by the lack of her biological father (he’s in Alaska), but all in all, she’s a city girl at heart, operating a “Lifestyle blog” with her very best friend and living the good life.
But it’s when she receives a call from her dad’s neighbor in Alaska that her world really opens up. Her father is sick, and it would be time to get to know him, now, before it’s too late.
Arriving in Alaska with all of her luggage and trendy shoes, and meeting a surly Jonah (one of her father’s best pilots) is when her perception of reality comes to a screeching halt.
“Hell. Six other pilots available and I have to be the one to get you,” Jonah mutters to himself.
I close my eyes and lean my face against the window. The ice cold glass helps a bit even with the jarring bumps. “‘Don’t worry Calla.’ ‘It’s no big deal Calla.’ That’s what a decent person would say,” I mumble feebly.
“I’m here to get your high maintenance little ass to Bangor, not soothe your ego.”
He’s not impressed with her princessy fanfare…
I peer at his face – still masked by all the mangy hair and sunglasses and baseball cap, pulled low despite the lack of sun. How long has he been growing that bush for, anyway? Years? There are long, wiry hairs sticking out in every direction. I guarantee it’s never seen a pair of scissors or a comb. Ever.
My disgusted expression stares back at me from the reflection of his lenses and my mother’s words about falling in love with a pilot suddenly hit me.
I burst out laughing. Is Jonah what she would call a “sky cowboy”?
As if I’d ever fall for this guy.
…and she soon realizes life in Alaska is worlds away from what she’s used to.
All this open space around me and I’m trapped.
Priorities change significantly.
Along the way, she learns much about love of all kinds. The true love of family, friends and of course… true love 😉 And, she learns about herself.
It’s just fantastic!!! Truly vivid writing, believable characters that come to life and a subtle intensity that will take you by surprise BIG time. I sobbed. But I could not put it down, and the smile on my face from pretty much start-to-finish was well worth that bout of heartache.
P.S. So far, every single book I’ve read by this author, I would HIGHLY recommend. Next on my “K.A. Tucker list” is her latest psych-thriller. I’m SO excited about that one!!
P.P.S. Thank you to the publisher for sending me this review copy!!!
➔➔➔ Looking for more of my must-read recommendations? Browse my 5 star and 4.5 star reviews. 😀
I loved the stepfather too. Perfect review Maryse!
Thank you so much Kathy (and also for recommending it!!). A perfect quiet weekend read.
I hated the ending. I felt like it needed an epilogue. Just left you hanging. Not really knowing what happened.
I also loved this book and really related to the characters. My only problem with it was that there was no real epilogue and things were left kind of open ended
I loved it!
Am I the only one who LOVED Wren? When he sobbed… dammit! I sobbed. The sacrifices he made- thou punchworthy- oh how I was wishing for his story to be different. Such a strong silent man of few words.
I’m from Alaska. Born and bred and currently reside, from a small village. I’m about 25% in and am impressed with how accurate the author’s descriptions are of Alaska. (I don’t know how many other authors would know that WiFi isn’t always available but GCI is
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Love your review! I just finished reading it the other day I can’t believe I missed this one last year. I was in a reading slump after Katherine Center’s Things You Save in a Fire and this it’s exactly what I was looking for!
Thank you for letting me know!!! I love it when we love the same books. And I wanna read “Things You Save in a Fire” so bad!!!
You need to read Things You Save in the Fire! You’ll love it for sure. The ending was wrapped perfectly like a gift in my opinion. 😁 Also, please do a review of Well Met by Jen DeLuca I want to know your opinion. I read it few weeks ago, it was ok but I couldn’t rate it highly. It’s so annoying, I’m getting too fussy with the books I read lately. It’s possible my view of this book was influenced by my high opinion of The Simple Wild. Ughhh I think Calla and Jonah ruined me. 😣😂 Do you know any books close to this genre? Any suggestions would be highly appreciated. I love your blog btw, do you have a YouTube channel? If you don’t you should have, your reviews are legit!
YAY!!! Thank you for your recommendation (and your sweet comments) Hvitserk!!
I’d be happy to make a list in this genre for you, but I’d like to pinpoint what you mean by genre (romance books taking place in Alaska, or enemies-to-lovers, or just books that have a similar feel to K.A. Tucker’s writing, or…?)
I LOVE making lists, so I’m on it, as soon as I know exactly what you’re in the mood for. 😀
Sorry for the late reply! Yes enemies to lovers would work. I’m not really into that insta-love romance. 😅 But yes I sort of want that similar feelings to Tucker’s Writing. I read some recently and it’s either too cliché or I’m just getting picky lol. If you read Jamie Admans’ The Little Wedding Island and The Chateau of Happily Ever Afters I think you’ll get what I feel. I don’t really mind if it’s a 400 pages book as long as it has a good solid story, like the elements are there. Not too heavy but not too cliché. Just perfect imo. Oh and the most important thing, hopefully it’s not a dual POV. I don’t like to read what the other person thinks and feels. It kind of spoils the story for me. Haha I want the mistery to unfold at the end even if I want to shake them both for being so childish or sefish. If you read Wooing Caddie McCaffrey by Bethany Turner you’ll understand me. I can’t believe I actually cried a river. I didn’t even like it til I was reading 60% of the book. 😂😂😂 Thanks a lot!
I’m excited to see your suggestions! You’re a gem and thanks in advance
Another enemies-to-lovers recommendation with a similar vibe/tone as TSW would be so greatly appreciated. I can’t shake missing Calla & Jonah. 🙂 Thank you!!