The Simple Wild: A Novel by K.A. TuckerThe Simple Wild: A Novel by K.A. Tucker

The Simple Wild: A Novel

byK.A. Tucker

Paperback | August 7, 2018

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City girl Calla Fletcher attempts to reconnect with her estranged father, and unwittingly finds herself torn between her desire to return to the bustle of Toronto and a budding relationship with a rugged Alaskan pilot in this masterful new romance from acclaimed author K.A. Tucker.

Calla Fletcher was 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 her father reaches out to inform her that his days are numbered, Calla 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 new subarctic environment, Jonah—the quiet, brooding, and proud Alaskan pilot who keeps 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. As time passes, she unexpectedly finds herself forming a 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.
Title:The Simple Wild: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 8.25 × 5.31 × 1 inPublished:August 7, 2018Publisher:Atria BooksLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it!! I picked up this book a few months ago and have read it all and reread my favourite parts a dozen times at least. I have read four books of this genre since and keep comparing them to this one because it set a new standard. I loved the relationship between Calla and her step-dad. It was great to watch the ease of which they interacted. The relationship between Calla and her dad was so well written. The hesitation, forgiveness and slow building of their love and friendship felt so authentic. Of course this makes the end of the book that much more heartbreaking and meaningful. I loved the beautifully described scenery of Alaska and accurate depiction of the dedication it takes to be a bush pilot. The push and pull between Calla and Jonah is fresh and their romance sincere. I loved the little Canadian references and can’t wait to check out more by this author.
Date published: 2019-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply the Best. Over this past year, I have read my fair share of romance novels. The Simple Wild is without a doubt the greatest of them all. How do I know this? Your heart will physically ache for these characters and their journey. You will fall in love with every aspect of this book. The characters, the setting, the storyline... everything. It is perfectly written. It is not overly predictable or unrealistic. If you're looking for heart wrenching, emotional, feel good romance, The Simple Wild is for you! I promise you will absolutely not regret it.
Date published: 2019-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Could not put it down!!! Loved this book so much, you get so attached to these characters that when you finish the book, you are not ready for it to be over. Do yourself a favour and give this a read!
Date published: 2019-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must read I loved this book everything about it was amazing ..
Date published: 2018-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Beautiful Father-Daugher Story that Reduced Me to Tears If you've been anywhere near any type of social media this year, you've seen people rave about The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah. I read it earlier this year and it blew me away, totally lived up to the hype, etc. etc. etc. So when I picked up The Simple Wild, I have to be perfectly honest and admit that I was expecting something in the realm of The Great Alone and the book disappointed me in that regard. BUT WAIT. This does not mean that The Simple Wild is a disappointment in any way, shape, or form. The Simple Wild is NOT The Great Alone and shouldn't be compared to it at all. Yes, the books both take place in Alaska and are stories of families but the similarities end there. Alaska is a main character in The Great Alone, but in The Simple Wild, it fades into the background as a stunning backdrop to a heartwarming and heart wrenching story. The Simple Wild is a beautiful father-daughter story that reduced me to tears on a couple of occasions and the story of a girl trying to find her self and her identity. The story is sweet and profound and absolute perfection from beginning to end. The only other K.A. Tucker book that I've read was a thriller last year and I'm absolutely blown away by how well she tackles both genres. If you're looking for me in the next few months, I'll be devouring her backlist.
Date published: 2018-11-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A rugged Alaskan wilderness romance No….why did the rugged Alaskan wilderness, the strong community relationships and the oh so chemistry-charged banter between Calla and Jonah have to end?! THE SIMPLE WILD simply blew my expectations away. I assumed I was getting into a light romance, which is great, but Tucker delivered so much more with her in depth plot and characters. I was not always a fan of Calla because let’s face it, she’s hugely entitled, but that’s what makes the dynamic between her city dwelling self and rugged Jonah so engrossing. I cannot get enough of the charge between two characters who defy the odds of being together! I loved the teasing and their antics but loved it more when they sealed their relationship. THE SIMPLE WILD is not all romance. There is a deep and meaningful plot between a father and his daughter that plays throughout the story and tugged at my heartstrings. This is my first K.A. Tucker book that so many book friends recommended and I’m glad I picked this one up!
Date published: 2018-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A 'must read' I got this book after seeing an interview with the author. I had never read Tucker's work before and was I ever happy that I decided to try it. Wonderfully written. Amazing character development. Descriptive without getting boring. I didn't want it to end!!
Date published: 2018-09-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic I loved this book. It was my 1st romance novel and it did not disappoint. I'm not a romance person but this had the perfect amount for me. Not overkill or ridiculous cheesy. I was routing for everyone in the novel. was nice to like all the characters, even the minor ones. And I liked that the main characters were flawed. It hit closer to home for me on a personal level close to end, so I had a hard time getting through the last 90 pages without a box of kleenex next to me. So happy I stumbled upon this gem. Will be on my list of favourites.
Date published: 2018-09-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from READ THIS!!! I FREAKING LOVED EVERY SECOND OF THIS BOOK. The setting was great. The characters were fleshed out. The plot was cryable and realistic. EVERYTHING WAS PERFECT. I had some minor annoyances with this book but set that aside, it was just terrific. This book just reaffirms my love for Alaska-esque stories. They are so unique and enjoyable. I have not read a contemporary romance in a while but honestly this was just what I was looking for. The right amount of romance paired with a devouring storyline. The love making scenes were written to par, it did not feel platonic at all, it felt genuine. This book did NOT end on the note I expected it to, and I want a sequel. Right now
Date published: 2018-09-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This was such a feel good story, and is so far my favourite read of the summer!! This was my first book I’ve read of K. A. Tucker’s, and it did not disappoint! I felt drawn to this book when it was first advertised being released, last month. Once I bought it, I immediately started to read it. This book put me through such an emotional roller coaster. I have been in some similar situations as the main character, Calla, and the situations regarding her father. So, I was able to relate to and connect with the main character and her feelings, more easily. This book left me in tears near the end, that my boyfriend wanted me to put it away because of how much of an emotional wreck it was leaving me in! I loved the banter between Calla and Jonah, and I was so excited to see if their relationship would develop into something more! And I was very much wanting to see if Calla and her father could repair their broken relationship. Could NOT put this book down for the life of me, and I adored it so much. I can’t wait to read other books by K. A. Tucker!
Date published: 2018-08-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing book! Do yourself a favour and stop reading all reviews right now and go get this book! This was such a beautifully written book about love, loss & second chances. I was completely absorbed into this book and felt myself feeling everything with the characters. All I wanted to do was finish the book, but was so sad when it was over and the ending left me completely content.
Date published: 2018-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Story!! One of my Favourites of the Year! One of my favourites of this year!! The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker will make you swoon and cry all at once. I felt like I was in a similar situation with Calla especially in parts near the end of the book with her father. Plus who wouldn't help falling in love with a rugged, and proud Alaskan pilot named Jonah. Also this book definitely got me out of my book slump. I really also enjoyed that it was set in Alaska and Toronto which made it even better since I could relate to some of the areas there. As a big fan of K.A. Tucker, this book had all the emotions between love, loss, and knowing where you come from. After her mother left Alaska when Calla was two, leaving behind her father, Wren Fletcher, after twenty-four years she has finally comes back to see her father and to the town where she was born. Everything in this book got me. From her relationship with her father, and reconnecting with him. The character growth for Calla, and all the supporting characters that will make you fall in love with the setting. While I didn't like Jonah right away I knew that the chemistry between them was going to be strong. Even if her mother did warn her about falling in love with a pilot. I did like that the romance was not a insta-romance because you get to see them in their own way fall in love with each other. The ending of the book is full of emotions that you will definitely be crying. I felt like I really connected with Calla at this moment because I went through a similar situation with my own father almost two years ago. Overall, The Simple Wild was a fantastic read that now has become one of my favourites of this year! If you haven't read any of K.A. Tucker's books I recommend you get them immediately. The last part of the end was also heartwarming that I'm already looking forward to Tucker's next romance book! Thank you Atria for a copy to review!
Date published: 2018-08-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An incredible journey that I’ll never forget! The Simple Wild was one of my most highly anticipated reads of the summer. What could be better than sitting back and letting K.A. Tucker’s captivating storytelling transport you to the wilds of Alaska for a story of family, reconnecting, forgiveness, and love? This story didn’t just meet my expectations, it surpassed them. This book had my undivided attention from the very beginning and took me on an incredible adventure that I’ll never forget. This book is the definition of a well-rounded novel. It had a little bit of everything that I enjoy when I’m reading. Between the story of a fractured relationship between a father and a daughter, the beautiful descriptive setting of the rugged Alaskan landscape, and the push and pull of an opposites attract romance, I was in my reading zone. The Simple Wild is an emotional story that will undoubtedly tug at the heartstrings of its readers. I was immediately invested in the characters’ lives, feeling all of their emotions and living their realities right along with them. K.A Tucker portrayed these characters in a genuine light, making their interactions and feelings as authentic and real as possible. You can take the girl out of the city, but you can’t take the city out of the girl. When Calla makes the decision to venture to Alaska to reconnect with her father, she’s traveling into unfamiliar territory. The desolate location is just as unfamiliar to her as her father is. I loved Calla. She swallowed her pride and took the step to mend fences with her dad. I wanted her to have this opportunity and to make the most of it. It certainly wasn’t an easy journey for Calla, and she had an antagonistic pilot who seemed to enjoy making her life that much more difficult. Jonah and Calla didn’t exactly hit it off from the start. He was rugged, outdoorsy, and lived a simple life, while she was accustomed to the perks and ease that city life afforded. Their back and forth, banter, and tension offered up the perfect amount of humor to offset the more emotional parts of this story. I do love an opposites attract novel, and this one was done just right. It is a slow burn that allows the reader’s anticipation to build at the perfect pace. The Simple Wild is a moving story that just hit all of the marks for me. It is a book that I can see myself rereading at a later time and still enjoying every single word as much as I did the first time.
Date published: 2018-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from OH THE FEELS! KA's books have always resonated with me, but this one hits home closer then any other book I've read. KA brings this world to life as if it's a movie running through my head. Calle is having one of those days that goes from bad to worse! First she is downsized from her job, then she receives a call from a friend of her father whom she hasn't spoken to in more then a decade. She finds out he has just been diagnosed with cancer and decides she should take a week to head up to Alaska to take this chance to know the man whom she hasn't seen since she was 2. She goes from the hustle and bustle of downtown Toronto to a tiny little town in northern Alaska. The bugs, the small town everyone knows everyone mentality. Not only that, she also has to deal with the man who seems to be like a son to her father, and has zero interest in getting to know the princess from the big city. This book has all the feels, I was laughing out loud at points, swooning over a bush pilot (never though i'd say that), and cried along side Calle as she deals with the reality of this new world she's been dropped into. The way KA depicts the heart wrenching realities families go through, the ups and the downs is SPOT ON! ALL the feels! Not only do we see this new relationship with her father blossom we also get an insight into the man who raised her as his own. I like that she didn't forget about her stepfather just because her biological father has come back into her life. The relationship Calle develops with Jonah is an interesting one, at first you can't see how these two would ever end up together, but as always KA takes us on a journey that she has mapped out from the moment you open the book. It's a wonderful blend of romance, heartache, and humour! DID I MENTION THE FEELS!! OMG!
Date published: 2018-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from K.A. Tucker gives new meaning to the word yeti. After Calla receives a call about her father, whom she hasn’t seen since she was two, she makes her way to the Alaskan wilderness to get to know him. What she doesn’t expect to find is an angry yeti bush pilot to butt heads with. Will the simple wild be to much for the city girl to handle? The Simple Wild has got to be up there in my list of favorite romance novels and one of my favorite K.A. Tucker books. She managed to take two totally different characters and perfectly form it into a realistic romance. I love how the simple wild sticks out from the same repetitive themes. I rarely see romance novels about bush pilots and its great to see a different theme that stuck out. This novel really has everything. Humor, heartache and romance all put together in a hard to put down and irresistible story. It makes you question what is out there and what you could be missing. Complimentary copy provided by the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
Date published: 2018-08-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Exactly as good as I expected It was so good. Loved the relationship between Calla and her dad and Calla and her stepfather. Alaska was its own character. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read!!! I am so happy that I went into the book completely blind. I think that this is my new favourite book by KA Tucker. She was able to balance romance, humour, and sadness perfectly. It felt like it was a true story. I learned so much about the lifestyle of Alaskan people as well. As much as it was about Alaska, I loved seeing my home town Toronto in it as well. I enjoyed all of the characters, especially Calla. I loved seeing her growth as the book progressed. There was definitely some humour in this book, just ask some of my neighbours! I startled them with my laughing! I highly recommend this book for everyone and I can't wait for everybody to get their hands on this book!
Date published: 2018-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book made me feel so much! 4.5/5 stars I went into this book completely blind except for knowing that Alaska played a part in the story. Wow, the last 100 pages blew my mind. This book was so much more emotional than I was expecting. I am happy to say that this book made me feel so much! The Simple Wild is a contemporary romance. Although I would say that there is so much more to the story than just the romance. The narrator is 26 year old Calla Fletcher. The book takes place in both Toronto and rural Alaska. I am a big KA Tucker fan. So I absolutely could not wait to read this book. I have a huge TBR pile and only very few books get read as soon as I get them. But this was one of them. I also love that the cover model for this book is another favorite author, Renée Carlino. There are a bunch of aspects of this book that I think are note worthy: 1. Alaskan setting, 2. the relationship with her dad, 3. Calla herself, 4. the romance, 5. the supporting characters. The Alaskan setting is the star of this book. I can't recall if I've ever read a book where Alaska was the main setting. But it was such a key and important part of this story. I really enjoyed how Alaska was such an important/amazing part of this book. The setting was like nothing I have ever experienced. And the people were so different and amazing, especially Mabel and Agnes. The setting was so unique. And I really enjoyed the airplane/pilots aspect of the story. The relationship with her dad was really compelling. I thought that her trying to reconnect with her dad was such a key and amazing part of this story. It definitely added so much to this book. Calla was an interesting narrator. Truthfully at the start of the book she was not the most likable narrator. She was nice enough. She definitely wasn't horrible. But she seemed a bit bratty and materialistic. Buying all kinds of fancy clothes, wearing fancy shoes, and needing tons of make-up seemed so snobby. But she definitely grew on me. Okay so I am going to put this out there: I did not really like Jonah at the start. It's not that Jonah was a bad guy. But the idea of Calla falling for him did not really make sense to me. For the first half of the book I was not really ecstatic with the romance aspect of the story. I was not really invested in the romance. I was hoping that the author could change my opinion. And she really did. There were some really amazing supporting characters in this book. I really liked Calla's mom. But I was completely in love with her stepfather Simon. I loved that he was British and that he was a shrink. Him giving Calla advice was such a great part of this book. The second half of the book was so good. The end was strong. And honestly for the last 100 pages I could not put the book down. I tend to love books that are emotional or that make me feel. And honestly I was not expecting this book to be as emotional as it was. And I was not expecting to feel as much as I did. There was one thing that happened at 95% that made me feel so much. I could hardly stand it. I was so curious how this book would end. What would happen with her dad? What would happen with the romance? I was trying to figure out in my head what would be a satisfying ending. And I had trouble wrapping my head around anything that would make sense. But I think that the author did a good job. First half of the book was 4 stars. Second half of the book was 5 stars. However, to me the end is everything. And overall, the last 100 pages were so good, and made me feel so much. I really loved this story!
Date published: 2018-07-23

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The Simple Wild Prologue November 15, 1993 Anchorage, Alaska Wren sets the two navy suitcases next to the stroller and then reaches for the cigarette precariously perched between his lips, taking a long, slow drag. He releases smoke into the frigid air. “Just these?” “And the diaper bag.” I inhale the musky odor. I’ve always hated the smell of tobacco. I still do, except on Wren. “Right. I’ll go and get that,” he says, dropping the cigarette to the snowy ground and crushing it with his boot. He clasps his callused hands together and blows into them as he rushes back out to the tarmac, shoulders curled inward, to where the Cessna that delivered us here awaits its hour-long flight home. I quietly watch, huddled in my plush, down-filled coat against the icy wind, fiercely holding onto the resentment I’ve been carrying for months. If I don’t, I’ll quickly be overwhelmed by the pain of disappointment and impending loss, and I won’t be able to go through with this. Wren returns and settles the hefty red bag on the asphalt, just as a grounds worker swings by to collect my belongings. They exchange pleasantries, as if this is just any other passenger delivery, before the man shuttles my things away. Leaving us in tense silence. “So, what time do you get in?” Wren finally asks, giving the perpetual brown scruff on his chin a scratch. “Noon, tomorrow. Toronto time.” I pray Calla can handle ten hours of traveling without a meltdown. Though, that might distract me from having my own meltdown. At least the next plane is substantial, unlike the tiny things Wren insists on flying. God, how on earth did I ever think marrying a born-and-bred bush pilot was a good idea? Wren nods to himself, and then pulls our sleepy daughter out of the stroller and into his arms. “And you? Are you ready for your first big plane ride?” His wide grin for his daughter makes my heart twist. For the hundredth time, I wonder if I’m being the selfish one. If I should grit my teeth and bear the misery, the isolation of Alaska. After all, I made the bed I’m running from now. My father was quick to remind me of that when I admitted to my parents that life with Wren isn’t as romantic as I’d convinced myself it would be. When I admitted that I’ve cried at least once a day for the past year, especially during the painfully long, cold, dark winter, when daylight is sparse. That I hate living in the last great American frontier; that I crave being close to my family and friends, and the urban bustle of my childhood. In my own country. A deep frown line forms in Wren’s forehead as he plants a kiss on our happy, oblivious seventeen-month-old’s nose and sets her onto the ground. She struggles to toddle around, her stocky body bundled in a thick bubblegum-pink snowsuit to keep the icy wind at bay. “You know you don’t have to leave, Susan.” As quickly as I’d been softening, I harden again. “And what? Stay here, and be miserable? Sit at home with Calla under a happy lamp while you’re out, risking your life for a bunch of strangers? I can’t do it anymore, Wren. Every day is harder than the last.” At first I thought it was postpartum depression, but after months of flying back and forth to Anchorage just to talk to a therapist and refill a prescription for antidepressants that did little more than make me sluggish, I’ve accepted that it has nothing to do with hormones. And here I was, naïve enough to think Alaskan winters would be manageable, having grown up in Toronto. That being married to the love of my life would outweigh the challenges of living here, of having a husband whose chances of dying at work on any given day are alarmingly high. That my adoration for this man—and the attraction between us—would be enough to overcome anything Alaska threw at me. Wren slides his hands into the pockets of his navy checkered down vest, focusing his attention on the giant green pom-pom atop Calla’s knit hat. “Have you at least looked into flights over Christmas?” I dare ask, my last-ditch attempt. “I can’t take that much time off; you know that.” “Wren, you own the company!” I throw an arm toward the plane he brought us to Anchorage in, to the ALASKA WILD logo across the body. There are plenty more with the same emblem that make up the Fletcher family business, a charter company left to him after his dad passed away five years ago. “You can do whatever the hell you want!” “People are counting on me to be here.” “I’m your wife! I’m counting on you! We are counting on you!” My voice cracks with emotion. He heaves a sigh and rubs the wrinkles from his brow. “We can’t keep going ’round in circles like this. You knew when you married me that Alaska is my home. You can’t just change your mind now and expect me to up and abandon my entire life.” Hot tears burn against my cheeks. I furiously smear them away. “And what about my life? Am I the only one who’s ever going to sacrifice in this relationship?” I never planned on falling head over heels for an American charter pilot while I was in Vancouver for a bachelorette party, but I did, and since then, it’s been all on me to keep us together, and I’ve done it with the reckless fervor of a woman madly in love. I moved across the country to British Columbia and enrolled in a horticultural program, just so I could be closer to Alaska. And then, when I found out I was pregnant, I dropped out of school and moved to Wren’s hometown, so we could marry and raise our child together. Only, most days I feel like I’m a single parent, because Wren’s always at the damn airport, or in the air, or making plans to be. And what am I left with? Dinner plates that grow cold from waiting, a toddler who asks for “Dada” incessantly, and this inhospitable subarctic soil that I’m lucky to grow weeds in. I’ve just kept on giving this man parts of me, not realizing that I was losing myself in the process. Wren looks past me, watching a commercial plane as it takes off from the nearby international airport. He looks desperate to be back in the air, away from this never-ending fight. “I want you to be happy. If going back to Toronto is what you need to do, then I’m not going to stop you.” He’s right; we can’t keep doing this, especially if he’s not willing to sacrifice anything to keep me around. But how can he just let us go like this? When I announced that my ticket was one-way, he did little more than grunt. Then again, I shouldn’t be surprised. Expressing feelings has never been one of Wren’s strengths. But for him to simply fly us here and set our belongings on the cold, hard ground next to us . . . Maybe he doesn’t love us enough. I hope that my mother is right, and a few months without a wife to cook his meals and warm his bed will jog a change in perspective. He’ll realize that he can fly planes anywhere, including Toronto. He’ll realize that he doesn’t want to live without us. I take a deep breath. “I should go.” He settles those sharp gray eyes on me, the ones that ensnared me four years ago. If I’d had any idea how much heartache the ruggedly handsome man who sat down next to me at a bar and ordered a bottle of Budweiser would cause . . . “So, I guess I’ll see you when you’re ready to come home.” There’s a rare touch of hoarseness to his voice, and it nearly breaks my resolve. But I hang onto that one word to give me strength: “home.” That’s just it: Alaska will never feel like my home. Either he truly doesn’t see that or he simply doesn’t want to. I swallow against the painful ball in my throat. “Calla, say goodbye to your daddy.” “Bye-bye, Da-da.” She scrunches her mitten-clad hand and gives him a toothy grin. Obliviously happy as her mother’s heart breaks.

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