If you haven’t had a chance to read The Simple Wild yet, I highly recommend it! There’s three books in the series: The Simple Wild, Wild At Heart, and Forever Wild. The series follows Calla, a lost twenty-something living in Toronto. When she finds out her estranged father Wren is sick, Calla flies to Alaska to see him. Life in Alaska is radically different from her life in Toronto, and Calla struggles to adjust. She meets Jonah, one of the bush pilot’s for her father’s company. Jonah would like nothing more than to take Calla the city girl back where she belongs, and while he’s probably right, Calla wants to prove him wrong. As the two get to know each other, they form an unexpected bond, and their bickering turns into so much more.
I loved The Simple Wild series. It made me long for a simple life in a rural setting. I quickly fell in love with Calla and the tough but sweet Jonah. These books made me laugh, cry, and swoon.
I recently finished the final book in the Simple Wild series, Forever Wild. Ever since I’ve had a massive book hangover so I decided to update my list of similar books. Some I have read, some I haven’t yet, but all look amazing. If you too have similar feelings after finishing the series, this list is for you!
Workaholic surgeon Erika Sheridan reluctantly takes a forced vacation and heads to Wild River, Alaska where her best friend Cassie runs a tour company. There she is reunited with Cassie’s brother, Reed. Reed is all grown up and runs a search-and-rescue team, and he thinks Erika might be exactly what they need.
An Alaskan Christmas is the first in a series of five Wild River books, all taking place in Wild River, Alaska.
Graham Bennett ironically named his restaurant The Tourist Trap and now he’s stuck serving tourists in the town of Moose Springs, Alaska. Zoey Caldwell is on the trip of a lifetime, two weeks in the Alaskan wilderness. When an act of kindness brings Zoey into Graham’s orbit, she finds more than she planned.
The Tourist Attraction is the first in a series of three Moose Springs books.
When Mallory Reynolds, a wild animal photographer, flies into Alaska, her plane crash-lands. She is rescued by Michael Bradley, a mysterious mountain man living alone in the wilderness. As Mallory recovers in Michael’s secluded cabin, a deep bond forms between the pair. With a familiar feeling of romance in rural Alaska, Under The Northern Lights seems like the perfect choice to read after finishing Forever Wild.
Also set in Alaska, From Alaska With Love is a slow burn romance. When Sara Ryan sends a postcard to the troops she doesn’t expect to hear back let alone develop a relationship with its recipient. But when her card lands in the hands of Gabe Randall, the two become pens pals while Gabe is in Iraq. But as Gabe’s tour comes to an end, the two make plans to meet in Alaska and try out their relationship for real.
In 1974, Ernt Allbright makes the impulsive decision to move his family north to live on America’s last frontier: the Alaskan wilderness. In a remote corner of Alaska the Allbrights find a fiercely independent community. But as winter approaches, Ernt’s mental state begins to deteriorate, and his wife and daughter come to realize they are truly on their own.
In the wake of her divorce, Helen Carpenter signs up for a wilderness survival course in rural Wyoming. Through the trials of the wild, she learns more about herself and starts to see her life through a new perspective. Like The Simple Wild, it takes place in a remote destination and deals with the trials of living in the wild. Reviews promise it is hilarious and heartwarming.
When recently widowed Melinda Monroe sees an ad looking for a nurse practitioner in rural Virgin River, she picks up her entire life and moves, hopeful that the change of scenery is exactly what she needs to put her life back together. Set in a rural mountain town in California, Virgin River has many of the same elements as Wild At Heart: rural setting, close knit community, and plenty of romance. Plus it has a complementary Netflix show and it’s the first in a long series so it’ll be awhile before you feel the same woes of a finished story.
Set in a similar rural setting, Archer’s Voice follows Bree Prescott as she moves to the quiet lakeside town of Pelion, Maine, hoping to find some peace. There she meets Archer Hale, an isolated man facing demons of his own. Reviews promise that this is emotional and refreshing.
The full list is also available on Bookshop.org
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