I have to admit, I have been so behind on getting my book reviews done. Trying to make my site more personal and keeping up with my Marvelous Mom Reviews site has left very little time to read. When I tell my friends this, they look at me with dropped mouths. They know me, and my passion for reading.
Well, reading Bonnie Leon's first book in her Alaskan Skies series has hopefully gotten me back on track. I have loved Touching the Clouds since page one. We are propelled into the wilds and harsh climate of Alaska. As a reader we are able to live through Kate Evans, a bush pilot who, as a woman has a lot to prove in this rugged land.
This book is set in the 1930's and I'm a lover of historical fiction. I felt like I was right there with Bonnie's writing! Even being in Alaska in this time period, you have a sense of being drawn back to the past.
I enjoyed reading the trials Kate goes through as she feels she has to constantly prove herself, mostly to herself, and as she's drawn into the lives of those she interacts with on her flights. So many of the people she sees rely on her for so much. I was really sucked into the story line and sometimes I felt like I was flying right along with her.
Being that we're just coming into our winter, I thought this would be a fantastic book to read and get a feel of the cold and darkness of the beautiful Alaska!
I have always enjoyed Bonnie Leon's books. I was a teenager when I first read her Northern Light's series and it is still a fond memory. We were so thrilled as we worked hard to get the library to buy them!
Touching the clouds is a excellent piece of writing fiction. You will learn much of Alaskan history, and especially how planes figured in the early history of it. You also realize little has changed in some areas of Alaska, other than prices. I could have thought this a contemporary work of fiction, other than the prices were very low and I realized it was quite long ago. You will read the emotion of the characters in this book, and it will make you look forward to more of this series.
Touching the Clouds is a strong story about the surprises God has in store for Kate Evans as she pursues her dream of being a bush pilot. Kate is a headstrong young woman whose desire for adventure pulls her away for her Washington state home and into an encounter with a mysterious stranger in the Alaskan bush. Through rich descriptions, Leon immerses the reader in Depression-era Alaska. I loved the details about Alaska that fill Touching the Clouds.Leon writes with her heart, and that skill shines through in her prose. If youre looking for a fast-moving story filled with believable characters, Touching the Clouds is for you.My thanks to Revell for providing me with my review copy.
Being in the middle of summer, I enjoy an easy read on a hot summer afternoon that has an interesting setting, 1930s Alaska, a different employment, a bush pilot, and likable characters.Having a pilot as the main character is expected, but having it a woman is different. Kate wants more than what her life will be if she stay in Washington and marries the man who adores her. So off she goes flying her red Bellanca to Alaska to become a bush pilot. There she meets several men. There is... well, read the book and discovers the men she meets.I was intrigued with the descriptions of the land and the people. I recommend.
When everyone thought her plans for the future were set, Kate Evans decides to leave it all behind including her fianc for the wilds of Alaskan Territory. Her father taught her to fly, and she wants to live out her dream of being a pilot. Flying is not a hobby, but a career and she cant see herself in the traditional role of housewife. She moves away from her parents in the state of Washington to travel to a place unknown with no promise of a job, not knowing a soul, and no place to stay. Kate arrives in the town of Anchorage to find no one is hiring pilots and especially not a woman. She finds a job clerking in a general store and makes an instant connection with the owners. One particular customer intrigues her. Paul Anderson, the mysterious man who lives in the wilderness, keeps invading her thoughts. A part-time job of flying the mail plane comes up and she gets the job. Shes out to prove she can do it not only to everyone else, but to herself as well. Will she be accepted as a pilot in a mans world of flying? Will her own secret fears hold her captive and keep her from her dream and finally feeling peace? Trying hard to prove herself in a male-dominated career, she takes risks that she shouldnt. Then on a routine flight, she finds herself in trouble. Can she accept that things sometimes go bad and no one is infallible, or will she place blame on herself when things go terribly wrong? Can she move beyond her past and embrace the future? Will Paul ever come clean with his past so that he can work at what hes called to do and maybe even love again in his future? Ive always been intrigued by Alaska, and Bonnie Leons description of its beauty only enhances my desire to visit there someday. I enjoyed this story, living vicariously through Kate and her adventures. I look forward to the next book in her series.