TOUCHING THE CLOUDS by Bonnie Leon is an Inspirational Historical Romance set in 1930 Alaska wilderness.This is the first in the Alaska Skies series. It is well written with depth and details. It is very descriptive with scenes of Alaska and its territory in the early days. It has adventure, faith, romance, dreams, struggles with faith and past hurts, courage, determination, and spirit. It is about the struggles of a young female pilot named Kate, who dreams of becoming an Alaskan Bush pilot and finding her true spirit. She is spunky, fearless, adventurous, and determined to prove herself as a bush pilot. Paul is strong, lonely, grieving from his past loses, mysterious and his faith has dwindled. Their are a host of other characters who are just as interesting throughout this story, for they are a lively, adventurous, and full of spirit bunch. It you enjoy adventure, romance and exciting wild cast of characters you will enjoy this one. I would recommend this book for it will encourage your faith and leave you with a good feeling. This book was received for review and details can be found at Revell and My Book Addiction and More.
On the day Kate Evans was to marry Richard, she flew off to Alaska to fulfill her dream of being a bush pilot using her own plane, Fearless Kate, being the first female pilot in Alaska in 1935. She felt she had to prove herself among her male coworkers. Mixed in the treacherous flights through hazardous conditions, Kate is dealing with the romance of two different men, a co-worker, Mike, and Paul, who lives in the wilderness, leaving her with tentative relationship issues. Secrets abound in Paul and Kates pasts, making that relationship more complicated than necessary.Bonnie delves deep inside the issues of the characters, with all their flaws, baggage and secrets. She describes Kate as a strong-minded/stubborn woman who knows what she want out of life; Paul, as a secretive man hiding from the pain of his past; and Kates male co-workers as a mixed bag of pilots, some of whom create a whole new set of discrimination issues that Kate must endure. In my day, they were called chauvinistic. Gotta read it to see what I mean!Bonnie weaves faith issues throughout Kates life, but having dwindled in Pauls. Flying and living in the Alaskan terrain brings out the faith or lack thereof in the pilots and characters in the book living there. Will Pauls faith be rekindled? Or will he remain aloof? Bonnie leaves room to find out more about each character in subsequent books.Bonnies writing style pulls you into the dangerous episodes throughout the mountainous,wild terrain, be it snow, blizzards, intense storms, or fog, and includes accidents and engine failures. Her vivid, intricate descriptions of the wildland and mountainous areas of Alaska reminded me of breathtaking scenes Ive seen in books. Reading her book is like watching a movie in your mind. Let your imagination soar!This book was provided free by Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, in exchange for my honest review. A pleasure that I enjoyed.
Touching the Clouds is my first experience with Bonnie Leons writing and I am surprised by how much I liked this book. It sounded like a good book with an interesting story, but the setting is what I was most interested in. I like stories that are set in Alaska, but this book was especially enjoyable. The setting was the star of the story with romance being more in the background, which I liked. I am really happy that I enjoyed Touching the Clouds as much as I did because now I have a new author to look forward to. This book is fun, entertaining, and has a good, solid Christian message that readers will really appreciate. Touching the Clouds is also the first in the Alaskan Skies series, which makes me a happy reader. Overall, Touching the Clouds is a story that will please readers who love romance and readers who love adventure. I highly recommend this book for a wide variety of readers. I loved this story.
Before Alaskas statehood, Kate and Paul travel there separately, one searching for solitude and one itching for adventures of being a bush pilot. Kate knows it will be her biggest challenge to pilot in a mans world but her determination keeps her in the game. She and Paul both carry a secret from their past they wish not to share. Their attraction is immediate but their journey to understanding one another proves a treacherous pathway. The vivid descriptions of the wilderness settings almost become characters in the story that you will miss when you finish the book. Kate is a strong and stubborn heroine, which increases interest in the story.
Kate Evens is a girl with big dreams and high expectations living in the 1930's. She is one not to just sit around and dream, but live out those dreams through great journeys. In her small town in Washington, there is a young man she is to marry, but she knows her heart is not in it. She cares deeply for this young man, but she is afraid if she marries she will never succeed in filling her dream as a bush pilot in Alaska. Not many women get to live out that dream, but Kate is determined to give it all she has.Kate leaves behind the young man who is madly in love with her, along with her parents. As her mother is sad to see her go, her father, who taught her how to fly is excited to see his daughter follow her dreams.Kate flies and lands in Alaska and now a real journey begins. She meet many interesting characters and finds the journey is not so easy. But does she have what it takes? There is one who comes along and catches Kate's eye, but Kate seems to catch the of many. She is a woman who knows what she wants and is willing to work hard to get it, but she is not willing to give of herself. Kate is spunky, fearless, and one I admire. Just to follow your dreams as Kate does and experience new things is a gift. Kate not only must prove herself to the men who fly, but to herself. Through this she finds her true spirit. You will like Kate and the adventures that follow her. It seems there is a new one around every corner, but she is surrounded by the people of Alaska who have a heart for those chasing dreams. I enjoyed reading about Kate, her dreams and the journeys she traveled. She shows us never to give up, and how to push through our fears with faith.This book was a gift from Revell for it's review.