This is the first book I've read by Bonnie Leon and it won't be the last. Though billed as a romance, it doesn't follow the typical format you'd see in a romance. The two main characters don't spend much time together in this book, but their individual stories held my attention.This historical romance takes place in Alaska. Kate, a young woman seeking a new life filled with adventure as a bush pilot, leaves all that is familar and flies to Anchorage. Things start out rough for her, but soon she fulfills her dream and is flying as a bush pilot. She isn't looking for love, but she attracts the attention of two men, one a fellow pilot, the other a wilderness man. The story follows Kate during her first year as a bush pilot and the many sticky situations she finds herself in. My favorite gentre is romantic suspense, but this book had plenty of suspense to hold my attention to the end. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
From the moment I started reading the new book Touching the Clouds by Bonnie Leon, I was unable to put it down. Each chapter of this book is filled with one adventure after another, as the reader follows Kate on her wedding day, making her escape into the clouds. Kate leaves behind her fiance, calling off the event and restructuring her future. With careful consideration, Kate decides to migrate to Alaska and begin a new life as a pilot.In Touching the Clouds, author Bonnie Leon shares a cultural experience with her readers. Several characters are introduced into the Alaskan homestead, such as Kate the new arrival, Paul the native from California, and local Alaskan natives. Each character adapts to the challenges of living in Alaska. In the story, we learn how they depend on one another and survive living in the wilderness. We learn that many come to Alaska to hide from their past and begin a new life filled with challenges, just like Kate.While the book does include a bit of romance, the central theme of the novel is adventure, and Kate has enough of them to fill all 364 pages in this book! As you read the story, you find yourself cheering for Kate and her friends. A bit of a warning though...the book is realistic and includes animal trapping and skinning. I found this made me uncomfortable, yet I knew it was essential to the story. The author balances this with the working dogs in the story, who carry the wood on sleds, guard their owners, and reveal a playful personality. You'll even meet a raven bird who also becomes a character in the novel!I received an advance copy of this book from Revell Books, the publisher.
I love a good adventure and that is just what this book brings to the table. Set in Alaska while it is still a territory, Kate has an adventurous spirit that just isn't ready to be tamed yet. She leaves her fiancee before the wedding because even though they have been friends their whole lives growing up in Washington, she just doesn't feel ready to settle down. She has a dream and that involves the Alaska territory and piloting. She sets out to accomplish just that and it was fun to join her on her journey. This is a good beginning to a new series and I am curious to see where Bonnie Leon is going to take these characters in the future, I plan on tagging along for the ride.
I always believe in giving my honest opinion in books and I will do no less with this book. It is wonderfully written by Bonnie Leon, a gifted and talented author. However, while this was a unique start to an interesting new series, I found that it was a bit too slow for my tastes. Definitely not a "relaxing" read. The plot and characters blend well together, but I think I was expecting something more fast-paced and adventurous when I read the blurb of Kate being a bush pilot. But, all that being said, Leon did a fantastic job with building a plot of always following your dreams, never just settling. With Kate, Paul and even Mike, adding some serious depth to the story, Leon shows her ability to take a character and detail them so much that it's like you've always known them. With all the people in this novel learning to let go, move on, praying and trusting in God, it adds a great Christian message.Back to the beginning of my review. Honesty. I give this book 4 stars for a unique and interesting story, and because it is sure to appease the reading appetite of people who enjoy a more serious, slower type story. However, as well written as it was, it was a bit too slow for me to fully 100 percent enjoy this story. I will be looking for book 2 in this series to release, in hopes that Kate's story is continued with a little more adventure this time!
The first book in the Alaskan Skies series, "Touching the Clouds" is a fun read. Filled with vibrant descriptions, Leon works hard to create the setting and pull the reader into the Alaska wilderness. While the characters may seem familiar, their unique occupations and setting give the story a fresh feel.---It's 1935 and Kate Evans doesn't want the "normal" life. While women her age settle down and start families, Kate hops into her plane and flies to Alaska to be a bush pilot. She pushes through many obstacles, overcoming the harsh Alaska weather as well as people's assumption about her gender.Along the way Kate meets a variety of characters, including handsome pilot Mike Conlin and mysterious wilderness man Paul Anderson. Both men capture her attention, but Kate's heart battles over her love of flying and the fear of how a relationship will hinder her passion.As Kate searches her heart, she keeps trying to prove her worth to the other pilots and passengers. While she does, she has to face her fears to fully realize her dream of flying the wild Alaskan skies.