Bonnie Leon takes you on a riveting tour of 1935 Alaska as pilot Kate Evans sets out to prove herself as a female pilot that can handle anything the bush throws at her. She quickly learns that being a pilot in the territory is more difficult than she anticipated, and is fraught with danger for pilots and the people who live there. Mike Conlin, a fellow pilot, is one of the few men who dont give Kate a hard time at the airfield where they work. Soon, she realizes that Mike means more to her than just a good friend and a relationship ensues. But there is also the mysterious Paul Anderson, the rugged and good-looking loner that lives along one of her wilderness routes. Kate is immediately intrigued by him, but finds that the more she tries to get to know him, the less she really knows. But her feelings for him wont let her stop trying. In the air, Kate encounters close calls more than once, each one bringing back a haunting memory from her past, which resulted in a tragic and regrettable flying mistake. As she struggles to forgive herself, Kate is determined to prevent a situation like that from happening again but it does. My Review Because I dont normally read a lot of historical fiction, I was a little skeptical about whether or not I would enjoy the book, but Touching the Clouds took me by surprise and was a great read. A treat. A book I couldnt wait to get back to reading and wanted to read more when it ended. I cant wait for the next book in the series. Whether you read historical fiction or not, you will enjoy this book. Highly recommended. Disclaimer A complimentary copy of this book was received for review.
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.