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She went looking for adventure . . . and found more than she bargained for.Kate Evans is an adventurous and independent young woman with a pioneering spirit. When she leaves her home in Washington State to follow her dream of being an Alaskan bush pilot, she knows it will be an uphill battle. But she never expected it to be quite like this. As the lone woman in a man's worShe went looking for adventure . . . and found more than she bargained for.Kate Evans is an adventurous and independent young woman with a pioneering spirit. When she leaves her home in Washington State to follow her dream of being an Alaskan bush pilot, she knows it will be an uphill battle. But she never expected it to be quite like this. As the lone woman in a man's world, she finds that contending with people's expectations is almost as treacherous as navigating the wild arctic storms.When she crosses paths with a mysterious man living alone in the forbidding wilderness, she faces a new challenge. Can Kate break through the walls he has put up around his heart? And will fear keep her from realizing her dreams?Book 1 in the Alaskan Skies series, Touching the Clouds will draw you in with raw emotion and suspense, all against the stunning backdrop of the Alaskan wilds....

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  • Kristina
    2019-01-26 01:14

    After a shattering accident, Kate heads back to the skies and leaves her betrothed behind. Breaking her engagement, she takes her Bellanca named Fearless Kate to the outer reaches of civilization, Alaska. With her dreams of being a bush pilot firmly attached she takes a position at the local general store while waiting to be hired as a pilot. Along her journey she meets a myriad of interesting characters all of whom play a pivotal part in her journey towards rebuilding her confidence.Ms. Leon is an extremely knowledgeable writer and writes as if she has flown the skies of Alaska as a bush pilot herself. That being said, I had a very hard time identifying or following the plot of this story. At first, I thought the plot was to have Kate and another character fall in love, but that plot ignited and fizzled a few times throughout the book. I also had a hard time distinguishing when time had passed. A chapter would end and the next thing I know we are talking about a few months later or the next summer. There also seemed to be a lot of tangents running throughout the book. For example, one of the characters gets into a wolf fight and ends up killing a few wolves. However, you don't hear from the wolves again. This book is interesting if you enjoy the topics of flying or Alaska. If either of those interest you, then this book will give you many facts in a more novel based form. I felt like this novel was better thought of as a fictional memoir of a woman bush pilot in Alaska. That is what it brought to mind while I read it. Available July 2010 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing GroupThis book was provided for review purposes by Revell, a Division of Baker Publishing Group.

  • Carrie Kellenberger
    2019-02-12 18:23

    Touching the Clouds is a story about a young woman named Kate Evans who leaves home to become a bush pilot in Alaska. The only thing standing in the way of Kate being a great pilot instead of a good pilot are her memories of a fatal crash at Rimrock Lake, where her best friend Alison was killed several years ago.I'm a big sucker for a strong female protagonist and Bonnie Leon certainly delivers this in Kate's character. Overall, I enjoyed the story, although I felt it jumped around a bit and that the historical aspects of the novel could've been built upon a bit more. For instance, we know that the novel is set during the Depression, but the reader only gets a taste of what life was like back then.I also felt that Kate's relationship to Paul was slow-going and then became quite rushed at the end of the novel. I can see that the author was trying to build suspense with their relationship, but it didn't work for me. At the end, the kiss between Kate and Paul seemed forced and while I'm not a huge fan of romance lit, the only thing Leon wrote about that kiss was that Paul deepened it. Any reader who was rooting for them to get together, in my opinion, was probably left feeling a bit disappointed that this was all we were going to read about them. I hesitated between giving Touching the Clouds a 2-star or a 3-star rating, but decided to go with the 2-star because I felt that the novel could be improved upon. I also based this rating on the fact that this isn't a series that I would continue reading unless it were free.

  • Margaret Chind
    2019-02-01 18:29

    Bonnie Leon is one of those authors that gives it all to her readers. There is suspense that makes you keep on reading. Romance that makes you struggle and route for certain characters and mumble for others to get out the way. There is adventure that makes your heart soar. Descriptions are painted that make you emotions rise and your imagination smile. As a reader, hearing the water trickle whether it is from a lake, beach or snow melting all come through clearly as well as the birds in the air and wolves in the brush. Without a doubt this novel is well researched and diligently written. I have enjoyed every single page and twist in the story. Nerves wracked and wondering when "it" would happen and what would come next. Kate had my support through her antagonistic co-worker(s) and Paul had my heart and my craving for his past to fall away to open him to a new future. It is amazing how characters' lives can be so similar, yet so different as well. The people on the page came off the page with ease and into my heart. Every minute spent in the Alaskan brush was an adventure and I cannot wait for more in the series and more from Bonnie. Highly recommended! *Thanks to Revell Books for providing a copy for review.*

  • Melissa
    2019-02-17 21:19

    I struggled with how to rate this book. On one hand it had a lot going for it:Great locationStrong female characterApparent knowledge and research that made you "see" AlaskaInteresting support charactersWhat I didn't care for:I felt like I was reading from someone's diary that was disjointed and didn't write very often.The female lead and male lead never spend any time together but fall in love dispite never spending any time together.I just felt like there were a lot of things going on that really didn't fit.Dispute these things it was an average read because the Alaskan history and he amusing characters made up for the faults.

  • Cheryl
    2019-01-30 00:27

    Kate Evans feels like she needs a major change in her life. She called off her wedding and is moving to Alaska to become a bush pilot. When Kate arrives, she starts having second thoughts. Kate quickly adjusts to life in Alaska and makes some friends. Paul Anderson lives alone in the Alaskan wilderness. It has been a while since Paul has had any romantic feelings for a woman. So it surprises him when Paul goes into to shop for supplies and meets Kate. Kate and Paul set up a date to go up in Kate’s plane in the spring. Touch the Clouds is book one in the Alaskan Skies series. It also is the first book I have read by author, Bonnie Leon. I really got into this book. It was like I was there with Kate. This book was so enjoyable to read not only for the great characters and storyline but because I love everything about aviation. So this book was right up my alley. I have to give credit to the women and men who fly as bush pilots. It is dangerous enough flying but I can’t imagine flying in the Alaskan wilderness every day. My only criticism I ha with this book was that for about the first half of the story, Paul and Kate were suppose to have this romance but they never crossed paths except for the first time. Touch the Clouds will have you soaring for more!

  • Sarah Sundin
    2019-02-14 22:19

    It's so refreshing to read historical fiction from "different" time periods. Bonnie Leon takes us to Depression-era Alaska with adventurous but wounded pilot Kate Evans and a handsome physician who seems to have a secret. A thrilling and touching read.

  • Janalyn Voigt
    2019-01-28 22:15

    Enter a world of adventure in Depression-era Alaska in Bonnie Leon's Touching the Clouds. Meet Kate, a pilot driven by guilt over a crash that killed her best friend. With something to prove, she leaves home, family and fiance to become a bush pilot. Piloting the rugged Alaskan frontier is viewed as a man's job, she soon discovers. But animosity from her co-workers is less of a problem than the fear that rises up to choke her whenever something triggers a flashback from her accident.Kate crosses paths with Paul, who lives as something of a hermit due to his own fears. Despite their mutual curiosity and attraction, walls separate Kate and Paul.Bonnie Leon's vivid writing inserts the reader immediately in the era and brings the setting alive. The flying scenes felt real. The characterizations are believable but would have benefitted from a more in-depth treatment. The plot delivers few surprises. Still, this novel's concept, the beauty of its descriptions and the writer's unique and compelling voice deliver an enjoyable reading experience. I recommend Touching the Clouds by Bonnie Leon to women who enjoy reading books of romantic suspense.© 2011 Janalyn Voigt, author of novel books*Thanks to the author and publisher for a complimentary copy of this title, given for purposes of review.

  • Amanda
    2019-01-26 00:02

    Take two people trying to escape their past. Add in the beauty of the Alaskan wilderness. Season it with fascinating details of early aviation, and you have the recipe for a memorable story. Bonnie Leon’s latest book, Touching the Clouds, is exactly that: a memorable story. Readers will root for Kate as she struggles to overcome prejudice against women pilots. (It’s 1935, and women pilots were few, especially in male-dominated Alaska.) They’ll fall in love with Paul, a man with a secret. And they’ll stay up way too late at night to find out whether this couple will have a happily-ever-after.

  • Laura
    2019-02-11 00:23

    Kate Evans is the only child of Bill and Joan Evans, who own an apple farm in Yakima, WA. On the day she was to marry Richard, her long-time friend, she flew off to Alaska to fulfill her dream of being a bush pilot using her own plane, ‘Fearless Kate.’ She would be the first female pilot in Alaska in the year of 1935, and she felt she had to prove herself among her male coworkers. Working part-time in a mercantile store and part-time flying, Kate was working towards her goal of flying full-time and buying her own home.Mixed in the treacherous flights through hazardous conditions, Kate is dealing with the romance of two different men, one a co-worker, Mike, and another living in the wilderness, Paul, leaving her with tentative relationship issues. Secrets abound in Paul and Kate’s 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, albeit her certain fears of flying; Paul, as a secretive man hiding from the pain of his past; and Kate’s male co-workers, including Mike and his interest in her, 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 Kate’s life, but having dwindled in Paul’s. 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 Paul’s faith be rekindled? Or will he remain aloof? Bonnie leaves room to find out more about each character in subsequent books.Bonnie’s 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 I’ve 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.

  • Susan Hollaway
    2019-02-09 19:17

    When everyone thought her plans for the future were set, Kate Evans decides to leave it all behind – including her fiancé – 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 can’t 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. She’s 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 man’s world of flying? Will her own secret fears hold her captive and keep her from her dream and finally feeling peace? A handsome pilot, Mike Conlin, befriends her. She’s not ready for a relationship, but suddenly she has two men in her life, plus an ex-fiancé at home that still holds out hope for them, despite that it’s over for her. Mike makes his intentions known, while Paul is hiding a secret of his own and reluctant to get too personal with information about himself. He’s made it clear that he not looking for a relationship, but yet spends time with her. Trying hard to prove herself in a male-dominated career, she takes risks that she shouldn’t. Then on a routine flight, she finds herself in trouble. Flying is risky business, even for the most experienced pilots. 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 he’s called to do and maybe even love again in his future? I’ve always been intrigued by Alaska, and Bonnie Leon’s 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.

  • Victor Gentile
    2019-02-16 18:04

    Bonnie Leon in her new book, "Touching The Clouds" Book One in the Alaskan Skies series published by Revell brings us flying high over the wilds of Alaska in 1935.Kate Evans is a woman on a mission; to find herself. She rejects her fiancee on what would have been their wedding day, packs up and goes to Alaska to be a bush pilot. Most of the male pilots give her a hard time except for Mike Conlin. After a while a relationship starts to develop. Then there is also the the rugged and good-looking Paul Anderson that lives along one of her wilderness routes; can a relationship develop there as well?In August of 1920 women gained the right to vote. In July of 1937 aviator Emelia Earhart went missing from her historic plane flight so the time was right for a feisty woman who can take to the skies and hold her own against any man. Ms. Leon starts the book with death and ends the book with life. She weaves a story of personal growth and discovery against a huge canvass: Alaska. This is an interesting story filled with lots of excitement and romance as well as history. I liked it a lot.To listen to 24 Christian music please visit our internet radio station http://www.kingdomairwaves.orgDisclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”“Available July 2010 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

  • Kara Hunt
    2019-02-12 17:23

    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 don’t 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 won’t 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 don’t 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 couldn’t wait to get back to reading and wanted to read more when it ended. I can’t 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.

  • Laura
    2019-02-23 00:27

    Title: TOUCHING THE CLOUDSAuthor: Bonnie LeonPublisher: RevellJuly 2010ISBN: 978-0-8007-3359-9Genre: HistoricalKate Evans was engaged to marry her long time friend, Richard, but then the promise of jobs for bush pilots lures her to Alaska. There she finds that because she is a woman, she has a hard time finding a job as a pilot. Desperate to prove herself, Kate finally is hired to take a job as a mail carrier, flying mail to remote locations in Alaska once a week. Kate knew her calling would be an uphill battle, but she feels compelled to prove herself, flying in conditions that more experienced male pilots shied away from. When Kate crosses paths with a mysterious man living in the wilderness, Kate is intrigued. But she is being courted by another pilot. Will Kate make the effort necessary to get to know the man homesteading alone?TOUCHING THE CLOUDS is the first book in Ms. Leon’s Alaskan Skies series. Personally, I think this is the best book that I’ve read by Ms. Leon. I could relate to Kate and enjoyed getting to know her and the men she worked around, and interacted with. I am looking forward to reading more in this series. Kate is a realistic heroine, out to prove herself in a man’s world, and exploring a land she had only dreamed of. I’ve always wanted to visit Alaska, and enjoyed doing it through the pages of this book. I enjoyed the touch of romance too. If you read one historical this year, make it TOUCHING THE CLOUDS. It flies high above the rest. $14.99. 362 pages.

  • Trinity Rose
    2019-02-05 00:21

    Kate Evans is suppose to get married to her life long friend, but she just couldn’t see herself married and leading a normal life. So she calls off her marriage and heads to Alaska in her small plane to be a bush pilot. Kate has flown planes her whole life and it is the love of her life. She leaves Washington State and heads to the rough Alaskan state to become a bush pilot, also to escape something that has devastated her in her life. Paul Anderson has many memories that are very hard for him to live with. Paul lives in a remote area and is running away from life.This book tells about Alaska during the depression, how Kate becomes a mail carrier with her plane. It shows you how it use to be for a woman to work in a man‘s job. Kate doesn’t get any respect from some men, but doesn’t give up. Follow Kate and learn about her flying with the other pilots, the weather and how she meets two different men. One likes her and they date, but also she has feelings for Paul. I think it’s great that this is book one of the Alaskan series so there is more things to find out about Kate, Paul and all of the others.I really enjoyed this book and it’s a very quick read. If you love to hear about Alaska and how a woman has a career and works with some that don’t appreciate her, you will love this book. I recommend this book for a very nice read. It would make a perfect book for a rainy day to curl up and enjoy.

  • Jocelyn Green
    2019-01-27 22:31

    I couldn’t put this book down! (almost) Here’s why: ■I love strong female characters, and the protagonist, Kate Evans, is nothing if not strong ■I also love imperfect characters because I can relate better to them. Kate Evans, while admirable, has flaws. She is too much of a people pleaser, and she isn’t a great cook. I smiled when I read about her feeding cheese sandwiches to guests. I’ve never done that, and I’m not a bad cook, but I just don’t take the time to do it as much as my mother and grandmother would expect. ■There are three love interests for Kate in the book, and I couldn’t figure out which one would win in the end, or even which one I was rooting for, until the very end of the book! You know how most books you can tell by the end of the first chapter that “Female Character A” and “Male Character B” are going to end up together? Not so in this book. I found the unpredictability to be quite refreshing. ■I enjoyed learning about Alaska before it became a state. I recognized many places mentioned in the book, so it was fun for me to picture it. (If you haven’t lived in or visited Alaska yet, you would probably still enjoy it.) ■It’s the first book in a series, and thankfully, by the time I turned the last page, I was eager for more! I can’t wait for the next book to come out.

  • Carol
    2019-02-06 01:13

    Author: Bonnie Leon // Exciting, interesting, and refreshing story line. // I'm always searching for fiction that offers something other than the tired story lines. This is one of those books that offers so much more. A woman pilot flying a small plane in Alaska in the 1930's. She's adventurous and gutsy, and very likable. // Flying, especially in Alaska, in those times was very risky, with few planes having radios, difficulty of predicting weather -- just for starters. The main characters were well-developed. The story didn't lag anywhere, but moved along at just the right pace. Just enough romance. Plenty of intrigue. Part of the story centers around some folks who live in the Alaskan wilderness where they are snow/ice-bound for the winter months. Add in some nail-biting events, and descriptions of outrageously beautiful scenery, and you've got a perfect mix for a very different read. I enjoyed the details of daily life in those times which were woven into the story -- food, shelter, hunting and wildlife, traveling, shopping, community... Also, a nice mix of characters. I suspect the author did her research prior to writing.

  • Kaylea
    2019-01-31 18:22

    When I pick up an historical novel, I typically look for two things - a subject that will interest me historically, and well, a well-written novel without an unrealistic plot.I found this and more in Touching the Clouds. In this novel, Leon has crafted a world of Alaskan bush pilots that has given me a new picture of the Alaskan frontier.While I know this world doesn't match current-day Alaska, it's made me want to travel to the state to see some of the sites - mountains & snow - that exist there. I enjoyed seeing the state through the eyes of Kate.Many of the scenes made me want to research/learn more about life in Alaska - which to me is an other successful hallmark of a historical novel.On a scale of one to five, with five being the highest, I give this novel a four. The characterization was awesome, the storyline tight, and well, some of the plot twists kept me turning the pages for more. It's definitely made me look forward to the release of book two.

  • Rebecca Booth
    2019-01-25 18:06

    I loved reading TOUCHING THE CLOUDS by Bonnie Leon. Her book is a very fun read that is out of the normal romantic read. I love that the book is a Christian fiction about a very adventuous young lady named Kate who is a bush pilot in the wilds of Alaska. She has a relationship with two extraordinary men- one a nice, reliable, steady co-worker and the other a guy who she delivers to in her travels, with a past that has me guessing and by the way so does Kate, who runs from her parents and her frightening past.I enjoyed reading about the Alaskan history. I felt as if I were right there, sharing in Kate's adventures. Bonnie has become a favorite writer of mine and I feel very kin to her as a friend. Thanks for a great read and I look forward to read more of Bonnie's books in the future. Such a great escape from the mundane duties of life, and Bonnie writes about putting your trust in God who will never fail you! What a great lesson!

  • Diana
    2019-02-07 22:11

    I wasn't sure if the author could pull off a book with such an independent heroine during the depression. Well, Leon did it Kate Evans calls off her marriage and heads to Alaska in her small plane to be a bush pilot. She leaves Washington State and its heartaches behind, hoping to support herself in the rough Alaskan state.She runs into major problems, from unpredictable weather and judgment from other male pilots.She's not the only one hiding in Alaska, so is Paul Anderson. He has his own memories that he is trying to hide from, you'll wonder if he's running from the law or himself.While Touching the Clouds has some romantic elements I didn't feel as if the entire story was centered around romance. Reading about Alaska during the depression, 'flying' with Kate and enduring the challenges with her make this book special. Even better this is book one of the Alaskan series so there is more fun to come for Leon's readers.

  • Larry B Gray
    2019-01-23 19:19

    Touching the Clouds by Bonnie Leon is an exciting, action packed adventure tale of Kate Evans, a bush pilot in the wilds of Alaskan during the depression era. I totally was captivated by this book.The author did an excellent job of developing each character and their strengths and weaknesses. It was easy to follow them and get involved in their story. You could feel the emotion from each character.The storyline was well developed and easy to follow. I love the way the Bonnie Leon’s writing style made you feel you were there, like smelling the bacon sizzling. She painted a picture of both a beautiful Alaska and a harsh unforgiving Alaska. Another nice part of the book was her ability to weave a Christian message into the story without sounding to religious. It was a great book to read.I really enjoyed Touching the Clouds by Bonnie Leon and look forward to reading other books in the series.I highly recommend this book to all readers.

  • Ann
    2019-01-28 00:26

    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 you’re 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.

  • Patty LeBlanc
    2019-02-18 22:16

    I guess I really am taken with books about women with strong determination and character. That is the case with Kate Evans, the main character in this book. I didn't realize how close to home this book would be until I started reading it. Kate's hometown is the same as mine. This for me made the book take on an entirely different turn. I felt a connection with Kate in finding this detail out. Kate has chosen to be a bush pilot in Alaska, which in 1935 was very unheard of for a woman to pilot a plane let alone be a bush pilot. Kate shows her sheer determination, but also sets out on a journey she could never have expected. This was book one in the Alaskan Skies series, and I look forward to hearing more from Bonnie Leon in book two.

  • Marilyn
    2019-01-23 21:06

    Great book.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. If you enjoy adventure, romance and exciting wild cast of characters you will enjoy this one.

  • A J Hawke
    2019-01-24 20:15

    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.

  • Jenny
    2019-02-14 20:32

    Touching The Clouds is the first book of the series. The main character is Kate Evans, a free spirited farm girl from Washington State. The year is 1935 and Kate is looking for herself through an adventure of a lifetime. She ditches her finance and her planned future that by all accounts is safe to head to Alaska to become a bush pilot. Kate flies her Bellanca Pacemaker named Fearless Kate to Anchorage looking for work. She finds friendship and adventure in the most unexpected places in a land where female pilots are a rarity and everyone has a secret to hide. This book reminds me of the pioneering spirit of Amelia Earhart.

  • Michelle
    2019-02-04 22:03

    This was one of those books I honestly couldn't put down. I devoured it in two days and LOVED it. The story was fascinating, and I thought it was so interesting to read about bush pilots and Alaska before it became a state. I really love the way the author wrote the relationships between Kate and Mike and Kate and Paul. I honestly didn't have a good indication of which way Kate would lean, and I liked that it wasn't necessarily predictable and the answer wasn't clear from the first page. Overall, the book was very well written and very interesting. I can't wait to read the second book in the series!

  • Womana
    2019-02-21 20:26

    I picked this one out because of the 'Alaska' setting. Figured it would be amusing brainless fodder. I was very pleasantly surprised. This is a book with solid characters who sometimes do stupid things but you like them anyway. Unexpected adventures are the norm, including an episode with a bad tooth that nearly kills the main character. Having lived in Alaska, I have to say the Alaska references are absolutely accurate. From Alaska slang to Alaska attitude, it's all there. Even the beach at Kenai is perfectly described. Gentle, not preachy Christian perspective makes for a clean read. Made me feel like I was back in Alaska with all it's adventure and beauty.

  • Janna
    2019-02-19 17:26

    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.

  • Jesseca Wheaton
    2019-02-02 21:23

    Not really sure what to say about this book. I picked it up because it was historical fiction, and that cover is just gorgeous! However, it didn't "feel" the era... at all. I felt like I was reading a contemporary novel. Also, the story seemed to go in circles, and it got pretty redundant., And the ending... it almost seemed like it hadn't quite ended. Added to that, there were a few scenes that made me really uncomfortable, and I ended up skimming over so many chapters because I wasn't comfortable actually reading them. I did enjoy the look at life in Alaska, and the planes were so much fun! But...yeah. Not a book I would recommend.

  • Crystal
    2019-01-27 23:06

    This was a really great book and I thoroughly enjoyed it, though I did not really want to have it end. I loved that Kate was a strong female character who went for her dreams and pushed past fears and insecurities. The descriptions of the Alaskan wilderness make me want to visit. I liked that it was set in the 40's and brought up relevant issues of that time. It made me yearn for the simpliciity that they had back then. I also loved the plot line of Paul, and how all of the characters worked through their problems without it being cheesy. Very well written and I am now a Bonnie Leon fan.