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Bonnie Leon is the bestselling author of more than ten historical fiction novels. She stays busy teaching women's Bible studies and speaking at writing seminars and conventions. She and her husband, Greg, live in Glide, Oregon.
Posted August 28, 2010
Book: Touching the Clouds
Author: Bonnie Leon
Genre: Historical Romance
I recently received Touching the Clouds by Bonnie Leon through Baker Publishing Group. My first impression was positive. Although it was a dreaded "historical romance" it had very little cliche about it. Bonnie's characters were believable and interesting and the storyline was intriguing. Other than one or two small references to the depression and the sexist culture, the book could have easily been in the present day.
The storyline: This is the story of "Fearless Kate". A pilot since she was little Kate is running away to the great north of Alaska to find adventure and escape her past. Once there she discovers that the glamorous stories she heard of life as a bush pilot are exaggerated. It is dangerous territory, fraught with winds, storms, and deadly winters. However, Kate also finds love and friendship. She finds a sense of community she has never felt elsewhere. And she finds the adventure her heart so desperately seeks. Will she be able to escape her past or must she face it before it threatens to destroy her?
What I liked about this book: My favorite part of this book was the timeline. For once, romance and love took longer than 5 minutes to develop! Bonnie portrays the story over a year of more and because of that when Kate finds love in the end, it is not so unrealistic. The story is interesting, the romance is satisfying, and the characters are believable.
What I didn't like about this book: All right, any good romance has some cliche right? Kate is the typical damsel in the distress. She is just the one who doesn't know it yet! She is cliche. She is stubborn and headstrong, always getting herself into trouble that warrant a rescue, or some man to look out for her. At the same time, none of the situations are unbelievable and she doesn't swoon at them, so they aren't quite so sickening as some :)
Who this book is good for: I really enjoyed this book. It is a great book for a rainy day. It is not a thriller or suspense, you can put it down and read it when you have the time. Most women would most likely enjoy this book. It is an easy read but not too short. Overall, very satisfying.
**I received a complimentary review copy of this book through Baker Publishing Group
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Posted September 14, 2012
This 290 page historical romance was interesting. It is about a woman pilot in 1935. She decides to be a bush pilot in Alaska. The 1935s were a time when the only thing women were thought capable of were keeping house, cooking and having babies. The heroine also wanted to get away from a past tragedy, which acquired seven years before. She breaks off her engagement, leaves the family farm and forages a new life for herself in an untamed land. As she makes new friends and learns to love her new country, two men enter her life and she wonders if one of them will fill the emptiness in heart. This book does not contain sex, cursing or violence. It would be a a good book for tweens on up.
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Posted August 28, 2012
This young woman is adventurous and loves to fly. She leaves her family apple orchard in Yakima, Washington and flies to Alaska to become a bush pilot. She has spirit to fly her own plane and go out on difficult flights always with a positive outlook and thanking God for her blessings.
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Posted August 10, 2010
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.
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Posted October 22, 2012
I couldn't put this book down. This book is about searching your soul and forgiving yourself. The romance (learning to love and trust, not smutt) thrown in was just icing on the cake to make this book even better.
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Posted October 22, 2012
Posted June 18, 2010
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.
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Posted February 27, 2013
I was really looking forward to this book, and its a good concept but i didnt really care for The main characters. Paul was running from the past but never tells you what, Kate manages to break one engagement and turn down another. Claiming confusion and not knowing what was right. Ten paragraphs later amits to another man she loves him and then the book ends. I know there are two sequals to this story, but I dont have the want to try to keep up with another long story line to find no conculsion at the end. The entire story is to drawn out.
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Posted January 24, 2013
Set in the Depression, we meet independant people as they explore "the unknown" and challenge themselves as they seek adventure within and without.
Kate, a single woman bush pilot and Paul, a reclusive colonist have both come north running from the past. In true Leon style they run into each other and another adventure comes to the forfront.... alone and together.
Will be looking for other books by this author
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Posted October 23, 2012
Posted June 24, 2010
"Touching The Clouds" was a great read for those looking for a story filled with adventure, some romance and a great message from Christ spread through the pages. Kate will inspire you from beginning to end with her amazing courage and determination to make it as a woman bush pilot in the great Alaskan wilds. Along with Paul, Mike, Sassa and the others, Bonnie will make you fall in love with the characters in this book and keep you reading well into the wee hours of morning ( as she did me lol). I give this book 5 stars and encourage all of you looking for a great , fun, summer read to snatch this book up before another day goes by! Amazing work Bonnie!
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Posted December 8, 2013
Good book, but there were many scenes that switched with no transition and it was confusing. I think the editor may have gotten a little cut-crazy or something. Overall though, I enjoyed the book and would read the entires series and the author again.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 1, 2013
Bonnie Leon put a lot of effort into this piece of work to make it historically accurate ... making it a very enjoyable read.
Sure, it occasionally tends to ddrag and get a bit wordy, but overall, it is one of those books you jukst hate to put down ... very enjoyable.
Bonnie intertwines to emotions of a broken relationship, the loss of a good friend, and leaving her family thousands of miles away, with a newfound lifestyle in the wild reaches of early Alaska ... when women were not supposed to do certain things ... like fly bush aircraft.
I enjoyed it very much. I think you will too if you are looking for a relaxing, enjoyable, well-written novel of a woman flying in an untamed, yet undeveloped area when Anchorage's airfield was primitive, at best.
Posted September 25, 2013
A young woman, striking out on her own against society, personal tragedy, and facing the unknown. It is based in USA at a time, where men wore the pants, and woman didn't. But guess what? She fights her way thru many different situations, that proves, she too is good enough to wear those pants. I believe everyone can relate to the character's of this book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 28, 2013
Posted July 3, 2013
It takes a lot to keep me attached to a book but from the second I got this book I enjoyed it! Keeps you on your yoes for what could happen next with a little romance put within.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 17, 2013
Posted May 8, 2013
If you like strong female characters, then this is a book for you. A very independent female Alaskan bush pilot takes you on some fun adventures in the Alaskan wilderness. I didn't really understand the romance, but the flying was cool.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 8, 2013
Posted April 18, 2013