Touching the Clouds: A Novel

Touching the Clouds: A Novel

by Bonnie Leon

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Overview

Kate Evans is an adventurous and independent young woman with a pioneering spirit. She pilots a mail-delivery plane in the forbidding Alaskan wilderness, the lone woman in a male profession. But even that seems easy compared to finding true love. She likes a fellow pilot and would even consider marrying him--if it weren't for Paul, a mysterious man on her mail route with a gentle spirit and a past to hide. Can Kate break through the walls Paul has put up around his heart? And will her quest for adventure be her demise?

Book 1 in the Alaskan Skies series, Touching the Clouds will draw readers in with raw emotion and suspense, all against the stunning backdrop of the Alaskan wilds.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780800733599
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/01/2010
Series: Alaskan Skies Series , #1
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 1,361,939
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

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.

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Touching the Clouds 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 230 reviews.
rspooner More than 1 year ago
Book: Touching the Clouds Author: Bonnie Leon Publisher: Revell ISBN: 978-0-8007-3359-9 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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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. AD
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Susan_Hollaway More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like this book because it is a christian book. The author puts you right up there in the cockpit with the pilot. You soar with her and feel the granduer of the scenic flights. I would reccomend this to everyone.
AmandaCabot More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this book. However I do hate that it ended as a virtual "come on" to buy the next book in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
yankeegirlLH More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the book. It gave me an insight into what it was like in rural Alaska.
rbooth43 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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!
cherryblossommj on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.*
ReviewsbyMolly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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!
dk_phoenix on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Yes, the main character is adventurous, likable, and flawed (that¿s a good thing). No, the romance doesn¿t particularly tug at the heartstrings, and the ¿love triangle¿ seems more `because it had to be there¿ than `natural progression of the heart¿. Yes, there¿s suspense¿ but no, I don¿t think there¿s quite the ¿raw emotion¿ of the synopsis¿ claim.I¿ll start by saying this: The book is interesting if you don¿t know a lot about planes, flying, or Alaska around the 1930s. However, there isn¿t a whole lot of historical detail included, and the one attempt by the main character to deal with racial tensions comes out of nowhere and seems more contrived than anything else (since it doesn¿t connect with anything else in the story). But I learned a few things about planes, flying, and pilots of small charter flights, which I found quite interesting.Back to the story¿As much as I didn¿t mind the main character, Kate, I didn¿t care for the pacing of the book. This could be due to the fact that it¿s the first book in the series and tried to set up for the next books, but I found that there wasn¿t a whole lot of plot¿ rather, it seemed very episodic. Here¿s a flight, a problem with the flight, the problem is solved, Kate goes home. Next chapter there¿s another flight, maybe a problem (or maybe not), everything¿s okay, Kate goes somewhere. Next chapter we have another flight¿ rinse and repeat. I kept wondering when the actual meat of the story would kick in, but it never did¿And without giving too much away, the love triangle didn¿t make sense. In a literary love triangle, you normally have the good guy, the `bad boy¿, and the main character has to choose between the man she wants to be with and the man she knows she should be with. Something like that, anyway. And usually as a reader, you can see clearly who she should be with, even while she strays off to the wrong guy¿ but here, we have a love triangle with two perfectly normal guys, neither one better than the other (in fact, they seemed almost like carbon copies at times) and you really don¿t know who to root for. When she eventually lets one down for the other one, I felt almost like she just kicked a puppy¿ because she had no reason to let that one go. Literally. No. Reason.Which again, is why the book left a lot to be desired. Yes, I learned a few things, but without a clear focus in the plot, combined with a love triangle that feels more like a cut-and-paste plot device, I can¿t say I¿ll read anything else in this series. Which is too bad, because ultimately the writing was very good! I think I¿ll find a different novel from the author, and try that instead. I won¿t give up on her yet! I just won¿t read more of this particular series.Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
tarenn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
wirtley on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
1935 Kate wants to be a pilot. She leaves her finace and decides not to get married. She goes to Alaska to become a bush pilot. She discovers warm people and 2 men who are interested romantically in her. She has many journeys when she flies. The description in the book is beautiful. I swear you will fell the cold chill while reading this book.
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Age 3 moons. Looks pure white with REALLY long fur. Gender she kit. Other i dont have a mother or a father also i am blind.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Age: 20 moons, Gender: Female, Mate/Crush/Kits: No/Not Telin'/Sadly No, Look: Jet black fur with dark gray paws and a dark gray stripe down the middle of her back. She has neon blue eyes, Personality: Quiet, Dark, Mysterious, Sneaky, Funny, Kind to some cats, not everyone, Caring, Nice once you get to know her and Great hunter. Back story: Way to long for this. Other: Just ask.
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Name look up // age 67 moons // black with a white spot on his chest and red eyes // good personality usually friendly.
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Enjoyed
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good read, great author, and good editing a definite plus.