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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...more
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Published July 1st 2010 by Fleming H. Revell Company
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Kristina
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...more
Margaret
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...more
Cheryl
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...more
Melissa
I struggled with how to rate this book.

On one hand it had a lot going for it:

Great location
Strong female character
Apparent knowledge and research that made you "see" Alaska
Interesting support characters

What 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 rea...more
Janalyn Voigt
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...more
Carrie Kellenberger
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 tha...more
Amanda
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 the...more
Sarah Sundin
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.
Susan Hollaway
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....more
Kara Hunt
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Linda
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...more
Victor Gentile
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 P...more
Laura
Title: TOUCHING THE CLOUDS
Author: Bonnie Leon
Publisher: Revell
July 2010
ISBN: 978-0-8007-3359-9
Genre: Historical

Kate 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...more
Jocelyn Green
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 g...more
Kaylea
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...more
Larry B Gray
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...more
Diana
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 memor...more
Rebecca Booth
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 fri...more
Patty LeBlanc
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 p...more
Marilyn
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 Bus...more
Ann
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 s...more
Janna
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...more
Womana
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 Ken...more
Laura Bowman
A strong woman pilot in a time when women were not supposed to be anything but wives. Choosing Alaska and the hardship always feeling she has to prove herself.

Enter a widow with a past he's trying to run from. A very good story,
Jenny
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 w...more
A J Hawke
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, re...more
Michelle
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...more
Crystal
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 thr...more
Veronica Florence
I really liked this book. I like the characters Bonnie Leon creates. Kate is a female pilot in the 1930's seeking to escape her past so she makes the choice to move to Alaska. I can't say that there is a real plot here. It seems to just be setting up for the rest of the series. However, you get to follow Kate as she meets new and interesting characters and goes on various adventures while trying to prove herself in a man's profession. There is a little bit of romance. The pacing was good. It was...more
Jo-Ann Murphy
There was no flow to this story. At times I was bored because it seemed like disjointed events were being imparted but they were not woven together, which prevented the reader from being caught up in the story. There was a lack of passion and emotion, especially in the life or death events.

The characters were likable but lacked depth and complexity. This is about a woman pilot at a time when there were few independent women, yet other than a couple of mentions about men not wanting to fly with h...more
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