By Lisa Karon Richardson
Touching the Clouds is the first in the Alaskan Skies series by Bonnie Leon. It features the fiercely determined Kate Evans. Feeling trapped in her hometown in Washington, she’s determined to become a bush pilot in the great Alaskan wilderness. On what was supposed to be her wedding day, she takes off for the frozen north.
Her journey of self-discovery only starts with her arrival in Anchorage. She must then prove her worth as the only female pilot in the treacherous region. Time and again she must pit her skills against the elements and her own past in order to succeed and live out her dream. Along the way she develops relationships with two different men and must decide which to give her heart.
In a way each chapter was like a TV show. The adventure was wrapped up in a chapter or two, with a few loose threads running throughout to keep the overall shape cohesive. It was also a different kind of story in that there is no human antagonist. Kate is at odds with the landscape and the weather. And in a way with her own past.
The focus is most definitely on Kate and that leaves the secondary characters a bit thin. More like props to serve the overall story.
Touching the Clouds is a fun read. There’s lots of adventure, and the pacing never slows. It’s well written, with an intriguingly different setting.
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