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?
I have to say, after finishing this book, I think it's Bonnie Leon's best novel to date. I had a really good time reading this book. After several series that took place in Australia, Leon returns to the setting of her earlier novels, Alaska. To me, I felt that the author enjoyed returning to the familiar setting because the story just seemed to flow with fluidity. I never got bored once while reading, and neither did I feel that the story seemed to have a slow point. Kate is a very likable character and I felt drawn to her immediately. She doesn't try to force herself into a predominately man's world but she is willing to prove herself to be on par. I really liked the settings of the towns and people Kate meets along the way during her travels. The book was very respectful of the native Alaskans and their culture and I enjoyed learning about them.
What I liked best about the book is that a story is able to be told without having to bring in major conflict from an antagonist. Kate was struggling with her own feelings and thoughts which was more than enough to create a story. It's nice to not have to introduce another plot line just to feel as if you have to include it. The only thing I didn't like was the love triangle bit because it is always inevitable that someone was going to get hurt. Usually it is the person who doesn't deserve it at all mainly because they were kept in the dark about other people's feelings. It's a element used in a lot of romance novels and Christian fiction that I find tiring, cliched and annoying. Therefore I hope that future books in the series allow that person to find someone else.
Overall I really enjoyed the book. Leon's writing is engaging and she portrays Kate as a strong female who is daring and willing to take risks. Unnecessary drama wasn't included and there were no annoying characters either. As it's been several years since I read Leon's other books that took place in Alaska, I'm not sure if there are any ties to other books. I felt that this book was of better quality than the two Australian series. I'm going to be looking to future books in this series and reading more about adventures in the Alaskan wild.
Touching the Clouds by Bonnie Leon is published by Revell (2010)
This review copy was provided by the publisher