Looking for a good Christian historical fiction novel? I’d say this would be a good one to try. Set in the 1930s, Touching the Clouds: A Novel (Alaskan Skies) takes you back to that time period, where even during the Great Depression, if you were willing to chase your dreams and prove yourself, you could.
Here’s the book’s description off of Goodreads:
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.
The book does draw you into the world she’s in. Bonnie Leon has a gift for description, keeping it simple but still making you see what she wants you to see.
A few parts of the plot were a little thin. For example, (SMALL SPOILER ALERT) as soon as the pregnant woman gets on the plane, you immediately can guess that she’s going to deliver on that trip and that Kate is going to have to do something with it. Overall, it’s a good story, but some of it is a little overdone. The conversation is a little stilted every once in a while, but for the most part is real to life.
The ending, also, disappointed me a little. Paul and Kate’s relationship (or the beginnings of it, anyway) is stretched out throughout the book, and then it’s suddenly rushed, in my opinion. Other than that, though, it’s a good, simple story of a woman following her dreams with a touch of a love story intermingled. It was a good read to pass the time.