Some days you are in the mood for a book with an involved plot, lots of interesting characters, and language that practically sounds like poetry. Other days a good story with a few strong characters, and interesting setting and a fun but somewhat predictable plot fills the bill perfectly. Touching the Clouds: A Novel (Alaskan Skies) is the second type of book. It is a fun read and the Alaskan bush country during the 1930's is a setting that allows this book to move out of the typical romance mode (though it has romantic elements).
Kate was a pilot, in the days before that was what girls did. She rejected the guy next door, the close family and personal friend, as well as the conventional life he offered; choosing instead to head, by herself, with only her airplane, to Alaska. While there she meets and begins relationships with two men--one is a co-worker, nice, steady, kind, reliable....and the other is a guy to whom she delivers--and he obviously has a past with issues (but then so does Kate).
The book is Christian fiction. Kate's grandmother's Bible goes with her to Alaska and she reads it a few times. She prays when in trouble. Paul has rejected God because of tragedy in life. It is basically a clean romance/adventure with a little religion pasted on top--the faith lives of the characters are not a major part of the story nor is faith a primary mover for their actions.
The book was a great pool read and I recommend it. Grade: B+
Thanks to Donna Hausler and the Baker Publishing Group for providing a complimentary review copy of Touching the Clouds: A Novel (Alaskan Skies)