Joy Takes Flight
As the book opens, Kate Evans, a bush pilot in 1938 Alaska, is about to marry Paul Anderson, frontier doctor. The newlyweds discover several issues they must deal with. Paul has a past he’s reluctant to talk about (responsibility for his first wife’s death), and Kate struggles with Paul’s and society’s expectations of a female pilot. Her boss is extra tough on her, and she chafes at Paul’s wanting her to take fewer risks, especially after a convict attacks his guard during one of her flights. They also disagree on whether to live in Anchorage or at their wilderness cabin. Then Paul receives a message that his mother in San Francisco is dying. The couple’s enforced separation brings their relationship to a crisis point.
This is volume 3 of Alaskan Skies series. Even though I had not read the first two, Leon gives enough backstory in this volume to understand the plot and characters’ motives. While there are a few melodramatic plot elements, it’s an enjoyable relationship novel in an unusual setting. Certain passages could serve as a model for young couples in how to work out a disagreement. Christian fiction and romance fans will love it.