I want to shout out a sincere heartfelt thank you to my readers and fans who have taken the time to post their wonderful reviews on places like amazon and goodreads. What better way to share my story with the visitors to my blog than to let the reviews talk for themselves.
Here are a few of my reader’s reviews for Winds of Skilak. For more, check out my amazon book page.
5.0 out of 5 stars A GREAT TRUE STORY, February 17, 2014
The subtitle of WINDS OF SKILAK (“a tale of true grit, true love, and survival in the Alaskan Wilderness”) is a promise on the front book cover of the story to be found within the pages. Many promises fail to deliver; but WINDS OF SKILAK delivers in a big way that is always enjoyable, sometimes funny, and often moving. Sam and Bonnie are a married couple with a dream that many have but few ever act on: to leave city life behind and build a life in the wilderness. The couple are intent on surviving off the land, using only their wits and faith in themselves and the Almighty. Sam is a modern-day Daniel Boone, using outdoorsman skills learned in his boyhood in West Virginia and honed to perfection in adulthood; Bonnie is his faithful companion, jumping into every challenge with gusto and contributing all she can to make their experiment a success. They choose to settle in Alaska on an island with terrible winds, bone chilling cold, and the beautiful but often angry Skilak Lake at their doorstep. They build their own cabin from scratch and (mostly) live off the land. There are real dangers at every turn, like bears and having to make necessary drives to town across a frozen Skilak Lake in a Jeep after the weather has turned warmer. Note to any movie producers reading these words: this nonfiction book reads like an adventure novel that would make a great movie. WINDS OF SKILAK is an interesting, thoroughly enjoyable read that is a testament to the power of intention and faith in oneself and God. i give WINDS OF SKILAK by Bonnie Rose Ward the highest recommendation.
5.0 out of 5 stars True Grit, True Love, and Survival in the Alaskan Wilderness, for sure!, February 2, 2014
Winds of Skilak is an incredible, moving true story of a man and a woman, deeply in love, who decide to live out their dream of living in the Alaskan wilderness. Sam and Bonnie pack up and leave their lives, as they know them, behind. They set their minds on conquering their dream, and they don’t let anything stop them. Their bravery, determination, and desire to adapt and overcome anything Caribou Island and Skilak Lake have to throw at them is as encouraging as it is remarkable. Together and with God, Sam and Bonnie learn and grow as husband and wife and as wilderness people.This is a book I will read again and again. I recommend it to everyone I come in contact with. There is so much to learn in this book, not only about wilderness survival, but about relying on each other and the power of prayer to overcome any obstacle life throws at you. This book serves as a reminder that you CAN accomplish your dreams, as long as you believe it, believe God, and never give up.While reading Winds of Skilak, I laughed and cried with Bonnie. Sometimes, it may have been a mixture of both. Most of the time, I found myself smiling, eager to tell someone what I’d just read about Sam and Bonnie’s life in Alaska. For a moment, when I had about 40 pages to go, I decided that I was going to put the book down for a few days, because I simply did not want it to end. Then, I picked the book back up, thirsty for more of Bonnie’s recounts. Winds of Skilak is truly an amazing book.
A beautiful, inspiring story., January 17, 2014
I cannot say enough about this wonderful book. Bonnie Rose Ward and her husband Sam had an adventure in Alaska that very few will ever be fortunate enough to experience. They also share a love that continues to inspire to this day. I was so involved in the story that I could not put the book down, but I also hated to come to the end of the moving story. It was so refreshing to read a story that shows there can be true love and true teamwork if people are only willing to strive for it. I also enjoyed reading about the wonderful friends they made during their adventure. It was an amazing account of life in another area and the challenges that people face on a daily basis. It was amazing to see how much you can accomplish through hard work and determination. I was inspired in so many ways by their story. I know the book only covers a limited time and I do hope there will be a second book soon!
I LOVE this book !!!!, January 12, 2014
Winds of Skilak by Bonnie Rose Ward is an amazing book of courage, determination, creativity, hard work, resourcefulness and especially love. The love between Bonnie and Sam is enviable. And the courage of these two young people, to go to Alaska and carve out their life in the hardness and coldness on an island in Alaska. If Alaska is not enough of a challenge, this couple chose to build on an island that is known for its harshness. My thoughts were always drawn to Bonnie and how this tiny, sweet, young beauty loved enough and trusted enough to follow her husband, Sam into the wilderness. Honestly, I could not put this book down – it was such a wonderful read, full of surprises and delight. I just can hardly wait for a sequel. Please, Bonnie, I hope you are writing your continued story right now. I will purchase the first copy.