The long-awaited sequel is finally here!

After hundreds of requests for “the rest of the story,” award-winning author Bonnie Rose Ward has finally delivered the highly anticipated Winds of Skilak sequel.

Winds of Skilak: The Continuing Saga of One Couple’s Adventures and Survival in the Alaskan Wilderness continues the journey of Bonnie Rose Ward as a “wilderness wife” and her tough-as-nails husband Sam in the stark, challenging, and exhilarating wilds of Alaska.

Imagine canning a whole moose. One thousand pounds of meat, critical to survival through the brutal winter on an island in Alaska. And doing it in a home with no electricity, no plumbing, and no refrigeration. For the Wards, this is just another ordinary task in an environment that can be unforgiving of mistakes but immensely rewarding to those willing to embrace the work of creating a home in a harsh but beautiful land.

In this sequel, Sam and Bonnie are thriving, building getaway cabins and continuing to joyfully tackle life on a remote, isolated island on Skilak Lake, where williwaw winds can whip up suddenly and without warning, and wicked storms can blow for weeks. In an era before cell phones and internet, their ability to communicate with the rest of the world, accessible only by boat or plane, is at the whim of the temperamental lake. Then, just as they are about to achieve a new dream, one of the largest man-made, environmental disasters strikes, altering their lives and threatening their livelihood and idyllic life. Will the love and devotion between Bonnie and Sam be enough for them to survive, or will Alaska finally win?

From the awe-inspiring beauty of the Northern Lights, to terrifying accidents and strangers, to a Christmas miracle, this is a testament of courage and inspiration to anyone born with a wild longing in their hearts. Through sorrows and joys, love and loss, God’s hand is always present in their lives as Bonnie shares her chronicle of faith, survival, and beauty in an untamed land few others will ever know.


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6 thoughts on “The long-awaited sequel is finally here!

  1. Joyce Becotte

    Dear Bonnie, I’m so glad you still had my email address…of course, I’d like to order the sequel…can you please tell me the easiest/best way for you to benefit…I can’t wait to read it…Thank you, Joyce Becotte, Central Square, N.Y. 13036

    • Hello, Joyce!
      The quickest way for you to get a copy would be to order it from amazon. You can click on the link or banner above and it will take you to my amazon book page. I thank you so very much, Joyce, and hope you enjoy the sequel!

      Your friend,


  2. Hi Bonnie, tried to use the “Contact” box but it didn’t work. On chapter 37 of your wonderful story (1st book)! Thanks so much for documenting the incredible journey you & Sam have been on. Great reading!
    I’m curious though, do you still live out on the island? What ages were you two back in 1980, when you moved out there?

    I wish I’d known about this last year, I was in the Kenai last July & August. Kim & I had our own adventures in the past years. More about us (me) here:
    Sam Fry
    Silver City, NM

    • Hello, Sam!
      Thank you for writing. I’m happy to hear you are enjoying reading about our Alaskan adventure. We no longer live on the island. When we moved to the island, I was 26 years old (which happened to be the average age for Alaskans at that time), and Sam was 36 years old. So, you have been on the Kenai. It’s a great place, isn’t it? Thank you for attaching the link to your blogspot. Wow! You and Kim most definitely have had some great adventures. I look forward to reading more about them in your blog! Thanks again for taking the time to write me.

      Best always,

  3. Janet

    Bonnie, tell me about creamed bear and moose. Maybe I can fix creamed deer meat. Thanks janet

    • Hello, Janet!

      Thank you so much for writing. In answer to your comment about creamed bear and moose! First of all, I have to admit, it’s easy-peasy. And I think you could definitely fix creamed deer meat and it would be delicious. The recipe is quite simple actually. It’s basically just a white sauce. Make your white sauce and I always added “home-canned meat” which is already cooked, but just needs to be heated up. So, just make a white sauce, add your cooked meat to it, and season to taste. And DON’T FORGET A DASH OF NUTMEG! That’s important! I hope that helps!

      Let me know how it turns out!


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