Lil’ Suburban Homestead Book Review of Winds of Skilak

Every now and then I get asked to do a book review on a book which is a part of my blogging and Radio Show Host job that I love! But to get to do a book review on a woman facing the Alaskan Wilderness and it’s a true story…Wow this was the Christmas gift I had been waiting for! This book is so one of my favorite genres and it’s a true story and to top it all off with a cherry on top Bonnie Rose Ward is such a delightful writer I immediately got sucked in and engaged with her and her husband Sam as the main characters in this story. This book is full of a variety of interesting characters, dangerous situations primarily due to the ruggedness of the Alaskan Wilderness, and even a few surprise plot twists. Don’t forget to read the bonus at the end of this blog post because not only do you get a chance to win a copy of her book it gets even better!

Have you ever wanted to go off-grid and strike out on your own and be completely self-reliant? I know I have but then when I ponder being away from my technology and my warm bed both of which I do enjoy tremendously I think I shall keep my lil’ prairie on the grid lol! You will see why this book is so gripping and addicting at one point Bonnie and her husband Sam lived in a pup tent for 3 months on an isolated island while building their first log cabin. They also lived a total of nine years without running water, electricity, neighbors, stores or phones. I can’t even imagine! Bonnie did lots of off-grid cooking which I have been writing about at our Lil’ Suburban Homestead. Also just think about the times when you are cold and can simply go inside well their inside for several months was a tent why they were building their cabin. They had a very limited amount of neighbors on the island so let’s talk about the isolation that Bonnie faced on a continual basis and mostly just being surrounded by men on a regular basis. I work in a building with about 74 full time people the majority of them are female and that of course has some challenges in itself but females do seek out other females for emotional support even if it’s exhausting for the men sometimes LOL!

From the moment they say goodbye to their families and arrive at Lake Skilak you understand that they have a tremendous journey ahead of them which in many ways they were quite prepared for and in other ways not so much. I was so excited about doing this book review and having Bonnie Rose Ward on my show on The Prepper Broadcasting Network this coming Tuesday, January 6, 2015 that Bonnie agreed to do a giveaway for my readers as well! You will definitely want to stop on by for this interview! I have so much to ask her and so little time!

The tough part about book reviews is I don’t want to tell too much of the story because the point is for you the reader to go read the story but I can honestly tell you this book won’t disappoint. If you like stories about journeys of folks surviving the wilderness and want to feel like you are on the journey with them….this is the book you don’t feel like you are reading about them in the wilderness while you are reading you feel like you are there! Bonnie is a clever author and keeps you in suspense when she is in suspense….just brilliant!


Her book is also the winner of the 2014 Next Generation Indie Book Award memoir (other) category!

If you would like to win your very own copy of this book enter by clicking here: Lil’ Suburban Homestead

I hope you enjoyed the review I know you will love this book as much as I did!

As a final bonus I will be interviewing Bonnie Rose Ward this Tuesday at 9pm eastern on my live show at The Prepper Broadcasting Network it will be sure to be an amazing time! I am so looking forward to it! To join us click here!


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Book Review by Idlewild Alaska

Review of Winds of Skilak by Amanda at

I love reading books about homesteaders and sourdoughs in Alaska from days gone by. Winds of Skilak is one of those books. I was recently approached by the author, Bonnie Rose Ward, who asked me if I would like to do a review on her book about her life as an Alaskan homesteader. I jumped on the opportunity and loved her book!

Winds of Skilak Book Review - IdlewildAlaska

Winds of Skilak is the story of a husband and wife who left everything behind to start a homesteading life in Alaska in 1980. They drove to AK, searched for the perfect place, and found it on Caribou Island on Skilak Lake. They built a beautiful little cabin, hunted, gardened, trapped furs, raised chickens, goats, and Petunia Pig. I loved reading about their adventures as “homesteaders.”

The book is so well written, you feel like you get to know Sam and Bonnie personally. Bonnie shares their trials, their victories, their adventures, their love of Alaska, and so much more.

From the back cover:

Winds of Skilak traces a young couple’s adventurous move from the suburbs of Ohio to a remote island on ill-tempered Skilak Lake. As Sam and Bonnie adapt to a life without running water, electricity and telephones, the unforgiving, desolate environment tests their courage early on. Facing sub-freezing temperatures, unfriendly bears, and cabin fever, the Wards find strength in new friends, each other, and the awe-inspiring beauty of “the last frontier.” Just when they finally settle in, a freak accident proves to be the ultimate test of their resolve. Will they be able to survive in this isolated wilderness filled with unseen dangers? 

Author Bonnie Ward chronicles an exciting and thought-provoking tale of one couple’s faith in God and dedication to each other through all of Alaska’s curveballs. Winds of Skilak is a true tale of absorbing force, sure to bring out your own sense of adventure.

If you love books about adventure, life in Alaska, homesteading, or just a good story, Winds of Skilak is a must for your bookshelf!

Sam and Bonnie Ward - IdlewildAlaska

Read more about Bonnie and Sam at their website,

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Reviews with Pople Back Yard Farm

Review by Ruth Pople

WINDS OF SKILAK by Bonnie Rose Ward 


A story after my own heart! Winds of Skilak by Bonnie Rose Ward will capture the heart of all those who have a love for living close to the earth. A true account of how Bonnie and Sam Ward started a life in Alaska. The couple purchases land on a island and build a cabin, catch their own food, and live the life of a pioneer. The book is fast paced and will inspire you as you see Little Bonnie alone while Sam is off working… or in JAIL… for MOOSE MEAT! … of course it is all low key as the guards play with Sam in the jail. You will see them tossed by the wind on the lake. Finding good friends in the few neighbors they have and of course see God’s care for them as they live a life we only read about in books. I walked away with a new outlook on life and drive as a backyard farmer seeing what two people can accomplish as they fully give themselves to each other with the same purpose to build a home together. You can purchase here > Winds of Skilak on Available on Kindle for $5.99 and also available in paperback.

Link to Ruth’s blog here>Book Reviews With Pople Back Yard Farm


6 thoughts on “Reviews

  1. Mary Lee

    Loved the book. Want to know why you left the island and what did you do with your property?

    • Thank you, Mary Lee! So glad you “loved” our story! We lived on the island for nine years and then went into commercial fishing, which is why we left the island. We lived a total of 15 years in Alaska. We sold all of our property. Stay tuned for my sequel . . . “Return to Skilak!” I don’t have a publishng date yet, but hope to have it out by early next year!

  2. Katie S

    When will your next book come out?

  3. Katie S

    When will your next book be coming out?

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