Thursday, August 21, 2014

Where Eagles Soar by Bonnie Leon

In 1947 Lily Sanders moved with her family to a homestead at the edge of an Athabaskan village in the Alaskan Territory. It was an ideal location for her father, a mountain man and hunting guide. It also provided a place where the world could not see his brutality.

Seeking her father’s love and approval, Lily traipses the mountain trails at his side, learning to bring down big game and to work as a hunting guide. She runs her own trap-lines, faces down wolves and mushes her dog team in local races. 

A heartless act by her father, leaves Lily brokenhearted and strips away any thread of hope that one day he might love her. She vows to never forgive him and turns to the powerful bond of love she shares with her sweet-spirited mother and her many sisters. Together they share the adventure, beauty and heartache of their wilderness life.

Even a mother’s love is not great enough to overcome a deeply rooted bitterness like Lily’s. Only the love of God can set her free. 


    My people are story tellers. My dad was a story teller. And I’m a story teller too. But more than that, I am a truth teller. I know about life and death, hope and desperation, riches and bankruptcy. A bankruptcy of the soul, and the beauty of God and His truth—how it shines when it is held up alongside the twisted, ugly lies of the Evil One. 
    Sometimes the way we begin our life has little to do with where we end up or who we become along the way.
   And sometimes it has everything to do with it.
    There are people in this world who walk around all scarred up inside—angry and never able to find their way. But for some, scars make them stronger and show them a better way to live.
    I’m one of those. And I want to tell you my story.
    Most of my life, I lived in a muddle of love and brutality, raging inside. Mama was good and kind and her life was one of sacrifice. Daddy didn’t know how to love. He only knew how to get what he wanted. And no one had better ever get in his way, not even family.
    Living with ruthlessness can turn a person sour, like milk left out in the heat too long. That was me. I learned I could be better, only it took a great God, a lot of years, and a miracle to show me the way.       

    I discovered that a wounded heart does not mean an end to goodness, but can be like the rocks that sit in a river-bed. Week upon week, month upon month, year upon year water washes over those stones, so hard, so fast, and for so long that the jagged edges are gradually and steadily chipped away until the stones become smooth. Some even turn shiny and one day become a treasure to someone who sees them glittering in a creek bed and picks them up. 

About The Author

Bonnie Leon is the author of twenty novels, including the recently released Where Eagles Soar and the popular Alaskan Skies series. 

She enjoys speaking for women’s groups and teaching at writing seminars and conventions. These days, her time is filled with writing, being a grandmother and relishing precious time with her aged mother.

Bonnie and her husband, Greg, live in Southern Oregon. They have three grown children and eight grandchildren.

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Bonnie Leon is giving away a copy of Where Eagles Soar. To be entered in the giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You can enter the book giveaway twice—once on each Spotlight post for the author. Please note: The giveaway is for U.S. addresses only.


Carol Q. said...

This book sounds very interesting and so does the author. she would be new for me. thank you for this chance

Library Lady said...

We have Bonnie's books in the church library. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to win her book.
Janet E.

Heather said...

Sounds like a really interesting story. I'd love to read it. Thanks for the giveaway!

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sm said...

I like that you are dealing with wounded hearts in your new book. I'd love to win it! sharon, CA wileygreen1(at)yahoo(dot)com

Anonymous said...

Son just came back from Alaska where he dreamed of visiting. Awesomely beautiful!

would love to read this book, she's a new author to me!


beckie said...

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JackieW said...

I am always looking for new authors to read and I think I have found one. Your book sounds like one I would enjoy reading.

Bonnie Leon said...

Thanks all for writing in. I must have missed the reminder that I was going to be here a few days ago.

I hope you will all give the book a read. It is truly a special story, none other like it. And Lily is an extraordinary woman.

Bless you all.

Pam Ferrell said...
A must read book.

Melody Boyd said...

This story is full of twists & turns - you won't want to put it down!! I am so glad Bonnie Leon wrote this amazing account of one woman's struggle. Inspiring!!!

Melody Boyd said...

Unknown said...

Bonnie has written an excellent book about an amazing lady. Well worh reading.

Belinda said...

This is an AMAZING must read book. You will be thinking about Lily for days, and truly grow to love her and her strength.

Anonymous said...

The memoir Where Eagles Soar by Bonnie Leon is riveting. Many of the scenes put a knot in my stomach. The abuse Lily endured from her father threatened to devastate her life. Her courageous story reminds people that God rescues captives and heals broken-hearted; that when we take a step in faith, God can meet us and set us free.

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