“Winds of Silak” by Bonnie Rose

Winds of Skilak by Bonnie Rose Ward

In The Winds of Skilak, Bonnie Rose tells her story of true grit, true love and survival in the Alaskan Wilderness. This insightful exploration of living outside one’s comfort zone brings us behind-the-scenes experiences of what this can mean.

“What do you mean you put the house up for sale?”

“We’re going to Alaska!”(1980)

… our new cabin felt like a mansion to me. i could sit at my kitchen table and look out the window at the ever-changing panoramic view of Skilak Lake..forever to be a part of who we are, imprinted deep within us …

FIRST PLACE – JOURNEY AWARDS for Narrative Non-Fiction

Leaving behind friends, family, and life as they know it, the Wards embark on a journey into the Alaskan wilderness that will change them forever. 

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.

Winds of Skilak: The Continuing Saga … of the wards adventures and survival in the Alaskan wilderness by Bonnie Ward
About the Author

After fifteen years as a “wilderness wife” in Alaska, Bonne Ward now resides with her husband on their farm in central west Virginia. They sill maintain a self-sufficient lifestyle, raising goats, chickens, and other barnyard animals, with four dogs and a peacock named George rounding out the menagerie. Bonnie enjoys canning vegetables from the huge gardens sowed by her husband with heirloom open-pollinated seeds, and in her “spare” time, she continues her memoirs of the Alaskan wilderness.


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