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HEAD IN THE CLOUDS by KAREN WITEMEYER - REVIEWED



This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Head in the Clouds
Bethany House; Original edition (October 1, 2010)
by
Karen Witemeyer


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Karen Witemeyer is a deacon's wife and mother of three who believes the world needs more happily-ever-afters. To that end, she combines her love of bygone eras with her passion for helping women mature in Christ to craft historical romance novels that lift the spirit and nurture the soul.

After growing up in California, Karen moved to Texas to attend Abilene Christian University where she earned bachelor and master's degrees in Psychology. It was also there that she met and married her own Texas hero. He roped her in good, for she has lived in Texas ever since. In fact, she fell so in love with this rugged land of sweeping sunsets and enduring pioneer spirit, that she incorporates it into the pages of her novels, setting her stories in the small towns of a state that burgeoned into greatness in the mid-to-late 1800s.
Karen is living her dream by writing Christian historical romance novels for Bethany House. When she visited her publisher back in January of 2010, she was interviewed by the staff. If you'd like a behind-the-scenes glimpse into how she develops her story ideas and a description of her bumpy journey to publication, go to her website to listen to a podcast of that interview.
ABOUT THE BOOK

Adelaide Proctor is a young woman with her head in the clouds, longing for a real-life storybook hero to claim as her own. But when a husband-hunting debacle leaves her humiliated, she interviews for a staid governess position on a central Texas sheep ranch and vows to leave her romantic yearnings behind.

When Gideon Westcott left his privileged life in England to make a name for himself in America's wool industry, he never expected to become a father overnight. And five-year-old Isabella hasn't uttered a word since she lost her mother. The unconventionality of the new governess concerns Gideon--and intrigues him at the same time. But he can't afford distractions. He has a ranch to run, a shearing to oversee, and a suspicious fence-cutting to investigate.

When Isabella's uncle comes to claim the child--and her inheritance--Gideon and Adelaide must work together to protect Isabella from the man's evil schemes. And soon neither can deny their growing attraction. But after so many heartbreaks, will Adelaide be willing to get her head out of the clouds and put her heart on the line?

If you would like to read the first chapter of Head in the Clouds, go HERE.
 
REVIEW:
HEAD IN THE CLOUDS

By Karen Witemeyer
Published: Bethany House
ISBN# 978-0-7642-0756-3
366 Pages

Book Cover: Adelaide Proctor is a young woman with her head in the clouds, longing for a real-life storybook hero to claim as her own. But when a husband-hunting debacle leaves her humiliated, she interviews for a staid governess position on a central Texas sheep ranch and vows to leave her romantic yearnings behind. When Gideon Westcott left his privileged life in England to make a name for himself in America's wool industry, he never expected to become a father overnight. And five-year-old Isabella hasn't uttered a word since she lost her mother. The unconventionality of the new governess concerns Gideon--and intrigues him at the same time. But he can't afford distractions. He has a ranch to run, a shearing to oversee, and a suspicious fence-cutting to investigate. When Isabella's uncle comes to claim the child--and her inheritance--Gideon and Adelaide must work together to protect Isabella from the man's evil schemes. And soon neither can deny their growing attraction. But after so many heartbreaks, will Adelaide be willing to get her head out of the clouds and put her heart on the line?

Review: I was drawn to this book by the cover, it looked fun. It’s of a gal from Texas reading a book and twirling her hair. I anticipated the review copy because I wanted to discover who this woman was on the front cover. I also hadn’t read anything by this author and heard good things, I wanted to read it for myself.

I was pleasantly surprised by this novel. From the cover I imagined this novel was about a girl who was so into books and day-dreaming that she kept her Head in the Clouds, you can tell she is not paying attention as she is about to fall of the front porch. Boy was I wrong about this book. Adelaide Proctor was a dreamer of sorts but the girl was well read, someone who could hold her own, was smart and could speak her mind. She had dreamed of having a family some day but she wouldn’t waste her life waiting for a knight to arrive in shining armor and sweep her away. She had talents and thoughts of her own. No man was going to push her around.

Gideon Westcott was making a new life in America after leaving his privileged life in England. He was thankful for his new life and a little girl that made the little things in life so valuable. Isabella was five-years-old and had captured his heart. He was in search of a governess to help educate his little one. He’s run an ad for so long and still hadn’t met a single suitable governess.

I was captivated by Adelaide’s spunk, determination and willingness to earnestly seek God’s will for her life. She was a strong woman who could be tender and sensitive. I immediately adored Gideon Westcott and his determination to do the right thing, the zest he had for life and the tenderness he had towards Bella. He wanted the best for her and the people that worked for him too.

Karen Witemeyer debut book was Taylor-Made Bride. I’ll have to check that one out for sure. I’m thrilled to find another author that is witty, interesting, funny and creates characters I instantly care about. I enjoyed reading this fun, entertaining and thought provoking book. This is an author to watch. I know I will be!

Nora St.Laurent
The Book Club Network
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1 comment:

  1. I've read this book and it is delightful! Looking forward to Karen's next release!!

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