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Head in the Clouds

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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 n...more
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Anne Osterlund
Adelaide is a romantic. A rancher’s daughter, former schoolteacher, and Jane-Eyre-loving daydreamer who only wears yellow and takes her horse, Sheba, wherever she goes.

First to town. Where things DON’T proceed in Jane-Eyre-esque fashion.

And then, on a spur of the moment compulsion . . .

To the Westcott ranch.

Where she runs straight into Gideon Westcott.

Who already has one unfathomable girl under his roof (five-year-old Isabella, who hasn’t spoken since her mother’s death).

And now most certainly h...more
This is a story set in Texas in the late 1800s. Miss Adelaide Proctor took a job as a teacher after her father died, and part of the conditions of the contract were that she wasn’t allowed to marry for 2 years. At the end of this time, the potential suitors who she met when she first came into town have moved on. Adelaide has no family and she dreams of starting a family of her own, so she’s been concentrating her efforts on a young man called Henry, whom she doesn’t love, but likes enough to se...more
I first fell in love with the charming, romantic prose of Karen Witemeyer in her debut novel, “A Tailor-Made Bride”, which came out earlier this year. I was so excited to discover that this new author had a SECOND book releasing this year, as well! I knew I was going to love “Head in the Clouds”, I just had no idea how much! Swoon-worthy romance, charming wit, and heart-pounding suspense are the order of the day when Karen Witemeyer is behind the pen. I laughed. I cried. And, more often than not...more
HEAD IN THE CLOUDS is a charming story filled with believable characters, a page turning story line all complete in a lovely little package that I loved!

First, have you seen the cover of this book?? The most ingenious one ever! The story that fills the space between the cover is filled with adventure and romance. That pace in the tense moments is fast paced and filled with to the point descriptions that kept me turning pages. The romance made my heart sigh. And as I neared the end of the novel,...more
These characters are the sort of people I might befriend in real life---to watch my plants when I'm out of town, if for no other reason---but they're too perfect to be really interesting as fictional characters. And since God makes all their decisions for them, they can't even really claim some of the virtues I enjoy in my heroes and heroines: courage, intelligence, common sense. Don't get me wrong: I appreciate strong faith in my characters, but if God is going to send them signs and wonders to...more
Thanks to the author for sending me an advance copy of the book! This is the second book Karen has written and I loved it just as much as her first one. I think I liked this one better because I could identify with Adelaid so well. Her romantic spirit gets her in trouble since she seems to have her head in the clouds from all those novels she reads. But, she has a heart of gold and one that reaches to hurting souls. She gets ahead of God in one relationship and it leads her to make a new life fo...more
Dec 15, 2011 Laura rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: high school and up
The conflict for the main characters in "Head in the Clouds" is questioning why God allows His children to suffer even when He can intervene but having faith when God chooses not to. "She (Adelaide) couldn't ignore the fact that the same God who rescued Daniel from the lions allowed Stephen to be stoned. The God who shielded the infant Moses did nothing to spare the lives of hundreds of the Hebrew babies murdered by the Egyptians. The story focuses on the happy endings but not before acknowledgi...more
At First Sight: Adelaide Proctor quit her teaching job and went in search of the man that had been 'courting' her for the last few months. But when said man turned out to be a cad who failed to mention he was already married, Adelaide's dreams of a home and family of her own, crumbled.

Not one to let herself fall into despair, Adelaide procures a new job and becomes the governess of a mute little girl named Isabella, daughter of a sheep rancher by the name of Gideon Westcott.

Mr. Westcott is the...more
Rachelle Rea
What I Loved

This book is filled with ironic twists of phrase and a humorous glint in the style of Mary Connealy and Kelly Hake. The stunning and uh-oh glimpse of Adelaide on the cover is in every way indicative of the adventure to be found within the pages of Head in the Clouds.

This story kept me reading. The characters were altogether engaging and loveable. Gideon was such a clash of cultures. An English nobleman now a sheep farmer?

And Adelaide. I could relate to her on so many levels, yet sh...more
4.5 stars. I really enjoyed this book. It was my second Karen Witemeyer book to read, and I loved it! One of the things I liked best about this book was Adelaide's character, which is very similar to mine in the area of clumsiness and love for books. :) I really enjoyed seeing her character more and more in each chapter and felt like I related to her a lot. Whenever she made clumsy mistakes such as falling out of her chair at the restaurant and the "incident" in the barn {hee hee :)}, I felt mys...more
Amber Stokes
With a sweet and engaging writing style, Witemeyer swept me away through the pages of this book. I think most readers who choose to pick up this book can completely relate to Adelaide and her longing for a love story of her own. She is a fun heroine to read about, and her creative and caring heart is inspiring. I love the games and activities she does with her young charge, Isabella. Too cute! It just goes to show that imagination goes a long way in learning and growing.

As far as the hero of th...more
While I don't have a issue Christian writers, she writes over the top God language. Christian historical fiction should have a particular amount of religious speak, but the problem with most Christian writers especially Karen Witemeyer is that they overload the story with spiritual jargon. Historically speaking religion is a part of the everyday American life, but it is not drawn out into an entire page or two of spiritual thoughts. When something is a part of everyday life it isn't drawn out an...more
What a great read! I enjoyed this book from start to finish. I just love Karen Witemeyer's writing style. So clear and fresh. One of my favorite things about her books is that she weaves the Bible into her story and every day life so well. Adelaide and Gideon constantly revert back to the Bible and the Lord for strength and guidance. That's just awesome and inspiring!

I like this one just as much as her first...if not more! Karen Witemeyer is one talented author. Can't wait to read more by her!
Susan M. Baganz
I've enjoyed several of Karen Witemeyer's historical romances and when I stumbled across Head in the Clouds, I couldn't resist.

Adelaid Proctor wears yellow as her dad told her she was his sunshine. But dad is gone and all she has left now is a beautiful horse and the ability to teach. She longs for a home, a family of her own. Through a series of strange events she finds herself in the middle of Texas working for an English aristocrat turned sheep farmer, Gideon Wescott.

Gideon hires Adelaid with...more
Dora Hiers
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Adelaide Proctor abandons her teaching position to follow the man she believes will provide her with the family she so desperately longs for. Not that Henry Belcher makes her heart race, but she's waited a long time for him to propose. When she finally catches up to him, she accepts that there won't be a proposal. Grieving the loss of the family she'd dreamed of, she applies for a governess position, determined to follow God's cloud, just like the Israelites who wandered in the...more
Just when I thought I couldn't enjoy a book more that A Tailor-Made Bride, Head in the Clouds comes along and I devour all 350+ pages in a day. If you are a fan of romance, ranchers, and British nobility you will love this story. Not only that but if you like to be able to relate to a heroine I don't think you will be able to find another quite like Adelaide Proctor (at least I can't think of one!)

Adelaide is on the lookout for her storybook hero (aren't we all *wink*) and literally falls into t...more
Nov 04, 2010 ReviewsByMolly rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to ReviewsByMolly by: CFBA; Kate Witemeyer
I loved this sweet novel! I had the chance to review A Tailor Made Bride, Karen Witemeyer's debut novel, so when it came to me that I could review her second novel, Head in the Clouds, I just couldn't refuse. Karen's writing style had me hooked from page one of A Tailor Made Bride, so I knew that with this book, her writing style would be as good, or better. I was not disappointed, as I absolutely LOVED this witty book even more so than her first one.

I was instantly in 1800's Texas, sitting at a...more
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Kym McNabney
HEAD IN THE CLOUDS has my head in the clouds, dreaming of meeting my Gideon. What a wonderful story.

Probably the first half of the book I took my time, reading slowing, absorbing every word. After that point, I could no longer hold back and flipped through the pages, rapidly. If the cover doesn’t draw you in, then the title surely will. But if that isn’t enough, if you dare to read between the covers, the first page is bound to capture you.

As an aspiring writer, I savored every word. HEAD IN T...more
Margaret Metz
I was a huge fan of Karen's last book and couldn't pass up the chance when she asked for reviewers for this one. So I thank her and Bethany Books ahead of time for the opportunity to read the book. It didn't influence my review. I would have loved it just as much if I'd bought it. :o)

Adelaide Proctor was a really interesting heroine. She was shy, insecure in some ways but she also had a spine of steel - especially when it came down to someone she loved being in trouble. Watching her evolve into...more
Nora St Laurent
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 Am...more
Karen Witemeyer is great with her heroines because she doesn't depict each of them as the same character. One may be domineering and another may be just like Adelaide Proctor who made an unhappy mistake, misunderstanding, miscommunication, NO, downright misconception on the part of one man that could have really ruined her life! But she is the type who takes the lemons she is dealt and makes lemonade.

She is a teacher and should be able to find a job teaching, but there is already a teacher ther...more
So, I liked this one and liked the characters, but I think I enjoyed the other two books I read by Witemeyer a little bit more. This one felt like a mix between Regency and the Wild West. Gideon is actually an English gentleman who has come to America to try and make his own way. On his way to America he ends up as a guardian to five-year-old Isabella when her mother dies on the ship coming over. I admired Gideon for taking over Isabella so easily and truly treating her like his own daughter. It...more
I was unable to care for Adelaide, she is way too fanciful, romantic, and more than naive. She immediately falls for any good-looking man who crosses her path. She moves from one to another quickly without seeming to process deep emotions other than infatuation. When she claims to be moving on from her romantic notions, she is not in the presence of Gideon a moment before she starts spinning yarns again. Because of this, it is hard to believe that her romantic feelings are true.

While Gideon was...more
Rachel Brand
After a would-be-suitor turns out to be less than suitable, Adelaide Proctor heads to Texas following an advertisement for a governess. Both Gideon Westcott and his five-year-old ward, Isabella, immediately take a liking to the less than conventional young governess, who, despite seeming to be in a perpetual dreamland, is the only person who is able to make Isabella laugh and smile. Gideon is in awe that someone has managed to make Isabella open up and learn to enjoy life after the death of her...more
Janalyn Voigt
Adelaide Proctor lands herself in a fix when she seeks a proposal from a reluctant beaux. Dislocated and unemployed, she accepts a job as a governess on a sheep ranch in the wilds of Texas. Her young charge, Isabella, soon captures her heart. When Isabella's father, Gideon Westcott, stirs her admiration, Addie reins in her romantic tendencies. She doesn't need another humiliation, and besides, Gideon seems to prefer it that way.

When life-threatening events loom, the two face a choice that will...more
I didnt know this was "christian fiction" genre when I checked it out from the library, but I liked the cover and it looked cute so I picked it up. In general religious stuff aint my thing, but I was able to finish this book because it wasn't overly blatant. The problems I did have were more with historical inaccuracies and awkward portrayals of minority characters that I felt barely toed the line of acceptable. I tried to let it slide since it is fiction but it still bothered me, and I found in...more
Great read, nothing but fun from the first page! Adelaide Proctor just has to have her heart’s desire- a husband and a family and if God isn’t going to give her the perfect husband well then, she’ll just go get one that will do.

Big mistake, but not to worry Adelaide knows how to land on her face—um feet.

This a book you don’t want to put down because you just have to know if that new guy, Gideon Westcott is the one God wants for Adelaide.

The setting doesn’t intrude until the bad guy shows up and...more
This book had me hooked. From the first page to the last, I could barely put it down! Karen has a funny, witty writing style and does a great job of fleshing out the story and characters. I truly enjoyed reading every page. It also had more than a little adventure which was awesome! Suspenseful, with villains and plots, I kept waiting to see what would happen next. And it the heroine is an avid reader which was even better! I could totally relate to her. ;) This is a book that you need to read a...more
After her memorable debut with A Tailor-Made Bride, I wondered what Karen Witemeyer would do for an encore. She not disappoint me. Instead, she absolutely delighted me with this story of an unconventional governess, a most unusual hero (how many English noblemen turned sheep rancher have you encountered between the pages of a book?) and a truly dastardly villain. Blending touches of humor with heart-stopping danger and a sigh-inducing romance, Head in the Clouds is a book to read again and again...more
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CBA bestselling author, Karen Witemeyer, writes historical romance fiction for Bethany House, believing that the world needs more happily-ever-afters. In 2011, her debut novel, A Tailor-Made Bride, was a finalist in the Best First Book categories for both the prestigious RITA® award and the National Reader's Choice Award. Karen holds a master's degree in Psychology from Abilene Christian Universit...more
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“The fiasco in the barn flashed through her mind. Yesterday she'd showered him with oats and today she'd pummeled him with a broom. At this rate, he'd be dead by the end of the week.” 12 likes
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