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Head in the Clouds

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Good, clean romances: romances that appeal to all ages, and are appropriate for all ages to read. They are consistent with the focus of our Christian Fiction series: well-written, compelling, and entertaining romances in which faith succeeds and virtue triumphs.
Hardcover, Large Print, 539 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by Thorndike Press (first published October 1st 2010)
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Anne Osterlund
May 16, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Ceri
Feb 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
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
Kim
Mar 15, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Alyssa
{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
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Maria
When Adelaide Proctor finds herself in a new town, jobless and heartbroken, she decides to apply for a position as a governess. After spending many years reading enchanting novels and dreaming about her perfect hero, she realizes that it is time to stop dreaming and start living a real life. She does not imagine that sometimes real life may be more fascinating and breathtaking than her books.

The thing I always like when I read a Karen Witemeyer book is that I feel exactly all the emotions the ch
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Amy
Jan 07, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book has been on my to-read shelf since 2011 so when I finally spotted it at the library, I jumped at the chance to knock another book off that shelf. I definitely had higher expectations for it. A governess story written Jane Eyre-esque? Mmm, mmm, mmm...possibility.
Head in the Clouds is one of the most obtuse, self-aware books I have ever read. It would be an incredibly satirical novel if it didn't take itself so seriously.

Plot
Adelaide Proctor (I admit, I loved her name from the start) se
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Sydney Elaine
Feb 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this book. It is so cheesy and fluffy (maybe even too cheesy?), but sometimes its good to get a little bit of a break from serious stuff

I myself am a romantic, so I could completely relate to Adelaide in her longing for fluffy romantic relationship.

I loved how things that were sort of unclear in the beginning of this book made complete sense later on. The story was so sweet and though it was (obviously) predictable, the sense of danger and suspense sort of propelled you throu
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Laura
This book was a quick, light read. Very predictable, with a happy ending. I wish the author had created more depth to the characters to make me want to care about them more. Unfortunately the story just fell "flat"for me. It was a simple read though,with some nice reminders on how we should trust God more and truly seek his will instead of our own desires. It was an ok read, just not great.
Amanda
Jul 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Casey
Sep 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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,
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Alicia
An engaging story about a character whose storybook dreams come to life when she takes the position as governess on the Westcott ranch, and who finds herself and the rest of the ranch in many dangers along the way. Not my favourite Witemeyer story, but it still had all the trademark charm and a standout storyline that made me like it a whole lot! :)
Aerykah
Really enjoyed this book! Karen Witemeyer has quickly become a favorite of mine. I'm looking forward to reading more of her books.
Kathy * Bookworm Nation
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
Teri-K
I choose this book because I needed a fun read to go with a long, serious book and I'd read and enjoyed To Win Her Heart earlier. I thought this one was about a widower in the Old West who needed a governess, but the hero is actually an English Earl-turned-sheep-farmer and the girl is his ward, not his daughter. I've read the "nobleman in the Old West" trope before; I have no idea if it's based on fact, but I decided to go along for the ride. :) His background plus the fact that the little girl ...more
Meg
Jan 02, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian
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
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Laura
Dec 15, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  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
Marklessgirl
*Warning for a close call scene with a very bad man.*
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(really a 4.5 for the fact that it was sometimes predictable and cheesy but I still really enjoyed it!)
Okay, So first off I really liked how it was written. It was kind of funny! I do feel that the main girl does not have much to be a very stand out character, but she is a lot like me so I guess I can't say anything bad about her at all! But that sometimes she does not think things through but that makes her real.
The main boy I love him!
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Amanda
Jan 05, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Hannah
This was a sit-back-and-enjoy sort of book with a satisfying ending. I'm pretty sure I'd have enjoyed it even more if I could have had a hard copy instead of a library ebook...but it was fun anyway. It's hard to believe I've read nearly all of Karen Witemeyer's books in just a few weeks.
One of my favorite scenes was right after the hero was wounded...I'm sure I'll reread that last third of the book when I get the chance! And I really loved the heroine's love of yellow dresses. It seemed so much
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SheLove2Read
Nov 29, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
I liked the overall idea of the story but for me it fell a little flat. The little girl in the book was ok, surprisingly not annoying. There was even an attempted rape scene which I found unusual in a Christian romance, but the two main characters just never felt real to me. The hero Gideon was well entrenched in beta-maleness, which is a total turnoff for me as well. It wasn't a bad book, it just wasn't remarkable in any way.

C/2 stars
Grace
Feb 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my second Karen Witemeyer novel I've read + it certainly will not be my last! Her books are swoon worthy. The lovely romance, the fight for survival, the biblical ties, it's all so beautiful. Her writing style is gorgeous and I can fly through her books in 2 days if I'm lucky. I loved all of the characters (besides the obvious villain:) Gideon + Adelaide were both such sweet and kind-hearted characters I rooted for them until the very end!
Julie (Manga Maniac Cafe)
4 stars

Sweet romance with a touch of suspense. All of the characters are likeable, I enjoyed the sheep ranch setting, and the gentle humor carried eased some emotionally tense moments. The only reason I didn't find this too preachy, though, is because of the time period.
Darla Damron
Witemeyer never disappoints the reader! She held my attention from the first page to the last. I read this book by audio and the narrator did an awesome job. She was not boring to listen and changed her tones with the characters.
Crystal Barnes
Mar 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful read from start to finish. Thanks, Karen!
Alex
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
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Dora Hiers
Feb 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sharing My Review~
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
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Rachelle Cobb
Jan 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Bethany
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
Jennifer
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
Amber Stokes
Dec 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Winner of the National Reader's Choice Award, H
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