Oct 21, 2010

Head in the Clouds by Karen Witemeyer

When a recovering romantic goes to work for a handsome ranch owner, her heart's not the only thing in danger!

Adelaide Proctor longs to find a real-life storybook hero to claim as her own. But when a husband-hunting debacle leaves her humiliated, she interviews for a governess position on a remote Texas sheep ranch and vows to leave her silly romantic yearnings behind.

Gideon Westcott left his privileged life in England to make a name for himself in America's wool industry, never expecting to end up with a child. To his dismay, 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.

When Isabella's uncle comes to claim the girl—and her inheritance—Gideon and Adelaide must work together to protect Isabella from the man's evil schemes. 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?


Karen Witemeyer holds a master's degree in psychology from Abilene Christian University and is a member of ACFW, RWA, and the Abilene Writers Guild. She has published fiction in Focus on the Family's children's magazine, and has written several articles for online publications and anthologies. A Tailor-Made Bride is her first novel. Karen lives in Abilene, Texas, with her husband and three children. Visit Karen's Web site at www.karenwitemeyer.com


I love the cover of this book, and it depicts Adelaide perfectly. At times she was so immersed in what she was doing, that she hardly noticed what was going on around her. This often put her in the middle of some rather embarrassing predicaments. The story begins with Adelaide making a fool of herself by chasing after a man she believes will make her a good husband. But instead of giving up in defeat, she quickly picked herself up and made plans for moving on.

When Adelaide took on the position as governess, she had no idea how her life would be changed. Her devotion to little Isabella became her main focus, and nothing could distract her from loving and caring for the little girl. She still dreamed of finding someone to love her and she wanted children of her own, but she tried not to dwell on it. Adelaide must learn to follow her heart and accept that maybe what she has been looking for has been right in front of her.

Days on the sheep ranch were filled with laughter, danger, and even a little romance. The humor and suspense kept me flipping the pages just as quickly as I could ... as I just had to find out what would happen next!

I thoroughly enjoyed the first book written by Karen Witemeyer which was titled Tailor-Made Bride.  I was looking forward to reading Head in the Clouds, and I think it is even better than the first one!

Disclosure:  Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.  Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

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