Reviewer: Trudy Smith
Title: Head in the Clouds
Author: Karen Witemeyer
Publisher: Bethany House
Release Date: October 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Inspirational Historical Romance
Year/Setting: 1883/Menard County, Texas
Overall Rating: 4.25
Sexual Content Rating: None
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: Minimal/Moderate
Karen's Website/Blog: www.karenwitemeyer.com
As with her favorite heroine, Jane Eyre, Adelaide Proctor longs for a man, a family, and a home to call her own. But in despair after a spontaneous and mortifying husband-hunting expedition, Addie prays for guidance vowing to seek the Lordís will not her own.
Addie has always longed for the white knight, castle and happy ever after fairy-tale but thereís little chance of that in the wilds of Texas. Feeling lead to try for a governess position she stumbles across, Addie begins to wonder if her fairy-tale dream could come true.
Gideon Westcott, 3rd son of an English Baron, wanted to prove himself to his family as well as to himself. From the bottom up, heís learned how to raise sheep. Gideon discovered he loved the hard work and satisfaction that his sheep ranch gave him. His only problem was his ward Isabella, every since her motherís death, she hasnít spoken. Gideon has grown to love her and only wants whatís best for her. He decides a governess is what they need so he can concentrate on the ranch and Isabella can obtain the best care he can find for her.
Addie canít believe that this beautiful house (more of a mansion) and attractive son of a baron is in the middle of Texas. Could this be what sheís longed for? But she had learned her lesson; she must concentrate on teaching Isabella, after all her charge needs her; and soon Addie learns to love Isabella. With her teaching style being very exuberant and imaginative, Addie can see a vast improvement in Isabella.
It doesnít take long for the attraction between Addie and Gideon to develop though they each try to avoid it. But when the evil uncle of Isabella sets out to gain his nieceís inheritance through any way he can, Addie and Gideon must join forces to protect Isabella and learn to trust Godís leadings.
Isabella has already been through so much in her young life; will she be able to overcome the latest trauma and speak again? How will God help Gideon and Addie overcome this evil that has come upon them for the good He has in store? Though Addieís head seems to be in the clouds from time to time, will she be able to see Godís direction clearly?
Head in the Clouds is a whimsical tale that will whisk you away with the abundance of imagination. The story, characters and inspirational message that God will lead us if we trust Him, are all developed and presented with a mixture of tender romance, somewhat mysterious good vs. evil and believable human-like emotions.
Though Head in the Clouds is Ms Witemeyerís second novel, she has made a lasting impression and Iíve made room on my bookshelves for this and hopefully many more to come.
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