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Thursday, November 4, 2010

Head In The Clouds

What girl hasn't dreamed about some romantic possibility of finding a man that would sweep her off her feet and love her unconditionally, ultimately marrying her? Well Adelaide Proctor is no exception. When she believes that the traveling salesman that passes through her town, who confesses his romantic interest in her every day has an exciting proposal he wishes to discuss with her over dinner, she believes he's about to ask her to marry him. Unfortunately he doesn't and Adelaide is disappointed in her dreams once more.

She can't return home to the life and job she once held as a teacher and through divine intervention locates an advertisement in the local paper for a governess job. What she is about to discover is like the Israelites wandering in the desert, that God makes His presence known in every prayer she lifts up to Him, including this new job prospect, if she is only willing to wait.

Gideon Westcott, finds himself in the busy sheep shearing season and with no one to care for Isabella, who hasn't spoken since her mother died, hires a governess to help when he is out of the house. What he doesn't expect to see is someone entirely not meeting his expectations when she runs into Adelaide in the stables. She is not at all what he had asked for.

Reginald is Isabella's uncle who has been trying unsuccessfully to win custody of Isabella who is the heir to the family fortune and land that her mother left to some stranger she met on a boat crossing. Bent on obtaining that money at all costs, he isn't about to let Isabella out of his sights.

I received the book, Head in the Clouds, the second novel by Karen Witemeyer, and once more fell in love with her style of writing strong, unconventional women characters set in the 1800's. I can't wait to read her next novels as she is rising as my all time favorite author. I would rate this book, hands down as a perfect 5 out of 5 stars. This is one book you don't want to pass up and a great read for anyone looking to boost their self esteem of a strong woman.

I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book by Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for my honest review. For more information on this book, the amazing and talent author as well as a first chapter peek, read on:

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


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.


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.

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