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Head in the Clouds

Head in the Clouds

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by Karen Witemeyer

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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


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?

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Publishers Weekly
Witemeyer follows her delightful first novel, A Tailor-Made Bride, with another tale of romance in America’s West. Teacher Adelaide Proctor follows Henry Belcher to Fort Worth, Tex., but discovers her Prince Charming is a rogue. Instead of the marriage she planned, Adelaide becomes governess to Isabella, daughter of English-born sheep rancher Gideon Westcott. Adelaide comes to love both the mute, troubled Isabella and her father, but forces beyond their control are heading from England to Texas. Viscount Reginald Petchey wants his niece’s fortune and will do anything to get it, even murder and kidnapping. But Petchey doesn’t factor in Adelaide’s determination and Gideon’s love for his daughter. A final standoff is a nail-biter as a child’s life and a family’s future hang in the balance. Witemeyer’s sophomore tale is entertaining and exciting, though fans may wish for the insightful discussions of her first. Readers won’t be disappointed, however, in the strong, lovable Adelaide and her ultimate Prince Charming. (Oct.)

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Meet the Author

Karen Witemeyer holds a master's degree in Psychology from Abilene Christian University and is a member of ACFW, RWA, and the Texas Coalition of Authors. She has published fiction in Focus on the Family's children's magazine, written several articles for online publications and anthologies, and looks forward to the release of her debut novel, A Tailor-Made Bride, this summer. Karen lives in Abilene, Texas, with her husband and three children.

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Head in the Clouds 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 84 reviews.
-Forgiven More than 1 year ago
Can two people, so right for each other, find a deep and lasting love on a sheep ranch in Menard County, Texas? Adelaide Proctor, full of sunshine and joy, had waded through lies and loss to get to where God intended for her to be. That place was an attic-turned-schoolroom, on an ebony mare named Sheba, in vibrant yellow gowns, and in a small window to barricade those she loved from danger. With a daily dose of God's courage and love, she learned that sometimes you have to get your head out of the clouds and put your heart and life on the line--take a risk and trust God--to be able to administer and also receive the gift of an unfathomable and cherishing love.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was one I couldn't put down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the liveliness of this story. I connected addie since i always had my head in a book as well. I truly enjoyed this book.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
I Loved this book..Adelaide was led to believe Henry loved her. So she gives up her job and everything to go to Fort Worth, only to learn that he has a wife and a son. She is devastated but she is only mourning the life she wanted as a wife and mother...she really doesn't love Henry. Looking up to the clouds and praying God sends her a message. She applies for and gets the job of Governess for Isabella. What a delightful relationship she forms with Izzy...can just picture them as they clean the attic room! What Adelaide doesn't expect is to fall in Love with Gideon, Izzy's Guardian and new father to her. Love the way things work out for them, but things can't stay perfect...enter the evil Uncle Reginald who will do anything to gain control of the child's fortune. Once you pick up this wonderful book...you have to keep reading to the end. The book and the opinions are my own.
Orla More than 1 year ago
The story was more dramatic and intense then I expected, but that is what kept me reading chapter after chapter and losing track of the time. I enjoyed this book so much, that I recommend this to anyone who loves a good book that puts a smile on your face with its concluding words. I cannot wait to read the next Karen Witemeyer book, which I hope comes out soon.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A little slow in parts. Nevertheless, an enjoyable read.
Charity_Andrews More than 1 year ago
I LOVE this author. Wish she could write faster (:
Bobbie6 More than 1 year ago
Keeps you reading to find out what happens next to the spunky heroine. The hero is not the stereotype of British high society, as he teases, protects and shows his high class in unexpected ways. He is a cattle rancher with something to prove and who assumes guardianship of a young girl. (Sound familiar i.e., Jane Eyre) however, this is much faster paced and updated and animated. Jane Eyre is one of my favorites and I enjoyed this book. The characters make the book, but the plot is well written and propels you through the fun.
MAHake More than 1 year ago
Adelaide Proctor is a spirited young teacher who loves to read. It's 1883, and a woman doesn't have much choice besides running a house or a classroom. Adelaide takes her beloved horse and moves from small town Cisco to the city of Fort Worth, Texas. Her love plans go awry and she ends up on a remote sheep ranch as governess to a mute five-year-old orphan, Isabella, whose guardian is a handsome Englishman. Gideon Westcott impresses Adelaide, but he tries to resist his attraction to her because of their difference in stations. Their lives become even more entwined as a shearer attempts to rape Adelaide and Isabella's unscrupulous uncle threatens their lives in his efforts to secure the family fortune she inherited. Adelaide and Gideon both risk their lives as love pushes its presence into focus. I enjoyed the adventurous story as well as the deep-flowing faith lessons lived out in the strong characters. The struggle with answers to prayer is one we've all dealt with. Adelaide told Isabella, "God loves us . and wants to give us good gifts, but those gifts aren't always what we expect. Sometimes instead of making a person well, he comforts us and gives us the courage to go on." This book does also.
Janna6 More than 1 year ago
Karen Witemeyer has such a fun, breezy writing style, so enjoyable to read with fun characters but then she infuses her stories with depth and mystery to make an all around amazing book. I liked her first book, but this book I love. Adelaide and Gideon make the most incredible couple - the young lady with her head in the books dreaming of the perfect Jane Austen hero and Gideon who turns out to be better than the perfect Jane Austen hero (British and everything!). A common enemy and a little girl they both love that needs protecting. It all comes together to make a wonderful book. Good job Karen!
DebbieLynneCostello More than 1 year ago
Don't let the cover fool you! This isn't your sweet ho-hum romance. Head in the Clouds is a fun, and suspenseful read. Karen did a fantastic job on developing her characters. She makes the reader connect with both the hero and heroine and even many of the secondary characters. As the story progresses the suspense grows and one doesn't want to put it down. This should definitely be put on your 'To read' pile.
LoraineN More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this story. I wasn’t sure if I would like Adelaide because of her initial impulsiveness which gets her into trouble, but I quickly learned that her head in the clouds only spoke of a hope for a brighter future. I was hooked and determined to follow her story to see her get a happy ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I couldn't put it down. It took me about a day and a half to read because it was so good. &hearts
wfnren More than 1 year ago
Read and learn how you can live your life by the clouds, love Karen's books.  --   Karen impresses me more with each book of hers that I read. I really enjoy the stories she tells and the way she tells them. "Head in the Clouds" did not fail. Who knew you cold live your life by the clouds! I have read most of her books and so look forward to reading the rest of them. If you like Christian Historical you will love her books as much as I do.
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Espan_Rose More than 1 year ago
I love this wonderful blend of fairytale meets old west! This story just took my heart and ran with it. You start with Adelaide, a wonderful young woman who adores reading (what avid reader wouldn’t connect with her?) and is constantly wondering what her life would be like if she lived a story herself. I love her sense of adventure, her willingness to take matters in her own hand rather than just be a damsel in distress, even if her adventuring gets her into trouble. Then there’s Gideon, an honest-to-goodness English nobleman living in a mansion in the middle-of-nowhere Texas. He’s unafraid of work and has a good heart, and definitely sends Adelaide’s imagination running wild. I love watching the two of them together, both of them pushing any romantic thoughts from their mind, even as both are falling for each other, along with Isabella, the little girl Gideon took in after her mother’s death. But along with the sweet love story, there’s a much more sinister problem that none of them realize. I love the danger that slowly echoes through the book, growing in the mystery that’s slowly woven throughout the book. The adventure that both protagonists go through is wonderful, and I love the scenes where Gideon becomes a real knight saving his lady. This story is a wonderful blend of the promise of the old west along with classic fairytale ideals. It’s a great read and one I definitely recommend for anyone who likes a good romance with a bit of adventure.
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Cynthia181 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. She was looking for love and found out the man she cared for was married and followed up by answering a ad for a Governess. Little did she know that she was going to fall in love with both the little girl and her guardian. I laughed, cried, and so enjoyed that she was really looking for a family, She looked for the best answers by asking God and got them. I would recommended this book to all of my friends.
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