Head in the Clouds

Head in the Clouds

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 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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781441213235
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/01/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 174
File size: 3 MB

About 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.
Winner of the HOLT Medallion and the Carol Award and a finalist for the RITA and Christy Award, bestselling author Karen Witemeyer writes historical romance to give the world more happily-ever-afters. Karen makes her home in Texas, with her husband and three children. Learn more about Karen and her books at www.karenwitemeyer.com.

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Head in the Clouds 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 103 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.
Anonymous 11 days ago
Strong religious views are a common thread throughout the book and there is violence. Otherwise, it was well written.
BeguileThySorrow on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I dont usually read "christian fiction" genre but I liked the cute cover and enjoy a challenge so I picked up. In general religious stuff aint my thing, but I was able to finish this book because it wasn't overly blatant. The problems I did have were more with historical inaccuracies and awkward portrayals of minority characters that I felt barely toed the line of acceptable. I tried to let it slide since it is fiction but it still bothered me, and I found in particular the scene with a porter offensive. But I did finish the book. It was ok. Nothing exciting or exceptional; overall it was just an ok mild romance set in the 1800s with western setting. I still do like that cover though lol
love2readnovels on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Adelaide Proctor longs for romance and a hero to call her own. When she follows a fellow she thinks will fit that bill she is surprised to learn that he is married. Stuck in a new town with no job and very little money prompts her to apply for a governess position caring for the daughter of handsome rancher, Gideon Westcott. She gets the job when he sees how very good she is with his 'silent' Isabella. As Adelaide slowly draws Bella out of her shell with her playful and endearing ways she also slowly starts winning the heart of Gideon. But Bella's uncle wants her inheritance and will stop at nothing to get it. Maybe even murder!This was the first book I've read by this author but I can tell you it won't be my last. The story was a well balanced mix of romance and suspense with splashes humor and touching moments along the way. Filled with great characters and lots of snappy dialog it held my attention from beginning to end. Adelaide was the type of heroine I love reading about. She was sweet yet feisty and her playful manner made me want to be like her. Gideon was a wonderful hero. He was strong yet sensitive and tender. Isabella is at the center of the story and is so cute you'll want to adopt her as your own. One thing I really appreciated about the story was that it reminds us that just because bad things happen to us doesn't mean God's not taking care of us. It was also clever how the author used an old testament story to guide out heroine. This was just an all around GREAT story that I would highly recommend. Great job, Karen! A thank you goes to LibraryThing Early Reviewers for this complimentary review copy.
froggykm on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Received this from Early Reviewers Giveaway and was so glad. This was such a cute book. It is an American historical (American frontier) with a young woman who is a teacher and has great romantic dreams. Dreams that are suddenly stomped on when she is mislead by a man. Now stranded without a job she looks through a newspaper trying to figure out what to do and sees an ad for a governess. The book is Christian, but it is not preachy. Both of the main characters are Christians and strong in their beliefs. Gideon has a daughter that is his ward, but she is in danger from a unscrupulous uncle who wants her fortune. Gideon and Adelaide work together to protect and care for Bella. And along the way something may be growing between them.Really enjoyed reading this, i had a hard time putting it down. Good storyline, great characters, and excellent writing. Cannot wait to read more by this author.PS. Love the cover, in her signature yellow, this actually from a scene in the book.
BrookeYvonne on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book took a little more time for me to get into, but once I did it was well worth it. It's a sweet romance with a little suspense. The characters were fun. This was the first book by Karen Witmeyer I had the opportunity to read. I enjoyed the book and will definitely be picking up another book by the author. Thanks Bethany house for the opportunity to review!!!
heidip on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is an historical romance novel based in Texas in 1880. Adelaide Proctor, orphan, and young woman, quits her teaching job to follow a man to another city after he dumps her. After her true situation comes to light, she searches for another job and lands one as a governess, taking care of a little mute girl on the ranch of Gideon Westcott. The plot revolves around the little girl, also an orphan, and her inheritance which an evil uncle wants for himself.This is an enjoyable read for those who love Christian romance novels.
sdbookhound on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My thanks to Early Reviewers and Bethany House for the chance to review this book.Head in the Clouds is wonderful Christian fiction with just the right amount of romance and action. I truly enjoyed the chemistry between Addie and Gideon. Their love for Isabella and their desire to keep her safe from her evil uncle draws them closer together. The references to religion are simple to relate to the story and not pushy. Historical romances that take place in the Old West are my favorite and this one will go on my keeper shelf.
msh09 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Loved it! Head in the Clouds was such an enjoyable read. I enjoyed the characters and the storyline. Some of the Old West stories fall short but this one is well done. I will recommend this one to my friends.
kathleen.morrow on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Adeleide Proctor is a young school teacher looking for love who find herself teaching the mute ward of a handsome rancher who also just happens to be British nobility (naturally). This wasn't great and it wasn't awful. The plot is absurd, but there's nothing wrong with that. The writing is generally good, and the characters are even fairly well developed. What's missing is chemistry between Adeleide and Gideon. At the (predictable) end, I just didn't feel that they liked each other that much. I don't mind a predictable and rather absurd plot, but it needs excellent character development and chemistry between the characters - and the author didn't deliver that.
TammyPhillips on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed Head in the Clouds by Karen Witemeyer. Her story had just the right amount of suspence to keep me turning the pages. The attraction between the lead characters warmed my heart and I loved the mix of English nobility and the American West. As a piece of Christian fiction, this rates up there with Dee Henderson and Kristen Heitzman. Karen Witemeyer is one of my new favorites!
curls_99 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Head in the Clouds is the sweet story of Adelaide Proctor in Texas in the late-Nineteenth Century who has been hired as a nanny for a motherless girl on a sheep ranch. Witemeyer focuses not only on the relationship between Adelaide and the little girl, Isabella, but also on the relationship between Adelaide and Gideon, the rancher. The story of Adelaide and Gideon highlights not only the dangers of living in the west in the 1800s, but also the true blessings that come from trusting God to guide you through choices in your life.
rjmoren on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Adelaide is a delightful character in this historical Christian novel. Set in 1880's Texas, she is on a spiritual as well as physical journey. As she allows God to guide her, rather than her selfish desires, He places her in the home of Gideon Westcott, Englishman and sheep herder. She is hired as governess to his 5 year old charge. Little Isabelle has not spoken since her mother's death. Adelaide is exactly the person needed in the situation as she proves over and over. Many adventures take place as Adelaide and Gideon fall for each other. I loved this story and hope there is more to come.
mwortinger on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"Head in the Clouds" was a fun read. I really like how Adelaide formed a bond with Isabella from the very beginning and through her love for her brought her out of her silence. I liked the combination of suspense and romance. I would definetely read more books written by Karen Witemeyer. She kept my interest throughtout the book.
EdnaT on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Cisco, Texas-April 1883 Adelaide Proctor was a school teacher and had meet a book salesman and as she had never had a beau before, she was really taken with him, she gave up her job and went to find him after he changed his job. She was so surprised when the first day she met him alone with his wife and child. She had no idea what she was going to do until she saw an ad in the paper where a sheep farmer was needing a Governess for his small daughter. She applied and found out there were three more going for the interview. She got the job and she and the little mute girl bonded so well.Adelaide always wanted a family as she really loved working here with the little girl and learned to love her as if she was her own child, she also liked the father. But will things work out and get Isabella to talk again and will she finally get the family she had always wanted since her father had died.This book will catch you from the first page with it humor, love and mystery. This is the first book I have read from Karen Witemeyer but it will not be my last. She keep me so into the book I could not put it down, I read it in two days.The review copy of this book was sent to me by Bethany House Publishers for review.