Friday, March 18, 2011
Book Review: Head in the Clouds by Karen Witemeyer (4 Stars)
About the book:
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?
Karen Witemeyer is proving herself to be an excellent writer! I thoroughly enjoyed her first book, A Tailor-Maid Bride, and her second book Head in the Clouds is certainly no exception. I loved all of the characters, and even loved to hate one in particular (Reginald Petchey). Karen beautifully crafted all of her characters; I couldn't help but fall in love with Adelaide, Gideon, Bella, and the supporting cast of characters. But boy, that Reginald Petchey! Wasn't he something? Karen created him to be a perfect villain.
I enjoyed everything about the book! Head in the Clouds is a wonderful combination of all of the elements I admire most in a novel; faith, romance, suspense, and a story that keeps you turning the pages to see what happens next. The suspense scenes were so well written, that I actually felt myself tensing up, and my heart pounding a little faster. And the tender love scenes were done perfectly, just enough to leave you swooning.
If you like well written Christian Historical fiction, this one is for you! I highly recommend it! And remember to be on the look out for Karen's new novel, To Win Her Heart, due out May 1, 2011.