Friday, July 22, 2022

Review: Head in the Clouds by Karen Witemeyer

Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Bethany House
Released: Oct. 1, 2010
370 pages
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?

My Rating & Thoughts:    

This story encompasses a mix of romance, danger and action. Adelaide arrives Gideon’s ranch hoping to get a job as the governess for Isabella after her dreams are crushed by an impulse decision she made. Adelaide has spunk and will speak her mind but she also has a very caring heart and when she discovers that Isabella is in danger she will do anything to protect her. Gideon was a wonderful character. He has taken custody of a child, Isabella, he only met briefly prior to the death of her mother. He treats Isabella as if she were his own flesh and blood. He is from England but has moved to Texas to set up this sheep ranch. He is trying to make his own way in life instead of living off of his family’s money. He treats his staff, particularly Adelaide as more than employees. I loved the spark and banter between Adelaide and Gideon, their interactions just made me smile. As much as I enjoyed the two main characters, I loved the character of James Bevin. He is a good friend to Gideon and provides quite a bit of wisdom to him, but it was his cunning way with Isabella’s uncle that made me really like him. Isabella’s uncle is a dangerous character is only looking out for his own wants. Thankfully he is stopped and Gideon, Adelaide and Isabella can look toward a positive future.

There is a strong faith message about turning to God for direction, trusting Him and letting Him lead you. Over the course of the story Adelaide learns to control her impulse reactions and to wait for God’s direction. She learns that God’s timing is always perfect. One negative I had was that I found it hard to believe that Isabella was supposed to be 5 years old, she came across as a much older child.

Favourite Quote: 
“God's way might not always be clear, but it could always be trusted.”
(I purchased my copy of this book; opinions expressed 
in this review are my honest opinion and completely my own.)

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