Following the stunning success of her high-spirited debut, Karen Witemeyer delivers this compelling blend of humor and romance. When Adelaid Proctor finds herself stranded in 1883 Texas, she’s hired by a British-born sheep rancher as governess for a daughter still grief-stricken over her mom’s death. As Adelaid gently draws the girl out of her shell of silence, the governess and sheep rancher, at first, resist their mutual attraction. But as a looming standoff draws near, it will either shatter or strengthen their developing romance.
©2010 Karen Witemeyer (P)2011 Recorded Books, LLC
Why this wonderful title by Karen Witemeyer only received one star is beyond me.
I bought it because of the author and the reviews from Amazon. Also I sought out her web page.
This is a peach of a story with lots of interesting happenings. Disappointments along with surprises for a young miss who thought she was to become the wife of a book peddler, only to discover to her mortification, he had different plans.
But now great excitement is ahead, not to mention true and lasting love.
Set in the Early American West... Texas of course.
An aristocrat wealthy Englishman comes to Texas to set up a sheep ranch.
One little girl who has not spoken a word since the death of her mother. (This is where our heroine comes in)
A villainous uncle and a bit of skullduggery along with a bit of mystery, make this book a great read
If you are a Christian you will love it. If not, well... I think you will find the story lovely. Pure true love and a wonderful experience for the listener
The only thing lacking is graphic sexual scenes. Ahhh What a blessing to behold.
~~~"HOPEFUL ROMANTIC"~~~ *** Love Audio Books....Especially Historical Romances *** ~~ "Reviews Should Never Contain spoilers ~~
This is such a sweet wholesome story. It's filled with adventure, chivalry, faith, and love. It is truly a feel-good book that reminds me of a "Hallmark" story. It is a Christian romance, so if you are a Christian like me, you will definitely enjoy this book. If you aren't.....I think you will still like the feel-good aspect. Its worth a listen.
It kept my interest from the beginning to the end.
The love they both had for Izzy.
When Addie put on her gun belt.
I wouldn't rename it!
Another one of Karen Witemeyers books that kept me spellbound. Read it in one day!
Nicole Poole's performance is outstanding! Her gift of voiceover is awesome!
I love books! All kinds... classics, mysteries, Christian fiction, suspense and action! I'm also a sucker for anything romantic. ;) And just recently started getting into some non-fiction, philosophical books.
Well, I've listened to almost 100 books, so I can't really rank it in that respect, but it's definitely in the top 20.
When the little girl starts talking again after her father is shot. It's poignant, and literally brought me to tears. It's either that moment or the moment when the main character is attacked in the barn.
Nicole Poole is great! I enjoyed her reading of Tailor Made Bride, but even more so Head in the Clouds. She gets the English accents spot on for those characters, where I've listened to some books where the narrator leaves it out comopletely, which makes it confusing. It's also hard to read something and hear the accent as you read it, so in that respect, you get more out of the audiobook.
As much as I'd love to take a handsome, rich, English Lord out to dinner, I would have to say Adelaid. I share this character's love of literature, and was pleasantly surprised to hear Jane Eyre (my favorite novel of all time bar none) referenced a few times throughout the book.
This book has way more going for it than the summary can say. It was surprise after surprise, event after event, and the strength of the main character comes through in many different ways. It's a fictional story, but I can imagine the scenarios actually happening with the characters. A real romance grows, and there is real danger in the story, and real sadness. I actually cried during this book, which is a rare thing for me. Karen Witemeyer has become a new favorite Christian Romance author, and I highly recommend her. With each book, her growth in writing is becoming apparent, and I can't wait to see how her career goes. I'm certainly going to keep up with her.
I like to read VERY much .. I'm obsessed with reading I don't have time to actually read a book so I've been a listener for three years now
I liked the romance and how did relationships developed , I felt every characters which is very good to me
the faith , and the romance
it was when giddian the hero saved adilade the heroin from falling for the first time , I felt my heart bursting hehe
James the butler
very good story , low drama .. just what I needed :)
this is a really good story light hearted but not light headed a lot of story well told loved it it will be one of my first relistens i loved it
YA literature addict
I'm going to assume you're already familiar with the hallmarks of the historical Christian romance genre (clean romance, religious themes, lots of old West stuff, etc.), and instead focus on what makes Head in the Clouds unique (and awesome!)
A Much More Modern Take on the Genre:
There are some great themes like crossing cultures, adoption, and some that I can't mention for fear of spoilers, but mostly, it's the protagonists that seem to be born in the wrong century (and I mean that in a good way!). Adelaid is very independent, passionate, and intelligent---one of my favorite lines is when she mentions how all little girls should dream up stories of "fair maidens who outwit dull princes to rescue friendly dragons." Gideon, though, is no dull prince; in fact, he's the sexiest male protagonist I've come across in this genre (don't worry, nothing scandalous). He's compassionate, occasionally sharp-tempered, and quite witty. Though he's got the whole protective vibe characteristic of the genre, he's characterized more by his humor and charm.
A Believable Romance
Gideon and Adelaid are so right for each other, and their relationship unfolds in a very real and endearing way. This genre is usually strife with romances that are all about how the characters' insecurities (particularly the heroine's) or lots of miscommunication get in the way of their happily ever after. For G & A, this is not the case (won't say anymore---you've got to read it yourself).
~Note on Narration: Poole does a great job, particularly with the funny lines. Although the accents weren't perfect, they were believable and really added to the experience. I could always tell who was speaking; the characterization was spot-on.
Karen Witemeyer is great with her heroines because she doesn't depict each of them as the same character. One may be domineering and another may be just like Adelaide Proctor who made an unhappy mistake, misunderstanding, miscommunication, NO, downright misconception on the part of one man that could have really ruined her life! But she is the type who takes the lemons she is dealt and makes lemonade.
She is a teacher and should be able to find a job teaching, but there is already a teacher there and they don't have enough room for another. But "Lemonade", so she is determined to turn things around. Newspaper, available jobs, oh governess, I can do that and applies.
So begins her story and her journey as her "Head" may be in the "Clouds" for a husband and getting married, but for now just supporting oneself is important. But we all know at the end of that interview must be, oh yes, someone who could just be too good to be true?!
Enter Gideon Wescott and Isabella. Now there is room to grow. Read the story to fill in all of the blanks...You won't be sorry! :)
So many books...so little time! :)
Another favorite from Karen Witemeyer! Head in the Clouds is very similar to Jane Eyre, as Adelaid's heart leads her to a governess job in on a ranch in Texas. As she starts to love the child, Isabella, as her own, she also falls for the british rancher, Gideon Westcott.
While there are no secrets that come out of the wood work, like with Mr. Rochester, danger is coming for Isabella and Gideon. Isabella's uncle is a ruthless man, who will go to any lengths necessary for what he wants...and his eyes are on Isabella, but only for her money.
This really was truly a great one, as it has a little bit of everything in it!! Not to mention I loved all the Jane Eyre references and similarities. Nicole Poole did really good to! I am very anxious for more from Karen Witemeyer!
Say something about yourself!
Although I did not read the print version of Head in the Clouds, I can't imagine it being better than actually hearing the excitement and anticipation of the narrator's voice.
What I liked best is how the emphasis of the story seemed to be family love and trust. As long as people behave as a family, and think of themselves as a family, they ARE a family.
Two scenes were my absolute favorite; first, when Adelaid realized that she was in love with Gideon, and second, when Gideon's daughter spoke for the first time. I almost cried!
I had a wide range of emotions with this book. Laughter, sorrow, anger, happiness, and ultimately satisfaction.
The audio version is definitely a must have because you will want to listen to it more than once!
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