Wednesday, November 03, 2010

CFBA: Head In the Clouds by Karen Witemeyer

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This week, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance is introducing:

Head in the Clouds
Bethany House; Original edition (October 1, 2010)


Karen Witemeyer


The minute my sister saw the cover of this book she burst into laughter and said, "Oh, my goodness, That's you!" Now, I'd love to say that had everything to do with the charming model good looks, but in pure truth it was all about her impending fall from her nose being buried in a book. That is me. Klutzy and guilty of too often being distracted by a good story to pay any attention to where I am. To this day, I still struggle with giving directions to long standing locations in my hometown, because I spent every moment in a car reading and not watching landmarks or roadsigns.

That is one of the things that endeared me to Adelaide, but it was certainly not the last. I connected with her spunk and determination and loyalty. Adelaide may have been enthralled by the idea of a fairy tale romance, but she also had common sense. She was open to learning from her mistakes and turning her life over to God so He could lead her to a better plan. That is such a great example for all of us.

Of course in the midst of all her growth, Adelaide finds plenty of time to stumble her way right into the heart of her employer. There were several laugh out loud moments and plenty of romantic sighs to weave the story into a fantastic read.


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?

If you would like to read the first chapter of Head in the Clouds, go HERE.


Karen Witemeyer is a deacon's wife and mother of three who believes the world needs more happily-ever-afters. To that end, she combines her love of bygone eras with her passion for helping women mature in Christ to craft historical romance novels that lift the spirit and nurture the soul.

After growing up in California, Karen moved to Texas to attend Abilene Christian University where she earned bachelor and master's degrees in Psychology. It was also there that she met and married her own Texas hero. He roped her in good, for she has lived in Texas ever since. In fact, she fell so in love with this rugged land of sweeping sunsets and enduring pioneer spirit, that she incorporates it into the pages of her novels, setting her stories in the small towns of a state that burgeoned into greatness in the mid-to-late 1800s.

Karen is living her dream by writing Christian historical romance novels for Bethany House. When she visited her publisher back in January of 2010, she was interviewed by the staff. If you'd like a behind-the-scenes glimpse into how she develops her story ideas and a description of her bumpy journey to publication, go to her website to listen to a podcast of that interview.

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