Karen Witemeyer has created a charming and slightly suspenseful novel with a heroine to whom book lovers can relate. Don't we all have our "heads in the clouds" at some point when we are engrossed in a novel? There is a bit of Adelaide in each of us. Adelaide Proctor is a fanciful dreamer with a likable and sunny personality. She is a bit impetuous, especially in the beginning of the novel, but she matures and finds inner strength during the course of the plot. Fortunately, Witemeyer presents Adelaide with adversity so that we can see below the bright and whimsical exterior to reveal deeper layers of her personality.
Gideon and Isabella are equally enjoyable characters. I have a difficult time envisioning Gideon as an Englishman, but he does display the admirable integrity and strength that one finds in the great British classics. Isabella is a delight and a little star even in her silence. Some of the most pleasant and heart-warming scenes in the novel feature Isabella with Adelaide, Gideon, or both.
When I initially read the summary of Head in the Clouds, I was instantly reminded of Jane Eyre. A fitting impression since Adelaide makes references to Bronte's classic novel throughout the book. The main premise of Head in the Clouds parallels Jane Eyre, but it is a much lighter read and Adelaide is a more vivacious and outgoing heroine (though not as timeless). Head in the Clouds has the potential to be just another generic, light read, but Witemeyer builds characters with depth and a plot with its share of surprises blended with tender moments. Although I have not read Witemeyer's A Tailor-Made Bride and To Win Her Heart, they are now on my list, along with any of her future novels.
This is my first novel by this author and I truly enjoyed following along the adventures of Gideon and Addie. The descriptions of the scenes and what the characters were experiencing really brought this story alive for me.
The scene with Jose was a little uncomfortable but I felt that Ms. Witemeyer did a great job of keeping it real while not over doing it for a christian read. Though some may argue it was not needed I think showing how Reginald, a man of high English society, would use Jose in his schemes reveals how low and dark he truly is and gave a reason why a man would turn against Westcott and align with Reginald.
Also, I enjoyed how every scene flowed smoothly and added to the storyline. I did not feel like anything was missing and each time I learned something about a character or it added another dimension to the storyline... okay and one last comment... I loved how it was not a simple one time crisis easily fixed up but rather an ongoing increase of tension and danger mixed with romance and laughter... thanks Ms. Witemeyer.