Sunday, September 26, 2010
About the author:
Karen Witemeyer is a deacon's wife 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.
Karin holds a master’s degree in Psychology from Abilene Christian University and is a member of ACFW, RWA, and her local writers guild.
She has published fiction in Focus on the Family’s children’s magazine, written several articles for online publications and anthologies. Witemeyer follows her delightful first novel, A Tailor-Made Bride, with Head In The Clouds, another tale of romance in America’s West.
Karen is also an avid cross-stitcher, shower singer, and bakes a mean apple cobbler. She makes her home in Abilene, Texas with her husband and three children.
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.
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?
What Others Say:
Adelaide Proctor longs for romance and a hero to call her own. When she follows a fellow she thinks will fit that bill she is surprised to learn that he is married. Stuck in a new town with no job and very little money prompts her to apply for a governess position caring for the daughter of handsome rancher, Gideon Westcott. She gets the job when he sees how very good she is with his 'silent' Isabella. As Adelaide slowly draws Bella out of her shell with her playful and endearing ways she also slowly starts winning the heart of Gideon. But Bella's uncle wants her inheritance and will stop at nothing to get it. Maybe even murder!
This was the first book I've read by this author but I can tell you it won't be my last. The story was a well balanced mix of romance and suspense with splashes humor and touching moments along the way. Filled with great characters and lots of snappy dialog it held my attention from beginning to end. Adelaide was the type of heroine I love reading about. She was sweet yet feisty and her playful manner made me want to be like her. Gideon was a wonderful hero. He was strong yet sensitive and tender. Isabella is at the center of the story and is so cute you'll want to adopt her as your own. One thing I really appreciated about the story was that it reminds us that just because bad things happen to us doesn't mean God's not taking care of us. It was also clever how the author used an old testament story to guide out heroine. This was just an all around GREAT story that I would highly recommend. Great job, Karen! A thank you goes to LibraryThing Early Reviewers for this complimentary review copy." ~~Romantic Reader
Tonight is the night. She could feel it.— The opening line drew me in. Ms. Witemeyer did an excellent job of keeping my attention with her well crafted characters.
Adelaide tried to be respectful, tried to be content, tried to keep her place. She really did. But I loved her outspoken ways. And how she did the right thing because she used her God given brain and thought like a woman. I really liked that part!
As a book worm myself I loved to read about Adelaide and how engrossed she could be with her nose in a book. Just as I was when I read Karen Witemeyer's latest story: Head In The Clouds.
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by Jeanette Oke
American Christian Fiction Writers has renamed their Book of The Year award to the Carol Award in honor of Carol Johnson, the editor of Bethany House who took a chance on Jeanette Oke and launched what we now know as Christian Fiction at it’s best.
My then sixteen year old daughter bought Jeanette Oke’s book soon after it came out. She loved the book. More than once she asked me to read Love Comes Softly because she knew I would love it too. But, you know, somehow all these years have passed, and I never got around to reading Jeanette’s book.
So. . . as I prepared for my trip to Alaska I loaded Jeanette Okes book Love Comes Softly on my Kindle. I promised myself it would be the first book I read on this trip.
About the author:
Janette Oke (born 18 February 1935) is a Canadian author and pioneer of inspirational fiction. Her books are often set in a pioneer time period and centered around female protagonists. She is a committed Evangelical Christian.
Janette Steeves was born in the Depression years in Champion, Alberta, to a Canadian prairie farmer and his wife, Fred and Amy Steeves.
She graduated from Mountain View Bible College in Didsbury, Alberta. Janette met her husband Edward Oke (pronounced "oak") while they both attended college. They were married in 1957 and have pastored churches in Indiana, and Calgary and Edmonton, Canada. He later became the president of the college. Janette and Edward had 4 children, including a set of twins. Her daughter, Laurel Oke Logan, has co-written books with Janette.
Her first novel, titled Love Comes Softly, was published by Bethany House in 1979. This book was followed by more than 75 others.
She received the 1992 President's Award from the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association for her significant contribution to Christian fiction, the 1999 CBA Life Impact Award and has been awarded the Gold Medallion Award for fiction.
A Compelling Love Story Set in the "Little House on the Prairie" Era
She ventured west with the man she loved, but in one day her whole world had crumbled around her...
Nineteen-year-old Marty Claridge starts west with her adventurous, boyish husband, Clem, seeking to claim land and hoping for good fortune. But when the venture turns suddenly to tragedy, Marty is left alone with her great loss. And coupled with her grief and heartache is the grim reality that there is no way to return home.
Clark Davis and his little girl, Missie, are also in great need. Clark's wife has died, leaving him to care to Missie and the farm at the same time. His offer to Marty comes with good intention, but will courage and faith be enough to bring them to true love?
First introduced in 1979, Love Comes Softly has become a beloved classic in the inspirational fiction category. A generation of readers has laughed and wept and rejoiced with Marty and Clark Davis whose tragic circumstances threw them together on the frontier prairies of the 1800s. More than one million copies of Love Comes Softly have been sold.
Winner of the Gold Book Award (500,000 copies sold),
NOTE: Love Comes Softly was transformed into a Hallmark Channel Original Movie, which premiered in April 2003 and has won a CAMIE Award.
What Others Say:
If you like to read inspirationals and have for some reason missed Love Comes Softly, I'd recommend seeking it out. And if you're looking to try out inspirational fiction, this wouldn't be a bad place to start." --Likesbooks.com
"If you are a fan of the Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder, you'll soon become a fan of Janette Oke. Love Comes Softly, the first in a series of five fictional books, begins a saga of Marty Claridge Davis, a young, vibrant and independant girl of 19. The hardships of prairie life, a tragic accident, a grief-stricken widow, a lonely father and child make up the elements of this tender story. It's refreshing to read of two broken hearts who find wholeness through patience, loyalty, and faith in God. The style and readability of this romantic novel will make it difficult to put down until the conflict is resolved and the courage and beauty of true love and deep faith are realized. For good, clean, enjoyable reading, you can't beat Janette Oke." --Christian Woman, July/Aug 1987
This Story Will Bless Your Life
Why is it that when we suffer we lash out and sometimes even hate the very one's who are helping us. Why is it that so many of us want to be independent. We don't want to need the help of other. We want to be the ones who are strong and who others can depend on. But God wants each of us to learn that we do indeed need each others. When we admit we are weak, then we can become strong.
This is the message that all great Christian fiction wants to portray. Why did I wait so long to read this powerful story? Perhaps God knew I would need it more at this time in my life. I am blessed to have read Jeanette Okes book.
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