Head in the Clouds by Karen Witemeyer is not actually about a completely absentminded girl. It sounds like it should be and the author does have one scene that appeals to this characterization. Readers will have to pick this story up to find out more about the title.
Witemeyer creates a strong and likeable female character named Adelaide Proctor. She has her quirks, like only wearing yellow, but these are endearing and as a whole she is quite pleasant. Miss Proctor really makes the story more enjoyable. Her life experiences have served to strengthen and form her personality.
The story takes place on a sheep ranch in Texas and one of the best parts about the villain of the story is his observations about the dry brownness of the state. Gideon, the lead male, runs the sheep ranch and is British, but the story seemed to depict him leaving his British upbringing behind. That was a bit disappointing.
Don’t go into this story expecting calm, peaceful times centered around raising a troubled young girl. Look forward to adventures, danger and merrymaking. All of these are united by serious themes and elements of love. Enjoy the journey as you follow the story of Adelaide and Gideon.
Violence/Gore: Character wants to tear a man apart; multi-page scene in which a man attacks a female and wants to rape her, but the assault is interrupted and includes characters striking one another with fists and objects; report of characters being murdered by gunshot and poison; character is shot and bleeds heavily; man smashes his fist into a wall in anger; an animal is shot and killed; a child is kidnapped; character reports that several people committed suicide, no details; a multi-page gun battle in which several people are wounded and there is a fatality.
Sex/Nudity: Report that a man frequented brothels; several instances where men remove their shirts, some for medical reasons and one to try and impress/shock a lady; during a scene of attempted rape, a man forces kisses on a woman; married characters are caressing and kissing in bed, but no sex is implied; characters refer to sex as husbandly duties; man who is married courts a woman.
Mature Subject Matter:
Death of parents, deceit.
Alcohol / Drug Use:
Whiskey and other alcohol are consumed in a saloon; whiskey is used to cleanse a wound.