Head in the Clouds
I picked up Head in the Clouds by Ms. Snelling earlier this year at the library, completely on a whim. I didn't know anything about her writings or the book, but the cover caught my eye. It featured a woman dressed in a bright yellow dress, completely caught up in a book, about to step off a porch into thin-air. I had to laugh, because it was something I would do. (And the first thing my sister said when she saw it was, "Becca, you'd totally do this!") The back cover shows the book flying through the air.
So I took it home and thoroughly enjoyed it. It wasn't your typical christian romance book, which are usually stupid, either rambly or too fast, and more romance than anything else. Don't get me wrong, I love cute love stories, but I'd rather read a sweet book than one seeped with unnecessary details, especially if you're writing from a Christian perspective.
But Head in the Clouds was pretty adorable. And I loved the fact that she didn't really glorify the love story. It was a thread throughout the whole thing, but the plot was more centered on a kidnapping/child recovery theme.
Adelaide was very lovable, and relatable. Being the klutz that I am, I enjoyed her "awkward situations" thoroughly. Lately my own life has felt like my name should be used as a definition for awkward in Webster's dictionary. So it is always nice to find reassurance in the fact that other people humiliate themselves regularly in public by falling over randomly and tripping on nothing, or just acting like a complete spaz. (Even if said person is entirely fictional. Somehow it helps...) But she was so much more than a klutz. She was independent in the best way, spunky, intelligent, impulsive but still sensible. And I loved the way that she treated Isabella, (who hasn't spoken since her mother died.) And the creative ways she draws her in, and peaks her interest.
All in all, I enjoyed this book. It was cute, and not too deep, so perfect for an evening of just relaxing and not wading through a Dickens novel. :)