Heads in the Clouds


WESTERN:  Leaving Texas and moving to the middle of nowhere in Arizona is a means to an end for   Lia Bedford. She needs to earn her pilot’s license to acquire the property bestowed in her father’s will.  Then she can jumpstart her advertising career in the big city. Easier said than done!  Meddlesome neighbors share stories about Lia’s late father, from whom she had been estranged. The tight-knit community also gives her an appreciation for flying and a slower-paced life. Plus, a handsome neighbor with goals of his own complicates Lia’s best laid plans.


“Heads in the Clouds” is a unique reading experience.  The airpark setting is just one of the unusual aspects.  The quirky characters and unconventional romantic pairing prompts one to question the combination of story elements.  The heroine passively floats from one circumstantial obstacle to the next. The story is at its strongest when tackling the death of Lia’s father and their estrangement.  Focusing on Lia’s personal journey – watching her grow, change, and put her heart and soul into a goal - would have been rewarding.  The pairing of a big city advertising executive with an enlightened Buddhist hero doesn’t spark or ignite the romantic heart, despite their amiable relationship.  Altogether, while obviously written by a sincere hand, “Heads in the Clouds” is merely a fair story.


Anna Fitzgerald