Jun 24, 2013

Book Review: Stealing the Preacher by Karen Witemeyer

Back Cover: A cowboy who wants to be a preacher. An outlaw's daughter who wants to change his mind.

On his way to interview for a position at a church in the Piney Woods of Texas, Crockett Archer can't believe it when he's forced off the train by an outlaw and presented to the man's daughter as the preacher she requested for her birthday. He's determined to escape--which would be much easier if he could stop thinking about Joanna Robbins and her unexpected request.

For months, Joanna had prayed for a minister. A man to breathe life back into the abandoned church at the heart of her community. A man to assist her in fulfilling a promise to her dying mother. But just when it seems her prayers have been answered, it turns out the parson is there against his will and has dreams of his own calling him elsewhere. 

Is there any way she can convince Crockett he ended up right where he was supposed to be?

My Review: Karen Witemeyer has become one of my favorite historical romance writers. Her characters and plots are so much fun to read. I was delighted to read Stealing the Preacher. This story follows Crockett Archer (who readers met in Short Straw Bride) and Joanna Robbins. Joanna is an outlaw's daughter, but the story starts with her father stealing Crockett off a train. Those this story does not have as much danger as many of Witemeyer's works, it is still a very enjoyable read. Witemeyer spends a lot of time focusing on salvation and living the gospel in this book, as Crockett and Joanna team up to convert a stubborn old outlaw. I believe that Witemeyer did a great job with the topic, and as always her characters are a delight. I can't wait to read what Karen Witemeyer writes next.

My Rating:
My Recommendation: I highly recommend this book to readers of Christian historical romance.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

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