Book Review: Stealing The Preacher

12 Jun

209666_w185A 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?



KWitemeyer-165Two-time RITA finalist and winner of the coveted HOLT Medallion and ACFW Carol Award, CBA bestselling author Karen Witemeyer writes historical romance because she believes that the world needs more happily-ever-afters. She is an avid cross-stitcher, shower singer, and bakes a mean apple cobbler. Karen makes her home in Abilene, Texas, with her husband and three children.

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My Impressions:

Karen Witemeyer always writes stories full of fun and  sweet romance, and Stealing The Preacher is no exception. Fast-paced and funny, if you like your romance full of spunk and set in the Old West, give this one a try.

Joanna Robbins’ father is a reformed train robber who has been an honest rancher for over 15 years. But his heart is still hardened to God by the tragic circumstances of his childhood. Joanna longs for him to embrace her faith and the faith of her deceased mother. But when she asks for a preacher for her 21st birthday, she has no idea that he will steal one off a train! Crockett Archer is on his way to interview for a position as preacher when he is waylaid by Robbins and his long in the tooth gang. Faced with disappointing news of his first choice of church, he takes the challenge of revitalizing Joanna’s church and sharing God’s grace with her father.

Stealing The Preacher is populated with interesting characters — from the endearing young boy who has staked his claim on Joanna’s affections, to the conniving woman who hopes to make Crockett her husband and the former Texas Ranger turned sheriff who is determined to catch the long elusive robber. The romance between Crockett and Joanna is fraught with misunderstandings and a near lynching! But the tone of the book is generally lighthearted. A quick read, it is perfect to tuck into your suitcase or pool bag.


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(I received this book from Bethany House in return for a review. The opinions expressed are mine alone.)

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Karen is “kindling” the excitement for her novel with a Kindle Fire Giveaway and connecting with readers at her June 18th Facebook Author Chat Party!

One winner will receive:

  • A Kindle Fire
  • Stealing the Preacher by Karen Witemeyer 

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends at 4pm on June 18th. Winner will be announced at the Stealing the Preacher” Facebook Author Chat Party on June 18th. Connect with Karen for an evening of book chat, trivia, laughter, and more! Karen will also share an exclusive look at her next book and give away books and other fun prizes throughout the evening.

So grab your copy of Stealing the Preacher and join Karen on the evening of June 18th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven’t read the book, don’t let that stop you from coming!)


2 Responses to “Book Review: Stealing The Preacher”

  1. Susanne June 15, 2013 at 10:50 am #

    When I first saw this book, I was not drawn to it in the least but your review has got my curiosity going. Sounds like a good summer type of read.

    • rbclibrary June 15, 2013 at 10:54 am #

      It was a quick, sweet read. Really good for the summer. Thanks for stopping by!

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