Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Stealing the Preacher by Karen Witemeyer - Review

If you enjoy a bit of humor coupled with a little romance and God's amazing grace, love, and forgiveness, you will enjoy this book.

Stealing the Preacher (Archer Brothers, #2)On his way to interview for a position at a church in the Piney Woods of Texas, Crockett Archer can scarcely believe it when he's forced off the train by a retired outlaw and presented to the man's daughter as the minister she requested for her birthday. Worried this unfortunate detour will ruin his chances of finally serving a congregation of his own, Crockett is determined to escape. But when he finally gets away, he's haunted by the memory of the young woman he left behind--a woman whose dreams now hinge on him.

For months, Joanna Robbins prayed for a preacher. 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. A man to help her discover answers to the questions that have been on her heart for so long.
But just when it seems God has answered her prayers, it turns out the person is there against his will and has dreams of his own calling him elsewhere. Is there any way she can convince Crockett to stay in her little backwoods community? And does the attraction between them have any chance of blossoming when Joanna's outlaw father is dead set against his daughter courting a preacher?

About the Author:
Karen WitemeyerBestselling author, Karen Witemeyer, writes historical romance fiction for Bethany House, believing that the world needs more happily-ever-afters. In 2011, her debut novel, A Tailor-Made Bride, was a finalist in the Best First Book categories for both the prestigious RITA® award and the National Reader's Choice Award. Karen holds a master's degree in Psychology from Abilene Christian University and is a member of ACFW, RWA, and her local writers' guild. She is an avid cross-stitcher, shower singer, and bakes a mean apple cobbler. Karen makes her home in Abilene, TX with her husband and three children.
You can learn more about her on her website @

My Thoughts:
After reading and thoroughly enjoying Karen's book Short Straw Bride, I have been eagerly awaiting an opportunity to read this book.  A little while back, my daughter picked it up for me at a local book shop.  I have to say, Karen did not disappoint. All the humor and lightheartedness that I loved about her first book was still in tact in this one. I don't know if all of Karen's books are like that, but I certainly know that I will be reading more of her novels in the near future. 
In this one, Archer Crockett, a preacher, set out to win over his first congregation and hopefully be a full time minister of their church heads out on a train only to find himself kidnapped! 
The humor in it, is that Joanna, Silas' only daughter has only one wish for her birthday - a preacher! Yet, her father's tactics in getting her one, only make her wish she had not voiced her desires.  And they also draw quite a bit of inquiry from the local sheriff. Crockett on the other hand, believing God allows all things for a reason, is not eager to press charges or accuse the men responsible. 
It is difficult to say much about the story without truly giving away what happens, but Karen certainly has added a few unexpected twists and turns, a sweet romance, a conniving schemer,  and much humor to the story before its over. You may laugh, or cry, or maybe get plum upset by the turn of events, but you will not want to put down this delightful tale. 
Karen gets five stars from me!! And I look forward to reading more of her works. 

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