Thursday, May 30, 2013

Stealing the Preacher by Karen Witemeyer

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

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?

With her signature blend of humor, history, and lively western romance, two-time RITA Award finalist and bestselling author Karen Witemeyer delivers a Texas love story sure to steal your heart.

About the Author
Two-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.
Learn more about Karen and her books at
Here is my review of this wonderful romantic western:

First of all, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Karen Witemeyer and her publisher for sending me a copy of "Stealing the Preacher" to review for them. I am truly grateful for this generosity. I really appreciate the time, effort and expense it takes to make a reviewer copy available to me.

I absolutely adored “Stealing the Preacher” by Karen Witemeyer! This second book in the series chronicling the lives and loves of the Archer men named for Alamo heroes is wonderfully humorous and addresses serious spiritual matters. Crockett Archer has left home to pursue the life of a preacher. On the train ride to his audition, he is sidetracked by the father of a pretty redhead who is praying for her local church to be brought back to life and salvation for her father.

I was particularly convicted by Crockett’s example to work as unto the Lord. This character would be a wonderful role model if he were flesh and blood. And Joanna is a beautiful picture of a godly woman whose true beauty comes from the inside. This novel was not only entertaining in the romance and western adventure genres. The research done regarding art and painting added dimension to the story and made me want to pick up a brush. But the motivation didn’t stop with hobbies that I’d like to re-engage, it moved into the spiritual realm as well. Who would believe that a work of fiction could make the reader want to pray and work diligently and put things of God first in life? Well, it did. So, I would say this book was a worthwhile way to spend a weekend!

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