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.
My take: Once again, Karen Witemeyer has written a sweet, romantic, and at times laugh-out-loud funny novel. Stealing the Preacher is the sequel to Witemeyer's delightful Short-Straw Bride, telling the story of Crockett Archer, one of my favorite characters in Short-Straw Bride. However, you definitely don't need to have read Short-Straw Bride to understand and enjoy Stealing the Preacher—this book definitely can function as a stand-alone title.
Crockett and Joanna have a great relationship that is fun to watch, but even more than the love story, I enjoyed the transformation that took place in Silas, Joanna's father (the man who "stole" the preacher). His back story came out at just the right pace, and I loved watching it all "click" as he recognized the role God had played in his life. I thought the whole story was very well written and even had a few twists I wasn't expecting (which doesn't happen too often in straight-up romance).
While I didn't enjoy this book quite as much as I enjoyed Short-Straw Bride, it is a great book that I highly recommend! 4-1/2 stars.
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About the giveaway: Karen Witemeyer is "kindling" the excitement for Stealing the Preacher (Bethany House) with a Kindle Fire Giveaway and connecting with readers at her June 18th Facebook Author Chat Party!
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