Books for Mom: Stealing the Preacher by Karen Witemeyer


Stealing the Preacher by Karen Witemeyer

Age Range: Adult

Series: Short Straw Bride (Can be read as a stand-alone)

Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers; 1 edition (June 1, 2013)

Genre: Christian/Historical Romance

Source: Bought

My Rating: 4 of 5 stars

About the Book:

Inspirational Historical Romance’s Rising Star

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 parson 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?

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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 fiction for Bethany House, believing 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,
TX with her husband and three children. Learn more about Karen and her
books at:

My Thoughts:

This isn’t my favorite book by Karen Witemeyer, but it was still very
enjoyable. There is much more religion in this book than in her other
ones, but that’s to be expected since the entire story revolves around a

As usual, I absolutely loved the love story. Karen Witemeyer has a knack
for creating chemistry between her characters that I adore.  I really
enjoyed the development of Crockett and Joanna’s relationship. Crockett
was one of my favorite characters from Short Straw Bride, so I was
really happy to get an entire book featuring him.  While this book is a spinoff of Short Straw Bride, it can be read entirely on its own.

I enjoyed the majority of the book, but the last 25% or so felt too packed
and busy. There was so much going on, and it all happened in rapid
succession, that it left me feeling tired.

Overall, it was an enjoyable book that most Witemeyer fans will love.

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  • Reply
    Deborah A.
    February 19, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    This was the first book I read by Karen Whitemeyer and I loved it. This book converted me to her and I'll read anything she writes! If you keep an eye out for deals, it's not to hard to grab her books when they're on sale for just a few dollars.

    • Reply
      February 19, 2014 at 8:40 pm

      Very true. My first book of hers was A Tailor Made Bride. I loved it and I've been hooked on her books ever since. They go on sale a lot, so I've been able to keep up with most of her work.

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