Review: Stealing the Preacher by Karen Witemeyer

Karen Witemeyer
Bethany House Publishers
Publication Date: June 1, 2013

From the back cover:

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?

Every time I see one of Karen Witemeyer’s gorgeous covers, I think, I REALLY need to try this author’s books! I’m happy to say that I finally got the chance (and will now be devouring all her other books)! STEALING THE PREACHER is a fabulous inspirational romance that kept my attention from beginning to end. Filled with a wonderful message of God’s abundant love and forgiveness, STEALING THE PREACHER entertains while subtly teaching us about hope, patience and trust.

Not only has Karen Witemeyer infused STEALING THE PREACHER with a rare wit and charm, she also presents each of her characters with a unique voice that infuses them with life. This book has it all–intrigue, romance, and a beautifully written example of letting God’s light shine through your actions rather than just through your words.

Note: STEALING THE PREACHER is the second book in a series, however, it is entirely stand-alone.



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