- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Bethany House Publishers; 1 edition (June 1, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0764209663
- ISBN-13: 978-0764209666
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 670 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #275,881 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A cowboy who wants to be a preacher. An outlaw's daughter who wants to change his mind.
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.
"The plot twist of stealing a preacher is interesting, fun and romantic... an enjoyable summertime read." --RT Book Reviews
"Showcases the author's ability to create plots with unusual circumstances, yet remain believable. Her characters are well rounded and appealing...an engaging story." --Metro Christian Living
About the Author
Karen Witemeyer is a bestselling historical romance author who believes the world needs more happily-ever-afters. She holds a master's degree in psychology from Abilene Christian University and is a member of ACFW, RWA, and her local writers' guild. Stealing the Preacher is her fifth novel. Karen lives with her husband and three children in Abilene, Texas. Learn more at www.karenwitemeyer.com.
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Crockett Archer is traveling to interview for the minister's position in a south Texas town when his train is held up. He is shocked when he learns the gun-waving thugs are not looking for money or jewels - they want the preacher! Tied up and forced to go with them, Crockett soon comes face-to-face with the person indirectly responsible for his kidnapping: the red-headed and fully abashed Joanna. As she insists her father release him, Crockett can't help but be inspired by her faith and determination, and he begins to wonder if maybe this crazy beginning isn't the open door for which he's been waiting.
When Crockett tells Joanna he'd like to stay on as minister, she can't believe it. Her prayers have been answered at last! Even though her father Silas has turned away from his youthful thieving ways - except where a certain preacher is concerned - she knows he has never really believed in God. It's her dearest wish to see Silas come to trust Christ as Savior.
Joanna and Crockett work together to establish their little country church, but events seem to be conspiring to stop them from their goals. One young lady is out to secure Crockett as her husband as soon as possible, and a nosy marshal may sniff out Silas's secrets before his heart can be changed. There's a lot to enjoy in this faith-filled western adventure!
Joanna Robbins loves her father. They’re both still reeling from her mother’s passing, but her mother had left Jo with the unfinished task to bring her father to the Lord. She’s tried her best to no avail, and her innocent wish for a preacher at their abandoned church was to help fulfill her mother’s dying wish. She never expected her father to take her so seriously or to go steal one. When she shows Crockett the church, he’s kind and sympathetic, but he’s sure he’s suppose to go to Piney Woods. God just might have other plans for him, however.
I loved this book! Looking at the cover and reading the synopsis, I wondered if perhaps it wasn’t going to be too light-hearted or silly. It wasn’t. Although it had moments of humor, it is a solid story with well-fleshed out characters and a well-developed plot with plenty of problems to work through. I enjoyed ever minute of it. It was a delightful, clean, Christian romance, and I noted no errors or mistakes. How refreshing!
I love everything about this book, the story is well paced and sweet, the side characters are great, Joanna is so easy to identify with, and Crockett is a national treasure. The spiritual aspects of this book are heavier than some of the author's previous in my opinion (I've read Tailor-Made and To Win Her Heart), but considering Crockett is a preacher, it makes sense, feels natural, and doesn't come across as shoehorned in which I loved. She picked great pieces of scripture to use. On a side-note, Silas perfectly embodies every over-protective, ornery father ever too. I adored everything about this book, I've already read through it a few times!