Tuesday, May 26, 2015

My Bookshelf: Stealing the Preacher by Karen Witemeyer

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?

        Crockett Archer has dreamt of being a minister for a long time. When he has a chance to interview for a church in Texas, he travels there, never dreaming that his train would be stopped by outlaws or that he would be forced to follow them. He immediately makes plans to escape, but that becomes more difficult than he thought as he gets to know Joanna Robbins and the reasoning behind her unusual birthday request.
        Joanna has been praying for months for a preacher who could help her fulfill the promise she made to her mother as she lay dying. When Crockett arrives, she believes he’s the answer to her prayers, until she realizes he’s not there of his own volition. Can she convince him to stay, or will she be back to trying to fulfill her promise on her own?
        Stealing the Preacher was a super sweet, hilarious tale that was actually the first book I ever read by Karen Witemeyer. After finishing it, there was no denying that she had become one of my favorite authors. Once I picked up Short-Straw Bride, the book that actually comes before Stealing the Preacher, I was hooked. Karen Witemeyer does an amazing job of writing historical novels that have just enough comical moments, romance, and mystery to keep you from ever being able to put her books down. I have since read almost every one of her novels, and I haven’t been disappointed once. If you’re looking for something good to read, either Stealing the Preacher or Short-Straw Bride (they don’t necessarily have to be read in order), or any one of her books for that matter, would be the perfect choice.
        Happy reading!

You can grab either of them here!

All credit for the italicized synopsis goes to Karen Witemeyer and her publishers.

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