Monday, April 29, 2013

Stealing the Preacher by Karen Witemeyer

Stealing the Preacher


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?

My Opinion:

Overall it was a fun/enjoyable read!
Their was one thing about Stealing the Preacher that I did not like. Which was how the kidnapping, "stealing," of Crockett took place. I feel like it was not thought out well and that it was not believable. Whose gonna steal a Preacher? Not to mention how he is kidnapped... That's for you to find out;) Other than that however the book was great!

In a Short-Straw Bride I thought Crockett was somewhat boring and was kinda just there. In this book though I learned that he is actually the light-hearted one, the one good at breaking tension and making someone smile. He was pretty funny and good with all ages. I liked how even though he may be attracted to women around him the most important thing to him was their spiritual relationship with God.

I like the romance in Karen's stories. They have enough to satisfy, but not to much to overwhelm. It's sweet and steamy but not lustful.

This was a good story about forgiveness and trusting in God to take care of us. This book used my favorite verse at one point: Isaiah 41:10. The verse is about trusting in God and not fearing the world, because God is in charge and if we believe in him he will ,"uphold us with his righteous right hand."

Like  I said, the plot in the beginning was not my favorite. However, the conflict at the end was really good. It all made sense and was well done. I can't say much about this without giving it away though;)

Rating: 4 Stars


  1. I absolutely cannot wait to read this book! I love this author and the cover is just soooo cute! Awesome blog. New follower :)

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    Chelsey@Charming Chelsey's

  2. Ahhh! I CANNOT wait for this book! I love love love Karen Witemeyer's books! Thanks for the review!