Stealing the Preacher
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Stealing the Preacher

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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?show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 60.96 x 215.9 x 20.32mm | 317.51g
  • Baker Publishing Group
  • Bethany House Publishers, a division of Baker Publishing Group
  • Ada, MI, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0764209663
  • 9780764209666
  • 249,291

About Karen Witemeyer

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.show more

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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 Livingshow more

Our customer reviews

From the first few pages of this fast-paced historical romance, I was drawn in. I had a conception of what the story would be, and was I ever wrong! The characters are absolutely delightful--I love Crockett and Jo as well as Silas (I don't think you can find better names than these!). The story has its ups, downs, twists, and turns, but the charm of the story is never lost. I absolutely adore historical fiction, but I often grow weary of "Christian historical romances" where boy and girl meet, go through "minor struggles," and then live happily ever after. How relieved I am that this book does not follow that pattern! There is a genuine depth and pathos to this story that truly gripped my heart. I found myself smiling at the antics of the people in the book, but then at times, the reality nearly brought tears to my eyes. The thing that truly resonated with me was the redemption of Silas. What an amazing reminder to me that one moment can change a life for eternity. Someone who is so set against the Lord is not beyond the reach of the cross. The salvation message was presented in such a real way, and it was woven seamlessly into the fabric of the story. For lovers of history, romance, and inspirational fiction, this is the perfect story. Even though it is about a preacher, it never comes across as preachy. I honestly believe there is something for everyone in this heart-warming tale. What a glorious respite from eternity this book is! I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.show more
by Ruth Hill
This is a captivatingly beautiful story from start to finish. After being kidnapped by an outlaw for his daughter's birthday Crockett is a little alarmed to say the least. The story was fast paced and had a perfect blend of humor and romance. There were also some great lessons in this story that I will carry with me forever. The author has a way with words and I really enjoyed how she handled the issues of faith in this story. Crockett is the younger brother of Travis and I was really anxious to hear his story. He is a man of faith and hard work. His strong heart and caring nature made me fall in love with him right along with Joanna. I also liked seeing how much he grew throughout the book and that even though they met under some strange situations he gave both Joanna and her father a chance. Joanna is a sweet young girl who only wanted to fulfill a promise to her mother. She is courageous and strong willed much like her father, but has a kind heart and would do anything for her loved ones. I enjoyed getting to know more about her and seeing the relationship between her and Crockett bloom. The romance is sweet and heartwarming. It wasn't rushed at all and I loved all of the sweet moments between Crockett and Joanna. This is a beautiful story full of hope and romance that I would recommend to all readers!show more
by katie
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