The online book club I am part of was buzzing quite a bit about a book by Karen Witemeyer. After I checked out the book description and a couple of the reviews, I too couldn’t wait to dig into Stealing the Preacher.
I still don’t understand it, but I guess God don’t need me to understand everything. He just needs me to trust.
Book Description from Amazon
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?
What I Thought
Just when life gets too serious, Ms. Witemeyer adds in a good dose of humor. This book is a delightful blend of real life issues and good-natured humor, good guys who’ve had it rough and bad guys trying to walk the straight-and-narrow. More than once I found myself giggling as I lost myself in 1885 Texas.
Not only did the author take the time to collect great characters and interesting situations, but she invested time in fleshing out believable situations and following them to reasonable conclusions. I particularly loved how she not only added in a couple of great complications that many writers would avoid, but she followed them through to completion, not leaving any questions lingering around the main characters.
The Bottom Line – 5 stars
I enjoyed this story very much and look forward to reading more of this series by Karen Witemeyer. If you enjoy historical romance with a mix of humor and romance, I highly recommend this book.
About the Author
Karen Witemeyer is a confirmed bookaholic who believes the world needs more happily-ever-afters. To that end, she combines her love of bygone eras with her passion for helping women mature in Christ to craft historical romance novels that lift the spirit and nurture the soul.
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