Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Stealing the Preacher by Karen Witemeyer

Back Cover: 
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?

Review: I read the first book in this series, "Short-Straw Bride" about a year ago where I was introduced to the Archer brothers - a swoon worthy band of brothers, I may add. I thought "Short-Straw Bride" was a stand-alone novel. Imagine my delight when I opened the pages of "Stealing the Preacher" and realized that the story revolved around Crockett Archer! The Archer brothers are ruggedly good-looking, hard working ranchers, with a shoot-'em-up and settle-it-out-back toughness, an unwavering stance on justice and doing good, and tough as nails...with the exception that each one of the brothers' seems to discover a certain softness when they find their lady-love.

Crockett Archer has always been responsible for the spiritual well-being of his brothers. Travis looks after their safety, Neil is the musical one, and Crockett preaches. At the age of 27, Crockett has finally left his and his brothers' ranch as God calls him west. His intent to to preach at a particular church, but a kidnapping lands him in a community and at the front of a chapel that he never had any intention of inhabiting - but God did. Listening to God's call, Crockett finds himself preaching to a spiritually hungry group of farmers and ranchers, in a desperate fight to save one outlaw's soul, and in partnership with the most wonderful girl he has ever met.

This is a lovely book that just amplifies the theme of God's grace. Joanna is so good and so sweet. The love story between her and Crockett is just beautiful. I read this book in a day and positively loved it. An excellent, excellent read!

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group

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