Stealing The Preacher

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Blurb:  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

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?by the memory of the young woman he left behind–a woman whose dreams now hinge on him.

Stealing the Preacher by Karen Witemeyer is a cute, light-hearted, fun romance. I found the situation of an ex-outlaw father kidnapping a preacher as a birthday present for his daughter too funny and the bewilderment both Crockett and Joanna faced was even more amusing. Their relationship developed believably and sweetly and I really enjoyed the elements of faith throughout the story – these are characters who live with their faith permeating their lives and it came across realistically and not preachy. There was a dash of nail-biting tension at the climax that had me ridiculously worried considering I knew there was no way the book could not have a happy ending. 😉 The historical details about painting and artistic-style were really interesting.  Also, I didn’t realize this was second in a series until after I’d finished it and I’m looking forward to reading the others!

What amusing situations have you enjoyed in a book?

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received an advanced reader copy from BethanyHouse in a giveaway. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

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