Thursday, July 18, 2013

Stealing the Preacher by Karen Witemeyer

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Karen Witemeyer is one of the funniest, most addictive storytellers in the CBA Historical Romance genre. She shines right up there on my shelf with Mary Connealy just waiting to make me laugh out loud.

I didn't realize when I picked Stealing the Preacher for review, that it was a sequel. I should have, but Crockett Archer's name didn't hit the 'recognition bell' in my head until I was actually reading the opening scene. When I figured it out, I actually squealed in excitement. Call me loony, but it made me all the more excited to find out I was getting more of a family's story I had already fallen in love with.

Crockett Archer's family comes from an unusual upbringing. Four young brothers raising themselves and running a ranch all while fighting those from society that would split them up. Now he's a grown man, he's found his calling, and ready to set off for a new life.

With that kind of history, not just any woman will do and God has known that all along. He's set his plan in motion for Crockett to meet one strong woman. Strong in faith, determination and spunk. A woman with a history even more unique than his.

The romance is sweet and well paced, and that first kiss? Oh my! But there's another girl at church that has set her sights on Crockett though too and she goes to a lot of extremes to try and get her man. The tension and action kept the pages flying by way past my normal late night bedtime. Great read that I highly recommend. Can't wait for more from Karen Witemeyer!

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?


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.

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