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Stealing the Preacher

Karen Witemeyer
Stealing the Preacher
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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 that this ... Read More


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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 that 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?

With her signature blend of humor, history and lively western romance, bestselling author Karen Witemeyer delivers Stealing the Preacher, a Texas love story sure to steal your heart.

Product Details:
Page Count: 352
Released: 06/2013

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  • Product type: Book
  • Format: Softcover
  • Release Date: Jun 1, 2013
  • UPC: 9780764209666
  • Height: 0
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  • Volumes/Discs: 1
  • Pages: 347
  • Publish Date: Jun 1, 2013
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  • BISAC: "FIC042030"
  • ISBN: 0764209663

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Absolutely Delightful!!! by Homesteading on 7/29/13

If you need a pick me up and a few hours of diversion from the stresses of life, grab a copy of Stealing the Preacher. You'll find plenty of humor laced with in-depth spiritual themes.

This is my favorite book by Karen so far. Crockett is a great character. I loved how his thoughts were communicated, showing his struggle to tame his tongue in obedience to the Lord. He sort of carried on a conversation with himself at times, and it was so real! I find myself often thinking I would like to say one thing but knowing I shouldn't and then apologizing to the Lord for thinking it.

Joanna wants to see their local church revived and has been praying for a preacher. Crockett is on his way to interview for a position as a Preacher in a town nearby. Silas, Joanna's daddy decides to resurrect an old profession to bring his baby girl a birthday present. Her daddy is hilarious! Along with his old gang members it was easy to picture them roping Crockett and dragging him around. There's this one part where he gets away and runs...oh wait. You'll have to read it and see what happens next. Belly laughs galore!

Karen is a master storyteller and her ingenuity is incredible when it comes to dialogue. There is never a slow moment in this book. Her relationship and knowledge of spiritual concepts jumps right off the page but not at all in an offensive or overdone manner. This is a sweet, fast-paced and funny romance that leaves me anxiously awaiting her next book.

Fans of Historical Fiction and Karen Witemeyer will love this story! Actually, I think anyone would love this story, it's that good :)

I was provided a copy of this book from the author for review purposes only. No other compensation was received. I was not required to write a positive review, only my honest thoughts about the book.

A wonderful new book by Karen Witemeyer! by Leahhhh12 on 7/13/13

Stealing the Preacher. At last I held a copy of this book in my hands! I’ve enjoyed each of Karen Witemeyer’s books and I waited for this one ever since I first heard it was coming out! I was quite surprised when I found out this was a “sequel” to Short Straw Bride. While it may be considered a sequel, there is no reason why you should have to read Short Straw Bride. One reading Stealing the Preacher will not have missed out on anything. But I still suggest reading Short Straw Bride at some point because that is a great book as well! So that being said, pick up one of Karen Witemeyer’s books today! You won’t be disappointed.

Stealing the Preacher brings us into the world of Joanna and Crockett. Crockett wants to become a preacher. Joanna is the daughter of an outlaw whose only wish is to have a preacher in her town; a preacher who can help her convert her father. When Crockett is on his way to interview for a preacher position, he ends up getting kidnapped – by Joanna’s father! Joanna begs Crockett to stay but he manages to escape. But instead he wonders if maybe that’s where God means for him to go. Crockett and Joanna must join forces to minister towards her father. But will Joanna’s father be able to see that he needs to rely on someone other than himself?

As with all of Ms. Witemeyer’s books, this one kept me turning from page to page to see what was going to happen next. It was full of laughter, fun, and romance. This was an enjoyable book in a wonderful setting with a plot line that kept me guessing. The characters were well developed and fun to get to know. I highly recommend reading this book because it’s definitely a great read.

I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review. I did not receive any compensation for my review and I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions stated are my own.

Historical romance with humor and spiritual themes by Carole on 6/30/13

Stealing the Preacher by Karen Witemeyer, a western romance set in 1885 Texas, is the sequel to Short-Straw Bride. Karen is a master at creative storylines - from drawing straws to see who would marry the heroine in her previous book, to kidnapping a preacher in hopes of him being able to reach a beloved family member. Filled with great storytelling, interesting main and secondary characters, humor, emotion and spirituality, this novel entertains and inspires with each turn of the page.

I was drawn to Crockett's character in Short-Straw Bride and was delighted to find him featured in this novel. Crockett Archer is a man committed to following God’s call on his life, yet his patience and his faith are put to the test when one obstacle after another are thrown into his path. And he is such a well-rounded character! Patient, respectful, gentle of spirit, with a gift for drawing people out or putting them at ease. He preaches with a passion that people respond to and lives out his message during the week.

Joanna is a delightful character, the perfect heroine, a kindred spirit in that she shares Crockett's values and call to ministry. But the story really hinges on Joanna's father, Silas - a retired outlaw, one who despises “sermonizers” and their hypocritical ways. In one scene, "a burning need flared to life in Silas's gut - a need to understand . . . what compelled a rancher who co-owned a family spread to work for another man just so he could preach in a small country church in the middle of nowhere." Silas is a strong, appealing character, one that touched me.

One of the book's strengths for me is the strong theme of redemption that is woven throughout this story, as well as bringing life to a church that needed a preacher and uniting a community of believers. Crockett's words to the congregation that first Sunday paint a beautiful picture of Christ's church: "We don't simply meet together in this building because it is a convenient place to worship. We meet in order to rejoice together and mourn together. To uplift and encourage one another. To gain strength from the strong and humility from the weak. To experience the artistry of the Master Weaver who brings all of our individual gifts together to create a tapestry more beautiful than any one person can achieve alone. A tapestry that proclaims God's glory to every eye that beholds it. A tapestry that is incomplete without you."

The redemptive theme of God's pursuit comes to a moving conclusion and I loved Karen's use of hymn singing. Songs like Shall We Gather at the River and Nothing But the Blood will surely evoke sweet memories for many readers.

I highly recommend Stealing the Preacher and believe it will appeal to a wider audience than historical romance fans. Although this story stands alone, I recommend reading Short-Straw Bride first in order to gain a better sense of the characters.

Karen's next project is a novella that features Neill Archer, the final brother in the Archer clan. Neill's story, A Cowboy Unmatched, will be part of a collection entitled A Match Made in Texas. It releases January 2014 and also includes novellas by Mary Connealy, Regina Jennings, and Carol Cox.

Learn more about Karen and her books at

This book was provided by Bethany House as part of their bloggers program in exchange for my honest review.

Prayers Answered by Maureen on 6/24/13

We are about to journey with a return visit with the Archer family. If you read the first book in this series...Short Straw Bride, then you are familiar with these fellows. If not, don't worry it is not a pre-resquite, but I highly recommend that you do.
When Silas's daughter said she wanted a preacher for her Birthday...her father brings her one. Not exactly that way, but startlingly she ends up with one on her doorstep. What she really wants is her Dad to come to the Lord. What a Dad won't do for his daughter? Kidnap?
The old church has been vacant for several years, and if they can find a Preacher maybe, just maybe, they can start filling the pews. Enter Crockett Archer, his Mom honored the men from the Alamo.
You will find a lot of loving wonderful people, and few that sure need to tame down and follow the Lord. Will Crockett be able to open and have a Parish here? Will Miss Jo find a answer to her prayers? The answers are all in this book along with some romance, and a few scary moments. Enjoy!

I received this book through Litfuse Publicity Book Tours, and was not required to give a positive review

One book I really enjoyed by Yolanda on 6/17/13

This is one book that I kept passing in the bookstore and every time I came in my eyes went straight to this book. Ok there was purpose for me to get this book. What an awesome story on love and forgiveness.

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Hard-to-put-down summer read by Vera on 6/10/13

Prepare for a funny, joyful ride where absurd things happen to good people. Where the new preacher-come-to town is abducted and given as a birthday gift to a young woman by her father.

Laugh at the antics of the folks in the community as they get the old church started back up again. Holding a church-painting and church-picnic at the same time. The devious wiles of a young woman intent on snagging the preacher as her beau.

The crimes of the past shadowing the good folk of today. The warm, true-to-God character of the preacher as he works with and ministers to the area folk.

The call of God. The soul needing redemption. The heart that breaks. The heart that loves.

Snag a copy of this delightful book for a hard-to-put-down read this summer. You'll be glad you did and will want to pass it along to other readers you know.

DISCLOSURE: I was given a complimentary copy of Stealing the Preacher by Litfuse Publicity Group on behalf of Bethany House a division of Baker Publishing Group and the author, Karen Witemeyer for the purpose of facilitating my honest review. Opinions expressed are solely my own.

Great Story by dgottreu on 5/30/13

Stealing the Preacher by Karen Witemeyer is a very well written and inspirational historical romance novel that gave me a great deal of enjoyment including several good laughs. Joanna Roberts has been praying for months for a preacher to bring life back into the abandoned, local church. Her dad, who is a reformed outlaw, takes it upon himself to “answer” her prayers and get her a preacher for her birthday. Crockett Archer is on his way to the Piney Woods of Texas to interview for the job as pastor of a local church. Crockett’s train is stopped and he is kidnapped and taken to Joanna who is very upset with what her father has done. Crockett manages to escape but he cannot get Joanna out of his mind for her dreams for a church in the community depend on him and being the kind of man he is, he comes back to help her. Of course there is an attraction between Crockett and Joanna but her father is dead set against the possibility that his daughter could marry a preacher for he has no use for preachers, the church, or God.

The author did an excellent job developing the plot, characters, dialogue, and scenes. The plot had a few twists and turns and enough suspense to make it interesting. The characters seemed very real and one could not help pulling for the good guys and booing the bad guys. All the scenes were so well described that I felt as if I were an observer in what was going on. One scene near the end of the book had some nail biting suspense that had me sitting on the edge of my chair wondering what was going to happen. Through the entire book one kept wondering if the father would ever change his ways, if Crockett would stay in the community, and if Crockett and Joanna would end up together. You will have to read the book to learn the answers for I do not want to spoil the ending.

I highly recommend this book to all who like a great historical romance novel that inspires and also provides some good laughs and has enough mystery to add to the enjoyment of the book. The book is also recommended because it is a Christian novel and the love and forgiveness of God is shown throughout the entire book.

I received this book free from Bethany House at Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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