Saturday, May 25, 2013

Review: Stealing the Preacher by Karen Witemeyer

Stealing the Preacher by Karen Witemeyer
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About the book:

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?

With her signature blend of humor, history, and lively western romance, two-time RITA Award finalist and bestselling author Karen Witemeyer delivers a Texas love story sure to steal your heart.

My rating:

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My thoughts:

After reading my first Karen Witemeyer book (Short-Straw Bride) last year, I could hardly wait to read this next Archer book. Stealing the Preacher was such a wonderful read that I had a hard time putting down.

I absolutely loved the characters in Stealing the Preacher! I was already familiar with the Archer brothers (Travis, Jim, Crockett, and Neill) and knew I liked them from Short-Straw Bride, but I was a little surprised by how much I loved Crockett in this book - he definitely was my favorite character. In addition to the brothers, I also really liked Joanna, Silas, and Jackson.

The story was very good and I liked the action/danger in Stealing the Preacher - it made me want to just keep flipping the pages. :) The romance was sweet and brought a smile to my face. I loved the ending, but some things seemed a little too perfectly wrapped-up - that is one of the only negatives I had with Stealing the Preacher.

While I loved Short-Straw Bride, I enjoyed Stealing the Preacher even more and it's now on my "Favorites" shelf. The book had me grinning, smiling, and laughing. I kind of wish Crockett's brothers would have been in this book a bit more, but I'm really happy with the updates/appearances that were included.

Overall, Stealing the Preacher was such a good read and I completely recommend it to fans of historical romance novels. I am eagerly awaiting Karen Witemeyer's next book! :)

*I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review as a part of the author's influencer team. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.*


  1. Oh I am so glad you enjoyed Stealing The Preacher! I LOVE Karen's books and am pretty sure she is one of my top 2 favorite authors. Most of my favorite authors I have found I only enjoy a few of their books but not all of then. But out of all of Karen's books that I have read (all except To Win Her Heart and Stealing The Preacher) I loved each and every one and they are all favorites. I am sure that if you enjoyed Short Straw Bride and this one that you would love her other books. I am really looking forward to reading this one! It's probably the book I've been most anxious for this year so I am really looking forward to reviewing it for Bethany House. I read Short Straw Bride in one day and am sure this next one will be similar. :) Have a great day!

  2. I have been anxiously awaiting this book and now I want to read it even more! My daughter and I love Karen's books. We are debating getting it in print or on Kindle.

  3. Awww, so glad you liked it! I've thought this one looks great and I can't wait to read it someday!

  4. It sounds like a good book! Thanks for the review!


  5. Thanks for sharing! I just got this one from NetGalley. Looking forward to reading it as I've never read any of Karen's books before. =)

  6. Short Straw Bride was amazing, fun to read and with lots of suspense! Worth every minute of reading time! Stealing The Preacher sounds like to be a great read as well!


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