Stealing the Preacher by Karen WitemeyerStealing the Preacher by Karen Witemeyer

Stealing the Preacher

byKaren Witemeyer

Paperback | May 1, 2013

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Forced off a train and delivered to an outlaw's daughter for her birthday, is it possible this stolen preacher ended up right where he belongs?
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 childr...
Title:Stealing the PreacherFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:352 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.27 inShipping dimensions:8.5 × 5.5 × 0.27 inPublished:May 1, 2013Publisher:Baker PublishingLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0764209663

ISBN - 13:9780764209666


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Powerful The heart of a missionary was clearly communicated throughout this novel. I understand the yearning and calling these people experience so much better now. This novel definitely has romance in it, but for me that wasn't the focal point. I love the faithfulness Joanna has for God in a community where He is being forgotten and the burden she has for her father's soul. It was a real treat to see this couple grow in both love and faith. A very good book that I definitely love and recommend.
Date published: 2017-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It Stealing The Preacher will grab you from the first page and won’t let you go until the end. It is a fabulous read you won’t want to miss out on. #PlumReview
Date published: 2017-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A new favorite After reading Stealing the Preacher, I understand why Karen Witemeyer has received such praise for her novels. Stealing the Preacher has the perfect blend of excitement, humour, and romance to earn a favoured spot on my bookshelf. Basically, Joanna Robbins, our ambitious, funny, and gifted heroine with a heart of gold, is looking for a preacher. Not for herself; for that empty church near her home. Crockett Archer is the perfect man for the job. He just doesn't know it yet. He's kidnapped off the train and, well, you'll have to read it to find out what happens. With a plot line like that, you know this is going to be a humorous read. Witemeyer was able to not only create laugh-out-loud situations and scrambles, but also a surprisingly potent spiritual element to the novel as well. I so appreciated the assertive Christian element to the rousing tale; it made this story even better. I'm looking forward to Witemeyer's next release. Give this book a read if you're looking for something old-timey and fun. Disclaimer: This book was given to me by Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.
Date published: 2013-09-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved this 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?" I had picked up the first book, Short Straw Bride, on a whim and absolutely loved it; so when I saw that there was another book about the Archer brothers I jumped at the opportunity to review it! I love the character of Joanna. She's so full of spunk but yet also so desirous of God's will. It made her the perfect match for Crockett Archer! I also enjoyed the discussions about faith and God between Crockett (the preacher) and Silas (Joanna's unbelieving father). I hope that Ms. Witemeyer writes another Archer book soon!! 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
Date published: 2013-06-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Romantic Comedy at its best The perfect combination of passionate romance liberally laced with humour! I was chuckling and swooning from beginning to end. And a warning to people who read on public transit -- there are enough laugh out loud moments in 'Stealing the Preacher' that your fellow commuters will start looking at you oddly. Bonus though, you'll get a seat all to yourself! Boasting one of the most innovative opening scenes I've ever read, 'Stealing the Preacher' is peppered with surprises throughout the book. One of the most compelling ones, is the solid inspirational thread born of heartache and humour. A delectable read that will leave you smiling days after you reach the end. "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".
Date published: 2013-06-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Guaranteed to make you laugh out loud! From the eye-catching cover to the fun story contained within its pages, "Stealing the Preacher" is sure to please fans of historical romances. Normally I don't gravitate towards distinctly romantic novels myself, but after enjoying "Short-Straw Bride" so much, I just had to see what happened next to the Archer clan...and I'm glad I did! Crockett and Joanna are fantastic characters, providing lots of humorous moments, entertaining dialogue, and plenty of "aww-shucks!" scenes. The story moves along well with page-turning drama, and I enjoyed the historical details that the author weaves into the book. I also found myself surprisingly moved at some of the scenes, particularly those between Joanna and her father and a few other moments that I won't mention for fear of spoiling the plot. I most appreciated the zeal that both Joanne and Crockett have for winning people for Jesus, for offering hope and reconciliation, forgiveness and grace. A story that can not only offer superb entertainment while pointing people to Jesus at the same time is definitely a story worth reading! If you are looking for a heart-warming romance that celebrates faith and will also have you laughing as well, then "Stealing the Preacher" is just the book you are looking for. I award this book a solid rating of 4 out of 5 stars. 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.
Date published: 2013-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Story 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.
Date published: 2013-05-31