Stealing the Preacher
From the back cover:
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?
My thoughts and giveaway:
This book is a wonderful example of a Genesis 5020 story. It begins with something that the enemy could use to harm Crockett Archer and it ends with how God intended it for good. I can’t tell you how, you will have to read the book to find out.
I really enjoyed this book. I loved Joanna’s desire to see her father come to know Jesus and Karen Witemeyer did a fabulous job working that into the story.
The romance between Joanna and Crockett is beautiful and will have your heart thumping in anticipation for that first kiss. When will it happen?
The only thing I didn’t like about the book was all the winking. I don’t have a problem with a well placed wink, I think they can be very effective. My issue was that a lot of characters were winking and it started to seem overdone. It got to the point that I cringed every time I read about another wink. But this didn’t take away from the story overall, just my little pet-peeve and something I would’ve edited out of the book to make the winks more meaningful.
As I said, overall I really like this book and I can’t wait to read more by Karen Witemeyer, she is a very talented author who knows how to develop a great story.
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A copy of this book was given to me by Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.