Stealing the Preacher by Karen Witemeyer
Publication Date: May 2013
Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group
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“I didn’t steal him, “ he shouted at her back as she rushed to the preacher’s side and began loosening the knot. “I just encouraged him to pay you a visit for your birthday. That’s all.”
Thus begins the story of how Archer Crockett, preacher and ranch hand, met Joanna Robbins, outlaw’s daughter and a godly, good-looking woman. Karen Witemeyer tells a genuinely enjoyable, lighthearted story with a great blend of humor, romance, and inspiration that engages the reader right from the beginning.
Archer is kidnapped from a train by Joanna’s father, Silas, on his way to an interview for a new preaching position. Silas is trying to please his only daughter, but in the process, he ruins Archer’s opportunity at the church where he was to interview. The old saying “When one door closes, another opens” applies to Archer’s situation in Texas.
Although Joanna had prayed for months for a minister for her small country church, she certainly never expected her father to kidnap a pastor for her. Making the best of a difficult situation, she explains her circumstances to Archer. He agrees to help her get a pastor. Their story unfolds through the Archer’s assistance in helping her get her church community built and her father’s heart open to the Lord.
The contradictions in the characters make them interesting and appealing to the reader. The story, although predictable in the romance aspect, is a pleasant blend of inspiration and humor. Karen Witemeyer again delivers a good read and enjoyable tale.