Monday, June 3, 2013

A Delightful Love Story -- Stealing the Preacher

Stealing the Preacher is a quick, fun read that could have you alternating between laughing and crying.  This story set in 1885 Texas involves a preacher, outlaws, competing women, and more.  Love, faith, and fun all play important roles.

The characters in this engaging story are people I would love to know.  Joanna has a strong faith -- although she has trouble believing in herself.  Crockett is driven by a passion to preach -- but he finds that God's plans are not what he expected.  (If you have read Karen's Short-Straw Bride -- learn more here -- you will recognize Crockett and the other Archer "boys" from there.)  Jackson is a young boy who just needs a little loving guidance.  And Silas -- well, there's a lot to learn about the man under the tough exterior.

If you're a fan of historical fiction with a Christian view -- or just enjoy a good love story -- I would highly recommend you give Stealing the Preacher a try.  This is only the second book I've read by Karen Witemeyer, and I don't plan on it being the last.

Thanks to Litfuse Publicity Group for providing this book free of charge in exchange for my honest review.

Read what other reviewers have to say about Stealing the Preacher here.

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.

About the Author:

Two-time RITA finalist and winner of the coveted HOLT Medallion and ACFW Carol Award, CBA bestselling author Karen Witemeyer writes historical romance because she believes that the world needs more happily-ever-afters. 

She is an avid cross-stitcher, shower singer, and bakes a mean apple cobbler. Karen makes her home in Abilene, Texas, with her husband and three children. 

Learn more about Karen and her books at

Karen Witemeyer is "kindling" the excitement for Stealing the Preacher (Bethany House) with a Kindle Fire Giveaway and connecting with readers at her June 18th Facebook Author Chat Party!

  One winner will receive:
  • A Kindle Fire
  • Stealing the Preacher by Karen Witemeyer 
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends at 4pm on June 18th. Winner will be announced at the "Stealing the Preacher" Facebook Author Chat Party on June 18th. Connect with Karen for an evening of book chat, trivia, laughter, and more! Karen will also share an exclusive look at her next book and give away books and other fun prizes throughout the evening.

So grab your copy of Stealing the Preacher and join Karen on the evening of June 18th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book, don't let that stop you from coming!)

Don't miss a moment of the fun; RSVP todayTell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 18th!


  1. Thank you so much for the great reivew! I'm delighted that you enjoyed Crockett and Joanna's tale. Have a blessed week!

    1. You are welcome! I hope you have more tales as good as this one to share!