Review: Stealing the Preacher by Karen Witemeyer

July 30, 2013

Title: Stealing the Preacher
Author: Karen Witemeyer
Publisher: Bethany House
Pages: 347
Publication Date: May 2013

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.

I just have to start off by saying...What a fun book! I've been looking forward to reading Stealing the Preacher by Karen Witemeyer for a little while now, and I'm happy to say, it didn't disappoint. The story draws you in right from the start and holds on to you till the very last word.

Joanna Robbins is a fun girl. She is passionate about what is important to her. In her quiet and straightforward way, she is able to reach people on a level they are not use to. She is caring and won't be pushed around and does her best to look for the positive in the situations. She is also one who will take charge when needed, Joanna has no problem standing her ground. She also inherited her mothers love for art, along with her mother's hope that her dad would finally turn away from the shadows of his past that haunt him.

Crockett Archer, I loved reading about him! He is a Texas boy through and through, and I really love his name! (Check out Texas history for a hint why.) He is reserved, polite, and a true gentleman. He is respectful and he knows how to hold his ground in a challenge and he appreciates hard work. He lets his actions speak for themselves and that plays a big part with his relationship with Silas Robbins, Joanna's dad. Even though the circumstances were less than ideal on their original meeting, he appreciates what Joanna is trying to accomplish.

The characters were great in Stealing the Preacher and they all had their moment of transformation, whether it was little or big, but they grew and it was wonderful path to go down with them. The story was funny, sweet, and touching, plus it was also hard to put down. I wanted to see what Jo and Crockett were planning next and where the story led to.

It is definitely Too Read!
5 out of 5

I want to say thank you to Karen Witemeyer and Ellie at Soul Inspirationz, this book was a prize from a contest that they held. I gave my honest opinion in the review.


  1. Yay! I'm so happy you liked it! I really enjoyed it as well. I loved how both of them were so committed to their faith in Christ. It made their relationship have a solid foundation, which I really appreciated. Plus they were just so great together! :)

    And I agree, everyone had a transformation of some kind and it was lovely to watch them all interact and challenge one another.

    Great review! :)

  2. You are spot on Kara! Their relationship in Christ was wonderful! It was the main focus of their lives. They were great together! Crockett is a great guy. Sigh! :-)

    Thanks for stopping by! :-)

  3. What a wonderful review, Katie, and thank you for the mention at the end. I love how you've captured the essence of the characters, drawing us in to want to get to know them more, yet leaving the storyline wide open so as not to spoil anything. Well done - and so very glad you enjoyed the book! :-) Bless you heaps!

  4. Thank you for stopping by, Ellie! I want to highlight the fun, and I try hard not give anything away. Where would the fun be there? :-) I'm happy to mention you and your site! Thank you again!


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