Monday, June 3, 2013
Stealing the Preacher
Stealing the Preacher by Karen Witemeyer
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 person 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?
Karen Witemeyer is one of my two very favorite authors. I have yet to read something by her that I don't absolutely fall in love with. Something about the way she writes is so simple but so moving at the same time. She paints such an amazing picture of the scenes. This was an awesome love story, with just enough action/drama to keep the book interesting.
I honestly don't have much to say about this book other than that it is amazing. This is the second book in the Archer family series, but can easily be read alone. I love that we still got to see the characters from the last book, but I would have liked to see a little bit more of them. I wonder if Karen's next book will be a continuation of this series or if she will do something different. I'm sure it will be phenomenal either way.
I loved all the characters. They were so well rounded that I really felt like I knew them in real life. They each have their characteristics that we get to pick up on as we read the story. I loved the way all of the characters interacted as well. They were all different, but woven together in a really beautiful story.
The romance was amazing, as always. I love how pure the romance is in these books. It makes it even sweeter than some of the most passionate romance books. The purity and innocence is what makes the book so sweet and so precious. I love every second of it.
I received this book for free in return for an honest review.