Thursday, June 6, 2013

Stealing the Preacher

Stealing the Preacher
Karen Witemeyer
(Bethany House Publishers)
ISBN: 978-0764209666
June 2013/352 pages/$14.99

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.


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 writes charming stories and Stealing the Preacher is absolutely delightful! While I had read several of her books before, it wasn't until I finished that it clicked that Crockett is the brother of Travis Archer from Short-Straw Bride (reviewed here. The books are stand-alones and only connected by the familial thread, but that connection does enhance the story! Engaging characters immediately grabbed my heart, even gruff and stubborn Silas Robbins, who is determined that God can't be trusted and has no part in his life. Witemeyer weaves an underlying message of the importance of praying for non-believing family members and friends (and the impact that living out our faith can have on their lives) into this tale that is interspersed with plenty of drama and humorous moments. Stealing the Preacher is highly recommended. The book, that is - not the crime!

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 today. Tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 18th!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers and Litfuse Publicity as part of a blog tour. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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1 comment:

Karen Witemeyer said...

Hi, Linda.

Just wanted to say thank you for posting such a lovely review. But are you sure we can't all go out and kidnap ourselves handsome preachers? Could be fun. LOL

Have a blessed week!