Bethany House Publishers (June 1, 2013) 352 pages
My Rating: 5/5 stars
When I saw the cover reveal for the 1st cover of Stealing the Preacher, I almost cried. Seriously! I didn't like it at all, and I hated that it didn't match the other lovely Witemeyer books on my shelf. Apparently, I wasn't the only one who felt that way, because it wasn't too much longer later that this beauty made it's appearance and made my day! A sigh of relief may have escaped me when I saw it. ;)
Although Witemeyer doesn't typically write sequels, I'm thrilled that Stealing the Preacher is the sequel to Short-Straw Bride. Crockett gets the spotlight in this story. As he's on his way to try out for a preacher position, a group of bandits jump on his train and kidnap him as a present for the leader's daughter. Joanna has been praying for a preacher and even asks for one for her birthday. Little did she know that one would show up just in time.
Witemeyer has yet to disappoint me! I know when I'm in the mood for a sweet Western romance, I have to look no further than her books. I'm always guaranteed a smile. As always, her leading man, Crockett, is a gentleman through and through. Joanna is about as sweet and gentle as they come, too. I connected with her more than any of Witemeyer's books, probably due to her shy nature.
I adored the ending! I won't say too much to give it away, but it's not too often you get to read about things like that even in Christian fiction. Every time one of those events happen and I hear the songs along with it(included in this book), it brings tears to my eyes. I've admitted how emotional I am, but I assure you there is NO better reason to cry tears of joy!
Overall, Stealing the Preacher was a joy to read, and I highly recommend ALL of Witemeyer's novels!
*I was provided a review copy from Bethany House through Litfuse Publicity in exchange for my honest opinion.
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
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!)