Review: Stealing The Preacher by Karen Witemeyer

Book Info:

Date Published: June 1, 2013
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers

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?

Karen Witemeyer is a bestselling historical romance author who believes the world needs more happily-ever-afters. She holds a master’s degree in psychology from Abilene Christian University and is a member of ACFW, RWA, and her local writers’ guild. Stealing the Preacher is her fifth novel. Karen lives with her husband and three children in Abilene, Texas.

You can find Karen Here:
Website  Facebook  Blog

  “”If I were going to instigate a courtship with a kiss,” he murmured, ” it wouldn’t be a quick peck on the forehead.” He tightened his grip on her shoulders as he spoke.

  “It wouldn’t?” She swayed toward him slightly. Crockett shook his head, his eyes never leaving her upturned face.

  “What would it be?” Her breathy question dissolved the last of his reserve.

  “This.” Crockett drew her toward him and lowered his head. He stopped a fraction of an inch from her mouth. Gave her a final chance to change her mind and pull away. When she made no move beyond shifting her focus from his eyes to his lips, he closed the last of the distance.

  His mouth covered hers. Instinctively, he tugged her closer. She came to him– her hands on his waist, the feathery touch speeding his already charging pulse.

  Releasing her shoulders, he slid his palms around to her back. She felt so good in his arms, so right. He wanted to hold her there forever, to kiss her until they both forgot everything else.

  He deepened the kiss.

  She startled at the change, then softened against him. But her momentary shock was enough to bring him back to his senses.

  Swallowing a groan of reluctance, Crockett lifted his head. Joanna rose up on her tiptoes as if to follow, but his greater height kept her from her goal.

  His hands shook slightly as he released her. Merciful heavens. He’d never experienced anything so intense. So exhilarating. And terrifying. It was as if some element of his very being had been altered.

  Had she felt it, too?

  Joanna’s eyes flickered open, and a pretty pink blush washed over the pale freckles bridging her cheeks. Her eyes, now more blue than gray, gazed up at him with a wonderfully bemused expression–one that filled his heart with tenderness.

  And protectiveness.”

Sigh… Come on, admit it! I know you sighed too. What a scene! Although there were SEVERAL scenes in this book I wanted to share, I couldn’t very well share the WHOLE book now could I? So, alas, I had to choose just one. I LOVE this scene. It was the epitome of what a first kiss should be. What all girls dream of. Tell the truth, now. You’ve had dreams like this at some point. I know I sure have. The all-you-ever-dreamed-a-first-kiss-would-be dreams. The tenderness Crockett displayed, and the love they feel for each other jumps right off the page. This is definitely a kiss to remember.

Joanna Robbins: A more ideal woman there could never be. She is strong through tough times. The square-your-shoulders-and-get-the-job-done kind of strong. She is devout, humble, loyal. Always serving others and holding her tongue regardless of how much she wants to speak her mind. She loves with her whole heart and expects no less.

Crockett Archer: Not your average man of God. Although he is devoted to God and his calling, he also knows how to protect what’s his. Growing up helping protect his brothers and their ranch has taught him a thing or two. He’s quick with a gun, can ride with the best of them and works harder than any man wants to. But he also has a very tender side that draws people in. He is my type of hero.

Silas Robbins: Ex-outlaw turned rancher. Silas is hard on the surface with a tenderness on the inside that is rarely seen. He loves those closest to him with a fierceness that’s unrivaled. And he fights his demons with the same fierceness.

Sigh… Yep you guessed it. I love this book. I fell in love with the Archer brothers in Short-Straw Bride and, honestly, I didn’t think book two could be any better. I usually don’t like admitting when I am wrong but, in this case, I’ll do it gladly. Stealing The Preacher was captivating from the very first page and only progressed from there. It touched all the emotions I feel are important when deciding if a book is worthy of a 5 star rating. It had action, drama, romance and spirituality. There were several scenes that touched a deep emotion in me, even to the point of tears. Karen Witemeyer won me over with her book To Win Her Heart, now she keeps me captivated with Stealing The Preacher.

Buy Stealing The Preacher At:
Amazon   Barnes & Noble

My Rating: 5 out of 5 Palms



Mercantile Mystery Sweepstakes With Carol Cox

Book Description

Historical Suspense and Romance

in the Wild West

Fired from her most recent governess position, Melanie Ross must embrace her last resort: the Arizona mercantile she inherited from her cousin. But Caleb Nelson is positive he inherited the mercantile, and he’s not about to let some obstinate woman with newfangled ideas mess up all he’s worked for. He’s determined to get Melanie married off as soon as possible, and luckily there are plenty of single men in town quite interested in taking her off his hands.

The problem is, Caleb soon realizes he doesn’t want her to marry up with any of them. He’s drawn to Melanie more every day, and he has to admit some of her ideas for the store unexpectedly offer positive results.

But someone doesn’t want the store to succeed, and what used to be just threatening words has escalated into deliberate destruction and lurkers in the night. When a body shows up on the mercantile steps–and the man obviously didn’t die from natural causes–things really get dangerous. Can Melanie and Caleb’s business–and romance–survive the trouble that’s about to come their way?

You can buy Trouble In Store Here:
Amazon   Barnes & Noble

Meet The Author

Native Arizonan Carol Cox has an abiding love for history, mystery, and romance. The author of more than 25 books, she believes in the power of story to convey spiritual truths. A pastor’s wife and homeschooling mom, she makes her home with her husband and daughter in a remote spot in northern Arizona, where the deer and the antelope really do play–within view of the family’s front porch.

(Click Image At Left To Enter)
Enter The Mercantile Mystery Sweepstakes

To celebrate the release of Trouble In Store, author Carol Cox and Bethany House Publishers are pleased to announce the MERCANTILE MYSTERY SWEEPSTAKES, and your chance to win one of three marvelous prizes!

The Prizes are as follows:

    The Grand Prize winner will receive their very own set of Melanie’s fancy china: a vintage Royal Standard cup and saucer set, service for four.
    The Second Prize winner will have the chance to win an elegant music box, just like the one in the story. This hand-made Italian music box is made of inlaid layers of walnut and rosewood, and plays Melanie’s favorite tune, “Liebestraum”.
    The Third Prize winner can enjoy their very own hand-ground coffee, with this antique grinder, Arbuckles coffee, and Cowboy/Cowgirl mugs.

Sweepstakes Starts

June 3, 2013 @ 12:01 AM (PST)

Sweepstakes Ends

June 20, 2013 @ 11:59 PM (PST)

Winners will be selected on Friday, June 21,
and announced on the web site.

You can Contact Carol at the following places:

Website  Facebook  Twitter  Pinterest