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Joanna Robbins loves God and has been praying for a preacher to revive the small church in her community. Her father is a reformed stagecoach robber who wants little to do with God, but wants more than anything to make his daughter happy.
So he decides to hold up a train and steal the preacher on board.
Crockett Archer is on his way to interview for a pastoral position when his train is stopped and robbed - with him as the ‘prize’ needed. He isn’t happy being held hostage and wants desperately to escape, but the redhead at the end of his journey is nothing short of intriguing.
Although Joanna explains her plight to Crockett, he continues on to his interview. Getting her off his mind is no small task though. Now he needs to figure out if his kidnapping was all a part of a bigger plan that God had in mind for him - one that includes a young lady named Joanna.
Although the obvious storyline in Stealing the Preacher revolves around the developing romance between Joanna and Crockett, the underlying story of Joanna’s father was equally as wonderful. With a past that involves running from the law and a man determined to keep it all hidden, the growth in his character is so fun to watch - humorous at times and touching at others.
Joanna was such an amazingly sweet character to ‘meet’ and I had completely forgotten about Crockett, one of the Archer brothers from Witemeyer’s book Short Straw Bride. It was SO much fun reading his story as well.
Karen Witemeyer is an author that I know I will always enjoy, no matter the book. Stealing the Preacher proved to be another wonderful addition to her list of books.
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This book was provided for review by Bethany House. All opinions expressed in this review are solely my own.