Karen Witemeyer's latest historical romance novel, "Stealing the Preacher," is a fun read that takes the readers back to spending time with the Archer brothers. Crockett has always filled the role of being the spiritual leader at the family ranch, but now he has the chance to be a pastor at a church. However, on the way to speaking at the church, he is kidnapped and taken to a ranch. Upon arrival, Crockett finds out that he was kidnapped in order to be given to the outlaw's daughter for her birthday as she has been praying for a preacher to lead their church. Feeling an immediate spiritual connection with Joanna and feeling a need to return to her church and ranch after his position falls through, Crockett begins to work for the outlaw who originally kidnapped him. Silas has been hiding from his past for over the past decade and he has also been hardening his heart from God. As Crockett becomes immersed in the ranch, the church, the community and also in Joanna's heart, he realizes that being kidnapped really was part of God's plan.
I loved "Short-Straw Bride" and I was so excited to read another book about the Archer family. These books are so well-written and fun to read. Crockett is an admirable man and leader on the both the ranch and as a preacher. Joanna is a great heroine as she is so loyal to her father and is strong during trials and pressure. The minor characters all added so much to the story as well. Jackson played an important role throughout the book and I loved his character. I am hoping there will be more books about the Archer family, but maybe one written about Jackson as well. A Five-Star Read!!!
*Thanks to Bethany House Publishers for a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.*
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