Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Stealing the Preacher (Archer Brothers #2) by Karen Witemeyer
I really enjoyed reading Stealing the Preacher this Easter day. It was charming, funny, western romance all in one. I like the characters. The plot. The scriptures quoted fit right in.
I never really thought about old train robbers. The train is robbed and they don't want anyone money or things they just want the preacher. So they take him right off of the train. Crockett is going to preach at a new town that is looking for a preacher its between him and one other preacher. He is riding the train when its hold up. He wished he had brought his guns along with him, but he left them behind on his family's ranch.
Silas and his gang had stopped robbing trains and stagecoaches for sixteen years. He has his own ranch now. His wife has died over a year ago and his daughter is turning 21 in a few days. Silas's wife had always picked out her gifts. When he asked her what she wanted for her birthday she said a preacher.
Joanna can't believe it when her father shown back up at the ranch with a man tied in ropes. Joanna has been praying for a preacher to open up the local church again to help bring the gospel to her father. She never expected her father to kidnap a preacher. She walked with the preacher and explained what she really wanted and asked him for help to find a preacher. Than loaned him her horse to ride to the nearest town to make arrangements to go to the town where he was to tryout for the job.
Crockett lived what he believed. He tried his best. When he got to a town where he sent a message on ahead. He was wired back to stay their and tomorrow someone would meet him.
The Marshall asked a lot of questions about his kidnapping and Crockett would not lie to him but he did keep some facts away from him. Told him he was not pressing charges.
When Crockett found out that he was not chosen he decides to go back and preach at Joanna's little church if he could find a local job till the church could support him. Joanna decided that her father who hated preachers could hire him to work his ranch.
Jackson is a 12 year old living with his father who was drunk. Jackson was planning to marry Joanna when he got older. Jackson was so brave, proud and wanting attention so badly. I liked him.
I want to read about the other Archer brothers. They sound interesting. I would love to read more of Karen's books based on this one. It is a clean, uplifting story that kept my attention and interest in it with everything going on today.
I was given this ebook to read and asked to give a honest review in return by Netgalley.
06/01/2013 PUB. Bethany House Publishers 352 pages ISBN:0764209663
Discription below taken off of Goodreads.
On his way to interview for a position at a church in the Piney Woods of Texas, Crockett Archer can scarcely believe it when he's forced off the train by a retired outlaw and presented to the man's daughter as the minister she requested for her birthday. Worried this unfortunate detour will ruin his chances of finally serving a congregation of his own, Crockett is determined to escape. But when he finally gets away, he's haunted by the memory of the young woman he left behind--a woman whose dreams now hinge on him.
For months, Joanna Robbins prayed for a preacher. 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. A man to help her discover answers to the questions that have been on her heart for so long. But just when it seems God has answered her prayers, 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 to stay in her little backwoods community? And does the attraction between them have any chance of blossoming when Joanna's outlaw father is dead set against his daughter courting a preacher?