Stealing the Preacher (The Archer Brothers Book #2) [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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Stealing the Preacher (The Archer Brothers Book #2)

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Overview

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?

With her signature blend of humor, history, and lively western romance, two-time RITA Award finalist and bestselling author Karen Witemeyer delivers a Texas love story sure to steal your heart.

"The plot twist of stealing a preacher is interesting, fun and romantic... an enjoyable summertime read." --RT Book Reviews

"Showcases the author's ability to create plots with unusual circumstances, yet remain believable. Her characters are well rounded and appealing...an engaging story." --Metro Christian Living
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441261458
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/1/2013
  • Series: Archer Brothers , #2
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 24,606
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Two-time RITA finalist and winner of the coveted HOLT Medallion and ACFW Carol Award, CBA bestselling author Karen Witemeyer writes historical romance because she believes that the world needs more happily-ever-afters. She is an avid cross-stitcher, shower singer, and bakes a mean apple cobbler. Karen makes her home in Abilene, Texas, with her husband and three children. Learn more about Karen and her books at karenwitemeyer.com.
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  • Posted July 28, 2013

    This book is a wonderful example of a Genesis 5020 story. It beg

    This book is a wonderful example of a Genesis 5020 story. It begins with something that the enemy could use to harm Crockett Archer and it ends with how God intended it for good. I can't tell you how, you will have to read the book to find out.

    I really enjoyed this book. I loved Joanna's desire to see her father come to know Jesus and Karen Witemeyer did a fabulous job working that into the story.

    The romance between Joanna and Crockett is beautiful and will have your heart thumping in anticipation for that first kiss. When will it happen?

    The only thing I didn't like about the book was all the winking. I don't have a problem with a well placed wink, I think they can be very effective. My issue was that a lot of characters where winking and it started to seem overdone. It got to the point that I cringed every time I read about another wink. But this didn't take away from the story overall, just my little pet-peeve and something I would've edited out of the book to make the winks more meaningful.

    As I said, overall I really like this book and I can't wait to read more by Karen Witemeyer, she is a very talented author who knows how to develop a great story.

    A copy of this book was given to me by Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 6, 2013

    When I received my copy of this book from Bethany House I was ex

    When I received my copy of this book from Bethany House I was excited to dive into it. The cover has a cute picture of a woman grabbing onto what I presume to be the preacher mentioned in the title. It leads us to believe that we are going to embark on a humorous tale about a preacher held captive.




    What we get is that and so much more. There is humor but there is also insight. There is a preacher that is held captive. But the One that captivates him is so much bigger than the one who holds him in captivity.




    Joanna's love for her fathers, both heavenly and earthly, is what drives this tale. She cares so much for her earthly father but yearns for him to have a relationship with her heavenly Father. Through the craziest of circumstances she is introduced to Crockett who becomes a partner in loving her father into a relationship with Christ.




    I completely enjoyed this novel on so many levels. It isn't just a happily ever after story, it's also a story of redemption and consequences. It is a great reminder that there are always consequences to our actions. We are reminded that if we continue to trust God with our actions both good and bad He will turn them into exactly what He desires for the outcome that He deems necessary.




    For a delightful summer afternoon read with enough depth to satisfy . . . pick up a copy of Stealing the Preacher and enjoy!




    I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 21, 2014

    This isn't my favorite book by Karen Witemeyer, but it was still

    This isn't my favorite book by Karen Witemeyer, but it was still very enjoyable. There is much more religion in this book than in her other ones, but that's to be expected since the entire story revolves around a preacher.

    As usual, I absolutely loved the love story. Karen Witemeyer has a knack for creating chemistry between her characters that I adore. I really enjoyed the development of Crockett and Joanna's relationship. Crockett was one of my favorite characters from Short Straw Bride, so I was really happy to get an entire book featuring him. While this book is a spinoff of Short Straw Bride, it can be read entirely on its own.

    I enjoyed the majority of the book, but the last 25% or so felt too packed and busy. There was so much going on, and it all happened in rapid succession, that it left me feeling tired.

    Overall, it was an enjoyable book that most Witemeyer fans will love.

    Content: Clean

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 30, 2013

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    Karen Witemeyer is one of my favorite authors. She writes flawle

    Karen Witemeyer is one of my favorite authors. She writes flawlessly. She also writes about such likable characters, who any reader can tell, simply belong together. This story about Crockett Archer and Joanna Robbins was a little different than the rest of her books. There wasn't nearly as much conflict as usual, but it was still INCREDIBLY enjoyable. Another thing thing that was different was the more direct focus upon God's salvation and the fact that there were three character perspectives throughout the book.

    Crockett Archer is a carry-over character from Karen's last book Short-Straw Bride (which I adored!). She doesn't usually write "series" books, but I was completely okay with this. His character fit in so well with this new adventure he was set to take... on his way to Joanna.

    Much of the conflict near the middle of the book had to do with another young woman constantly, and rather shamelessly, throwing herself at Crockett... with Crockett not really doing much to dissuade her. That made me a bit perturbed, but not enough that I didn't fly through the pages all the way to the end... and staying up till three in the morning to do so.

    This was a very delightful read... something I totally expected. Karen is a very talented author, and I can't wait to see what else she has in store for readers in the coming years.

    I received a complimentary paperback version of Karen Witemeyer's Stealing the Preacher by Bethany House publishers in order to give a review containing my honest opinion.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 20, 2013

    I really liked this book! I probably enjoyed it as much as Witem

    I really liked this book! I probably enjoyed it as much as Witemeyer's last book.




    I honestly loved the characters. Crockett was very admirable, and I loved kind of seeing through the eyes of a preacher, as I can when I read his point of view.
    I also really liked Joanna. She was awesome, and I found myself really liking and rooting for her throughout the whole book.




    This story also focuses on Silas, who is Jo's father, an ex-train robber. He has a wonderful spiritual arc through the book.




    Anyway, this starts out with Crockett being kidnapped from a train--because Jo wants a preacher. Things work out eventually so that Crockett become's Jo's town's preacher, and she pleads with him to help her bring her father back to faith.
    After a short amount of time, the two want to court each other, but the question of whether or not Jo's father would allow their courtship remains.




    This is truly a great book. The characters were very well written, and I would recommend it to friends.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2013

    Just OK and very preachy

    As romance novels go this was just OK. The characters fell in love quickly and there was a lot of evangelization throughout -- so much so it was distracting and did not feel part of the story. I thought the story had a good start, but toward the middle and end very contrived. And i find it hard to believe that anyone winks as much as Crocker.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 25, 2013

    Here's a good ole' western story sure to entertain. Joanna's fat

    Here's a good ole' western story sure to entertain. Joanna's father, a reformed train robber, wants to give his daughter something special for her birthday, and when he hears she wants a preacher for the forgotten little church nearby, that's what she gets - whether the preacher wants to come or not!  The story has all the necessary components for a good western - shooting, bandits, a sheriff, a boardinghouse owner, a handsome hero and sweet romance. Interestingly, Crockett Archer is one of the Archer brothers from Short-Straw Bride. Three of them are now married but maybe she will do a book around the youngest brother Neill.  This book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 23, 2013

    Captivating & Enjoyable Stealing the Preacher is the sequel

    Captivating & Enjoyable

    Stealing the Preacher is the sequel to Short-Straw Bride. I learned this piece of information halfway through the book because one of my friends mentioned it. If I hadn’t known it was a sequel I had never figured that out by reading this book—so the book can easily be read as stand-alone.

    Abducted from a train by an ex-outlaw, Crockett Archer is presented to the man’s daughter as a birthday present for her 21st birthday.
    Joanna Robbins can’t believe that her father forced a preacher off the train and brought him to her. Yes, she asked for a preacher, but never in her wildest dreams could she imagine her father providing one. Silas Robbins is against everything that has to do with religion. Joanna’s mother was a believer and so is Joanna. When her mother died she promised to keep praying for her father’s soul, but without her mother she feels lonely and lost. There’s no preacher in town, so Joanna started praying for one to come. Now she has her preacher, but he’s there against his will. He has dreams of his own—to preach in another town. After she told him why she needs a preacher, she let him go.
    Crockett is impressed by Joanna’s faith. When he resumes his travels to the interview for a position in another church, he can’t get the beautiful redhead out of his thoughts. Will he ever see her again?

    Before I had seen the beautiful cover for this book I heard the title of Karen’s next book would be Stealing the Preacher. As a preacher’s wife I knew I had to read that book. When I saw the cover I was completely in love! Reading the book brought even more pleasure than I imagined.
    This book is definitely a must-read—worthy of 5 stars! Karen’s writing is captivating, the characters are enjoyable and fun, and the story line is nicely done. Highly recommended!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2014

    Incredibly well-done Christian Historical Romance. STEALING THE

    Incredibly well-done Christian Historical Romance.

    STEALING THE PREACHER, by Karen Witemeyer, runs 292 pages (minus front- and end-matter). It's a beautifully written romance between the two most unlikely candidates....a preacher and an outlaw's daughter. The story unfolds splendidly, conveying the elements of faith, trust in God and goodness of man, blending past (back-story) and present (Texas, 1885), ranching and a minister's role.

    This was my first read of Karen Witemeyer's books, and it will definitely be the first of ALL she has ever written and will ever write! I'm THAT impressed. It's poignant, evokes deep emotion, presents believable characters in a solid historical setting. I loved the 3D characters, the good-vs-evil elements, and the character development in ALL of the main characters. I fell in love with the hero (Crockett Archer, a rancher and parson) and fully adored the heroine (Joanna). I wanted these two to fall in love and commit and live happily ever after.

    Sincere kudos to the author!

    Sensuality Level: wholesome (and the most romantic kisses ever!)
    Language: wholesome, 'clean'

    Highly recommended to fans of Christian historical romance. ~Kristin

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2014

    Anonamous

    I really enjoyed this book. Karen Witemeyer is a really good author. Knows how to write books that holds your interest from first page to last. Have read other books by her. Waiting for next one to come out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2014

    A fun story

    I enjoyed reading this story. I did find it slightly predictable, but the characters are authentic. The start is certainly funny; spoiler alert: Dad gets daugher what she wants, even if it is not quite what she meant.

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  • Posted January 27, 2014

    Young adult and older

    A fun read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2014

    Highly recommended

    Fabulous read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2014

    Wonderful read

    LOVED the characters...laughed and cried with them!

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  • Posted January 24, 2014

    recommend

    fun book, love the theme

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  • Posted January 24, 2014

    Surprisingly believable story

    I was excited to read this story. The premise is just off beat enough to promise all sorts of mayhem. I was really curious to see if the author could make it work.
    I have to say, Ms. Witemeyer made it work, and certainly exceeded my expectations! She was creative with her characters, getting them into and out of unexpected predicaments in very human ways. Having grown up in an active church, I could totally understand all the conflicts and motivations for most of the characters. Typically, it was the misunderstandings and miscommunications that drove the story, but that can be said about so much of life too.
    It has a happy ending, and I liked that very much for the characters. They worked hard to earn the resolution.
    Ms. Witemeyer has delivered a well written story, taking a preposterous plot and making believable and very human. I highly recommended this book to my daughter, and I think you will enjoy it too. The humor is most enjoyable as well.

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  • Posted January 13, 2014

    I loved Stealing the Preacher! While Short-Straw Bride introduce

    I loved Stealing the Preacher! While Short-Straw Bride introduced us to the Archer brothers and was the story of the eldest brother, Travis Archer, Stealing the Preacher is the story of the second brother, Crockett Archer.

    Crockett feels like God has called him into the ministry, and so he sets out to candidate for a Pastoral position in another town. Only he never arrives. Four masked men hold up the train on which he rides, and he soon finds out that they are after…him? But why? All they’ll tell him is that someone named Jo wants to talk to him. Someone that he’s never met. And it has him totally mystified.

    Joanna Robbins made a promise to her dying mother that she would keep working to bring her father to the Lord. But it would be better if she had some spiritual help. If only the small, abandoned church not far from her home had a preacher to fill its pulpit. It would be the ideal solution…so she prays for a preacher.

    Karen Witemeyer brings to life a sweet, romantic story of two people meeting in a most unexpected way.

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  • Posted January 3, 2014

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    A wonderful Christian-based historical romance with a completely

    A wonderful Christian-based historical romance with a completely different beginning - who would think of a pastor, or preacher, being stolen for their daughter! Karen Witemeyerr is now one of my favorite new authors.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2013

    Great book!!!

    This is my first Karen Witemeyer book and now she is on my favorite author list

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  • Posted December 31, 2013

    a bit silly!!!

    It is a great book for a young single girl to read. Funny and entertaining!!! :-)

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