Author: Karen Witemeyer
Title: Stealing the Preacher
Description: Joanna has only one birthday wish—a preacher for the abandoned church in her small Texas town. Her outlaw father has been reformed, but plans one more train heist, and successfully makes off with preacher Crockett Archer.
Review source: Library Thing Early Reviewers
Plot: The plot was very cute, though a little melodramatic especially at the end.
Characters: Crockett is a pretty cool cowboy/preacher. Joanna was a little sappy. The ranch hands, Joanna’s father, the little boy who hero worships Joanna, and the various supporting characters are all nicely drawn.
Writing style: Mostly entertaining, sometimes funny. I usually avoid this kind of book (western Christian romance), but really enjoyed this one, in spite of the sometimes over-the-top Christian message.
Audience: It’s Christian fiction.
Wrap-up: A lighthearted change of pace. It reminded me of the Mitford books in that there are some appealing secondary characters and the perfect Christian world that’s created makes for a nice fantasy. 4/5*