STEALING THE PREACHER
The plot twist of stealing a preacher is interesting, fun and romantic, but then the story settles into a predictable path that historical readers will find too familiar. Overall, it’s an enjoyable summertime read.
Feeling blessed and ready to fulfill his destiny, Crockett Archer travels by train to interview for a new preacher position. He is certain he’ll be a shoo-in as the town’s new preacher, but then bandits hijack the train and he’s staring down the barrel of a gun. Might God have different plans for him? Joanna Robbins wants to honor her mother’s memory by fulfilling her last wish, but she feels a little out of her league and may need the assistance of a man of God. When her father comes home on her birthday, announcing he brought home a preacher as her gift, she wants to celebrate — until she realizes the preacher was kidnapped. Can she convince him to stay and help her with her community’s church? Or will Crockett pursue his dreams of being a pastor elsewhere? (BETHANY HOUSE, Jun., 352 pp., $14.99)