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?
Oh I was so excited to get my hands on this one and it did not disappoint! I really liked Crockett from The Short-Straw Bride so I was really looking forward to finding out what he had been up to and what would happen next for him. This novel captures you from the very first chapter when the train is held up for the preacher. I found Crockett to be a wonderful hero. He was able to be both a man of God and a man to be reckoned with. I found Joanna to be a very likeable heroine. Her insecurities mixed with her strong faith in God combined to make a real person and perfect for Crockett. One thing that I think Ms. Witemeyer does well is have really good secondary characters. I loved every single one. They somehow manage to be fully developed without taking over the story. They are so interesting, I almost feel like she could write them their own novels. If you want to see the other brothers, they do stop by and it’s lovely to catch up! I loved the message that prayer changes things…even if you have to keep on praying for years. Ms. Witemeyer delivers on another fantastic romance and this one is not to be missed!
**I received this novel from Netgalley. My opinion was not affected in any way.**