Synopsis from 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 person 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?
This book draws you in the very first chapter that you read with a train robbery, but they did not take the valuables, only the preacher. I like the way that the author let you read from each characters point of view. That way you can learn about each character in an intimate way. There were several unexpected events that happened and kept my interest throughout the book. I loved that the book ended with an epilogue, I am always curious to see what happens next. I give the book a 4.5 stars out of 5.
I received this book free in exchange for my honest review from Bethany House.