Short Straw Bride


Karen Witemeyer has done it again!!! I will be honest I have only read one of her other books (now 2 of the four) and will be reading the other two very soon. While you go in knowing they will be married (the title might give that away :)) Karen’s way of making the story weave is so delightful. As always first what Bethany House has to say of their new book:

No one steps on Archer land. Not if they value their life. But when Meredith Hayes overhears a plot to burn the Archer brothers off their ranch, a long-standing debt compels her to take the risk.

Years of constant vigilance hardens a man. Yet when Travis Archer comes across a female trespasser with the same vivid blue eyes as the courageous young girl he once aided, he can’t bring himself to send her away. And when an act of sacrifice leaves her injured and her reputation in shreds, gratitude and guilt prompt him to attempt to rescue her once again.

Despite the fact that Travis is no longer the gallant youth Meredith once dreamed about, she vows to stand by his side. But will love ever be hers? Or will Travis always see her as merely a short-straw bride?

One of the first things I love about Short Straw Bride is that, the main characters are flawed. Maybe flawed is the wrong word. Spunk they all have spunk. That’s better. Meredith and Travis have good chemistry without being all sappy. Their back and forth banter is laugh at loud funny at times. While they are the main characters Witemeyer does an amazing job of developing the characters around them .

Now Meredith has been dreaming of Travis since she was ten. I was relieved when Witemeyer reunited them she didn’t have Meredith just automatically in love with this idol she cooked up in here mind all these years. There was a struggle of getting to like him again and all his quirks. This book had such a “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” appeal to it. I believe that was my biggest draw was the realness of the characters.

I fear telling anymore could give away some very interesting plot twists. So let me sum up by saying: Read this! It has the potential to make you laugh, cry and feel right along with all of the characters. I will be passing this one off to as may friends as I can.


I received this book from Bethany House publishing in exchange for my honest review.


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