Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Short-Straw Bride by Karen Witemeyer

Today, CFBA introduces Short-Straw Bride by Karen Witemeyer.

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

Fourteen years of constant vigilance hardens a man. Yet when Travis Archer confronts 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 send him riding to her rescue once again.

Sweet and satisfying romances are what Karen does best, and I thought Short-Straw Bride was her finest work yet.

I loved the gruff, protective side of Travis - especially when his brothers teased him about Meredith, proving his attraction to her. Of course, Meredith questions his gruffness and causes him to seriously consider his past and future decisions.

Meredith was just as easy to love. She was brave, although sometimes rash in her bravery, but she was also hesitant and unsure in Travis' presence. I loved that she visited Myra, an older Christian woman, with questions about her marriage. Great example!

And we mustn't forget the brothers. Do I hear 'Seven Brides for Seven Brothers?' Ok, it wasn't quite like that, but several spots in the book made me think of the musical, and it endeared me even more to the characters.

Again, Short-Straw Bride was sweet and satisfying - with another fun and beautiful cover to boot! Karen writes standalones, but I enjoyed Short-Straw Bride so much that I was a bit sad when it ended. I became attached to the characters, and I'd really like the storyline(s) to continue!!

Nice job, Karen!

AND FOR YOU, a peek into the book:
Short-Straw Bride

Thank you to Karen and Bethany House through CFBA for sending me a copy to read and review!

Also reviewed on Amazon and Christianbook.

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