Short-Straw Bride by Karen WitemeyerShort-Straw Bride by Karen Witemeyer

Short-Straw Bride

byKaren Witemeyer

Paperback | October 1, 2012

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Lighthearted Historical Romance From a Rising Star

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.

Four brothers. Four straws. One bride. Despite the fact that Travis is no longer the gallant youth Meredith once dreamed about, she determines to stand by his side against the enemy that threatens them both. But will love ever be hers? Or will Travis always see her merely as a short-straw bride?
Karen Witemeyer is a deacon's wife and mother of three who believes the world needs more happily-ever-afters. Her book A Tailor-Made Bride was honored as one of the Best Western Romances of 2010 by the Love Western Romances website and was nominated for a RITA Award and National Reader's Choice Award. Karen lives in Abilene, Texas, wit...
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Title:Short-Straw BrideFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.27 inPublished:October 1, 2012Publisher:Baker PublishingLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0764209655

ISBN - 13:9780764209659

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interesting and Intense I love this novel by Witemeyer. The stakes are quite high throughout the journey these characters take. It was quite entertaining as well. This author is truly a master at her genre. I love the funny moments that make me laugh out loud in her books as well. I definitely recommend this novel! I can't wait to own it myself!
Date published: 2017-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This is the first Karen Witemeyer book that I read. I loved it so much and it introduced me the the rest of her amazing novels. I highly recommend it. The story touches your heart and leaves you wanting more till the last page.
Date published: 2017-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I love this book. I can read it over and over and not get bored. You should definitely read it. I love this author!
Date published: 2017-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read Full of danger, intrigue and action, this stunningly crafted story will take you to another place and time and you will not want to leave. A wonderful story line that is brilliant and stunning. #PlumReview #PlumReview
Date published: 2017-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Reclusive Family Another winner by this author. She starts out with an interesting premise, adds great characters and a fast-moving plot. Meredith Hayes overhears a plot that threatens a reclusive family. She goes to warn them and then her life is also in danger. A marriage of convenience is decided by drawing straws. She ends up with the man of her dreams. The family keeps the world out but they learn that there is a cost.
Date published: 2012-08-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderful 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?" (Publisher's Description) This is my first time reading a book by Karen Witemeyer and let me tell you it won't be my last. The novel had me hooked from the prologue. I loved the fieriness of Meredith and the protective nature of Travis. It had me laughing out loud at quiet a few points. I enjoyed the dance that was their courtship. The devotion that Travis had for his brothers and for Meredith played into many of his decisions, good and bad. The supporting characters of the rest of the archer clan just rounded out the book beautifully. I would love to see more stories about the Archers, especially Crockett. This book is an excellent read for sitting out on the lounger in the backyard (where no one will look at you funny for laughing out loud!) "Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group."
Date published: 2012-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Romance Forget the five star rating -- Short-Straw Bride is a 5 Toe-Curler! Oh la la, but Witemeyer knows how to build romantic tension, how to tantalize her reader, how to deliver the most spine-tingling, goosebump-raising interludes that call for the fainting couch to be brought up from the basement! What? You don't own a fainting couch? Well then read this book while lying on the ground or it could be injurious to your health! Purely enchanting -- the author manages to create an almost magical bond between Travis and Meredith from their youthful encounter and then builds it into a crescendo of emotions. It's funny, touching, dramatic, frustrating, endearing, faith-promoting...all the good things that make a story more then just a good read. This is one awesome book filled with characters you'll come to love (and hate) and a fast-paced story that you'll want to slow down lest the ending come to soon. A don't miss read for every romance lover's list. "Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group".
Date published: 2012-06-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Falling in love with the falling in love So I have to admit that when I look at romance novels I always expect a lot of heat. I was happily surprised when I found out that it was actually a straight-up romance novel. All about two people falling in love. *Swoon. And better yet she ends up getting stuck on a farm with four hot men and one that is determined to believe she is his responsibility. An of course they’ve only every laid eyes upon each other once before—12 years ago and they remembered each other every since. Her beautiful eyes haunted him and his face was always placed on her dream men. Frig…if that’s not romance I don’t know what else. What I found made this even more romantic is that it takes placed in the late 1800s when a small touch on the leg was extremely personal so I felt myself falling into the old customs and truly enjoying the blooming romance and crazy stuff that happens. Good: Meredith: Strong and independent despite her short-comings in life. She’s determined to not let anything hold her back and be the strong woman she needs to be. Travis: The oldest of the brothers who has sworn to protect them and their land and is determined to keep his family safe and together while still being a good Christian and gentleman. Hot, honourable, sweet, courageous, and a cowboy. Man, oh man. Do I ever love him. The other Archer boys: with all completely different personalities they sure know how to keep things interested Bad: I did want a little but more romance between the two, but then again it is listed as a Christian romance. Overall (Writing style, story line, and general): Overall the writing style was great. I didn’t find myself confused expect sometimes coming across readings from the Bible. Its been a while since I’ve read one. The characters I found were well developed, however characters like her aunt just seemed to fall into a usual character type. Overall I felt this book was a great romance, one that you could really connect to and when you take intro consideration the era you find yourself falling ever so much more. View more of my review and others at my blog: www.mynotsovacantshelf.blogspot.com
Date published: 2012-06-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun, fast-paced, and...romantic! Karen Witemeyer has penned a fast-moving, entertaining read in Short-Straw Bride. Meredith (or Meri as Travis calls her) is a strong-willed, determined woman who isn't about to let anyone order her around or tell her how to live her life. Living in an age where woman are often expected to fall in line with the expectations the men in their lives place on them, she is in for a clash of wills - and I daresay she often emerges the victor! Her scenes with Travis crackle with humour and, yes, romantic tension, and I am positive that female readers will be racing towards the end of the book in breathless anticipation of finding out how the relationship between Meri and Travis will eventually unfold. I am also certain that readers will not only be entertained, but also learn something along the way, such as the importance of admitting when you have made a mistake, of valuing courtship and emotional intimacy in a marriage, and best of all, of the blessing of submitting to God's will for your life. Featuring lovable characters, some scenes of suspense, and a dash of fun (and clean!) romance, Short-Straw Bride is sure to be a winner with readers who enjoy historical romance novels. 4 out of 5 stars. Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group. ++Many thanks to my wife for greatly helping with reading and reviewing this book!
Date published: 2012-06-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting, but Disappointing Karen Witemeyer’s highly anticipated new historical novel, Short-Straw Bride, was published by Bethany House* in the summer of 2012. Set in the author’s home-state of Texas, this novel will surprise readers with it’s unusual twist on the classic ‘marriage of convenience’ storyline, and the colorful cast of characters it presents. The characters in this novel, as in each one of Karen Witemeyer’s other stories, seem to leap off the page almost from the very beginning. Travis and Meredith, every member of the Archer clan, and even secondary characters are brought to life with great skill. The drama, excitement, and feeling of reality will keep readers turning pages quickly, and ties together with the novel’s theme of surrendering control to God, and trusting Him with the people He brings into our lives. One major downfall of this book, however, were the many inappropriate thoughts, actions, and feelings mentioned with detail in it’s pages, making many scenes uncomfortable to read. There was no reason for so many intimate details to be contained in what was supposed to be a Christian novel, where good, clean storytelling is expected. All in all, Short-Straw Bride was a well written and lively story, but greatly disappointing in the areas of innocence and cleanliness. ***Note: I received this book free of charge for review purposes, courtesy of Bethany House Publishers and Graf-Martin Communications. I would like to say thank you very much for sending it to me.
Date published: 2012-06-18