Saturday, August 25, 2012

Book Review: Short-Straw Bride by Karen Witemeyer

Book Details
Title: Short-Straw Bride
Author: Karen Witemeyer
ISBN: 978-0-7642-0965-9
2012, Bethany House
Genre: Christian Historical Fiction

Book Summary:
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 her to take the risk.
Years of constant vigilance harden 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?

My Review:
This was a fun and enjoyable read set in Texas 1882.

Meredith's story reminds me a little of a Cinderella story. She is the unwanted niece that her relatives are attempting to marry off to someone wealthy and with connections to aid themselves. But, through a series of events, she comes to have her reputation sullied while on Archer land.... land that almost one one ever attempts to set foot on.

Travis Archer is the eldest of four brothers. He's been trying to protect his land and his brothers for over a decade from outsiders. No one is allowed on Archer land and if they attempt it, they are met with guns pointed at them.

Travis draws the short straw and has to marry Meredith after she's laid up while on their land. Will they find love? Will they be able to protect the Archer land from those who would like to force it from them? And will Travis learn to trust God and his neighbors - allowing them in instead of always shutting them out?

The story was good... although maybe a little predictable. A few times I thought Meredith was for sure going to do something really stupid, when she actually used her head and that made me happy. I hate it when good books are ruined by the characters doing stupid things. There were some good secondary characters also with Travis's three brothers and Meredith's cousin and a few neighbors who added some extra character to the story.

Definitely enjoyable and worth picking up if you enjoy historical fiction.

Disclosure: The book was provided to me free of charge by Bethany House Publishers for my honest review. All opinions in this post are my own and I did not receive any other compensation.

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