Monday, June 17, 2013


About Book

Four brothers. Four straws. One bride.

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?

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  • ISBN-13: 9780764209659
  • ISBN: 9781441271150 (ebook)
  • Publisher: Bethany House/Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/1/2012
  • Pages: 368
  • Paperback: 5.56 (w) x 8.34 (h) x 0.99 (d)

About Author

Karen Witemeyer is a deacon's wife and mother of three who believes the world needs more happily-ever-afters. To that end, she combines her love of bygone eras with her passion for helping women mature in Christ to craft historical romance novels that lift the spirit and nurture the soul.

After growing up in California, Karen moved to Texas to attend Abilene Christian University where she earned bachelor and master's degrees in Psychology. It was also there that she met and married her own Texas hero. He roped her in good, for she has lived in Texas ever since. In fact, she fell so in love with this rugged land of sweeping sunsets and enduring pioneer spirit, that she incorporates it into the pages of her novels, setting her stories in the small towns of a state that burgeoned into greatness in the mid-to late1800s.

Karen is living her dream by writing Christian historical romance novels for Bethany House. Her books have consistently hit bestseller lists and have garnered awards such as the ACFW Carol Award, the Holt Medallion, and the Christian Manifesto's Lime Award for Excellence in Fiction. In addition, she is a multiple RITA and National Reader's Choice finalist. Karen is also a sought-after speaker for national writing conferences and regional workshops.

Karen enjoys hearing from her readers. You may contact her by clicking here.
My Thoughts

Short-Straw Bride is a must read! 

This was a  fun, humorous and romantic read about a headstrong woman, Meredith Hayes not just looking out for herself but for Travis Archer. She has loved Travis from afar ever since he rescued her when she was just a young girl.  This Meredith's father was a teacher for a group of local FREEDMEN and she desires to take over what her father began, which was to teach those that are now free and yearning to learn.

The characters learn to trust in God therefore to learn a lesson from this young woman and trust in mankind.  The author has, to no surprise to me, written another great historical fiction set in 1800s Texas, with more to come about the the Archer brothers.

I highly recommend this book!

I purchased this book for my own reading pleasure.  This review is my honest opinion.

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