Saturday, June 16, 2012

Short Straw Bride by Karen Witemeyer (Review)

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Short-Straw Bride
Bethany House Publishers (June 1, 2012)
Karen Witemeyer


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.


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.

if you would like to read the first chapter of Short-Straw Bride, go HERE.

My Review:
This is one of the best Christian historical fiction books I have read this year. I enjoyed the authors first two books too but this one is my favorite. I love the characters and the way Meredith and Travis fall in love. Travis Archer swore to his father on his deathbed that he would protect his younger brothers and stay only on family property. Meredith stumbles on the land when she is young and Travis rescues her. Years later Meredith ends up on Archer land to warn them that someone is coming to burn them out to get possession of their land. She has been thinking about Travis since he rescued her. Meredith ends up staying and has to marry one of the brothers which turns out to be Travis. True love does not always work out without kinks though. There are several lol moments in the book too. The brothers are delightful secondary characters and I hope there is a book about where they end up too. Recommended. :)

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