Short-Straw Bride by Karen Witemeyer

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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?

"Humor, romance, history, interesting plot and great characters--Short-Straw Bride has it all. A lovely Christian romance." --Historical Novels Review

"If you want a hard-to-put-down, fast read, then Short-Straw Bride is the next book you should read. Set in the1880's in Texas, the characters are as real as any in life today. There is loyalty, gentleness, humor, love, anger, greediness and stubbornness yet this story is inspirational and fun to enjoy. With the full flavor of the West and the oftentimes deceitful actions of others, this heartwarming love story adds so much to the rich, engaging plot" --Portland Book Reviews

About Karen Witemeyer

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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, with her family. Visit her website at
Published June 1, 2012 by Bethany House Publishers. 371 pages
Genres: History, Religion & Spirituality, Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The romance between Meredith and Travis reminded me of those written by some of my favourite romance writers – Kelly Long and Mary Connealy in particular – and while it was different from some of Karen’s earlier romances, it definitely took her writing in a positive direction.

May 30 2012 | Read Full Review of Short-Straw Bride

After reading two other books by Witemeyer, I know to expect a book that will entertain, enthrall, and warm your heart all at the same time—and she’s done again with Short-Straw Bride!

Jul 30 2012 | Read Full Review of Short-Straw Bride

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