Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Review: Short Straw Bride
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?
I loved this book and read it in one day. It is a great historical love story.
First, the characters were lively, unique, and endearing. The author does a great job really making them come to life. Some you will love, some you will loathe but all are very interesting.
The setting is described in detail and is very easy to imagine.
The story is paced very well and keeps the reader wanting to know what happens next. There is suspense along with light-hearted humor.
What I most appreciated about this book was the way the author captured some true-to-life newlywed experiences. Even without a "shotgun wedding" most of us experience some growing pains in those newlywed days, and the author added quite a bit of humor using some of those moments in the book.
I've never read anything by Karen Witemeyer before, but I do have another of her books on my Kindle, which I will be sure to read soon.
I must mention that I received a complimentary review copy of this book from Bethany House.