Jun 22, 2012

Book Review: Short-Straw Bride by Karen Witemeyer

Excerpt: "You have to ride out to the Archers' place and keep this terrible thing from happening. At the very least, warn Mr. Archer that trouble is headed his way."

Hiram shook his head. "I ain't riding all the way out there on the say-so of some woman who can't be sure of what she heard. You always were the kind to get all worked up about one thing or another for no good reason. Besides, I gotta stay here and protect the good citizens of Palestine while the sheriff's gone. We can talk to Archer when Randall gets back."

"By then it will be too late!"

Hiram just shrugged. "I'll make a note in the log book that you came by to make a report. That's the best I can do."

Of all the lazy, arrogant, self-aggrandizing men she'd ever had the misfortune to meet, Hiram Ellis sat at the top of the list.

As Meredith marched out of the sheriff's office, one thing became exceedingly clear. If there was to be any hope of getting a warning to Travis Archer in time, she was going to have to deliver it herself. Short-Straw Bride, pg 36-37.

Back Cover: 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?

My Review: Karen Witemeyer has become one of my absolute favorite authors of historical romance. Her characters are fun, lively, larger-than-life, yet completely believable. The story line of Short-Straw Bride drew me in from the first page, and made it hard for me to put the book down. I completely enjoyed the way the plot twists and turns and how the romantic element wove through the story. I thought that Witemeyer did a great job creating a cast of characters that drove the novel and left the reader wanting more. I can't wait to read Witemeyer's next book.
My Rating:

My Recommendation: I highly recommend this book to readers of historical romance.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

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