Monday, February 18, 2013
Short Straw Bride by: Karen Witemeyer
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?
About The Author:
CBA bestselling author, Karen Witemeyer, writes historical romance fiction for Bethany House, believing that the world needs more happily-ever-afters. In 2011, her debut novel, A Tailor-Made Bride, was a finalist in the Best First Book categories for both the prestigious RITA® award and the National Reader's Choice Award. Karen holds a master's degree in Psychology from Abilene Christian University and is a member of ACFW, RWA, and her local writers' guild. She is an avid cross-stitcher, shower singer, and bakes a mean apple cobbler. Karen makes her home in Abilene, TX with her husband and three children.
Okay I gotta say I LOVE Karen Witemeyers books! But so far this is my favorite one! But, I'm biased. I love any convenient marriage story. And this one is one of the best convenient marriage books I've read.
I loved Meridith's character. She was strong and dependable. And she wouldn't let anyone push her around, even her new husband! Travis was constantly telling her to stay put or stay in the house while he dealt with whatever was out there, but she never listened. She always found herself in the mix of the trouble somehow. Whether it was in the line of fire literally, or being kicked in the head by a mule, trouble always found her. But, Travis was always there to help her and get her out of the way.
I liked Travis's sense of responsibility. Yes, I do think sometimes he went too far with that, but he was just trying to protect his family. He did everything in his power to keep his family safe. Even if it meant barring up their land and not letting anyone on their land period. Until Meridith stepped over that line and found her way into Travis's heart. Yes, in the beginning, he felt obligated to protect her because she was an Archer now. But during the story his feelings changed from obligation to love.
I liked reading about Travis's brothers. Crockett was the jokester. Jim was the stoic yet fiercely loyal one. And Neill was the younger one, not yet a man, but when needed he stepped up to the plate. And if you want to keep up with the brothers, she's got Crockett's story Stealing The Preacher on the way!
My next book will be To Win Her Heart by Karen Witemeyer.