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Aug 23, 2012

Short-Straw Bride by Karen Witemeyer

Short-Straw Bride by Karen Witemeyer
Fast-paced love story Texas sized loyalty!
Historical Romance/Inspirational Fiction
Bethany House, June 1, 2012
Paperback 365 pages
Review copy provided by the publisher, thank you!
Burton Book Review Rating: Loved this story! Four and Half Stars!

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?
This was a superb story with some really delightful characters in the Archer Brothers. They are a tight-knit family that shoots first and asks questions later, yet somehow young Meredith made her way on to the Archer land and wasn't allowed to leave it until she was married. For propriety's sake, the brothers drew straws to make an honest woman out of Meredith, and the Archers were never the same again after letting blasted females into their midst.

Meredith's cousin Cassandra makes her way to the Archer ranch, too, because she needs help to avoid the evil Roy Mitchell. A first-class jerk, Roy is intent on marrying any female who could bring him more land for his business. The Archers find themselves caught up in a fight for survival to ward off Roy's henchmen, and Meredith proves herself to be a worthy partner to the Archers (for a female!). The female leads in this story were both to admired, and their strong-willed ways helped me to love this story even more.

Full of intrigue, sweet romance and suspense, this was an enchanting story set in late 1800’s Texas that shows how treacherous life could be on a secluded ranch. From conflicts and mishaps to burning barns, I enjoyed this inspirational story from start to finish and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to historical romance fans in need of a quick escape.