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Short-Straw Bride

Karen Witemeyer
Short-Straw Bride
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Historical FictionNo 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 ... Read More

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Historical Fiction

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?
  • Product type: Book
  • Format: Softcover
  • Release Date: May 2, 2012
  • UPC: 9780764209659
  • Height: 1.1
  • Width: 5.5
  • Length: 8.5
  • Volumes/Discs: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Language: English
  • Audience Age Maximum: 0
  • Audience Age Minimum: 0
  • BISAC: "FIC042040"

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Entertaining, Fun Historical Read by Avid Reader on 11/29/2012

An engaging cast and an interesting plot that is well written.

Set in Texas in 1870, the young Meredith trespasses the Archer property in order to get back something that landed on their property. She injures herself in the process and Travis Archer comes to rescue her.
She never forgets his kindness so ten years later when Miss Meredith overhears someone wanting to damage hthe Travis property, she sets out to warn him. While at the Archer land, Meredith's reputation is in question and the four brothers draws straws in order to determine who will marry her.

At times Meredith and Travis turn to prayer and the bible for direction and guidance. They both struggle with various things in their faith but they overcome it by reading the bible.Their love does not feel rushed.

Well rounded characters with lots of depth and some witty dialogue.

So Enchanting! by Casey on 7/17/2012

With each turn of the page I fell more in love with these two characters. Both with heads harder than the land they work (I’m sure), but no two could be more fun to watch grow, change…and fall in love.

Know what I love? A good love story. Know what else I love? Characters that are witty and endearing. Stubborn and determined, but with a healthy dose to do what’s right. Travis and Meredith both have that in spades.

The plot is unique and just wait until you read the scene where the brothers “draw straws”. You might want to swoon. I wanted to… Humor provides perfect comedic timing and the dialogue quick and fast paced. This is one of those exceptional books that combines perfect amount of descriptions with dialogue and character action. No one word really slows the novel, instead constantly propelling the story forward.

I love characters that make me love them. Travis and Meredith make it so effortless, though I do think I might be a tad more partial to Travis…

This novel is SUCH solid winner for the inspirational historical market in so many ways. Unique plot. Touch of suspense. Excellent, excellent story telling. Characters that simply demand the reader’s attention. Really, what gets better than that? Oh yes, a “forbidden romance”. I’ll throw that one out there just to tease you. I melt when I read such a romance as this. Really, who wouldn’t want to pick up this novel? A five-star, enchanting novel!

This review is my honest opinion. Thanks to the author and publishers for my copy to review.

Excellent Historical Fiction by Daws1996 on 6/30/2012

What a great book! This novel first caught my attention from a friend who was reading it .. and I was not disappointed! Brothers living apart from society for their own protection, a sassy female determined to do what's right no matter the cost, and main characters learning to seek God first and trust Him most. Excellent story in laughed at and cheered on the heroine!


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