Bethany House Publishers (June 1, 2012) 368 pages
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?
My Rating: 5/5 stars
When it comes to a Karen Witemeyer book, I need absolutely no convincing to read it. I know that I'm going to get a SWEET, "melt my heart" kind of romance, and I enjoy those ever so often! I wasn't disappointed in the slightest with Short-Straw Bride!
It was fun to not only see Travis and Meridith's relationship grow, but to also see her welcomed into the family by the 3 brothers. They weren't a traditional family in the least, but I adored their family bonds. I'm thrilled that there will be a companion book to this one, too!
Overall, it's sweet and funny. There's even a "teary-eyed" scene thrown in. I recommend this and any other Witemeyer book for any fan of Christian fiction, although I do have to warn you that this particular book was much more "physical" in the romance department than I was expecting. I don't recall her other books being so physical. That may or may not bother you, though.
*I was provided a review copy from Bethany House in exchange for my honest opinion.