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Friday, August 10, 2012

Short-Straw Bride...Review

About the book:
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?

I wasn't quite sure about the premise to this story as it didn't seem quite plausible, but I was pleasantly surprised.  From the time Travis rescued her as a young girl, Meredith has always been in love with him.  But, the Archers reclusiveness always prevented her from seeing him again.  But, when she overhears a conversation that will put Travis and his family and ranch at risk, Meredith risks her life and reputation to warn him.

Meredith was spunky and strong and the Travis, a charming if reluctant hero.  I enjoyed their relationship and they grew together after a shotgun wedding.  Another delightful story from Karen Witemeyer.  It's light, but enjoyable and a perfect diversion on a warm summer afternoon.

Thanks to Bethany House for the opportunity to review this book.  You can learn more about Karen Witemeyer here.  You can purchase your own copy here.

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4/5 Stars

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