“Short-Straw Bride” by Karen Witemeyer, book review.
Meredith has been in love with Travis Archer since he rescued her from the jaws of a coyote trap 10 years ago. But he and his brothers never leave their home place and visitors are not welcome. When she overhears a plot that threatens the Archers she risks a trip to their place to warn them. But her uncle over reacts and demands one of the Archer brothers marry her to protect her reputation. So the boys draw straws…
Travis has kept his father’s deathbed wish and never left the Archer land. Except one time to carry an injured girl home who had been caught in a coyote trap. He and his brothers had stayed together and grown into men who worked together to farm the land. Over the years many had tried to take them away or buy their land, all with good intentions, but Travis keeps the boys and the land together.
Now Meredith threatens all of this for the Archers. This novel is fast paced and enjoyable to read. The characters are genuine and loveable (or unlikeable in some cases). There are all the elements of a western “shoot ’em up” and the good guy vs the bad guy. God is honored in the decisions that both Travis and Meredith make throughout the story.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers. All opinions expressed are my own. You can view a book trailer here.