“Short- Straw Bride” by Karen Witemeyer- book review

“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.


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One Response to “Short- Straw Bride” by Karen Witemeyer- book review

  1. Sugel says:

    Having discovered author Karen Witemeyer last summer, I quickly finished all three of her books and could not wait for more. Well, as of last week, the waiting was over with the release of her fourth novel, Short-Straw Bride. The description on the back cover, “Four Brothers. Four Straws. One Bride.”, grabbed my attention immediately and I couldn’t wait to see how this story panned out.Travis Archer has guarded his brothers and his land diligently ever since the promise he made to his father. No one besides an Archer had ever stepped foot on his land, until Meredith Hayes. When circumstances force her to marry an Archer, Meredith’s fate is determined by a short-straw. Although at first it might have been seen as a marriage of convenience, Travis and Meredith’s relationship soon grows. The love Travis has for Meredith reminds me of the love Christ has for us. Even though Christ’s role was to serve as the sacrifice for our sins, it wasn’t duty that kept Him on the cross, it was love. He loves us so much that He was willing to suffer the most agonizing of deaths, so that we might be redeemed. “And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge–that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.”-Ephesians 3:17-19Although I enjoyed reading this book very much, I am somewhat sad because now the wait begins again for the next Karen Witemeyer story. I guess the Lord is trying to teach me patience. For more Christian Fiction book reviews, visit […].

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