BOOK REVIEW: “Short-Straw Bride” by Karen Witemeyer

Four brothers. Four straws. One bride.

Another historical romance for you hopeless romantics out there (I also speak to myself). For this week’s Good-Read Monday, we’ll head back in time to rugged 1880’s Texas for Karen Witemeyer’s fourth book, Short-Straw Bride.
Historical Romance
368 pages
About the Story

No one steps on Archer land. Not if they value their life. But when Meredith Hayes overhears a plot to burn the Archer brothers off their ranch, a long-standing debt compels her to take the risk.

Years of constant vigilance hardens a man. Yet when Travis Archer comes across 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 prompt him to attempt to rescue her once again.

Despite the fact that Travis is no longer the gallant youth Meredith once dreamed about, she vows to stand by his side. But will love ever be hers? Or will Travis always see her as merely a short-straw bride?

About the Author

Two-time RITA finalist and winner of the coveted HOLT Medallion and ACFW Carol Award, CBA bestselling author Karen Witemeyer writes historical romance because she believes that the world needs more happily-ever-afters. She is an avid cross-stitcher, shower singer, and bakes a mean apple cobbler. Karen makes her home in Abilene, Texas, with her husband and three children. Learn more about Karen and her books at

She also writes for blogs Petticoats & Pistols and Writes of Passage

About My Reaction

This selection received 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon, but I would personally give it 5 out of 5
. . . As a matter of fact, is 6 out of 5 possible?
The characters are endearing. The growing love story between Meredith and Travis was good. Really good. She handles the physical attraction between husband and wife in a very touching way: while it upholds Christian-fiction standards, it gives my heart the good ol’ heated pumping that a romance should. Crockett, a secondary character, was just as strong as the leads (without stealing the show). Needless to say, I was intrigued when I discovered that her latest book Stealing the Preacher focuses on his love story. Yay!

Where to Buy

This wonderful book can be purchased at Bethany House Publisher’s website, Baker Retail,,, and at many of your local bookstores. By the way, if your local store doesn’t have Short-Straw Bride on its shelf, ask for the bookstore to order it for you!

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