Western Romance at it's Finest: Short-Straw Bride by Karen Witemeyer

Short-Straw Bride
by Karen Witemeyer
Copyright 2012
Bethany House Publishers
ISBN: 9780764209659
About the book (from Amazon):
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 Thoughts:
After reading her debut novel, A Tailor-Made Bride, almost two years ago I've come to expect nothing but the best western romance in a Karen Witemeyer and not surprisingly that is exactly what you get with Short-Straw Bride. Be prepared to set everything aside and get swept away in a tale that is reminiscent of a fairy-tale. Meredith isn't a princess but she is a girl with a dream of one day once again meeting the boy who rescued her from a coyote trap. Travis isn't a prince but he certainly is a worthy hero whose loyalty to family takes precedence over anything else in his life. That is until a certain lady with familiar blue eyes steps foot on Archer land trying to repay a debt and save the Archers from ruin.

With her ability to make you fall in love with characters from the first page it's always so hard to put Karen's books down. I didn't want to tax myself so I didn't even bother trying with this one, I read it straight through. There's just something about a good old-fashioned shotgun wedding that keeps you glued to a story! Short-Straw Bride delivers friendship, romance, and the importance of family and faith with just the right amount of humor. Everyone knows when you throw a female in with four brothers who are just fine with living alone there's bound to be a few fun moments.

If you're a fan of Ms. Witemeyer or just a fan of western romance I think you will be pleased with Short-Straw Bride. Don't say I didn't warn you if you decide to read this and find that half the day is gone before you know it! Here's to hoping that we don't have to wait long for the next book!

To learn more about the author visit HER WEBSITE

                                   ~My rating: 5 stars~

*I received my complimentary copy from the publisher as an influencer for the author.

Happy Reading!


  1. SO glad you liked this one, Renee - I don't like western fiction as I used to but I am really hoping to read this one. I liked "Tailor-Made." It was cute. =)

    1. I haven't been much of a western fan lately either but I always love Karen's stories! Thanks for stopping by. :-)

      xoxo~ Renee

  2. I think the cover of this book is so cute! I loved a Tailor-Made Bride and am glad to hear that this one is just as good. :)

    1. If you liked Tailor-Made I think you'll like this one! :-) Thank you for visiting today!

      xoxo~ Renee

  3. I've been curious about this book, so thanks for the review. I think I'll add it to my TBR list. :)

  4. I really enjoy Karen's books. She has a life time follower from me. Short Straw Bride has all the right ingredients to make your heart feel as though its receiving a great big kiss! "Life needs more happy endings" and this book delivers!


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