Short-Straw Bride

Short Straw Bride 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 ris

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 onceNo 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

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Short-Straw Bride

  1. For those who love to smile as they read, bestselling author Karen Witemeyer offers warmhearted historical romance with a flair for humor, feisty heroines, and swoon worthy Texas heroes A transplant from California, Karen came to Texas for college, met a cowboy disguised as a computer nerd, married him, and never left the state that had become home Winner of the National Reader s Choice Award, HOLT Medallion, ACFW Carol Award, Inspirational Reader s Choice Award, and a finalist for both the RITA and Christy Awards, Karen is a firm believer in the power of happy endings and ice cream She also loves to reward her readers Every month she gives away two inspirational historical novels to someone from her newsletter list and offers substantial bonus content on her website To learn about Karen and her books, or to join her subscriber list, please visit karenwitemeyer.

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  1. Warning reading this book in public can lead to embarrassment.I had a doctor appointment recently and was excited to finally have some quiet time to read Short Straw Bride Unfortunately, the waiting room was too quiet When young Meredith steals onto Archer land and Travis the misunderstood and feared hero comes to her rescue, I was hooked I was completely engrossed in the story when Meredith, under the impression that she s dreaming, tells the scary Mr Archer what she really thinks of himd I sno [...]

  2. NO ONE STEPS ON ARCHER LAND Ok, so, I don t know if it s just me being half witted or what, but I still don t understand the whole Archers are not allowed off their land and no one is allowed on it either affair I mean, I understand how Travis felt responsible for his brothers and did not want anybody trying to coax him into selling his land, but forbidding everyone to even step on his land I mean, they probably had friends and neighbours, no Anyway, I didn t bother me that much, and I was able [...]

  3. As a young girl, Meredith Hayes made the mistake of stumbling onto restricted Archer land And into a steel trap that left her with a permanent limp As well as a permanent weakness for the young man who pulled her out of that trap, Travis Archer.Years later, Meredith is now a young woman, expected to marry for the good of her aunt and uncle s financial security But when Meredith overhears her espoused suitor plotting to burn down the Archer barn, she eschews family loyalty And sneaks onto Archer [...]

  4. Both Travis and Meredith were excellent characters, this book is a lot of fun with great wholesome values that cannot help but inspire and poignant romance that stirs the heart This author has a knack for writing humorous fiction abound with great faith lessons, you won t want to miss getting your hands on her latest instalment

  5. This is a review of the audiobook You know a narrator is good when a secondary character starts speaking and you know who it is right away, without other clues Pilar Witherspoon gives such a performance in this wonderful, sweet romance Her enunciation, pace, and tones are all perfect for every character I ll definitely look for of her readings.What a lovely romance It is certainly one foot on the floor but still, there is plenty of heat between the hero and heroine And there s plenty of action [...]

  6. Short Straw Bride is one of my favorites by Karen Witemeyer I loved all the characters, and really connected to their emotions The romantic tension is so great it s one of the best marriage of convenience stories I ve read

  7. 4.5I really enjoyed this one I thought the premise sounded cute, but to be honest I didn t have the highest expectations I knew it was a Christian fiction, which sometimes tend to be overly preachy for my taste So, I was pleasantly surprised by just how much I liked this one I thought it was really well written, with very likable characters.Meredith was a fun leading lady She is feisty, stubborn and kind She is also fearless and honorable It was endearing to see her ride onto the Archer ranch kn [...]

  8. So I finally got a chance to read Short Straw Bride and Oh My Goodness Karen never disappoints me, her novels are pure perfection and I just adored this sweet story It seems all of Karen s books that I read end up on my favourites shelf I absolutely loved this story and I ll have a full review to come soon UPDATE 04 13 2015 Short Straw Bride is absolutely on my BEST of 2015 list and snuck to the top of it Short Straw Bride is my third Karen Witemeyer novel and reminded me why Karen is one of my [...]

  9. I can t believe it took me so long to pick up this wonderful book to read I d read the other stories in the Archer Brothers series and loved themd now I have a new favorite This story was so much fun from beginning to end It was packed with great characters, lots of emotion, and terrific romantic tension between the two main characters, Travis and Meredith I highly recommend Short Straw Bride.

  10. Age Appropriate For 15 and up for marital themesBest for Ages 18 and upThis book had been sitting on my Kindle for a few months Several of my friends kept raving about Karen Witemeyer, so I decided to give her a try thinking it would be a nice, light, one time read Boy, was I in for a big surprise.It was so refreshing to have a strong Christian message without feeling preachy I know it is hard for many authors to find that happy medium If they want some pointers, study Karen Witemeyer Her messag [...]

  11. I adored every minute that I spent reading Short Straw Bride The tension and interaction between the main character, Meredith, and the male lead, Travis, was swoon worth and so sweet Travis was protective, stubborn and sweet and Meredith was both brave and vulnerable at the same time Their relationship progressed in a really heartfelt way, and watching their relationship develop after their short straw wedding tugged at my heart The supporting characters, especially the other 3 Archers brothers, [...]

  12. It s difficult to find good Christian romance authors, but I think that Whitemeyer did a fantastic job I feel like we get a lot of couples who just get married because the girl and the guy love each other One of the things I like about this book was that the guy and the girl knew that they had feelings for each other, yet they weren t a hundred percent sure that God wanted them to marry They wanted to make sure that they were doing God s will And that, to me, is far realistic.

  13. A solid and enjoyable reading experience The H h were fun He acted like a curmudgeon, but deep down he was very sweet The heroine was patient enough to peel the layers back and find the real man Some evil villains added depth and excitement to the book The christian aspect was subtle and not overly preachy A solid3.5 stars.

  14. holy cow, I loved this book definitely surprised me honestly, I don t really know what I was expecting as I sat down to start this book, but I don t believe I was expecting to fall in love already have another book by Whitemeyer on hold at the library hehe.rarely ever do I start the first chapter of a book and immediately get sucked in rarely, rarely, rarely my standards are pretty high for books, if you couldn t tell hah but this book had me captured by the first few paragraphs even with family [...]

  15. 4.55 stars mild pg13Great, fun story of romantic and family love Bit of adventure Trusting God Wonderful secondary characters loved Crockett and Moses Where do I find one of these ranches full of smokin hot Godly men just waiting for the right woman Somebody please give me directions to this place I need to go there Travis Archer was a strong, stubborn, protective alpha Hero, hiding a tender heart Swoon Our heroine, Meredith, was sweet, yet strong willed perhaps too much Some things in the story [...]

  16. This was my second time reading this book and I started it at about 9 45 PM intending to just read a little bit After all, having read it before, I thought it would be easy to put back down At 1 15 AM, I finally put my kindle down after reading the end of the book Thankfully, the next day was Saturday Update I just read the book again I started it in Wisconsin before the wedding and finished it in Montana on the honeymoon.

  17. Twelve years ago Travis Archer saved Meredith Hayes life by freeing her from a steel trap Since then she has always thought he was the man of her dreams and secretly loved him, despite they were both very young and he was considered a dangerous boy Now, after many years without seeing each other, it is her turn to save his life and his brothers as well But once at their ranch her life will change forever Her reputation is in danger and the only solution is to marry one of the Archer brothers Who [...]

  18. Wow, what a book From the first page, I could NOT put this one down How does Karen do it She writes in such a way that these characters come to life in front of you and their story GRABS you I finished this book in two days and only because sleep got in the way When I wasn t reading it, I was still thinking about it and couldn t wait to pick it up again I loved everything about Meredith She loves doing the right thing, honoring God, she s brave and feisty, and she is deeply loyal to her family S [...]

  19. 2.5 stars rounded down.1 Really string characters, both main and supporting.2 All the brothers were fun and extremely respectful to heroine.3 They drew a straw to decide who gets to marry h, because they all kinda wanted her in a very non creepy way.4 Hero was ready to cheat to marry the heroine so no question about his feelings even at the beginning.5 However not enough chemistry spark 6 Too clean.7 Way WAY too Christian for my liking The aunt deserved comeuppance.

  20. Romance in any form is quite the genre departure for me, but this book is downright huggable, and I m glad I gave it a chance Three smiling stars for two characters whose marriage is easy to root for because they re simply so endearing As is the book itself The plot goes a little haywire by the end, and the directness telling not showing of the style distracted me for the first few chapters until I acclimated to it, but I m glad I kept reading I love Travis s protector streak, his stubbornness a [...]

  21. First posted on my blog, Legacy of a Writer.Once again, Karen Witemeyer has penned another wonderful read Short Straw Bride pricks your interest with the prologue and by the second chapter, I was captivated After reading two other books by Witemeyer, I know to expect a book that will entertain, enthrall, and warm your heart all at the same time and she s done again with Short Straw Bride I really enjoyed getting to know Meredith and the Archer men The story behind why the Archer s are so feared [...]

  22. When Meredith Hayes ventures onto the forbidden Archer land to warn the Archer brothers of a threat, she had no idea that her life was about to change forever Her message safely delivered, she becomes injured and her reputation in tatters The four Archer brothers, Travis, Crockett, Jim, and Neill, have lived alone on the ranch since their father died They don t leave the land To save Meredith s reputation, one of them must agree to marry her But which one Straws are drawn and Travis ends up bein [...]

  23. This was the first book by Karen Witemeyer that I ever read I was looking through a magazine and spotted the cover It seems like I do that a lot flip through a magazine and spot a book I want to read But, how else am I to find amazing books Because, looking through a magazine found me this awesome book In general, I love the inspirational, historical romance genre That is the main reason I picked out Short Straw Bride The cover was intriguing as well as the whole storyline I mean, who wouldn t b [...]

  24. I heard Karen say that the musical Seven Brides For Seven Brothers inspired the idea for this story As it happens, I was charmed by the movie and likewise very much charmed by Karen s take on the premise.In Short Straw Bride, four brawny cowboy brothers all live sequestered away on their ranch None have left its boundaries for years and years Then a woman is dropped into their midst and their carefully ordered lives are turned upside down Which is lots of fun to watch Karen is such a talented au [...]

  25. Loved the hero an untrusting recluse who is the head of the family and protector to his 3 younger brothers for the last twelve years And the heroine is just as wonderful brave, kind hearted, and compassionate I also loved that her name was Meredith Such a first for me to read a story where the heroine has the same name A gripping story full of tension, drama, forced marriages schemes, and rescues An inspiring message about being a good neighbor and opening your heart to others is deftly sewn int [...]

  26. I made the mistake of staring Karen s Short Straw Bride at bedtime Needless to say, the first time I glanced at the clock it was half past two Short Straw Bride grabbed me right from the start, pulling me into Meredith and Travis s story I loved them both, but togethergh Karen has written a heartwarming romance full of fun, faith and just the right amount of danger Scenes from it keep flashing through my mind Words whispered by Travis to Meri I m telling you, if you love a good romance, you ve g [...]

  27. I loved this book I just wish I had read this author s books sooner I need to catch up and read the rest of her books

  28. As a huge fan of Karen Witemeyer, I was eager to read her acclaimed Short Straw Bride I have heard many say that of all her novels, Short Straw Bride is their favorite With that said, I expected this book to be my favorite funny how that works , and even though I enjoyed it it is not on my top 3 list for Witemeyer s novels Short Straw Bride s main characters are well developed and each have their moments to shine in the story Travis, the oldest of the Archer brothers, has been taking care of his [...]

  29. So I have to admit that when I look at romance novels I always expect a lot of heat I was happily surprised when I found out that it was actually a straight up romance novel All about two people falling in love Swoon.And better yet she ends up getting stuck on a farm with four hot men and one that is determined to believe she is his responsibility An of course they ve only every laid eyes upon each other once before 12 years ago and they remembered each other every since Her beautiful eyes haunt [...]

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