Monday, June 18, 2012

"Short-Straw Bride" Book Review

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Short-Straw Bride
Bethany House Publishers (June 1, 2012)
Karen Witemeyer

I have read every one of Karen Witemeyer's books so far and I don't intend to stop now. I don't even know how she does it, but even though each of her books is in the same kind of genre, a kind of historical, western, romance kind of thing, every single book of hers can best be described by one word... delightful! Each one is unique and original, I honestly don't know how she does it, but with "Short-Straw Bride" she has definitely done it again! Her heroine is just wonderful, down to earth and flawed but so genuine and loyal. Then the other characters tend to be the Archer brothers for the most part and she has character development showing as an art form with the formation of these 3 boys. Just great! A secondary cast that rounds everything out beautifully and here is a character driven book that I just couldn't read fast enough. Just delightful!


Karen Witemeyer is a deacon's wife and mother of three who believes the world needs more happily-ever-afters. To that end, she combines her love of bygone eras with her passion for helping women mature in Christ to craft historical romance novels that lift the spirit and nurture the soul.

After growing up in California, Karen moved to Texas to attend Abilene Christian University where she earned bachelor and master's degrees in Psychology. It was also there that she met and married her own Texas hero. He roped her in good, for she has lived in Texas ever since. In fact, she fell so in love with this rugged land of sweeping sunsets and enduring pioneer spirit, that she incorporates it into the pages of her novels, setting her stories in the small towns of a state that burgeoned into greatness in the mid- to late1800s.

Karen is living her dream by writing Christian historical romance novels for Bethany House.


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.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Short-Straw Bride, go HERE.

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