I just finished Short-Straw Bride by Karen Witemeyer and LOVED it! Here's the book blurb: All Travis Archer has ever cared about is his brothers and his land. But when a good deed goes awry, he’s stuck with a bride that endangers both. Here’s the official blurb: 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?
The only thing about this book that upset me was the fact that it ended. Karen is a very engaging writer. Her characterization is wonderful. She gets deep into the heads of her characters and you care about them. She uses symbolism in such a way that when it dawns on you what she's done, you can't do anything but sigh. I have about five other books to read and review but all I want to do is pick Short-Straw Bride up and read it again!I interviewed Karen recently on my blog so check it out if you're interested in knowing more about her.
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