Who doesn’t love a good love story? All that I had to know about Karen Witemeyer’s Short-Straw Bride was that it contained a honest-to-goodness old-fashioned love story and I was sold (as you know, I’m quite the sucker for these types of things). Anyway, without further pretense, I dove right in.
As far as the four Archer brothers are concerned, no one crosses their land without their express permission. So, Meredith Hayes is rightly troubled when she overhears a man plotting to take their land. What’s even more troubling to her is that one of the brothers, Travis, has a special connection to her. Twelve years ago, she was rescued from the jaws of a steel trap by Travis, who has not let a day go by without forgetting the strong young girl he saved all those years ago. When Meredith approaches the brothers to tell them about the plan to run them off of their land, she eventually ends up in a situation where the Archer brothers draw straws to see who will marry her! Will this marriage of convenience eventually turn into something more? What will happen to the Archer’s land?
OMG TRAVIS. That is honestly all I have to say. What a wonderful, beautiful, raw character. I love him!! He is a man with the weight of the world on his shoulders and is living with the guilt of an event that happened years prior. Deep down inside he’s a man who needs love and wants to give it, but has been hardened by extenuating circumstances. When Meredith happened into his life the first time a small piece of that man inside was exposed. Meredith holds on to the kindness he showed her and lives her whole life, loving him for it. When the two are thrust into each other’s lives again, she vows to make sure that the man inside him is cared for and is able to break through the walls he’s put up around himself. Theirs is truly a story about a giving love, full of hope, kindness, and selflessness.
I’m not a religious person by any means, but I do have to admit, the psalms and other biblical quotes did add to the story and character development. Regardless of what religion you are, and how often you practice, you’ll still be able to enjoy the novel. I still can’t get over how adorable this story was. I’m adding the rest of Witemeyer’s novels to my to-read list for sure. Her writing is crisp, sharp, and full of fun. It has the perfect blend of humor and sincerity in it. If you’re not already reading Witemeyer’s novels fix that ASAP. Start with Short-Straw Bride, I can guarantee you won’t be disappointed.
5 out of 5 Stars
This is my thirty-fourth completed review for the Historical Fiction Challenge
Short-Straw Bride by Karen Witemeyer
Bethany House (2012)
Paperback: 368 pages
Special thanks to Bethany House for sending me my review copy!