Jun 14, 2012

Short-Straw Bride by Karen Witemeyer

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

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.

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.

Meredith was supposed to marry a man that she didn't love. When she overheard an evil plan to destroy the Archer's property, she did what her heart told her to do. She ran immediately to the Archer ranch, to warn them of the upcoming attack. She was very aware of the Archer law that no outsider was to ever step foot on their land, or they would suffer the consequences.

Meredith had been on Archer land one other time, and her life was forever changed because of that day. And little did she know, but the Archer brother who rescued her many years earlier is about to become her hero once again.

To save her reputation, the Archer brothers decide that one of them must marry Meredith.  A little scheming and then a quick wedding takes place.  What I loved most about this story is the sweet romance that takes place ... after the wedding ceremony.

Karen Witemeyer has written another fascinating novel that kept me captivated from cover to cover. 

Disclosure: Book received through Christian Fiction Blog Alliance, in exchange for my honest review.

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