Monday, September 10, 2012

Short Straw Bride book review

::From the back of the book::
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?

::My Thoughts::
The best way I can describe this book is it is kind of a historical fairy tale of sorts. It was a very enjoyable read, and very well written.
The book was a bit predictable towards the end, but not unpleasantly so. You will find yourself so charmed with the plot and characters that you really won't even notice. There are so many parts especially in the beginning that are unpredictable enough to keep your finger twitching to turn the page and find out what will happen next.
I found myself falling in love with all of the Archer's, and Meredith especially. She is so sweet and she holds such great faith in the Lord. There are points where she does follow her own direction, but she always catches herself and rights herself with the Lord. Her faith and perseverance is very inspiring. But don't by far let me make you believe she is a pushover because aside from her never ending faith she is a spitfire who sticks to her guns and does whatever she believes is the right thing to do. Even due to her unfortunate circumstances she isn't a character who whines and complains, but takes things with a determination that could make anyone admire her character.
This book had me sighing wistfully. It's kind of an historical version of the poor princess stuck with a family that doesn't value her rescued by the ever protecting handsome prince.
I loved this novel, and aside from Meredith and Travis you will find yourself on the edge of your seat wanting to learn all about the other characters in this book. It seemed like every character has an interesting back story so only time will tell where they will lead. I for one sure can't wait to find out.
Highly recommendable.

Enjoy this short clip that will give you some more insight on Short Straw Bride::

You can find my review on Goodreads and Amazon

I rated this book 5 stars

This book is available in Paperback   Kindle   Nook    

::Other book info::

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers; 1 edition (June 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764209655
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764209659

DISCLAIMER: I was provided this book for free through Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my unbiased review. Opinions expressed are mine alone.

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