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Short-Straw Bride

By 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.

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?

Book Takeaway:

God calls us to love our neighbor and carry one another's burdens not live in protective isolation. Sometimes we need a nudge to switch our focus from doing what is best for us to doing what best fits with God's plan.


Year Title Description
2013 ACFW Carol Award - Historical Romance Finalist
2013 Bookseller's Best - Inspirational Finalist


"Chemistry galore, this book cooks on a Bunson burner of romance and suspense!"
- Kathleen on June 13, 2012

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