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Short-Straw Bride (Archer Brothers #1)

4.2  ·  Rating Details ·  8,541 Ratings  ·  867 Reviews
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
Paperback, 365 pages
Published June 1st 2012 by Bethany House
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Regina Jennings
Jun 15, 2012 Regina Jennings rated it it was amazing
Warning - reading this book in public can lead to embarrassment.

I had a doctor appointment recently and was excited to finally have some quiet time to read "Short-Straw Bride". Unfortunately, the waiting room was too quiet.

When young Meredith steals onto Archer land and Travis - the misunderstood and feared hero - comes to her rescue, I was hooked. I was completely engrossed in the story when Meredith, under the impression that she's dreaming, tells the scary Mr. Archer what she really thinks o

Ok, so, I don't know if it's just me being half-witted or what, but I *still* don't understand the whole Archers-are-not-allowed-off-their-land-and-no-one-is-allowed-on-it-either affair. I mean, I understand how Travis felt responsible for his brothers and did not want anybody trying to coax him into selling his land, but forbidding everyone to even step on his land? I mean, they probably had friends and neighbours, no? Anyway, I didn't bother me that much, and I w
Anne Osterlund
Feb 10, 2013 Anne Osterlund rated it really liked it
As a young girl, Meredith Hayes made the mistake of stumbling onto restricted Archer land. And into a steel trap that left her with a permanent limp. As well as a permanent weakness for the young man who pulled her out of that trap, Travis Archer.

Years later, Meredith is now a young woman, expected to marry for the good of her aunt and uncle’s financial security. But when Meredith overhears her espoused suitor plotting to burn down the Archer barn, she eschews family loyalty. And sneaks onto Arc
Judith (Judith'sChoiceReads)
Both Travis and Meredith were excellent characters, this book is a lot of fun with great wholesome values that cannot help but inspire and poignant romance that stirs the heart. This author has a knack for writing humorous fiction abound with great faith lessons, you won't want to miss getting your hands on her latest instalment!
Lisa Kay
★★★★ (This is a review of the audiobook.) You know a narrator is good when a secondary character starts speaking and you know who it is right away, without other clues. Pilar Witherspoon gives such a performance in this wonderful, sweet romance. Her enunciation, pace, and tones are all perfect for every character. I’ll definitely look for more of her readings.

What a lovely romance. It is certainly “one-foot-on-the-floor” – but still, there is plenty of heat between the hero and heroine. And ther
Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
Short-Straw Bride is one of my favorites by Karen Witemeyer! I loved all the characters, and really connected to their emotions. The romantic tension is so great; it's one of the best marriage of convenience stories I've read!
So I finally got a chance to read Short Straw Bride and Oh. My. Goodness. Karen never disappoints me, her novels are pure perfection and I just adored this sweet story. It seems all of Karen's books that I read end up on my favourites shelf. I absolutely loved this story and I'll have a more full review to come soon!

UPDATE 04/13/2015:

Short Straw Bride is absolutely on my BEST of 2015 list and snuck to the top of it. Short Straw Bride is my third Karen Witemeyer novel and reminded me why Karen is
Kathy * Bookworm Nation

I really enjoyed this one. I thought the premise sounded cute, but to be honest I didn’t have the highest expectations. I knew it was a Christian fiction, which sometimes tend to be overly preachy for my taste. So, I was pleasantly surprised by just how much I liked this one. I thought it was really well written, with very likable characters.

Meredith was a fun leading lady. She is feisty, stubborn and kind. She is also fearless and honorable. It was endearing to see her ride onto the Archer r
I can't believe it took me so long to pick up this wonderful book to read! I'd read the other stories in the Archer Brothers series and loved them...and now I have a new favorite! This story was so much fun from beginning to end. It was packed with great characters, lots of emotion, and terrific romantic tension between the two main characters, Travis and Meredith. I highly recommend Short-Straw Bride.
I adored every minute that I spent reading Short-Straw Bride. The tension and interaction between the main character, Meredith, and the male lead, Travis, was swoon-worth and so sweet. Travis was protective, stubborn and sweet and Meredith was both brave and vulnerable at the same time. Their relationship progressed in a really heartfelt way, and watching their relationship develop after their "short-straw" wedding tugged at my heart. The supporting characters, especially the other 3 Archers bro ...more
Apr 26, 2017 Karyssa rated it it was amazing
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It's difficult to find good Christian romance authors, but I think that Whitemeyer did a fantastic job.

I feel like we get a lot of couples who just get married because the girl and the guy love each other. One of the things I like about this book was that the guy and the girl knew that they had feelings for each other, yet they weren't a hundred percent sure that God wanted them to marry. They wanted to make sure that they were doing God's will. And that, to me, is far more realistic.
Abby Moreland
Jun 18, 2012 Abby Moreland rated it it was amazing
holy cow, I loved this book. definitely surprised me. honestly, I don't really know what I was expecting as I sat down to start this book, but I don't believe I was expecting to fall in love! already have another book by Whitemeyer on hold at the library. hehe.
rarely ever do I start the first chapter of a book and immediately get sucked in. rarely, rarely, rarely. (my standards are pretty high for books, if you couldn't tell. hah.) but this book had me captured by the first few paragraphs. even
Dec 21, 2012 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mature readers
Age Appropriate For: 15 and up for marital themes

Best for Ages: 18 and up

This book had been sitting on my Kindle for a few months. Several of my friends kept raving about Karen Witemeyer, so I decided to give her a try thinking it would be a nice, light, one-time read. Boy, was I in for a big surprise.

It was so refreshing to have a strong Christian message without feeling preachy. I know it is hard for many authors to find that happy medium. If they want some pointers, study Karen Witemeyer. Her
4.55 stars - mild pg13

Great, fun story of romantic and family love. Bit of adventure. Trusting God. Wonderful secondary characters (loved Crockett and Moses). {Where do I find one of these ranches full of smokin' hot Godly men just waiting for the right woman??? Somebody please give me directions to this place. I need to go there!} Travis Archer was a strong, stubborn, protective alpha Hero, hiding a tender heart. Swoon. Our heroine, Meredith, was sweet, yet strong-willed (perhaps too much?). So
Twelve years ago Travis Archer saved Meredith Hayes’ life by freeing her from a steel trap. Since then she has always thought he was the man of her dreams and secretly loved him, despite they were both very young and he was considered a dangerous boy. Now, after many years without seeing each other, it is her turn to save his life and his brothers’ as well. But once at their ranch her life will change forever. Her reputation is in danger and the only solution is to marry one of the Archer brothe ...more
Amanda G. Stevens
Feb 06, 2017 Amanda G. Stevens rated it liked it
Romance in any form is quite the genre departure for me, but this book is downright huggable, and I'm glad I gave it a chance. Three smiling stars for two characters whose marriage is easy to root for because they're simply so endearing. As is the book itself. The plot goes a little haywire by the end, and the directness ("telling-not-showing") of the style distracted me for the first few chapters until I acclimated to it, but I'm glad I kept reading. I love Travis's protector streak, his stubbo ...more
Jan 17, 2012 Kara rated it it was amazing
Wow, what a book!! From the first page, I could NOT put this one down. How does Karen do it? She writes in such a way that these characters come to life in front of you and their story GRABS you! I finished this book in two days and only because sleep got in the way :) When I wasn’t reading it, I was still thinking about it and couldn’t wait to pick it up again. I loved everything about Meredith. She loves doing the right thing, honoring God, she’s brave and feisty, and she is deeply loyal to he ...more
May 29, 2012 Katie rated it it was amazing
First posted on my blog, Legacy of a Writer.

Once again, Karen Witemeyer has penned another wonderful read!! Short-Straw Bride pricks your interest with the prologue and by the second chapter, I was captivated. After reading two other books by Witemeyer, I know to expect a book that will entertain, enthrall, and warm your heart all at the same time—and she’s done again with Short-Straw Bride!

I really enjoyed getting to know Meredith and the Archer men. The story behind why the Archer’s are so fea
Jan 14, 2012 Dawn rated it it was amazing
When Meredith Hayes ventures onto the forbidden Archer land to warn the Archer brothers of a threat, she had no idea that her life was about to change forever. Her message safely delivered, she becomes injured and her reputation in tatters. The four Archer brothers, Travis, Crockett, Jim, and Neill, have lived alone on the ranch since their father died. They don't leave the land. To save Meredith's reputation, one of them must agree to marry her. But which one? Straws are drawn and Travis ends u ...more
Jessica  (My Not So Vacant Shelf)
So I have to admit that when I look at romance novels I always expect a lot of heat. I was happily surprised when I found out that it was actually a straight-up romance novel. All about two people falling in love. *Swoon.
And better yet she ends up getting stuck on a farm with four hot men and one that is determined to believe she is his responsibility. An of course they’ve only every laid eyes upon each other once before—12 years ago and they remembered each other every since. Her beautiful eyes
Dec 31, 2011 Melanie rated it it was amazing
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After hearing so many great things about Karen Witemeyer's books (in particular, Short-Straw Bride), I've finally read one of her books and, let me just say, it was as good as people have said!

The prologue to Short-Straw Bride goes back to when Meredith and Travis first met - I found that great! It really gave context to the story and what had happened all thos
Amber Stokes
Apr 30, 2012 Amber Stokes rated it it was amazing
I saved the reading of this book for my birthday, and what a treat it was! Karen Witemeyer's books are delicious - from the absolutely delightful covers to the meaningful romance stories between them. This particular book, with a few character and plot elements that resemble those of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (a movie a dear friend got me hooked on), is really quite endearing!

This story starts out with a lot of naivete and misunderstandings. Travis, while doing his best to appear tough, is
Dec 31, 2011 Casey rated it it was amazing
With each turn of the page I fell more in love with these two characters. Both with heads harder than the land they work (I’m sure), but no two could be more fun to watch grow, change…and fall in love.

Know what I love? A good love story. Know what else I love? Characters that are witty and endearing. Stubborn and determined, but with a healthy dose to do what’s right. Travis and Meredith both have that in spades.

The plot is unique and just wait until you read the scene where the brothers “draw
This was the first book by Karen Witemeyer that I ever read. I was looking through a magazine and spotted the cover. It seems like I do that a lot--flip through a magazine and spot a book I want to read. But, how else am I to find amazing books? Because, looking through a magazine found me this awesome book.
In general, I love the inspirational, historical romance genre. That is the main reason I picked out Short Straw Bride. The cover was intriguing as well as the whole storyline. I mean, who w
Jun 03, 2012 Becky added it
I heard Karen say that the musical Seven Brides For Seven Brothers inspired the idea for this story. As it happens, I was charmed by the movie and likewise very much charmed by Karen's take on the premise.

In Short-Straw Bride, four brawny cowboy brothers all live sequestered away on their ranch. None have left its boundaries for years and years. Then a woman is dropped into their midst and their carefully ordered lives are turned upside down. (Which is lots of fun to watch). :)

Karen is such a t
Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
Loved the hero - an untrusting recluse who is the head of the family and protector to his 3 younger brothers for the last twelve years. And the heroine is just as wonderful - brave, kind-hearted, and compassionate. I also loved that her name was Meredith! (Such a first for me to read a story where the heroine has the same name!) :)

A gripping story full of tension, drama, forced marriages schemes, and rescues! An inspiring message about being a good neighbor and opening your heart to others is de
This was my second time reading this book and I started it at about 9:45 PM intending to just read a little bit. After all, having read it before, I thought it would be easy to put back down. At 1:15 AM, I finally put my kindle down after reading the end of the book. Thankfully, the next day was Saturday. :)
Deanne Patterson
May 21, 2015 Deanne Patterson rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I just wish I had read this author's books sooner ! I need to catch up and read the rest of her books !
Jul 05, 2015 Elisa rated it it was amazing
This is one of those book that you wished never end.
Aug 09, 2012 Erin rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this book. I was drawn to it because it looked like a fun western, and because I'm a sucker for marriage of convenience or mistakenly-needed shotgun marriage storylines, as you know in fiction they will always turn out well! But as much as I wanted to, this book put me off early and gave me no reason to invest my time or emotions in it.

The book opened with the young heroine, Meredith, acting on a schoolmate's dare to go onto the property of the reclusive Archer brothers.
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