An enjoyable addition to the Christian chick-lit category, Short-Straw Bride, by Karen Witemeyer, brings a gentle romance into life. Meredith Hayes finds herself in a marriage to save her propriety, in a houseful of angry Archer men. Despite an earlier encounter with her trumped-up husband Travis, for whom she has had childhood fancies, she discovers that a new marriage, especially under duress, will put her faith to the test. Travis is honorable, yet fiercely protective of his property – will he allow her to truly be his helpmeet?
Karen Witemeyer has written her fourth novel, and I enjoyed every page of it. Sure, the typical farm setting was in place, and the drama of a trumped-up marriage to put doubt and sizzle into everyday encounters, but yet Karen infuses it with humor, strength and drama. The characters are all believable, likeable, and some are memorable. The plot is simple yet drew me in, and the Biblical references seemed appropriate, not pat.
I enjoyed this book, and would read more by this author.
My thanks to Bethany House Publishers, for the receipt of my copy of this book, which is my only remittance for my candid review.
freedmen’s schoolhouse (an interesting detail of the story…I wondered how accurate)