There aren’t many authors who WOW me every time they write a new book. But fortunately there are some. And Karen Witemeyer is one of them. Starting with her first book, I have read all four of her books the first chance I had once they were released.
I remember getting her first book from the library and wondering if it
was going to leave me feeling, “Ho-hum, that was an okay story written
tolerably well... enough,” or if I perhaps had stumbled upon one of those books
that (and please let me point out that I really do hope for this second
reaction every time I read a new author... but am more often than not terribly
disappointed) would delight me by the perfectly drawn-out emotions of the characters, leave me in awe
of the author’s ability and talent for combining just the right words in every
sentence, and make me fall in love with the characters so entirely that I
remember them and their story even years later. (I know, I’m a touch critic, huh? Well, that’s just how it is).
Okay, I’ll just admit it. I am in love with Karen’s writing and story-telling abilities. There.
I don’t even know if there’s anything more to say! But I will try. :)
Short-Straw Bride is her fourth and newest release from Bethany
House. I have to be honest, I’ve read a book in the recent past which had a plot much
like this one—only it wasn’t written nearly as well and I was left with the
complete opposite reaction after reading it. That other book was the first
book I’d read by that “new-to-me” author… and I haven’t been able to get
through any more of that author’s books, though I have tried. All that to say, there really is nothing new under the sun—only different levels of talent in the authors who continue to take us to the places and situations we love to go time and time again.
Karen’s stories and characters carry a depth to them that doesn’t seem
contrived in any way. The settings are appealing, the characters are likable (despite
their flaws), and the plots are perfectly orchestrated. It makes me wonder if
she’s a plotter/outliner (like me) from the beginning of the story, and not a
seat-of-the-pantser (someone who writes their stories without a defined journey
If you haven’t read any of Karen’s books, I highly recommend them. I borrowed Short-Straw Bride from my local library and have written this extremely honest review just because I wanted to. I give Short-Straw Bride 5 stars.
To watch the book trailer for Short-Straw Bride, or to read the first chapters of any of Karen Witemeyer’s books click here.