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Kagama -The Literaturevixen

I love reading everything from fantasy to historical romances. On a constant quest for more books to read.





Short Straw Bride - Dallas Schulze


The McLain brothers were fed up and tired --- tired of the hunger in their cowboy-sized stomachs, tired of dingy curtains and dirty dishes. Tired of worrying about who to leave the ranch to when they were gone.

Luke could imagine the perfect wife --- biddable, tidy and willing --- and when he saw Eleanor Williams in church one Sunday, he thought she'd do just fine. But little did he know that the practical Eleanor had a mind of her own --- and other ideas about marriage!(less)




Shy Eleanor lives with her Uncle Zeb and Aunt Dorinda and her cousin Anabel after the death of her father 6 years ago.

They took her in not out of love but because they felt it was their duty to do so. Shes made to earn her keep by cooking,cleaning,mending and more or less being her relatives servant.And as if that isnt her beautiful/spoiled rotten/vain cousin Anabel is constantly belittling her efforts and her appearance.Its not a very happy situation for her.

Eleanor would very much like to get away from them and is even considering encouraging the suit local widower,wich she feels would take her away from one unbearably situation but land her in a loveless marriage.But still...it would be a way out she resignedly thinks.

The next day there is church and people are all buzzing about the arrival of the two Mcclaine brothers come to look for a wife for the eldest brother Luke. Everyone is quite astonished to see them as they mostly keep to themselves out on their ranch.But now they have a secret but very important reason to seek out the townspeople...most particularly the young unwed women.

Luke and Daniel Mcclain had drawn straws about who of them will have to take a wife.Because their house needs cleaning really badly and there needs to have children who can inherit the prosperous ranch they have created.

So they are going around being introduced to the unmarried young women,but its not until Luke lays eyes on Eleanor that he thinks he has find a good wife candidate. She is demure and not at all badlooking so after a few more meetings,he proposes to her.She is baffled but pleased by his attentions.Surely hes only being courteous to her because she is Anabels cousin.


When he asks her to marry him she is first stunned but then cant believe her luck that such an eligible man would want her.Of course she accepts his proposal.

They are married quickly and he takes her back to the ranch where they have to get to know each other better.The marital relations part goes well but Eleanor cant help but wish they would talk a bit more during the day instead of him leaving her every morning early to manage the ranch.


In the meanwhile she tries to be a good proper wife and not complain too much about things.She even brings some order to the house and imparts some lessons on manners to the farmhands ala "Seven brides for Seven Brothers"

Things go on like this for a while...that is until she learns of the drawing-straws-to-decide-who-will have to-marry buisness...

This is it! Eleanor may be demure but she is no pushover! as Luke finds out pretty soon when she throws a book at him.And this is where things really start to get going in their relationship.

This was a sweet read,nothing too original,but good in its own way. You can really call it a Cinderella story what with the mean relatives and the heroine having to work so hard.

It was really gratifying to see the horrible relatives shocked speechless when Luke proposed to Eleanor,especially the spoiled Anabels reaction :P

It was also nice to see Eleanor show some temper and stand up for herself against Luke.

Just because you are shy doesnt mean you are weak,being a shy person myself I like this sort of heroine over the constantly feisty and tiresomely spirited heroines.


A definite recommend.