Thursday, June 07, 2012

Denise Hunter's The Accidental Bride ~ Reviewed

The Accidental Bride (A Big Sky Romance) 
Denise Hunter 
Paperback: 304 pages 
Publisher: Thomas Nelson (January 3, 2012) 
Language: English 
ISBN-10: 1595548025 


When a wedding reenactment turns real, Shay finds she's an accidental bride. Shay Brandenberger is raising her daughter in Moose Creek, Montana, on her childhood ranch, nestled against the Yellowstone River. Despite the hard work, she can't seem to keep her head above water-and now the bank is threatening to foreclose. She prays for a miracle, but the answer she receives is anything but expected. 

Having agreed to play the bride in the Founders' Day wedding reenactment, Shay is mortified to be greeted at the end of the aisle by none other than Travis McCoy, her high-school sweetheart-the man who left her high and dry for fame and fortune on the Texas rodeo circuit. Then the unthinkable happens. Thanks to a well-meaning busybody and an absentminded preacher, the make-believe vows result in a legal marriage. But before Shay can say annulment, Travis comes up with a crazy proposal. If she refuses his offer, she may lose her home. If she accepts, she may lose her heart. Shay isn't sure if the recent events are God's will or just a preacher's blunder. 

Will trusting her heart to the man who once shattered it be the worst mistake of her life? Or could their marriage be the best accident that ever happened? 


The Accidental Bride is about a woman named Shay Brandenburger, who is struggling to raise her daughter on her own, while trying to keep the family ranch from being taken away. In the meantime, after agreeing to play the bride in the Founder’s Day wedding reenactment, she finds herself actually being married to the man playing the groom, Travis McCoy, her former fiancé who left her at the alter several years previously. Though she is still upset with him, she is hardly to turn down his offer to stay married and help her financially. Travis, however, finds this a happy mistake, and fights to win her back. 

 I LOVED this book. Such a fun setting. And it was wonderful to see how God brought these two characters back into each others lives after a horrible situation split them up. It was nice to watch Shay’s attitude and heart change towards Travis, as his actions showed he obviously loved her. She is a good example of the struggle we go through in trusting the Lord’s will in our lives, though. This was a very good book. I would highly recommend it! 

 Reviewed by: Sarah Meyers

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