The Accidental Bride - eBook
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The Accidental Bride
Book Summary: When a wedding reenactment turns real, this cowgirl suddenly finds sheÃ¢ÂÂs an accidental bride. Shay Brandenberger is raising her daughter in Moose Creek, Montana on her childhood ranch, nestled against the Yellowstone River. Despite her hard work, she canÃ¢ÂÂt seem to keep her head above waterÃ¢ÂÂand now the bank is threatening to foreclose. She prays for a miracle, but the answer she receives is anything but. 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 sweetheartÃ¢ÂÂthe 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 busy body and an absent minded preacher, the wedding reenactment results in a legal marriage. But before Shay can say annulment, Travis comes up with a crazy proposal. If she refuses his offer, sheÃ¢ÂÂll lose her home. But if she accepts, she may lose her heart. Shay isnÃ¢ÂÂt sure if the recent events are GodÃ¢ÂÂs will or just a preacherÃ¢ÂÂs 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?
Review: I liked the 2 main characters and thought they had good chemistry. I did think there were almost too many secondary characters at the start of the book and this made it a little more confusing at times to recall who was who. It did get easier to follow as the book continued. I enjoyed the main characters. Shay was tough and did a lot of manual labor and yet was still feminine. Travis was very masculine and yet very sensitive to Shay. It was believable and yet very enjoyable to see how things were going to be resolved. The marriage license that was old and yet still valid seemed unlikely, although it was easy to suspend belief when the story flowed so nicely and the main characters were enjoyable. It was worth the read and the fact that it was a in a series was not a deterrent it was a good stand alone story.
I would like to thank Net Galley and Thomas Nelson for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy and I was never asked to write a favorable review by anyone.
September 4, 2012
an Unusual Premise for a Romance Tale
The Accidental Bride
Denise Hunter ÃÂ©2011
Thomas Nelson Publishers
ISBN 978-1-59554-802-3 (ppbk)
Shay Brandebgerger agrees to stand in as the bride in a re-enactment of Moose CreekÃ¢ÂÂs early history. She doesnÃ¢ÂÂt know elderly Miss Lucy has set up Travis McCoy, (who abandoned Shay at the altar fourteen years earlier), to be the re-enactmentÃ¢ÂÂs groom. And supposedly the pastor accidentally sends a real wedding license to be registered for Shay and Troy. Or was Miss Lucy behind that, also?
Troy discovers he and Shay are really married and asks for five months to prove his love to her. SheÃ¢ÂÂs been hurt so often and so deeply she often assumes wrong data so doesnÃ¢ÂÂt trust Troy nor ask him about suspicious incidents.
Will their love for each other ever win out? Will Shay lose her ranch and livelihood? What will happen to ShayÃ¢ÂÂs daughter, Olivia when Troy leaves? How will the author resolve seeming impossible situations?
The story has sweet moments and tense times, all adding to the allure of this well-written tale.
April 15, 2012
When high school sweethearts eloped, Travis McCoy left Shay Brandenberger on the courthouse steps in her wedding dress while he went to buy some rings at Kmart. Except he didnÃ¢ÂÂt come back. Instead, he made his way to the pro rodeo circuit in Texas.
14 years later, Shay is the widowed mother of a 12-year-old daughter, Olivia. She lives on the Montana ranch her family has had for generations, but sheÃ¢ÂÂs about to lose it due to financial hardship. Meanwhile, she agrees to play the bride in Moose CreekÃ¢ÂÂs FoundersÃ¢ÂÂ Day wedding reenactment and is beyond shocked when the enactment groom is none other than Travis McCoy. If she could slap him and turn heel, she would, but sheÃ¢ÂÂs enough of the talk of the town. Everyone remembers her return by bus in her wedding dress years back.
How could this become a legal marriage between Shay and Travis? IÃ¢ÂÂll leave you to read the book to find out. Travis has done well in rodeo, but heÃ¢ÂÂs never forgotten Shay or forgiven himself for what he did to her. HeÃ¢ÂÂd have returned years ago except he heard she was married. Now, though, the rules have changed and he sets out to win back his accidental bride. . .before she can have the marriage annulled!
The premise of The Accidental Bride was the primary reason I downloaded this book. IÃ¢ÂÂd never read anything by this author before, or really heard anything about her. IÃ¢ÂÂm so glad I did. Shay is a major spitfire, but realistically, who wouldnÃ¢ÂÂt be stinkinÃ¢ÂÂ mad if this happened to them? I also loved seeing TravisÃ¢ÂÂs regrets and his patience in winning Shay back. This book is highly recommended.
I received an e-copy of this novel for review from NetGalley. Opinions, as always, are mine alone.
March 22, 2012
Shay BrandenbergerÃ¢ÂÂs life is difficult. She is a single mom, her ranch is close to default, and her relationship record is pitiful. A friend pushes her into participating in a wedding reenactment where the groom turns out to be the man who left her at the alter years ago. The situation turns serious when the reenactment turns out to be a legal marriage. Travis McCoy, the groom, returned specifically to attempt to reconnect with Shay, and decides to take advantage of the accidental marriage. They both seek GodÃ¢ÂÂs will in this series of events as it winds through their lives.
Although the premise is farfetched, the story is good clean fun. Both main characters wrestle with real life problems and well described characters. I particularly liked the couple seeking the LordÃ¢ÂÂs guidance and striving toward unity as they work through their personal feelings and problems. I rate this an above average romance.
Received Galley from NetGalley.com
February 5, 2012