When Shay Brandenberger wanted to marry Travis McCoy, he left her alone on the courthouse steps to pursue his own dreams. Years later, Shay struggles to raise her daughter and keep her childhood home financially afloat following the death of her husband, Garrett Brandenberger. When Travis McCoy shows up in town, he is the last person Shay wants to spend time with. But when she finds herself accidentally, yet legitimately, married to him, Shay must decide which is riskier: To keep trying to save her home as she has been or to accept Travis' ridiculous proposal to stay married to him for a few months and receive the financial assistance she needs. Could this accidental marriage actually be God's will or just a crazy twist of fate? Is Shay even willing to find out? Read for yourself in The Accidental Bride by Denise Hunter.
The Accidental Bride by Denise Hunter is the second book in the Big Sky Romance series. I enjoyed revisiting some of the characters of the first book, A Cowboy's Touch. However, The Accidental Bride works well as a stand-alone book if you have not read the first one. While the premise of Shay and Travis' accidental marriage seems highly unlikely to ever happen in real life, the story was so good that I was happy to suspend a little bit of reality in favor of just enjoying the book. Hunter touched on an important theme about trying to win favor with people or God. Though I think this theme could have been brought out a little stronger earlier in the book, it is a challenging and encouraging message for the reader to ponder. Overall, I highly recommend The Accidental Bride by Denise Hunter to anyone looking for a sweet romance with a good message.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received an advanced reading copy of this book free from the publisher as part of FIRST Wild Card Tours. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
The Accidental Bride is a fun story that is sure to get your pulse racing. The premise for the plot, getting married without meaning to, is one I've never read before, yet it was carried out in a believable manner. Because Shay and Travis are technically married, the romance that follows the wedding, including a couple of rather steamy (yet appropriate) scenes are perfectly God-honoring. The characters are well-developed and soon feel like friends. Both main characters have much to admire, with Shay being spunky and resourceful while Travis displays traits of a true gentleman, taking responsibility for his actions and seeking to put the interests of his wife and child first. Although I don't typically seek out books in the romance genre, I thought that the plot was well laid out, and there were plenty of humorous moments to add to the entertainment.
Readers who enjoy contemporary Christian romance novels should plan on adding this one to their shelves, and I strongly recommend this novel and give it 4 out of 5 stars.
Book provided courtesy of the publisher, Thomas Nelson, along with B & B Media Group and FIRST Wildcard for the purposes of this unbiased review.
I enjoyed the flow of this plot; it moves along at a good pace. Because she's been hurt before, Shay, an independent woman and a single mom has a problem trusting men. The Montana dialogue sounds real.
Shay cares too much about what other people will think or say about her. One of the themes of this novel is that Christians should consider what God thinks instead of others.
This book can be read without having read the previous one in the series. Unfortunately, the characters were flat and the storyline was expected.
Reading Group Guide included. Thank you to FirstWildCard and Audra Jennings at The B&B Media Group for my copy.
What a great read! Enjoy! Can you imagine being part of a reenactment wedding, and ending up being married? Shay Brandenberger has been very unlucky in Love, and Travis McCoy realizes what he gave up.
There are quite a few chuckles, and mishaps! Thought the book there is a great love of God and learning to lean on him. This is the second book in this series, but not necessary to have read the first one, although equally enjoyable. The characters of the first book are present here, welcome old friends!
I found Olivia, Shay's daughter, to be so very delightful. Love how she took care of a bully all by herself. Good messages here.
Although the way the marriage takes place it a bit unconventional and a bit unbelievable, I enjoyed this twist in the story. Shay is a struggling single Mom, and ends up having to take help from Travis. You will wonder if they are ever going to be able to let go of their past.
Travis McCoy is the main male character who as a young man made some poor choices which deeply hurt Shay. He comes to regret his choices and actions and sincerely tells Shay how sorry he is and asks for forgiveness.
I enjoyed this book enough that I will be reading the first book in the series to "see where it all begins".
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