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Set in Moose Creek, Montana against the Yellowstone River. Shay is struggling to raise her preteen daughter and run her childhood ranch on her own. She agrees play the bride in the Founders' Day wedding reenactment and has no idea the groom is Travis, her high-school sweetheart who had left her to follow the Texas rodeo circuit. It turns out the preacher somehow accidentally performs a legal ceremony. Should she have the marriage annulled or could this be the miracle she had prayed for?
Number of Pages: 304
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 6.80 X 4.20 (inches)|
Series: Big Sky Romance
When a wedding reenactment turns real, Shay finds shes 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 cant seem to keep her head above waterand 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 sweetheartthe 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 isnt sure if the recent events are Gods will or just a preachers 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?
Denise Hunter is the internationally published bestselling author of more than twenty-five books, including A December Bride and The Convenient Groom, which have been adapted into original Hallmark Channel movies. She has won The Holt Medallion Award, The Reader's Choice Award, The Carol Award, The Foreword Book of the Year Award, and is a RITA finalist. When Denise isn't orchestrating love lives on the written page, she enjoys traveling with her family, drinking green tea, and playing drums. Denise makes her home in Indiana where she and her husband are rapidly approaching an empty nest. You can learn more about Denise through her website DeniseHunterBooks.com or by visiting her Facebook page at facebook.com/authordenisehunter.
Mackenzie Carol5 Stars Out Of 5The Accidental BrideAugust 8, 2016Mackenzie CarolQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0The Accidental Bride is the second book in Denise Hunters A Big Sky Romance series, coming after A Cowboys Touch. Since Im a huge fan of Denises, I knew that this book would be one that I would love, and I was completely and totally right. I have to say, this is definitely one of my favorites out of all of her novels that I have read. It is just such a sweet, touching story, and I just couldnt get enough of it. I fell in love with Travis from the first moment that I met him, and I couldnt help but feel an immense amount of compassion for Shay and all shes been through. Clearly I had no other choice but to love this novel.
Shay Brandenberger is definitely a character I loved from the very beginning, though I sometimes was so frustrated with her I wanted to reach out and shake her. She was so scarred by the pain of her past that it kept her from truly being kind to Travis, much less letting him back in, and since I loved him so much, I couldnt stand the way she treated him. But I still loved her nevertheless, and I was so excited for the day when she would finally let herself heal.
Travis McCoy was by far my favorite character in this book. Although I definitely loved all the others, Travis just stole my heart from the very beginning, and I couldnt help but want everything to turn out for him and Shay. The way he felt about her just made me melt into a little puddle on the floor, so I had to root for the two of them from page one. Plus, Traviss blossoming relationship with Shays daughter Olivia was beyond adorable.
All in all, I really, really loved this book, and I cant imagine giving it anything other than all five bookshelves. Especially since it already has a place on my all-time favorites list. But then, all of Denises books that I have read are on my list, because thats just how great of an author she is. So I would highly recommend this novel, and all the other books in the series.
Rufas4 Stars Out Of 5Accidental BrideNovember 24, 2014RufasQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 3good read
MargotSouth AustraliaAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5God is So PatientDecember 3, 2013MargotSouth AustraliaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4This book is just like all the great historical romances where arranged marriages or marriages-of-convenience turn into the real thing over time, only it is set in modern America!
Travis is a dear, patient man who is so generous and so in love it almost hurts to watch him trying so hard to win the hurt-hardened heart of Shay. I so often wanted to grab Shay and Travis and give them a good shake and then sit them down and force them to TALK to one another. So much heartache over misunderstandings and lack of communication.
But eventually, love wins out and the ending is worth the agony of watching them hurt each other so much along the way. I loved the character of Miss Lucy, who may be old and scatty, but is also full of wisdom and prayer. We would all benefit from having a Miss Lucy in our lives.
All in all, it was a very enjoyable book.
Robin WallaceFloridaAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Great New CharactersSeptember 4, 2012Robin WallaceFloridaAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4The Accidental Bride
Book Summary: When a wedding reenactment turns real, this cowgirl suddenly 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 her hard work, she can't seem to keep her head above waterÃ¢â¬âand 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¢â¬âthe 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, she'll lose her home. But 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?
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.
samcivyEugene, ORAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5an Unusual Premise for a Romance TaleApril 15, 2012samcivyEugene, ORAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4The 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 Creek's early history. She doesn't know elderly Miss Lucy has set up Travis McCoy, (who abandoned Shay at the altar fourteen years earlier), to be the re-enactment's 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. She's been hurt so often and so deeply she often assumes wrong data so doesn't 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 Shay's 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.