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 didn't 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 she's about to lose it due to financial hardship. Meanwhile, she agrees to play the bride in Moose Creek's Founders' 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 she's 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? I'll leave you to read the book to find out. Travis has done well in rodeo, but he's never forgotten Shay or forgiven himself for what he did to her. He'd 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. I'd never read anything by this author before, or really heard anything about her. I'm so glad I did. Shay is a major spitfire, but realistically, who wouldn't be stinkin' mad if this happened to them? I also loved seeing Travis's 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.
How does one get accidentally married? Well, add the kind-hearted Miss Lucy, a forgetful minister, the good Lord's divine plan, and you've got an answer. In Shay and Travis's case, that is. Once high school sweethearts, Shay and Travis meet again after 14 years--at the alter. What begins as just a way to help out with the Founder's Day festivities, suddenly turns into a an accidental marriage. Can Shay and Travis find true love in the most unusual of circumstances? Will they be able to trust God to work all things out for good?
The Accidental Bride was a very enjoyable read, with well done characters who represented the modern west with an authentic-ness that "took" me there. I'll be honest this isn't the kind of book that I would typically read, but with the cowboys, and the ranch setting I couldn't resist! Laced with humor, and moments that will make you smile, The Accidental Bride is an all around fun read, that also has moments of depth.
Written with snappy dialogue, that makes the air fairly sizzle with each spark that is sent flying. And even though it is the second in a series it is a book that stands firmly on it's own.
Overall, I believe that I will certainly be picking up a book by Denise Hunter, again. The Accidental Bride sparkles as a fun novel, with depth that takes it to the next level. I had a blast reading this one.
I would recommend this book to lovers of contemporary romances, who savor the added bonus of a story set in ranching country.
Final Rating: 4.3 out of 5
I received this book from the publisher through Netgalley in return for an honest review. I was not required to give this book a positive review, but simply to state my honest opinion. Thanks.
Shay Brandenberger was raising her daughter Olivia out in Montana on her childhood ranch. But even though she worked hard things were not going well and the bank was even threatening to foreclose on her home.
But when she agreed to play the bride in the Founder's Day wedding reenactment she was mortified to find out during the reenactment the groom was being played by Travis McCoy, who left her for the Texas rodeo circuit years ago and shattered her heart. But because of the mistakes of a couple people the reenactment accidentally resulted in a legal marriage!! Seeing him arrive in town was bad enough for her, but this was just unbelievable to Shay!! But before Shay could get a annulment Travis had a proposal that could really help her if she accepts it.
And she did since she needed help so badly, and so their journey began. I think this was such a cool idea for a story. Although there were some things I did not like in the story [some scenes were kind of overly romantic], but over all it was a good book!! And I really liked what Shay learned in the end of the book, it is a good thing to consider and got me to thinking. Shay had been through some hard times and had a big problem with what other people thought of her. It was a well written book, and you seem to really be able to tell how the people felt and thought in the story.
I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. The opinions are my own.
Shay Brandenberger has lived in Moose Creek all of her life, and small town life has its ups and downs, when Shay was younger she found herself thrust into the rumor mill because of the actions of Travis McCoy, the man she thought she loved, believing to have moved on she married another man who soon sent her life tumbling into another spout of gossip. Now years later Travis McCoy is back, and with a weird turn of events Shay finds herself married to the man who broke her heart, but he makes her an offer that will possibly save her farm, and keep her and her daughter under a roof. Unable to say no Shay takes his offer and has a few hard lessons to learn along the way when she is injured and must rely on Travis, who broke her heart so many years ago.
Denise Hunter's Big Sky Romances weave a tale of love and forgiveness and how much although you try to deny yourself feelings because of past hurts, at some point they will return. One of the themes throughout the book is to realize if you are trying to please God or man, and how that also will affect how we feel and the choices we will make based on how others respond.
This book was provided complimentary by Thomas Nelson Publishing through the NetGalley program in return for an honest review. All opinions are my own.