Jan 21, 2012

The Accidental Bride by Denise Hunter

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?

Denise Hunter is the best-selling author of many novels, including The Convenient Groom and Driftwood Lane. She lives in Indiana with her husband Kevin and their three sons. In 1996, Denise began her first book, a Christian romance novel, writing while her children napped. Two years later it was published, and she's been writing ever since. Her books contain a strong romantic element, and her husband Kevin says he provides all her romantic material, but Denise insists a good imagination helps too! Visit her website at www.DeniseHunterBooks.com.

Maybe I have forgotten how much I love stories written about modern day cowboys and cowgirls. It has been quite a while since I have found a book that I have enjoyed as much as The Accidental Bride.

From the front cover and right through to the end, this book is filled with entertaining, amusing and at times heart-wrenching episodes in the life of Shay Brandenberger. She had given up on love, and was determined to somehow raise her daughter and run her family ranch, even though her bills were more than she could handle.

At a community Founders' Day event, Shay is convinced to play the part of the bride in a wedding reenactment, and is horrified when she realizes that the groom is none other than her first love Travis, who had abandoned her at the altar some fourteen years earlier.

When Shay and Travis realize that the make-believe marriage ceremony was actually real, they make a decision that will change their lives forever. They finally have to face how they really feel about each other, and the road is not an easy one.

For a fantastic romance that kept me up way past my bedtime, I highly recommend The Accidental Bride.

Disclosure: Review copy received courtesy of The B&B Media Group, in exchange for my honest review.

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