Tuesday, February 7, 2012

The Accidental Bride by Denise Hunter

Synopsis :

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 lost her home.  If she accepts, she may lost 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 happend?

I was first introduced to Shay Brandenberger in Denise Hunter's first book in A Big Sky Romance Series - A Cowboy's Touch.  That was when her daughter Olivia stole Mandy's bike.  It was pleasant surprised to find out that not only the story line in Accidental Bride is rather unique but both Mandy and Abigail from the first book and even Abigail's Aunty Lucy are featured in this book.  In fact, both ladies (Shay and Abigail) are close friends now.

I like Shay.  I think she has guts and I feel for her as she struggles against the tide or society and economy.  She never really had it easy and she never got over the fact that Tavis once left her on the alter and having to face the town and family on her own.  It didn't help that her ex-husband had also left her and her daughter to fend for themselves.  How could anyone blame her for mistrusting Travis when he comes back into their lives. 

Galatian 1 : 10 'for am I now trying to wind the favour of people, or God? Or am I striving to polease people?' is refered a few times in this story and in particularly to Shay as she is more concern about what the others think and say of her and her daughter than what God is saying and until she does, she doesn't have much peace in her life. 

The Accidental Bride is a wonderful read which I enjoyed greatly.  I love the cover too.  So bright green and blue.  It is published by Thomas Nelson.  Thank you B&B Media Group for this review copy.

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