The Accidental Bride

The Accidental Bride

by Denise Hunter
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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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780718097714
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 05/09/2017
Series: A Big Sky Romance
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 1,231,012
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

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.

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The Accidental Bride 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 40 reviews.
weatherlover1 More than 1 year ago
Shay is raising her daughter alone. Her first love left her on the steps of the court house on their wedding day 14 years ago and her husband left her a few years back. She is trying to keep her ranch afloat but is struggling to do so. While this is happening her first love Travis returns. Shay finds herself standing before him in a wedding reenactment as his bride. Travis can not believe his luck to get the 2nd chance to be with Shay now he has to get her to agree. When Travis finds out the reenactment actually was a real wedding he takes advantage and proposes a deal to Shay to give him time to prove to her he wants another chance. Will they find true love this time or will time run out? I really enjoyed this book. Yes the plot was predicable but not so predictable that you don¿t want to find out what will happen next and there are some twist and turns I did not expect. I really like the characters and felt they where well developed. The back and forth between Shay and Travis has me laughing and smiling a lot. Loved the tension. Even though the plot was predictable at times and even a little unbelievable the author did a great job of explaining how it was all happening so it felt believable. If you like a feel good romance where you find yourself rooting for the couple to get together, you will like this book!
samcivy More than 1 year ago
The Accidental Bride Denise Hunter ©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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would recommend this book. It was easy to read and kept my interest throughout.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Accidental Bride was such a fun book with the most unexpected twists and turns! After Shay and her husband split up, she is left to raise her daughter alone in Moose Creek. However, she is nothing less than shocked when her old boyfriend shows up back in town... and they find themselves together in the small town's Founder's Day celebration and wedding reenactment. Hold on to your seats ~ this book is full of fun surprises, and sweet romance. It had me hooked, and is definitely a must-read. I highly recommend it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It looked like a cute story, so I thought I would check it out. I was drawn to the characters and found myself rooting for Travis to win her heart and that she would finally let her guard down and let her true feelings through. It was also refreshing to read a story with the characters praying to God and quoting bible verses.
bookgirl_2134 More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, the second installment in the Big Sky series. As the author noted she did take a few liberties to make the re-enactment marriage legal, but it was well explained and frighteningly plausible. The plot moves slowly, as it should since it is an easy, faithful romance, but it was a VERY pleasant way to pass a dreary winter afternoon. I personally do not enjoy being 'preached at' by authors and I haven't experienced that in any of Ms. Hunter's books.I've recommended Ms. Hunter to a lot of my customers when asked for a sweet, faith-filled, Christian Romance, and this book is an EASY hand-sell. I was provided a free digital review copy from Thomas Nelson in exchange for an honest review.
mackenzie_carol More than 1 year ago
The Accidental Bride is the second book in Denise Hunter’s A Big Sky Romance series, coming after A Cowboy’s Touch. Since I’m a huge fan of Denise’s, 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 couldn’t get enough of it. I fell in love with Travis from the first moment that I met him, and I couldn’t help but feel an immense amount of compassion for Shay and all she’s 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 couldn’t 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 couldn’t 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, Travis’s blossoming relationship with Shay’s daughter Olivia was beyond adorable. All in all, I really, really loved this book, and I can’t 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 Denise’s books that I have read are on my list, because that’s just how great of an author she is. So I would highly recommend this novel, and all the other books in the series. (This review is from my blog, spreadinghisgrace.blogspot.com)
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Great story
etav More than 1 year ago
Nice feel good book. Easy read and keeps your interest.
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coramdeo540 More than 1 year ago
The Accidental Bride Denise Hunter 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 water—and 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 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 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.
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acb8791 More than 1 year ago
This was my first Denise Hunter story - and she is one of my new favorite authors! This was just a fun easy read and I really liked the characters and the setting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really liked this book. It mixed cowboys, God, and romance into a cute story. My favorite book!!!
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BLV More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this book, read the first in the series plan on reading all of them. Denise Hunter weaves a great story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a very well written book and kept my interest going. I couldn't put it down.
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HMY More than 1 year ago
From the publisher: Two high-school sweethearts, a wedding reenactment, and one absent-minded preacher. Is it a recipe for disaster or a chance for a new beginning? Shay Brandenberger is a survivor. She's lived through a crazy childhood, a failed marriage, and single parenthood-with her confidence intact. But not for long. Because when Shay participates in her town's Founder's Day wedding reenactment, she finds herself face-to-face with the one man who takes her breath away and leaves her weak in the knees: Travis McCoy. Travis is back in town after years way on the rodeo circuit. His one regret in life is breaking Shay's heart when they were high-school sweethearts. He's determined to get it right this time. So when their Founder's Day "marriage" is accidentally made official, Travis seizes the day. Can Shay put aside her pride to let Travis help her, or will their accidental marriage be dissolved before it can begin? My thoughts: It was an okay book. I didn't love it. Perhaps because I found Shay to be a little irritating. Granted she's been hurt before, but she was rude, stubborn, selfish, and unforgiving. I've never experienced the things that this character has, so I can't imagine the pain this character would have been feeling. But at some point it got a little frustrating. I can't say much more on this point without giving things away so I will stop there. I liked that this book tied into the first in the series A Cowboy's Touch. It was fun revisiting Abigail, Wade, Aunt Lucy and Maddy. Many of the other characters in the book were enjoyable. I just had a few issues with the leads. It was hard for me to swallow that this man pined for this woman for 14 years and then when he accidentally marries her he puts up with the behavior she hands out. I did like how the book addressed not trying to do things so that others can see, or to impress them. It's a message that I think a lot of women and girls need to be reminded of from time to time. Would I recommend the book? It was an okay book as I mentioned before. I'm not sure it's one that I would reread again. As an ebook it is one I will keep because it isn't taking up valuable real estate on my sole bookshelf. If you're looking for a book about first loves, missed chances, second chances, being hurt than this may be for you. It was a book that I picked up once in awhile when I had time. I would give this book 3/5 stars. (I was given a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes and am under no obligation to provide a certain review. All opinions in this review are my own.)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like Christian romance, you'll love this one! It is such a cute story!!!
Cheriez More than 1 year ago
This was a fast read-and made my imagination soar. I really enjoyed the plot, the characters and the witty dialogue. Nice job. I recommend it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago