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Saturday, December 24, 2011

Book Review: An Accidental Bride by Denise Hunter

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?

I really enjoyed reading this story.  It was a quick and easy read.  The characters were believable although the storyline was a bit of a stretch.  The story had a great message that I think we all at sometime in our life deal with.  Shay spends too much of her time focusing all of her time and energy worrying about what other people think. Instead of focusing her life pleasing God, she is always trying to please man.  That message ends up being carried on to her daughter.  Ultimately, Shay realizes what she is doing and starts to work on it and it makes a big difference in her life and her daughters.

I received a complimentary copy of An Accidental Bride from Thomas Nelson for the purpose of writing a fair and honest review.  I received no other compensation.
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