The Accidental Bride

548023: The Accidental Bride, Big Sky Romance Series #2 The Accidental Bride, Big Sky Romance Series #2
By Denise Hunter / Thomas Nelson

Title of Book: The Accidental Bride

Author: Denise Hunter

ISBN 978-1-59554-802-3(pbk)

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Publication Date: 2012

Reviewer:Dell Smith Klein


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 no nother 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 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 a 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, author if TheAccidental Bride, said she had no idea of the challenge she was facing whenshe came up with the idea of an “accidental bride.” “It seems,” she said, “it’s not so easy tobecome accidentally married!” Hunter has aseveral other novels under her belt, including Driftwood Lane, and TheConvenient Groom. She began writing in 1996, when he children weresmall. She is married to Kevin Hunterand they have three children. Take a look at her


Denise Hunter was right – it is difficult to become accidentally married, but she found a way to put Shay Brandenberger in just that situation. Hunter wrote this book using down-home words that ranchers and rodeo riders can understand. I felt right at home. Here’s a brief sample from page 90:

Travis watched Shay blink once,watched the confusion dance across her face like ripples

over a river. He’d made her speechless,not an easy task.

“I know I don’t deserve it,” he said.“But I’m asking just the same.”

Shay sprang to her feet. Then herbroken foot hit the floor beside the other. “Blame it!”

Travis stood, reached toward her.“Shay—“

She swatted his hand away and sankback onto the cushions. “Get out.”


I tell you, I liked Shay’s fortitude. She’d been through a mess of trouble, but she had determination and plenty of resilience.

The Accidental Bride by Denise Hunter is the kind of book you can enjoy reading, knowing despite all the problems the heroine faces, she’s going to come out a victor. I wasn’t so sure about Travis, though. He did a lot of bumbling and stumbling.

Hunter handled both the faith element and the romance element well. It’s a book you can hand your teen-ager, or your mom, without embarrassment. I’ll be watching for Denise Hunter’s next book.


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