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?
The second Big Sky Romance novel from Denise Hunter features her trademark of fractured hearts, second chances, endearing characters, and witty dialogue. Even though Denise admitted to breaking a few laws to make the plot work, some of events require a suspension of reality to make them plausible-although that is part of what makes fiction fun. The circumstances surrounding Shay and Travis’ marriage may have been a bit contrived, but the chemistry and high emotion between them was almost tangible. Travis’ remorse is heartfelt and I championed his efforts to atone for his past failings and redeem himself as the husband and father that Shay and Olivia need. Shay is a woman who has been strengthened by the storms in her life has her daughter as her first priority. Her resolve not show weakness is pitted against Travis’ drive to win back the lov of his life and the result is fireworks. The setting makes me long for small town western living with the quintessential drawls, loving (and meddling) residents and charming festivals. I do feel that the book lost its pacing in the last 1/4 and there was a quick resolution that could have been drawn out with more tension and drama. Denise Hunter consistently offers entertaining stories with heart and The Accidental Bride is no exception.
*Disclosure: Review copy provided by publisher via NetGalley*