The Accidental Bride {Book Review}


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?

*Description from Tomas Nelson where you can also purchase the book.

My Thoughts:

When a book is published where a man and woman have to get married, finds themselves married, or the marriage is arranged; I am compelled to read it. Despite the inconceivable premise and usually because of it, I’m in. In fact, sometimes the crazier story makes a better read which is why I chose The Accidental Bride.

Just a few pages in, Shay finds herself accidently married to Travis who had left her at the alter many years before. After some debate, she decides to stay married for a time to save her ranch. Thus the story goes until the inevitable, agreeable ending which, by the way, I liked. Just so we are clear; however, I would never counsel someone to be married (fake or real or whatever) because it will be a financial help. (Sanctity of marriage, anyone?)

That said the story was an enjoyable travel companion. A light, easy read that was interesting enough. There is some romance (obviously), some inspiration, and Travis seems like a good guy. Here is your summer beach read, just don’t use it as a marriage manual!

This book was given as an e-book from NetGalley. I was not required to write a positive review.


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