Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Book Review: The Accidental Bride


Book Title: The Accidental Bride
Author: Denise Hunter |Website| TwitterFacebook|
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Genre: Christian Romance
Series/Standalone: Series
Format: Paperback
Cost: $13.79 (paperback), $9.99 (Kindle)
Pages: 305
How I got it: Library
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Publisher
Shelfablilty: Borrow From The Library
Season: errmmm Bridal Season?!!
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Synopsis:
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?


What can I say about this book, umm yeah I disliked Shay as a character, I'm sure the author wrote her thinking she was making a woman who we could relate to, someone who had issues, she didn't have it all worked out, and she needed God to help her find her way. The only thing I got from this book was how freaking annoying Shay was. She was so freaking childish, even her daughter was more mature.

She is supposed to be a character led by God, but she was so easily led by others and what she thought others thought about her. I get that we are all human and that we seek approval, but this character??? It consumed her, and not in a way that made her relatable. She was one dimensional and it just rang false to me. I'm sorry but she doesn't deserve a man like Travis, he did all the work to make their relationship work. This is one of those rare times where I wasn't rooting for the couple to get back together,

Shay was just content to drift along in her misery, she wasn't willing to do anything different or try to make anything work. She was hell bent on being a whiny idiot and refused to move past that. Yeah as you can tell I didn't much care for her.

Shay is supposed to have an explosive temper, *which isn't healthy, but in this instance she's going to need it; hear me out*, she then thinks that Travis is cheating on her, instead of killing him *wait sorry that's my response* her response is supposed to be flipping out on him, she instead throws him out without confronting him, she just tells him," look lets not waste anymore time, I need you to leave", Really?? That's not how she was written in the first half of the book. For some reason Shay has a huge chip on her shoulder and she's angry all the time, she decides to get married to her high school sweetheart, yet she ignores many of the signs that he is feeling overwhelmed ( I'm not excusing his sorry a**, however, he gave ALL the signs that he was a bit of an a** and she so ignored it).

Travis for his part was a bit of a coward when he notices that his future bride refuses to consider leaving her town. She's a bloom where she is planted kinda gal, and even though she feels like the town people pity her she refuses to move and have a different kind of life. Travis makes her see she needs more than survival to be happy. I loved that he made her open her eyes.  I, at the end like the way they came together, but Shay is still not my favorite kind of character. I did love however that they are in my favorite state Montana!!

This book reminds me of why I love the library, don't like the book?? Simply return it, n
o need to throw it against the wall. It's not yours to worry about any longer. It's a good read, not a burn rubber to get it, but a good read none the less.

 ★★

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