Tuesday, August 28, 2012

The Accidental Bride by Denise Hunter

A Writer’s Book Review 
by Hoosier Ink member Dawn Crandall

My favorite books are always ones in which the characters go through struggles to get their happy endings. Well, not really just struggles... but intense, heart-breaking, emotional pain. And this is why I am addicted to Denise Hunter’s writing. 

Her book The Accidental Bride was excellent. I was so exited to see that it was about Shay Brandenberger, a character from Denise Hunter’s first book in the Big Sky Romances series, A Cowboy’s Touch. She was referred to in the first book as a brokenhearted single-mom who was unable to get over her first love, Travis McCoy, who’d left her at the altar fourteen years ago.

Denise Hunter weaves an amazing story between these two—a story that had my heart hurting for both of them continually throughout the book. But don’t think it’s a downer of a book—it certainly is not. It is a book about a deep, undying love between seemingly star-crossed soul-mates. It’s about a love that wins in the end despite Shay and Travis’ very real fears and apprehensions caused by their past experiences—a love that wins despite everything standing in its way.  

This book is the second book in Denise Hunter’s Big Sky Romances series, but can also be read on its own. 

NetGalley (with permission from Thomas Nelson Publishing) supplied me with an electronic version of this book as an Advanced Reader’s Edition (which means it was an uncorrected proof and not the final interior of the novel) in return for my honest opinion of the book. I give Denise Hunters The Accidental Bride 5 stars. 

If I had this book in paper form I would pass it around to everyone I know and insist that they read it.

To read an excerpt from the first book in the series, A Cowboys Touch, click here.

If you would like to read the first chapter of The Accidental Bride right now, click here



Coming Oct. 2nd: The Trouble with Cowboysthe final installment of the Big Sky Series!

Annie Wilkerson is Moose Creeks premiere horse trainer and equine columnist for Montana Living.

When her column is canceled, she’s given first shot at a new lovelorn column—and she can’t afford to turn it down. Only problem is... Annie's never been in love.

Always resourceful, she reluctantly strikes a deal with the town’s smooth-talking ladies’ man Dylan Taylor.  

But the more Annie tries to control things, the more they fall apart. And the trouble with this cowboy is that he might just be exactly what she needs.  


Dawn Crandall writes long inspirational historical romantic suspense from first person point of view and is represented by Joyce Hart of Hartline Literary Agency. She has written two books which are on submission as part of a series, and is working on the third. Soon after finishing her first book and becoming a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) in July 2011 she attended the ACFW national conference where she gained literary representation and soon-after became a 2012 ACFW Genesis Contest Semi-Finalist. She has a BA in Christian Education from Taylor University, writes full-time and lives in northeast Indiana with her ever-supportive engineer husband, Jonathan, and their two cats, Lilly and Pumpkin. Dawn co-hosts a book review blog called A Passion for Pages at apassionforpages.blogspot.com and tweets those reviews at @dawnwritesfirst. To find out more about her, visit her author webpage at dawncrandall.blogspot.com or her Facebook author page: facebook.com/DawnCrandallWritesFirst.


  1. Good book review. Thank you for sharing it.

    Jeff Reynolds

  2. Thanks so much for the lovely review, Dawn! So glad you enjoyed it. :)