One of a Kind Bride by Charlene Sands

It’s a promise she intends to keep at all costs

Taylor Preston never breaks a promise, especially to her dying mother about following her dreams to become a successful New York bridal gown designer. But when Taylor unexpectedly loses her high-profile job, she returns early to Last Stand, Texas where she happily spent childhood summers, to help with her cousin’s wedding. On Taylor’s first day back, the boy she left behind twelve years ago comes to her rescue and her sleeping heart inconveniently reawakens.

All during their youth, Ryan “Coop” Cooper played Taylor’s “promise game,” and they never once broke a promise to each other, but that was years ago, and Coop, now an established contractor, isn’t the same person. Building a wedding gift she-shed brings Coop closer to Taylor. They recall their promises – silly and solemn – and realize the spark could easily once again flame.

But Taylor’s life is far away and Coop, a single father, won’t risk his heart or his daughter’s again…

One of a Kind Bride appears to be a standalone title in the Last Stand, Texas line from Tule Publishing – although I have found mention of an upcoming Christmas release.

(This title is part of the Last Stand, Texas group of connecting series.  (think Marietta, Montana – Tule Publishing’s other large set of somewhat connecting series set in a fictional town.  A listing of the connecting series and their stories can be found on our Last Stand, Texas page)

Title:  One of a Kind Bride
Series:  Standalone (at this time)
Author:  Charlene Sands
Genre:  Modern Western Romance
Published:  April 23, 2020
Publisher:  Tule Publishing
My Rating:  4.5 stars

One of a Kind Bride takes us back to Last Stand, Texas for a second chance romance that hits all the emotions right on target.  Taylor often visited her cousins in Last Stand and formed a deep friendship and more with Coop.  Fate wasn’t kind to them back then and each moved on.  Now, Taylor is back in town after losing a job that she was perfect for, but the company didn’t feel her bridal designs were a fit for them any longer.  Disappointment turns to determination as Taylor heads to her cousin’s wedding preparations far too early to put the finishing touches on the dress for Julie, as well as figure out what she’s going to do next.  The last person she expected to run into almost immediately was Coop.  Neither are the same person they were in their youth – but the spark is still there between them.  Dare they risk igniting that spark into a forever future?

I adored this couple.  They are realistic and believable in a story that flows smoothly and drew me in right from the start.  I always love going back to Last Stand, Texas with its, at times, quirky residents and small town, down-home feel.  I don’t intend to give anything away – but I can say that One of a Kind Bride brought me laughter and tears, feel-good emotions, and a couple to root for to find their happily ever after future.  If you love a small-town romance with a couple you’d consider friends, then pick this one up as soon as possible.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from Tule Publishing. That does not change what I think of this story.  It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*

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