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The Accidental Bride (Summer Island #2)

3.61  ·  Rating Details ·  1,188 Ratings  ·  112 Reviews
Love can find you in the most unlikely of places...  

When her friends order her to take a vacation, celebrity chef Jilly O'Hara is skeptical. She may be overwhelmed by her sudden success, but a trip to the mountains is not her idea of fun. Especially when a snowstorm forces her to fill in for an absentee bride in a lavish television wedding taking place at the resort. But
ebook, 384 pages
Published October 1st 2012 by Harlequin (first published September 18th 2012)
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Alicia (is beyond tired of your *ish)
I really liked this book through the first half. There was a lot of potential to the story.

I enjoyed most of these characters. I liked Jilly O'Hara and the health issues that derailed her life seemed different to me. A set of problems that it would be interesting to explore, especially when it came to the culinary empire she was trying to build. The same goes for Walker Hale and all of the issues he had after returning from Afghanistan where he did two tours as a Marine until he and his amazing
Sep 27, 2012 Dianne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The Accidental Bride – Christina Skye
This was such a romantic book, not filled with the usual sexual tension we have come to expect from this genre. This book is simply a wonderful story told well. If you are looking for a story filled with hot sex and passion, then this most likely will not be the book for you. Not to say that there is no passion in this book, it is just that the fans of passion are not really flamed until after the wedding!

Jilly is a young orphaned woman just finally making a
Miranda Davis
Two stars means it's ok. This reminded me of cream of wheat. I do like c of w. This is 'comfort reading.' It's warm, satisfies a basic hunger and is reassuringly bland. The H/h are opposites, the friends are a touch cliche, chick-litty chums and their dialogue is real/banal for the most part. The guy is tall, dark, quiet and controlled about everything he does. He's a marine with a dangerous, secret specialization and a trained dog (ex-marine, too). Both were seriously wounded in action. She's g ...more
Oct 24, 2012 Wanderlust rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cover & Title - 3.5 out of 5
Favorite Line - "Enjoy your life Jilly. Don't waste a single moment." The woman's voice tightened. "Not for pride. Not for ego. Not even for stupidity. It's a terrible waste of time."
Favorite Character - The dog for sure.

This was the second book in a series but it worked fine as a stand alone, the series is about a group of friends finding love. I haven't read the first in the series or any other books by this author but after reading this book i would certainly
Sep 24, 2012 Rhonda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 01, 2012 Kimberly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
**Note the synopsis above is not accurate to the book. The correct synopsis is below.
When her friends order her to take a vacation, successful chef Jilly O'Hara is less than enthused. She may be overworked, but a trip to the mountains is not her idea of fun. Especially when she's roped into an outrageous scheme to pose as a happy bride—all to fulfill the kindly resort owner's dreams of once again hosting a lavish wedding. But the ruggedly handsome make-believe groom may just make it tolerable….

Julie Barrett
Aug 24, 2012 Julie Barrett rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Accidental Bride by Christina Skye
ISBN: 9780373776597
Jilly O'Hara runs her own restaurant and is very happy with the progress it's made since she opened its doors.
Caro MacNeal and Grace Lindstrom were worried as they'd not heard from Jilly in some time. They were in the knitting shop on Summer Island, Oregon.
They were restoring an old house to bring it back to its glory as an old landmark on the island.
After Jilly has a heart emergency and is told to take things easy, no more cooking, her 3
An interesting twist on how to arrange a marriage in the current day.
Jilly O'Hara is well on her way to becoming a well-known chef when an unknown heart problem causes her doctor to tell her she needs to relax. Jilly? Ha!
Her friends trick her into going to a yarn retreat in Wyoming. At the airport, she meets a brown lab (Winslow) with whom she immediately falls in love. She also meets Winslow's owner, Walker Hale, with whom she immediately... likes a little. C'mon, who doesn't love a cowboy. Exc
Hsiau Wei
This book tell the story of Jilly who are forced into semi retirement after a minor heart attack due to the stressful lifestyle that she have eventhough she is in her 20s. Enjoyed the most when she is at the most stressed up level, she is left with nothing to do. Hence, her good friends booked her into a cooking escapade in a remote resort. Only it turned out to be a knitting getaway instead. In the resort village, she met up with friendly villagers and tourists and slowly she found herself to b ...more
Shan ~ A ~
I liked this story. Jilly, who went from foster home to foster home and grew up to have trust and abandonment issues. Walker, the rich kid who didn't want to follow in his father's footsteps. Can anyone say polar opposites. The thing is we go through the whole story not knowing much about Walker, just like Jilly so when you realize who he is you can understand why she feels the way she does considering how she grew up.

I think that I would have liked this story a little more if I was a big dog lo
Apr 03, 2013 Lesley rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I found this just ok. I have not read this author before, including the preceding book(s) in this series, so perhaps I am at a disadvantage there. One of the things I did not care for was the way the dialogue was written- more than once, I found myself thinking "geez, people do NOT talk that way." I also found the heroine annoying. I realize she was supposed to be portrayed as a strong-willed, intense Type-A, but it wore on me. Also, the woman was just diagnosed with a heart problem, and yet the ...more
Nov 25, 2012 Mskychick rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Argh. Not much ruins a book for me faster than incorrect facts. If you're going to write about something you don't know, get a beta reader in that field to check your facts!!
1. There's no such thing as an atrial valve. There's 2 atria in the heart, and there's the mitral and tricuspid valves that lead from the atria to each of their respective ventricles (pg 25)
2. A bad heart valve does not show up as a shadow in an X-ray (pg 26)
3. You cannot tell someone's blood pressure by feeling their wrist
Sasha Cameron
Sep 16, 2015 Sasha Cameron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This is a nice story about two people who need to heal. They meet at a quiet mountain resort and find themselves embroiled in a plan to undertake a fake wedding as a favor. Jilly and Walker are unlikely but perfect together. Both are escaping their lives and have success in spite of challenging pasts. It's a sweet story but it didn't completely draw me in. There felt like some loose ends were left hanging and the knitting metaphor was oddly resolved. However, the characters are likeabl

I liked this book ok. It contained a few of my pet peeves -- the synopsis contained information that didn't happen until after the 50% mark. And the characters fell in love way too quickly, and without much depth. I'll try one more of her books and see if it was a one book issue.
Sep 14, 2012 Dottie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An uplifting story that will steal your heart. Taken from my review at

At less than three months of age, Jilly O’Hara had been left in a cardboard box on the steps of a fire station. So she never knew her parents. By the age of twelve, she had discovered her love of cooking. From that time on, she dreamt of having her own restaurant. After years of work, she finally fulfilled her dream. Within a couple of weeks of opening Jilly’s Place, the restaurant was a stellar success. Th
Petra Grayson
This was somewhat different than I was expecting, but started out rather compelling just the same. I had a little trouble with all the different names and time line jumps that the books starts out with, but I got it straightened out in my head after not too long.

The sense of place in this book was really good. I liked the author's descriptions of the setting and felt most of the interactions between characters were authentic and compelling. I got into this book pretty easily and looked forward t
Christi Snow
Jul 31, 2012 Christi Snow rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My Review:
Hmm, while the story overview above is accurate, it really isn't a very good descriptor of this book. Jilly is an overworked, highly motivated chef who has her own restaurant, her own food product line, and plans for several other business propositions in the works all at the same time. She's only 27 years old. The book starts with her having a heart attack. She has a defect to her heart which means EVERYTHING about her life has to change. This is NOT a girl who sits around...EVER. She
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I honestly wouldn't pay too much attention to the book blurb, because the book was nothing like what I assumes by reading the blurb. Not that it was totally different, Jilly went on a forced vacation, there was no television wedding, and the make believe groom was in it from the beginning of a certain wedding charade....and Jilly leaves under different circumstances, not because she has to. So you see, you can't always believe a book blurb when the book is much more than what it seems.

Jilly O'Ha
Jilly O'Hara is just on the cusp of success. Her restaurant is packed just about every night and her line of organic salsa is starting to take off. One busy night though,  Jilly collapses in her kitchen and is diagnosed with heart problems. Her doctors orders are clear : No stress! For someone who is constantly on the go and feeds off of stress,  Jilly is at a loss. Her best girlfriends decide to send Jilly on a vacation to a knitting retreat in Wyoming  (Jilly doesn't know about the knitting pa ...more
Mar 26, 2015 puppitypup rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Contemporary Romance DNF at the 30% mark. There were just too many things not to like.

I don't understand why Jilly, the main character, who is a chef, must be portrayed as rail-slim. Not just slim, mind you, rail slim. It makes me want to track down a picture of the author and see how much she weighs. I don't believe I have ever met a cooking enthusiast who was rail slim. Sorry, didn't mean to rant here.

I also don't like the fact that Jilly, who lives alone, has a puppy. She's already admitted
I bought this on impulse at CVS because the premise sounded interesting. I found it funny that it turns out the female lead is a chef/restaurant-owner with her own salsa line. No wonder the book called to me, eh?

Jilly O'Hara is a former foster child who was abandoned as a baby who worked hard to succeed in life without having the familial safety net to help and guide her. Unfortunately, a heart defect that had gone undetected causes her to collapse from a heart attack at the age of 27. With her
While this book was enjoyable, it wasn't outstandingly memorable. For a light read, though, it did manage kept my interest for a few days, even if I did find parts of it to be a bit much. I liked both the leads, Jilly and Walker; however, I have to say that Walker's dog, Winston, was by far my favorite character. Maybe because he is just so amazingly well-behaved when compared to my dog? Not sure--still, he was fabulous.

Walker is the perfect blend of hunky, ex-military loner-ness. I found him t
Heather Felder
Jilly is a successful, responsible kinda gal. She created her own salsa line, and now has a hugely successful restaurant, plus she is helping her BFFs rebuild Harbour House. Life is good! Well, life was good (or so Jilly thought) until she has a big health scare in the middle of a busy shift at her restaurant. After getting orders for "no stress" from her doctor, Jilly's friends decide to send her on a relaxing vacation, but Jilly doesn't know how to relax and she doesn't find out what kind of v ...more
Oct 16, 2012 Janga rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Accidental Bride is the third story in Christina Skye’s Summer Island series, following the novella “Return to Summer Island” (Caro and Gage’s story) in the anthology The Knitting Diaries and A Home by the Sea (Grace and Noah’s story). I like the world Skye creates in these stories, and I was eager to see Jilly find happiness. With her history of being abandoned as an infant, her passion for cooking, and her fierce loyalty to her friends, I found her an interesting, sympathetic character in ...more
Stephanie Collins
Sep 23, 2012 Stephanie Collins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Even though the romance was very quick the main pair are a lot of fun to watch find their way to each other. It packs some nice sexual tension and make out scenes but nothing graphic.

Jilly is a great chef. She's doing what she loves and has some great friends... so what else does she really need? She's alone but that works for her as she has some issues with her childhood to work thru and doesn't think that a relationship is ever going to be in the cards for her. She ends up having a wake up cal
Heather Felder
** My FULL REVIEW here **

Jilly is a successful, responsible kinda gal. She created her own salsa line, and now has a hugely successful restaurant, plus she is helping her BFFs rebuild Harbour House. Life is good! Well, life was good (or so Jilly thought) until she has a big health scare in the middle of a busy shift at her restaurant. After getting orders for "no stress" from her doctor, Jilly's friends decide to send her on a relaxing vacation, but Jilly doesn't know how to relax and she doesn'
Michela Walters
Oct 17, 2012 Michela Walters rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3 stars

Accidental Bride is a sweet story about Jilly a stressed out chef who has a sudden heart attack and is forced to completely change her style of life. During her recovery, her friends know she won’t take the necessary break from her busy life as a chef and tricks her into attending a knitting retreat in the middle of nowhere Wyoming.

As soon as her plane lands, Jilly meets a lovable dog by the name of Winslow. The pair form an instant bond, that is until Winslow’s master comes ambling by
Aug 10, 2012 Sian rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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When I started reading this I didnt realise there was another book before this, if I had I might have read it before starting this one as I felt I didn't really know any of the other characters and nothing was really touched upon because it was obviously done in the first book.
Obviously that is my preference and it wouldn't bother some, but for me it did a little.

The characters of Jilly and Walker were fairly well written, I didn't fall in love with them though. I found Jilly a little tiresome
Lisa ~ Books Are My Drugs ~
Jilly O'Hara is restaurant owner/chef with her own line of product who suffers a minor heart attack at 27 and has to take a forced vacation on doctor's orders. Her friends sign her up for a (unknown to her) knitting retreat in the Wyoming mountains.

Jilly meets Walker Hale and his dog Winstson at the airport and instantly falls in mutual love with Winston. Walker is another story, though. He tends to rub her the wrong way.

Walker is intrigued by Jilly though. Winston doesn't fall for many people.
Sep 02, 2013 Kristin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was just okay to me. The romance was sweet at times but some parts of the story just felt strange. I liked Jilly and I liked how she tried to pick herself back up after suffering a heart attack and learning that she had to make a complete lifestyle change. I also liked Walker and his dog Winston but Walkers character felt a little incomplete. He was a marine and at times that seemed to be the complete description of his character and then he changed from a stoic unsocial man into one w ...more
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