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One-of-a-Kind Bride

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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…

278 pages, Kindle Edition

Published April 23, 2020

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Charlene Sands

424 books189 followers
Charlene Sands is a USA Today Bestselling author writing over 50 contemporary and western historical romances. Her books have been honored with the National Readers' Choice Award, the Cataromance Reviewer’s Choice Award and she's a two time winner of the Booksellers Best Award. Her book, The Texas Renegade Returns, was voted Best HQ Desire of 2014.

She married her high school sweetheart and has a beautiful and growing family. When not writing, she enjoys sunny California beaches, bowling on a Valley Girls team, sipping delicious Mocha Lattes or going on “date” nights of dinner and a movie with her hero-like husband.

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1,129 reviews56 followers
April 24, 2020
I just adore second chance romances. One -of-a-Kind Bride by Charlene Sands was a perfect combination of all the things I look for and love in a romance. Taylor and Coop met as children when Taylor spent her summers away from New York City visiting her cousin. During those summers, she and Coop grew close. At one point their relationship became more than childhood best friends. But Taylor left at the end of the summer as she usually did each year. She would start college and prepare for a career she always dreamed of. Taylor made a promise to her mother that she would find success and fulfillment in her adult life. Taylor always kept her promises. Only problem was, that Taylor took that promise too literally and while she was successful in her profession, life was passing her by. Life and love that is. It isn't until she visits Last Stand to help her cousin with wedding preparations that Taylor starts to reevaluate her goals and dreams.

Coop adored Taylor growing up, and in his late teens fell head over heels in love with her. He wanted to create a future with Taylor; he loved her that much. But Taylor had other plans and so she left him with a broken heart. Coop went off to college himself and made a life that he loved. Unfortunately, life through tragedy at Coop and so he ended up going back home to Last Stand.

I won't spoil any of the story for you. I will say, that I was happy the way these two re-developed their friendship. The pace was slow but believable. I became frustrated a bit with Coop and Taylor at times but understood their wariness with giving their hearts away. This book has many wonderful secondary characters that bring even more entertainment to my reading. This book was definitely not my first by this author so going in, I knew I would enjoy it. I recommend One-of-a-Kind Bride to anyone who loves second chance stories and likable, realistic characters.

This is my honest and unbiased review. Thank you for taking the time to read it. :)
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Author 27 books1,566 followers
April 28, 2020
A heartwarming novel that gave me all the feels! Taylor and Coop's love story was filled with everything I love - friendship, teasing, romance, family, special memories, and a small town where I felt right at home. I had the best time reading this book!
1,292 reviews5 followers
April 26, 2020
Taylor, Coop and Julie were best friends while growing up. Julie and Coop lived in Last Stand and Taylor came to spend the summers there, they all looked forward to those summers spent together. Taylor and Coop used to make promises to each other and hid them in a box in the gazebo where they used to play. When they were 17 Taylor and Coop were in love with each other but Taylor's Mother wouldn't let her stay because she said it was only puppy love and Taylor had to pursue her dreams. Which she did.

Her dream was to design one of a kind wedding gowns. She went to work for a good company in New York but when they asked her to submit her designs, she did, they just didn't think that her designs were what they were looking for. So they let her go. Now she is unemployed so she goes to stay with Julie and help her plan her wedding. She is designing Julies wedding gown and it is all sown by hand. Julie loves it.

While Taylor is in Last Stand with Julie, she keeps running into Coop, who happens to still be Julies Best friend and now the best friend of Julies to be husband Miguel.

A really good book that once you start reading I just couldn't seem to put it down.
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2,645 reviews3,214 followers
April 24, 2020
3.5 Promises To Keep Stars
* * * 1/2 Spoiler Free A Quick Review
Promises can be tricky. They may seem simple at the time of making them but then in a hot minute, they can become extremely complicated. Taylor Preston made a promise to her mother to become the successful bridal gown designer she wished for her.

At first, it seemed Taylor was on her way.
She was working in New York City, far away from the small town where she grew up. Taylor worked hard, her brides loved the work she did but in an ugly turn of affairs, the company let her go...saying her gowns were too edgy. This was a shock as being edgy was what the company asked for.

The good news out of all this cray-cray is that Taylor's cousin back home was getting married and she was already working on the dress. Taylor picked herself up, flew back earlier than planned, and dug in making all of the necessary adjustments.

Ryan “Coop” Cooper runs into Taylor during an out of the box meeting. He remembers Taylor well. They had a serious history, promises made, and maybe mistaken by accident. The way they keep crossing paths, chemistry reignites, and then more promises need to be re-evaluated.

This is a sweet tale about two people who do belong together, have history, and will need to figure out how to make it possible.

A gifted copy was provided by author/publisher for an honest review.

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3,272 reviews100 followers
April 24, 2020
Rating 4.5/5*

This is a heartwarming second-chance romance set in Last Stand, Texas.

Taylor Preston used to spend summers in Last Stand, spending most of her time with her cousin, Julie and their friend Ryan “Coop” Cooper. The three were inseparable and had a pact that they never broke their promises to each other . . . . Taylor and Coop became a couple during that last summer but Taylor had promised her Mum to follow her dreams so she left him behind striving to become a bridal gown designer in New York. Now, twelve years later, her dream job has ended with her being fired so she’s returning to Last Stand to finish making a wedding dress for Julie and to decide what she wants to do with her life next. She didn’t anticipate meeting Coop again on her first day back. He’s a building contractor, a widower with a young daughter, back in Last Stand and living with his father, Grandpa Joe. Maybe she should forget those career dreams and follow those of her heart this time – but will Charlie agree?

There are brilliant characters in this lovely story, you’ve just got to love young Cassie – what a sweetheart! Coop is determined to help protect Cassie from being hurt so is determined not to get close to Taylor again when she’s only going to be leaving soon . . . but sometimes life has other plans. The story is filled with family, friendships and love in a small community. It is a lovely story to escape into and I have no hesitation in highly recommending it.

I requested and was gifted a copy of this book and this is my honest review after choosing to read it and thoroughly enjoying doing so.
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1,547 reviews1 follower
September 11, 2022
The story was interesting with a sweet second chance romance, but I really struggled to connect with the writing and kept finding myself disengaging from it. Indeed after about chapter 6 I just skipped to the last chapter.
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2,979 reviews30 followers
April 23, 2020
A reunion dreams are made of! With a delightful sweet romance, Charlene Sands brings her readers a heartfelt reunion of summertime friends and first loves in ONE-OF-A-KIND BRIDE. The characters are fun, their connection feels like they were never apart and the added depth of the family and friends around them makes for a romantic reunion. I loved their story!

Taylor Preston is easy to like. She's never been shy about being a big city girl in New York City, but her summers spent with family in Last Stand, Texas are some of her fondest memories. When city life gets her down, she heads to TX early to give her cousin some extra help in planning her wedding and who does she run into almost the second she steps foot into town? Her first love ... the man she left behind ... the man who seems to still make her heart tingle at first sight.

Ryan "Coop" Cooper has a heart of gold. Taylor might have left him behind all those years ago, but he hasn't held a grudge, and he went on to be happy without her. His life now is a bit different from what he dreamed of though, and he's doing his best to be the type of father his little girl needs in her life. He can't let his guard down and bring anymore heartache to either of their lives.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a sweet reunion of first loves with a great supporting cast behind them of friends, family and an adorable little girl.
3,141 reviews11 followers
April 23, 2020
One-of-a-Kind Bride by Charlene Sands takes the reader to Last Stand, Texas. This is a place that has stood even when it should have fallen. It is made up of a tough but caring community. Those who visit never forget the town. Readers will not either.
Taylor has made a return visit to a place spend her summers. These were happy summers but she always planned to make her home in the Big Apple as a designer. As always there are bumps in the road to fulfilled dreams, with Taylor hitting a big one. I admired her loyalty to her cousin, Julie, as well as her persistent pursue of a dream. Life changes, people grow and change along with it, which she learns.
Time there includes a past summer before college love who has also returned to Last Stand, Texas. Ryan “Coop” Cooper is now living there with his young daughter. I admired his dependability and steadfastness. Still he seemed to have some major emotional issues that must be work through. With a young child who could be hurt by a quick reunion fling, the author wrote a sensitive and believable story with a conclusion that pleases all.
An ARC of the book was given to me by Tule Publishing which I voluntarily chose to read and reviewed. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
806 reviews
March 24, 2020
I was given an ARC of this book in exchange for my review.
Oh the characters in this book really tugged my heartstrings, from young Cassie right up to Grandpa Joe, heck I even wanted to cuddle Muffy the dog.
And the story line is just the best, from the promise box Coop made for Taylor when they were kids till what happened with it twelve years later just makes this one of the best second chance romances you could read, take my advice and let it play your heartstrings you won’t be sorry.

1,284 reviews7 followers
April 23, 2020

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…
This is Taylor Preston and Ryan “Coop” Cooper's story.
This was the biggest day in Taylor’s life, in recent memory that was.
And the morning called for coffee. She crossed the street, fighting heavy winds, one hand clutching her oversized design briefcase, the other reaching for Coffee Corner’s doorknob. New York never did anything on a small scale so when a gigantic gust pushed her inside the coffee house she hung on for dear life and came to a quick stop when the door closed behind her. It was warm inside and homey, the aroma of freshly brewed coffee helping to calm her nerves.
“Look what the wind blew in,” Melanie said from behind the counter, her smile wide.
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 by Charlene Sands is a 4 star book.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader copy.
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One-of-a-Kind Bride
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1,097 reviews13 followers
April 9, 2020
I received this arc from Tule Publishing in exchange for an honest review. The story took place in Last Stand Texas and features Taylor. She lives in New York but used to spend her summers in Last Stand with her cousin Julie and their friend Coop. Julie is getting married, and Taylor a designer is returning to be maid of honor and has made the Wedding and bridesmaid dresses. Right before she is to leave, she is fired because her boss finds her designs too Edgy and Different. She heads out early to help her cousin with the plans. Once she gets there, she runs into Coop. The last summer she was there, they had fallen in love but she left him to return to NYC and attend college there.

Coop had left Last stand to go to college in California when Taylor left. He met his wife, they had a daughter and his wife died in a car accident. He had recently returned to stay with his dad, run his construction company and raise his 8 year old daughter Cassie. He has a lot of guilt about his wife’s death and still is angry at Taylor for leaving. He is close with Julie and her fiancé, working on a she shed wedding present for Julie. This allows him to see a lot of Taylor.

Taylor is contemplating what she will do for a job. One of the bridesmaids asks her to stay after the wedding and design her dress. She agrees and is really loving being back there. Spending time with Cooper makes her realize she is still in love with him. She gets close with Cassie, too, and Ccop doesn’t want her to hurt either of them when she inevitably returns to her life in NYC. He is still grieving his wife and won’t ask her to stay. The story is exciting, romantic and tragic, but with a nice HEA. I gave it 5 stars.
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4,263 reviews70 followers
May 8, 2020
Reviewed at Keeper Bookshelf

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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916 reviews22 followers
April 2, 2020
A sweet second chance romance story.

Taylor Preston and Ryan “Coop” Cooper were best friends and sweethearts when they were younger. Their relationship ended when Taylor decided to follow her dreams of becoming a bridal gown designer in New York.

Taylor has finally returned to Last Stand, Texas, for her cousin Julie’s wedding and when she sees Coop it stirs up old feelings. But Taylor knows Coop is still mourning the lose of his wife and she is only in town temporarily, so nothing can happen. Taylor soon finds herself spending a lot of time with Coop, his daughter Cassie, and his father, Joe, and she has to fight the feelings that creep up every time they are together. Meanwhile Coop is struggling with his feelings towards Taylor and afraid to act on them knowing Taylor will soon be leaving town and doesn’t want Cassie to be hurt again. But spending so much time together is bound to bring them close again.

I read this book really quick because I couldn’t find a place to stop. I became so attached to the characters and couldn’t wait to see how they got their happily ever after. I enjoyed Taylor and Coop’s romance but I also liked reading about the friendships and family relationships that went along with the story. I especially enjoyed Cassie. She was a sweet, fun and sassy little girl.
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496 reviews5 followers
April 27, 2020
Broken promises don't always stay broken

Taylor Preston made a promise to her mother as she was dying that she would go to New York and become a wedding dress designer. Keeping this promise meant leaving the childhood friend and boy she was halfway in love with behind in Last Stand. But New York and the wedding dress design industry are hard to break into and even harder to be successful in. Taylor is at a breaking point when she comes back to Last Stand to help her childhood best friend prepare for her wedding. And the first person she runs into is her childhood friend, Coop.

Ryan Cooper aka Coop grew up playing a promise game with Taylor. He is now a well established contractor in Last Stand and is rebuilding the old gazebo that he and Taylor used to hide their promise notes in growing up. Coop still feels something for Taylor and would love to explore it. But he is a father now and want to protect his daughter if this relationship goes bad. Can these two remember their love from their childhood and make it permanent?

This is a quick read that is well written. The wonderful town of Last Stand has so many wonderful characters that it makes you want to go live there.

I was provided with a copy of this novel by the publisher in exchange for a fair and unbiased review.
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965 reviews
April 29, 2020
Taylor never breaks a promise. She made a promise to her dying mother to always follow her dream. Her dream has always been to be a famous wedding dress designer in NY. She was living her dream life when she suddenly finds herself unemployed. Her cousin's wedding is in Last Stand Texas in a few weeks so she heads out to help out with the wedding details. She has not been to Last Stand in twelve years. She use to spend summers here with her cousin and Coop. The were the three musketeers until the last summer when she fell in love with Coop. She left behind Last Stand and her first love to move to NY and follow her dreams. Now she is back. Coop returned to Last Stand after the death of his wife to give his daughter a stable life with the help of his father. When they see each other the spark is still there. The problem is Coop feels guilty to move on without his wife and Taylor's dream is back in NY. Is their love from the past and feelings in the present enough for Coop to move on and let love into his heart? Will Taylor realize that it is ok for your dreams to change as long as you find happiness? Good read.
6,111 reviews20 followers
April 23, 2020
This is a story that will tug at your heartstrings a book that once you start it you won't want to put it down It is well written flows beautifully and draws you into the life of the characters

Taylor Preston may be a New York city girl at heart but some of her best memories are from family holidays in Last Stand Texas so when things in New York aren't going so well she sees it has a chance to head to Last Stand early to help her Cousin Julie with her wedding plans. The first person she meets when she arrives is Coop she and him loved one another when they where younger but never wanted the same thing. He is now a single dad after the death of his wife. The attraction between them is still there but can he give her his heart and risk his daughters Cassie's heart by loving someone who will leave them behind again. Or will Taylor rethink what she wants in life You will have to read to see if they get a HEA this time
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1,360 reviews12 followers
April 24, 2020
One of a Kind Bride brings readers back to Last Stand Texas for a lovely second chance at love story. Bridal gown designer Taylor Preston lives and works in New York though she spent summer holidays on Last Stand with her cousin Julie and best friend Ryan “Coop” Cooper through her teens. Coop was her first love and someone with whom she exchanged promises each year as they grew up. Back in Last Stand for Julie’s wedding, Taylor is thrown back together with Coop, who is now a widower with an eight year old daughter, Cassie.
This is as warm, feel good story that gave me plenty to smile about as I read it. It’s filled with family values and friendship but also shows just what you can do when you follow your heart both in relationships and in your working life. I thoroughly enjoyed this story.
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1,853 reviews13 followers
April 25, 2020
This book wowed me simply from the wedding dress talk. Yes I am one of those of those people. But the beautiful dresses that our designer Taylor Preston creates is amazing. In spite of that she does lose her job in New York City so she is back in Last Stand, TX early for the wedding of her best friend. Life has a way of a working out the way it suppose to be it seems as the first day back who does she bump into but the one guy she left behind. Ryan Cooper or Coop and Taylor were inseparable back in the day and he isn't mad she left or upset she left or is back. But he does have a child he keeps her protected as he should. Promises are a big part of this book all around and one thing i really liked reading about. Promises & Second Chances.
979 reviews3 followers
April 1, 2020
A second chance romance for Taylor and Coop.

She is in town to help out with her cousin's wedding, after losing her job in the city.

He is a single Dad, who will do anything not to see his daughter hurt.

The chemistry is still there between them, but will they give it a chance?

A great read! I loved the character of his daughter.

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for a voluntary and honest review.
1,220 reviews4 followers
April 22, 2020
This is a wonderful written second chance romance story. I found the story to be dramatic, edgy and romantic all at the same time. I loved the small town feel and all the side characters just add that much more to the story line. I loved Coop and Taylor together. When you add in his daughter Cassie it just makes the story that more special. I look forward to reading more by this author. I voluntarily reviewed this book in exchange for an honest review.
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1,435 reviews14 followers
April 23, 2020
One of a Kind Bride by Charlene Sands was the perfect book for what I hope to be another series set in a Last Stand, Texas. With a brilliant, flowing dialogue that literally pulled me through the story...and witty banter being an added bonus, the pages nearly turned themselves from beginning to end. Definitely a lovely story to escape into.

This ARC was complimentary, provided by the Publisher. I am voluntarily providing my honest review.
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254 reviews3 followers
September 10, 2022
Young love

I loved this story. It's centered mainly around a woman at the crossroads in her life where she can take a step into a familiar past with possible tomorrows or go with a new job and possible regrets of the past chances not taken. The bond shared between Cooper and his daughter, plus the way he cares for his dad and the relationship they have is also great. I enjoyed the book very much.
September 29, 2022
What a wonderful story of second chance at love!

I loved this story. Ms. Sands give a heartfelt look at the promise of love that comes from friendship and grows with time. Life throw us some curves and how we handle them shows us what we are made of. Taylor and Coop have their reasons to fight their attraction to each other. So worth the read.Enjoy!
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1,906 reviews
March 23, 2020
I voluntarily read a advanced reader's copy of this book for a honest opinion.

A possible second chance at romance storyline.
One-of-a-Kind Bride by Charlene Sands.
I really enjoyed this story right from the start with it's heart-warming storyline.
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1,621 reviews6 followers
April 3, 2020
Second chance romances are wonderful especially when there is a lot of push and pull between characters. This book is terrific!
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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201 reviews1 follower
April 23, 2020
Promises made promises kept .Coop and Taylor and her cousin Julie spent their Summers together in Last Stand by the gazebo . Years later their tearing down the old gazebo along with those old memories they shared ,making way for a she-shed for Julie's wedding gift.Loved how Ryan"Coop" was always there to rescue Taylor.Would make a good Hallmark movie.
62 reviews
April 26, 2020
Sweet feelings

I want a she-shed! A story of life long friends who find love along the way. I have the same kind of love story with my husband of 48 years. I would love to see the wedding gowns Taylor makes and craftsmanship.
7 reviews
September 16, 2022
Good read

It is a story to show true love never dies. Memories are so precious. What an adorable Tom boy who is lucky to have a father who raised a beautiful girl. After his wife passes he was able to open his heart again and will live a happy life now with new wife & daughter
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