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Product Details

  • Series: A Chance Sisters Romance
  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (February 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425259250
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425259252
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,678 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Anne Gracie's THE AUTUMN BRIDE

~Chosen as one of the best romances of 2013 by 
NPR and Library Journal ~
~Shortlisted for the American Library Association's 2014 RUSA Reading List~

“Gracie charms and entices with this launch of the Regency-era Chance Sisters series. Orphaned governess Abigail Chantry receives the astonishing news that her younger sister, Jane, has been abducted and is captive in a brothel. Abby rescues Jane with the assistance of housemaid Daisy and fellow captive Damaris; the four bond together but struggle to make ends meet. Desperate, Abby breaks into a house—and meets ailing, charming Lady Beatrice Davenham, who has nothing worth stealing but could use some company. She takes in the four “Chance” sisters as her purported nieces, but the deception falters upon the return from overseas of her handsome nephew, Max. Abby’s warmth and caring nature shine from the first moment, and Max’s dedication to his family and friends make him worthy of her love. Layers of secrets and deft characterization make for a deep, rich story that will leave readers starry-eyed.” –Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"A complex, charming heartwarmer that celebrates love, brave heroines and the miracle of second chances." --Kirkus Reviews

"Abigail Chantry sprints across London rooftops and into the window of an abandoned mansion in search of something to sell in order to save her sister and friends from a life on the streets. What she doesn’t expect is to be greeted by an elderly lady asking, “Have you come to kill me?” and then being taken in by the woman. ... Delightful Jane Austen quotes introduce each chapter and add to the fun.  VERDICT With a pair of beautifully matched protagonists and some particularly despicable villains, this funny, dangerously addictive page-turner is a hands-down Regency winner; the rest of the series can’t come fast enough.   –Library Journal

"I honestly can't remember the last time I've enjoyed a book quite this much.... I predict The Autumn Bride is going to be “THE” book to add to the TBR list of Historical Romance fans everywhere." --Night Owl

"Readers will want to take a chance on this delightful, heartwarming series about sisters of the heart, family, friends, and the fun and passion of romance. Gracie lifts readers' spirits, creating a delightful cast of characters, tender moments and lighthearted repartee designed to tug at the heart. Keep a hankie handy for tears of laughter and joy." --Romantic Times

"A warm and well-crafted romance novel, perfectly setting the stage for the stories to follow in Anne Gracie’s new “Chance Sisters Romance” series....Heartfelt, charming and wonderfully paced, The Autumn Bride is full of emotionally rich characters, witty conversation and Anne Gracie’s characteristic expert storytelling, guaranteed to leave readers with this story stamped on their hearts." --Reader to Reader

"There is nothing more enjoyable then a beautifully written, sweet romance where you watch two people fall in love—and The Autumn Bride is precisely that.  –Heroes and Heartbreakers
 
"I loved this romp through the nineteenth century, an entertaining rags to riches story….. I suggest you pick up THE AUTUMN BRIDE and laugh and cheer. I did.  –Fresh Fiction
 
“I loved everything about this book—the “sisters” who create a family out of affection and need, the hero as disillusioned boy and as honorable man, and the gallant, all together wonderful Lady Beatrice, who almost steals the book from the lovers.  From page one, I was engaged with this story. When Abby assures the three younger girls that “It doesn’t hurt to dream,” and the four share their dreams of what they want from life, I was in up to my heart. …. I didn’t allow a small thing like the need to sleep keep me from the story. I finished it in the wee hours, knowing that Anne Gracie had created another world that I would want to visit again and again.  I can’t wait for Book 2."   --JustJanga

"What an absolutely enchanting story!!"   --EBookObsessed

About the Author

 Anne Gracie lives in Australia. 

More About the Author

Award-winning author, Anne Gracie, spent her childhood and youth on the move, thanks to her dad's job, which took them around the world. The gypsy life taught her that humor & love are universal languages and that favorite books can take you home, wherever you are.

As well as writing, Anne teaches adult literacy, flings balls for her dog, keeps bees and enjoys reading, music, cooking and her tangled garden.

Anne also blogs regularly with the Word Wenches; Jo Beverley, Mary Jo Putney, Patricia Rice, Susan Fraser King, Nicola Cornick, Cara Elliot and Joanna Bourne. Visit them at http://wordwenches.typepad.com/

Visit Anne's website at www.annegracie.com
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Customer Reviews

The story is laced with humor.
fictiongal
I liked all of the characters and the storyline kept me wanting to read on.
Renee Williams
I enjoyed this story, the plot as well as the characters.
BBP

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By fictiongal on February 5, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
THE AUTUMN BRIDE is the first novel in a new historical romance series by Anne Gracie. The book is chocked full of colorful characters and derring-do. The heroine Abby rescues her kidnapped sister and her friend from a brothel with the help of maid. The quartet band together as sisters. When destitution leads Abby to break into a nearby house to steal to provide for the group, she discovers someone in greater need of rescue. She saves a nearly starved and ill Lady Davenham routing evil servants as she and her sisters tenderly care for the once grand dame (Max, Lord Devanham being abroad making his fortune). This Dickensian start leads to her own fairytale Happily Ever After with Max.
The story is laced with humor. The romantic duo are supported by great secondary characters with rich and funny dialogue. The sharp witted Lady Davenham, Max's aunt, has a loose way with the truth and a sarcastic tone that save her from being just a sad old lady rescued by the young. I started laughing with her when she said, "I never trust the word of people with their hands on my private parts" and never stopped. Freddy (the muffin hater), Daisy, and the rest of the cast kept this book moving along to the expected HEA.
I think this is one of Gracie's best. If you are a fan, I think you will love it too. She knows how to pace a novel and has a deft hand adding humor through dialogue . This is not an erotic romance. For those you want a sex scene, there is one near the end.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Melissa VINE VOICE on February 5, 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Annie Grace's novel The Autumn Bride is a sweet if slow moving story. The leads are rather nice if not a little too much alike.

The set up for this new series takes a good five or six chapters. In essence Abigail is a governess who likes her charges but does not like her employers. She and her younger sister were orphaned and she has not seen her sister in years. She gets shocking news that her sister is in a brothel and she manages to help her sister and two other ladies escape from the establishment. All four try to live on their own but they are almost starving. When Abigail's sister becomes ill she plans on burgling a house to pay for a doctor. She climbs through a window to discover the woman living in the house is bedridden, dirty and suffering from neglect. Abigail takes her new family of sisters to Lady Bea's house and kicks out the worthless servants and provides for the lady's comfort and finds a roof for her new family.

Lady Bea has a nephew, Max, Lord Davenham who has been gone for years making his fortune in far away lands. He is unaware of his Aunt's plight due to her greedy servants who feed him bad information. He is suspicious of Abigail when he discovers her in his Aunt's house and she is just as suspicious of a nephew who has no idea his Aunt is languishing away.

Max can't believe that Abigail is as good as others claim her to be and Abigail believes Max to be insensitive. This couple changes their opinions about the other mostly because they observe each other's actions with Lady Bea. Max is betrothed and this causes him no sense of peace, but he is a man of his word. The reader can feel his internal struggle between his duty and his desire. Abigail is aware of Max's betrothal but is unable to stop falling for him.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By I Read Romance on March 1, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Admittedly it's been a while since I have read an Anne Gracie romance, but I don't remember them being full of odd ball humor that doesn't quite gel with the seriousness that permeates most of the story. The conflicting tones of the book made for an adequate, if at points emotionally confusing, read.

The hero inherits a title that is bankrupt and spends the next decade of his life digging his way out of it, inevitably finding a fortune in the Dutch East Indies when he forms a partnership with three friends from school (the next heroes in the series though I haven't checked Gracie's website). The heroine is your educated orphan turned governess who gets fired from her job when she chooses saving her sister and two random girls from a brothel over reporting to work on time. The girls end up being claimed by the hero's aunt as her "nieces" before his triumphant return to England after he guessed something was wrong from an odd letter he received from his aunt.

The romance isn't bad. Gracie creates a believable attraction between the H/h that is apparent from their first meeting and is carried through the rest of the book. The only obstacle for the relationship is an unofficial betrothal between the hero and a mystery woman that readers aren't introduced to until the last 75 pages of the book. Broad hints throughout the book make it easy to guess why the hero got betrothed in the first place, and his reasoning for continuing with the engagement is admirable but flimsy creativeness at best.

The story flows smoothly, but scenes are broken by flippant descriptions and ill-placed humor. The hero's aunt convinces everyone in her circle of Ton friends that her "nieces" are the product of her younger sister's marriages to multiple foreign aristocrats.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mary Chen on February 8, 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I'm a big fan of Cinderella-type stories where the impoverished heroine ends up with a handsome, dashing lord. This one is original and highly interesting, setting up the quartet of the Chance sisters.

Abigail Chantry is related to two esteemed families, but is sadly not acknowledge by either due to her parents having eloped. Ever since her parents' early deaths, Abby had grown up taking care of her sister Jane, working as a governess to support Jane's schooling. Just as Jane should be on the way work in a respectable household, Abby gets notified by Daisy, a brothel servant, that Jane had been abducted and about to be sold! Her job aside, Abby, with Daisy's help, managed to save her sister along with Damaris, someone who helped to prevent Jane from getting raped while at the brothel. Together, these four become the Chance sisters, people met by chance but held together by a sisterly bond. Their adventure continues as Abby, in an attempt to obtain money for them, tried to rob the house of Lady Beatrice Davenham...

As this book is the first in a series, quite a bit of it has been devoted to explaining the background of the Chance Sisters. However, Anne Gracie's moving prose and characterization establishes a good pacing, leaving space for both plot twists and relationship developments. The Autumn Bride is undoubtedly focused on its lead characters, Max, Lord Davenham, and Abby. Max inherited the earldom from his uncle right out of university, and was shocked the settling of his uncle's heavy debts on his. He was told that he must "sell everything" in order to pay the debts, but he refused to sell his aunt's residence and the family seat.
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