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Product Details

  • Series: Chance Sisters (Book 2)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (April 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425259269
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425259269
  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 0.9 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #222,708 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for The Winter Bride:
"A delightful, emotionally complex romance....A romantic winner, with Gracie’s typical witty charm and sweeping emotion." --Kirkus Reviews
"Exquisitely written, perfectly plotted." --Library Journal (starred review)
"The Chance sisters are living a dream, and readers will be thrilled to be there with them. Gracie has created a wonderful cast of characters, from the sisters themselves to their benefactress and servants....The lively dialogue and tender emotions compel readers to relish every moment." --RT Book Reviews (Top Pick)

Praise for Anne Gracie's previous romance, The Autumn Bride:
“Gracie charms and entices with this launch of the Regency-era Chance Sisters series….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
"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.”—Night Owl Reviews

About the Author

Anne Gracie is the national bestselling author of The Autumn Bride, Bride By Mistake, and The Accidental Wedding. She lives in Australia.


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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/

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Customer Reviews

I am just starting to read this book.
Barbara J.
The storyline, character development and pacing were wonderful.
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Wonderful writing, entertains, an just great fun!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mary @ *Buried Under Romance* on April 1, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
The Winter Bride is a laughter-filled journey into the world of experimental Chinese swimming pigs, enchanting the hearts of readers and making them yearn to read the story over and over again. Intrigued? I hope so.

Confirmed bachelor Freddy Monkton-Coombes has a deep aversion to marriage, responsibilities, and muffins - the eligible misses of marriageable age who seek to entrap him in marriage. His best friend, Max, had married one of the Chance Sisters in The Autumn Bride (A Chance Sisters Romance), and asked Freddy to look after them along with his elderly Aunt Beatrice while he's on his honeymoon. Appalled, Freddy reluctantly agrees, and that's where his troubles began. He has no problem dealing with the charming Jane and Daisy Chance, but Damaris Chance is a different matter.

Damaris Tait became Damaris Chance in a chain of events detailed in The Autumn Bride. She had grown up in China with her missionary father, and escaped to England upon the death of her father and the burning of their mission. What she endured during her travels is her deepest secret, and also the one which convinced her to never marry, despite her deep yearning for security and a husband to care for her. When Freddy is driven to near insanity by the ploys of his mother to marry, he concocts a crazy scheme of a fake betrothal with the only girl who doesn't want to marry - Damaris. Yet, as their fake betrothal continues, why does Freddy suddenly want to make it real? And more importantly, can he convince Damaris to tell him the shadows of her past?
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By fictiongal on April 1, 2014
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
THE WINTER BRIDE is Anne Gracie's second installment in her Chance Sisters series. The "sisters" (only two of the four are actually related) bonded through adversity and each will get the Happily Ever After treatment. Both the hero and heroine of this book were featured in the first book of the series. He was the best friend who flirted with everything in a skirt and was scared of "muffins" (marriageable debutantes). She was one of the two sisters rescued from a brothel by Abby, the heroine of the AUTUMN BRIDE. You don't need to read the first book but it adds back story to this entry.

Gracie is a gifted writer of the genre and the narrative holds together well. Unlike some writers who build a secondary character to legendary proportions over several novels and then provide a less than stellar entry for the character's own star turn, Gracie knows to move them up to the big leagues before they wear out their welcome or become too larger than life not to let the reader down.

Freddy and Damaris set off sparks from the beginning but are too scarred by their pasts to move toward their HEA until they join forces to thwart others who are determined each character must marry. A fake betrothal sets the stage for confronting those responsible for scarring them. Gracie's use of deft humor turns Damaris sad beginning into a wonderful winter fairytale.

Gracie's books usually include sex scenes but are never erotic literature. The few sex scenes occur near the end of the novel. The narrative carries the reader and not the number of sex acts. I loved that Gracie had her couple joke about whips (and their laughable use) at the end as an acknowledgment of those suddenly popular BDSM novels that claim to be romances but aren't.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By TracyJane on April 5, 2014
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Until this moment, if anyone asked what was my favorite Anne Gracie book I would have said The Perfect Rake - without a doubt. And now - I would be hard pressed to choose between The Perfect Rake and The Winter Bride!

I absolutely LOVED this book - Freddy is as close to perfect as you can imagine. He is kind, funny, loyal and well just stinking perfect!

Damaris is wonderful too - my heart just broke for this girl. The fact that she was not a nasty man hating shrew is amazing. After everything she had been through - I think I could have even liked her if she was. But she wasn't - she was the perfect match for Freddy. She is warm, loving and fiercely protective of those she loves. I love how she stood up to Freddy's parents - she was incredible!

I can't wait for the next book - will it be Daisy or Jane? Who will Flynn end up with? Ms. Gracie please write faster!!!

If you want a book that has humor without being silly and a book with emotional depth without being dark and heavy - READ THIS BOOK. You will not be disappointed !!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By OLT TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 13, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I was predisposed to dislike this after all the disappointing (to me) Bride books Gracie has been churning out since 2008 but I borrowed it from the library on another reviewer's recommendation. Turns out I really like it, proving once again that it's not a good idea to have preconceived biases about anything.

The plot itself isn't what makes this such a good read. It's the two main characters. They're great, especially hero Freddy. Heroine Damaris is admirable also. I do so enjoy a woman who's determined to make it on her own and not for stupid reasons. She has a dark secret in her past (yes, yes, that is so cliche but I didn't care) that makes her behavior very reasonable, and she is also a very likeable female.

But the absolute delight of the book is hero Freddy. He also has a dark issue in his past (yes, yes, again cliche but let's move on) that makes him seem emotionally aloof and somewhat superficial, but as the story progresses Damaris and Freddy reveal themselves to each other and begin the healing process.

This isn't a dark, angsty book although it does have those dark secrets. Gracie keeps the serious issues serious without making this a bummer of a book. For the most part, it's actually a fun read. I do so love the "God's Plan" theory as explained by Freddy to Damaris. the Venice (no, NOT Italy) moments, and, of course, the experimental Chinese swimming pigs are not to be missed.
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