- Series: A Chance Sisters Romance (Book 1)
- Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Berkley (February 5, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0425259250
- ISBN-13: 978-0425259252
- Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.4 x 9.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (136 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,649 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Autumn Bride (A Chance Sisters Romance) Mass Market Paperback – February 5, 2013
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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.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
- It's an original premise that sets up a an interesting series of books. You have 4 would-be heroines who enter the stage rescuing themselves from a brothel and abject poverty to become the rescuers of an abandoned sickly old lady. Meanwhile the hero and his buddies (we only get to know two of them in this novel) have been building the requisite fortunes to provide for said ladies.
- Abby is the type of heroine you can admire. She cares about her charges and honors her word. You love her for rescuing her sister and taking in Damaris and Daisy as well. You admire her for going out of her way to rescue Lady Beatrice, the bedridden old lady next door.
- Max is initially portrayed as an admirable hero as well. At 18 he inherits his uncle's title and his debts but dedicates himself to providing for his widowed aunt. He returns to England solely because he's starting to worry for his aunt.
- There's a hunt of danger with the scheme of kidnapping orphaned girls and selling them to brothels. It's something that was done often in the workhouses of Regency England.There's even a trap laid to catch the girls before they can reveal the plot to the authorities.
Once Ms. Gracie sets up the premise (it takes her 100 pages to do so), the romance element moves at snail's pace. Most of it is told to the reader by way of internal conflict rather than character interaction. Max comes home after being warned "they" are taking horrible advantage of his aunt only to find the "sisters" running her household. He's naturally suspicious which leads him to be at odds with Abby until he learns her story. Then we get one kiss before he decries any romance because he's conveniently betrothed. Internal conflict tells us she's attracted to him as he's attracted to her but each has prior romances that prohibit them from acting on said feelings.
Misunderstandings and unsaid conversations lead to more estrangement right up until the last 30 pages of the book. It get so repetitive the aunt rips Max a new one for not saying all he should have said. basically everything the reader has been screaming at him for the last 150 pages. That is beyond tedious.
The suspense plot which involves kidnappings, brothels, muggings and attempted killings is wrapped up off stage between Max and secondary Daisy when he takes her to the Bow Street Magistrates. There's no direct scene between our hero, heroines and the villains. Instead the reader follows a rather boring day with Lady Beatrice's nieces biding their time inside and later hearing about the story of what happened from Daisy. Wasted opportunity for drama.
There's too little physical or amorous contact between the hero and heroine. Not that I care for the lust-filled erotica novels that pose as historicals, but this one has a kiss followed by long estrangements and ultimately a consummation in the last few pages. It makes the love story seem rather cold.
Max's idiotic engagement drives you batty because it feels like the writer couldn't decide what to make of it. When we first meet the Parsleys (father and daughter) both appear upstart, greedy villains. Why would Max honor such a commitment? Then we're told Papa Parsley is actually a good guy and a friend and his daughter is a sweet-natured girl. How could be break the commitment? Then we're told he had an epiphany off-stage and is ready to break his word for love of the heroine (that apparently happens when he's busy confronting the villains without out seeing or experiencing it). But he has to wait to talk to Papa Parsley while daughter Parsley is indifferent to the news. You're just screaming at him and the author to forget the damn engagement subplot and get on with some real relationship conflict.Thank goodness the whole thing is abandoned in the end.
I'm not sure I want to read the rest of the books in this series. The premise has potential but the execution is so poor. Gracie usually does a better job drawing her characters together. I'm thinking this novel was written more of a mind to setup the premise for the series rather than be Max & Abby's story.
Life was good until Lady Beatrice’s dashingly handsome and arrogant nephew, Max, Lord Davenham return from the Orient and discovers an impostor running his household.
I have to say that I have always been a fan of Anne Gracie but what originally prompted me to pick up this audio was two things, one the gorgeous artwork of the cover, and second because I have always liked Ms. Gracie’s writing. So WOW - I got DOUBLE the pleasure!!! Add to that the superb narration by Allison Larkin and this Audible version was the best!
Not only do you have a wonderful sensual romance going on between Max and Abby (once they figured it out) but Lady Beatrice was a darling; her other “nieces” were sweethearts; and Abby’s friends who had always looked out for her became their butler and footman! It was a purely spectacular mix of great characters who interacted with each other in a wonderful tableau of danger, adventure and humorous antics.
Naturally, there was also the danger of the fiends who were trying to find Abby’s sister and reel her back into the dangerous brothel she had escaped from. Add to that the mystery of how and why her sister ended up there in the first place and you have one fully fleshed out tale, that will keep you listening to the very wee hours.
This Audible version is highly recommended.
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