The Autumn Bride

The Autumn Bride

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by Anne Gracie
     
 

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~Chosen as one of the best romances of 2013 by NPR and Library Journal~

From the beloved, award-winning Anne Gracie comes this brand-new series about four young women on the verge of destitution—until a daring act changes their fortune and transforms each of them into a glowing bride.  For fans of Mary Balogh, Julia Quinn, and

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~Chosen as one of the best romances of 2013 by NPR and Library Journal~

From the beloved, award-winning Anne Gracie comes this brand-new series about four young women on the verge of destitution—until a daring act changes their fortune and transforms each of them into a glowing bride.  For fans of Mary Balogh, Julia Quinn, and Stephanie Laurens...

Governess Abigail Chantry will do anything to save her sister and two dearest friends from destitution, even if it means breaking into an empty mansion in the hope of finding something to sell. Instead of treasures, though, she finds the owner, Lady Beatrice Davenham, bedridden and neglected. Appalled, Abby rousts Lady Beatrice's predatory servants and—with Lady Beatrice's eager cooperation—the four young ladies become her “nieces,” neatly eliminating the threat of disaster for all concerned!

It's the perfect situation, until Lady Beatrice’s dashing and arrogant nephew, Max, Lord Davenham, returns from the Orient—and discovers an impostor running his household…

A romantic entanglement was never the plan for these stubborn, passionate opponents—but falling in love may be as inevitable as the falling of autumn leaves...  
 
*Mary Jo Putney

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
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. But Lady Beatrice Davenham needs support, and becoming Lady Beatrice's nieces improves things remarkably for Abby and her "sisters"—until the annoying Lord Davenham comes to call. 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. Gracie (Bride by Mistake) lives in Melbourne, Australia.
Publishers Weekly
Gracie (His Captive Lady) 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. (Feb.)
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"Narrator Alison Larkin's diverse English accents set the mood for this warm story of love, friendship, and class in English society." —AudioFile
Kirkus Reviews
After governess Abigail Chantry saves her sister and two friends from abduction and ruin, the four women determine to survive together, finding a surprising champion in an elderly baroness--much to the chagrin of her handsome nephew. When Abigail Chantry receives a mysterious message that her beautiful sister has been abducted and taken to a brothel, she races to save her and ends up with three young women to look out for. Bringing them to her home gets her sacked, so they rent a tiny room and look for work, hoping for some miracle that will keep them off the streets. Instead, they meet Lady Beatrice, an ill, elderly baroness who is practically imprisoned by the criminally neglectful servants living off her. Abby takes charge of Lady Bea's household, running off the servants and hiring a small crew of new ones, and the four young women--who call themselves the Chance sisters--begin to nurse the invalid back to health. At the same time, Lady Bea's nephew, Max, who has been out of the country rebuilding his fortune, comes home to find his aunt thin and sick and blames the mysterious Abby Chance, who seems to have an alarming sway over his aunt. Confronting her with his suspicions, he is astonished when the woman counterattacks, admonishing him for abandoning his aunt and placing the blame for Lady Bea's condition squarely at his feet. Max investigates and learns the truth of his aunt's troubles and how the young women--whom Lady Bea has taken to calling her nieces--saved her. It doesn't answer the question of where they came from or what their motives are, but soon Max is convinced Abby Chance is the woman he's waited for all of his life. Unfortunately, he's betrothed to another, and danger lurks from the girls' past, so Max and Abby must fight for their chance at happiness. Historical romance author Gracie is known for her nuanced, unconventional characters and rich, original plot lines. This book, first of a planned quartet, doesn't disappoint. A complex, charming heartwarmer that celebrates love, brave heroines and the miracle of second chances.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101618295
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/05/2013
Series:
Chance Sisters Series , #1
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
15,397
File size:
1 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

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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

Meet the Author

 Anne Gracie lives in Australia. 

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The Autumn Bride 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by: Rachel Book provided by: NetGalley Review originally posted at Romancing the Book It only took me one chapter and I was hooked. The one thing that kept rolling around in my head was this, “How have I not heard of Miss Gracie until now?” As a lover of historical romances, I’m almost appalled that this is the first time I’ve picked up one of her books! Jam packed full of romance, intrigue, sensual tension–you name it! To say this book was your typical Regency romance would be like saying chocolate isn’t good. The book starts with our hero and then transports his character to eight years later. After refilling the family coffers–he’s finally able to return to London. Enter in Abby and her three “sisters.” I use the term loosely because two out of the four sisters aren’t blood related and have quite shady pasts. I was shocked how easily I latched onto the characters. After a moment of desperation on Abby’s part–they find themselves suddenly living in a beautiful old house and running the household for Lady Beatrice (It must be said that Lady Beatrice reminds me of the crazy great aunt in Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton series). When Max returns home, he see’s his aunt hasn’t been taken care of, after all, he wouldn’t leave her so ill! Soon the wool is lifted from his eyes and he sees how the Chance sisters saved his aunts life, literally. Humor and snappy dialogue flew off the pages. I’m pretty sure my smile was frozen in place most the time! The sensual tension was just enough to make you shiver with delight, but not overdone to where you need to shield your eyes or poke them out with a pencil. The characters of Max and Abby had a love/hate relationship that I typically like to read in my romances. I don’t like the whole love at first sight thing, so I’m glad she wrote it how it appeared. Lust at first sight that turned into love. The secondary character of Freddy was also a wonderful treat! The only complaint I have of this book, and really it’s not a complaint if I’m being honest…but alas, here it is: I wish that Miss Gracie would have delved deeper into Abby’s mindset. I don’t believe she ever stated that she loved Max, and then suddenly she’s confessing everything? All in all this book is a fantastic read! I can’t wait to read the other Chance sister books! If you want a great historical romance that will have you sighing with excitement and laughing out loud–snatch this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun book, with a great start to what promises to be a series of good books. Anne Gracie's stories flow--the heroines are smart and worthy, and there's vulnerability and need on both sides. Good work--I wish I could discover when the next one comes out...
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loverofromance More than 1 year ago
Abigail Chantry is a governess, and has a deep love for children. Her parents died when she was young, and she and her sister Jane were left to fend for themselves. One day while out on her half day off, she is approached by a young woman, where she learns that her sister Jane was kidnapped and has being held prisoner in a brothel, and soon to be sold as a sex slave. Soon three women join forces and escape the brothel, and Now along with Abigail and Jane they have adopted two other women who are like sisters to them. Abigail knows that she will lose her position, so she leaves along with the three other women and they try to save money to go to Bath and have a dress shop. However their money has run out, and her sister Jane is sick, and needs a doctor. So out of desperation, she goes into a mansion, thinking it empty, and hoping its full of something she can sell to save her sister. After she climbs through a dark window, a old woman's voice startles her, and she learns about this bedridden woman whose servants treat her horribly and they are practically killing her with their neglect. So she decides to help Lady Beatrice who offers her home as sanctuary to Abigail and the three women she has taken in. Then after a few weeks, Lady Beatrice's nephew, Max, returns and fireworks start to explode between Max and Abigail, and a burning passion begins... I have always adored Anne Gracie, and I was first introduced to this author months ago, when I read a review for this book, and I knew I needed to try this author. So I have read a few of her other books so far, and loved every one of them. When I was able to get my hands on Autumn Bride, I was so excited. The Autumn Bride is the first in the series, and it sets the stage for the series. The beginning of the book we see the background of the story, how Abigail, Jane and her two friends become like sisters, Then we see the meeting between Abigail and Lady Beatrice. Lady Beatrice is a charming and witty character, and you can't help but feel for her situation. Max has been away for many years, trying to rebuild a fortune that was lost by his father, and works in trade now. When he receives a letter from his aunt's friend, he grows worried and heads back to England, not knowing what he will find. When Max and Abigail first meet, I felt like the windows were going to explode, there was such intensity to their first meeting, and even though Max doesn't know what Abigail's true plan is involving his aunt, but he means to get to the bottom of it despite how she stirs his senses. The characters in this story were fantastically amazing. In the beginning we see more of the sub characters and the introduction to the role that they play in the story. Abigail is at the center for the most part, and you begin to admire her as the heroine of the story. Abigail is strong, and will do anything to save her sister. She has a compassionate nature, and is very protective, especially when Max comes onto the scene. Max even though he has been gone, he has been working for years to rebuild a fortune that was lost in order to save his aunt. When he returns to England, his concern is only for her welfare, and knows that soon he will have to marry a woman he is bethroted to and has been ever since he made a deal to save their finances when he was barely out of school. Max is tough and protective, and fierce at times, but I loved the way he is with Abigail and he is the type of heroes you can't help but love because of his honorable nature. The side characters were zesty and lively. Overall I had quite a fun time reading The Autumn Bride, and the engtanglements involved, and seeing how Max and Abigail come together in the end. A charming tale of love, emotion, adventure and a sense of fun. ADORED IT!!
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bklvr16 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed The Autumn Bride. I loved the Chance 'sisters' and the way they came together. Abby was the glue that held them together. I loved Lady Beatrice from the beginning and was so glad she was saved the 'Miss Burglar'. I loved Max even though he thought his honor prevented him from loving the one woman who was perfect for him. Anne Gracie always writes great characters and she didn't disappoint me this time. I already have my copy of book two ~~ The Winter Bride and can't wait to read it. Thank you, Anne Gracie for a wonderful book!
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Liz51 More than 1 year ago
First in a series, the well written plot sets the stage for the four Chance "sisters'" stories. Autumn Bride centers on Abby, the governess, who reunites with her sister Jane and her two friends. Abby works to keep the four of them eating, but when money is gone she is forced to consider stealing from an old mansion. She meets ailing Lady Beatrice and a friendship develops so that all four move in with her to care for her. When Lady Beatrice's nephew returns, the conflict begins between he and Abby. All is resolved in a satisfying manner leaving readers waiting for what happens to the other three sisters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It had potential but ultimately was lacking for me in the end.
celticmaggie More than 1 year ago
I love to read Laura's books. She writes so you feel you are also in the story. Take one damsel in distress, Abby, throw in a bedeviled Lord, Max and mix it up with "sisters" and a strong willed aunt. There are so many twists and turns here you can't put the book down. She has a marvelous way of developing her characters and plots. Please don't miss reading this book!
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Exceptionally entertaining
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Great book!!! Love this author, develops interesting plots that aren t to complex. Great summer read, only took a couple of hours.
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Worth reading
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I loved the characters, plot, and humor.
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I read a lot and this was most enjoyable. If you are a romantic as I am you can visualize the story and have your own movie show.
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