The Autumn Bride

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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 ...

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Overview


~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

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Editorial Reviews

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
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781452661780
  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/18/2013
  • Series: Chance Sisters Series , #1
  • Format: MP3 on CD
  • Edition description: MP3 - Unabridged CD
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 7.42 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Meet the Author


 Anne Gracie lives in Australia. 
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2013

    Great read

    Loved it

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 7, 2013

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    Reviewed by: Rachel Book provided by: NetGalley Review originall

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 7, 2013

    Hmmm... I really like Gracie's books, but the more I think about

    Hmmm... I really like Gracie's books, but the more I think about this one, I find more and more things to pick apart. Not that it wasn't a great read, because it definitely was!

    I figured out who the bad guy was at about the same time the sister first appeared. OK, so the sister trusted the guy, but it was so obvious. Maybe if I were in that situation, I wouldn't want to believe it possible, but yeesh. Especially once they told Max (the hero) the bare bones of the story and he wanted to know who and why, they could have wrapped it up much sooner.

    And then when someone tried to snatch her from in front of their house, we only get the story secondhand, when the heroine returns from whatever errand it was. Then the bad guys are all mopped up FAR off screen. I wanted more immediacy, I guess. If you're going to torture your characters, I want to see it. Does that make me really bad? ;)

    The other thing with the hero being promised in marriage to some girl because of money peeved me greatly. Why did the girl not have even the tiniest bit of backbone? Why would she even let the hero suffer along? She could have bowed out gracefully while taking him into her confidence. Maybe not, but *something* rather than telling him she was going to go through with it.

    Anyway, it's a really nice read and I enjoy the characters, especially Abby (the heroine) though she's a bit self-effacing for my tastes. And what a great Dowager! It's hard to believe she got so mistreated by her servants and was ready to give up, almost. I'm not sure how she's going to give all of the "sisters" their own happy endings. Looking forward to see what she does with Daisy, especially.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 25, 2014

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    I really enjoyed The Autumn Bride. I loved the Chance 'sisters'

    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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    Posted May 13, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2014

    Bramblestar- LightClan bios

    Name: Bramblestar<br>
    Gender:she-cat<br>
    Appearance: Bramblestar is a dark brown tabby she-cat with green eyes. Her left paw, tail-tip, and underbelly are white.<br>
    Family: Duskshadow(brother),Dawnlight(sister), Ivyleaf(sister)<br>
    History: Her parents left their kits to fend for themselves when she was just a kit. Bramblestar's siblings took care of her until she was old enough to hunt. One leafbare she got separated from them during a terrible blizzard. Thinking she was the only survivor, Bramblestar went off on her own, traveling until greenleaf came and she founded LightClan.<br>
    Other: ask

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2014

    Very disappointing sample!

    What is the point of a sample that contains all of one paragraph of the actual book? I found the premise interesting enough to give it a try, but why a sample has to include the chapter pages at the expense of the actual writing is unclear. Further, I wish to judge the author on the writing, not on what other reviewers had to say. There was certainly not enough here to entice mecto purchase the novel.

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  • Posted March 1, 2014

    Recommended historical romance

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2013

    Potential Not Met

    It had potential but ultimately was lacking for me in the end.

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  • Posted July 28, 2013

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    I love to read Laura's books. She writes so you feel you are als

    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 &quot;sisters&quot; 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2013

    Ace

    Hey

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2013

    Dezra and Raelo

    A pretty fox red she-wolf pads in. She has a single black paw and leaf green eyes. "Hello. My name is Dezra and I would ike to join", she barks, voice like a twinkling bell.<p>
    Padding in behind Dezra is a pitch black male wolf with colbalt blue eyes. He barks,"Hello. My name is Raelo ((pronounced: Ray•low)) and I would like to join along with my sister".

    0 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2013

    Frost

    A white she-wolf with aqua blue eyes pads in "Hello can I join?" She asks curiously

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2013

    Bree

    She dipped her head. Hello.


    ((You know that there is another pack that has been around longer and there alphas name is luna right? ))

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2013

    Masked wolf

    The black figure comes in. "I wish to be beta, but I must receive something in return."

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2013

    Luna

    She nods back.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2013

    Exceptionally entertaining

    Exceptionally entertaining

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2013

    Reader

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2013

    Loved it

    Worth reading

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    I loved this book

    I loved the characters, plot, and humor.

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