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The Autumn Bride (Chance Sisters #1)

3.84 of 5 stars 3.84  ·  rating details  ·  1,795 ratings  ·  272 reviews
Anne Gracie is “always terrific,”* and now the award-winning author delivers a 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…

Governess Abigail Chantry will do anything to save her sister and two dearest friends from destitution, even if it means breaking into
Mass Market Paperback, 310 pages
Published February 5th 2013 by Berkley Sensation (first published January 30th 2012)
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Mary C. *Nulla in mundo pax sincera*
Now published on Buried Under Romance :)

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 scho
Jennifer Ashley
Fabulously written, sweet, and funny, this book has become one of my favorites, as has the series. An unusual set of heroines in dire circumstances find a benefactor when they rescue her from being a prisoner in her own household. How the heroine discovers her is also most unusual! The four heroines come together as "sisters" for their own survival, and form bonds of friendship and caring that is heartwarming. The hero has no chance. If you're a fan of old-fashioned, well-written, sweet Regencie ...more
Khanh (Clowns, Nightmares, and Bunnies)
I understand this is the first book in a series, but part of what turned me off was the long setup and backstory of everyone involved. There's also very little passion and a halfhearted mystery plot that I just couldn't get behind.

The backstory *takes a deep breath*: The heroine, Abigail rescues her sister, Jane, and two other girls from a brothel after Jane is abducted from a genteel poorhouse and almost forced into prostitution. She is narrowly saved from having her virginity auctioned off to
16/7 - 3.5 stars. The Autumn Bride is a light and fluffy romantic comedy, it’s not what comes to mind when I think of romance books. I was surprised to find I really enjoyed it because it doesn’t really have much depth or all that much romance. In order; there’s a male fantasy involving whipped cream, a kiss, a naked male chest, and finally another kiss quickly followed by the last chapter where the only sex scene happened. Really, I would compare this to some of the rom com movies that I’ve lov ...more
At the beginning I had to check if this was really a romance novel or if it was kind of Oliver Twist type of book...

The beginning is bleak and I felt very sorry for Abby. She was treated like dirt and, even if I knew it was normal in that period, I felt for her.

Also the brothel scene was bad... the thought that girls really were sold like cattle is a sad demonstration of how low a human can fall...

But after a while, we're introduced to Lady Beatrice and it is then that things get good!

I loved L
Olga Godim
I love this writer. I recently discovered her and already read 3 of her books. I loved them all. I’m reading another one of hers at the moment, the only one left on my shelves, but she has several more novels in print, and I will order them all from Amazon. Such a nice feeling – pleasant anticipation. I have 8 more books of hers to look forward to. I’m thrumming with future joy. I think Anne Gracie is one of the best historical romance writers today. Why didn’t I hear about her before?
This stor
Decent narration by Alison Larkin, but she doesn't add anything to the story. I'd give her performance 3 stars. Her rendition does a disservice to Freddy, the hero of the next book, The Winter Bride. She makes him sound mincing, and very immature.

As for the story, it's an enjoyable regency-era romance, set in London. Unlike Gracie's The Perfect Waltz, this too-similar book is not a "desert isle keeper" but I found it nonetheless fairly heartwarming and entertaining. It held my interest, despite
Apr 11, 2013 Eva rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: romance
Really enjoyed the first half of this book - characters are fairly well developed (I loved Aunt Bea), dialogue is snappy, plot has some unique characteristics that keep it from being entirely cliche for the genre. However, the secondary characters (Aunt Bea, Freddy, Featherby & William, etc.) really steal the show. The attraction between Abby & Max feels forced and I really could not have cared less if they ended up together or not.

Also grating was the fact that all the conflicts are wra
3.75 Stars for me. This one was just a typical sweet historical read. The set up was unique, but in the end it felt typical and the ending a bit rushed. Now having said that, we have couples in place for the next 3 books, question is...who is going to end up with who? I am eager to see.
Jane Stewart
Conversations and events were fun, likeable, enjoyable. It’s charming. Emotionally fulfilling.

This is not a great book, but I’m giving it 5 stars because I was in such a happy mood during the two days I was listening to it. I was smiling all the time – during and not during.

It reminded me of Georgette Heyer books. I like the author’s choices - what the characters do, how they react, what they say. There was a blackmail attempt and my initial reaction was uh oh, this could be a downer. But it was
3-1/2 stars

A sweet Anne Gracie. The romance wasn't the strongest ever but it was more than made up for with the lovely secondary characters. The book was mostly about Abby and her sisters, both real and of the heart, finding a place to live and thrive. The hero was sort of secondary but it was still a believable romance and I continue to enjoy AGs stuff.

The writing is smooth and the feel for the period good. I did think that the one sex scene was not really likely to have happened considering t
Lady Wesley
The following is a review of audio version.

I loved this book when I read it, and I enjoyed the audio version narrated by Alison Larkin. I had not listened to Larkin before, and at first I thought she sounded like a child with a head cold. As she progressed into different voices for the characters, however, that impression went away. This book has five prominent female characters (the "sisters by chance" and Lady Beatrice), and Larkin quite successfully met the challenge of finding distinctive vo
Having only recently completed Anne Gracie's, The Perfect Rake, the first in The Merridew Sisters series, I am a tad disappointed that The Autumn Bride didn't quite come up to the same standard. Notwithstanding this, this series is still looking to be a good solid series. With Aunt Bea and Freddy Monkton-Coombes looking to be excellent secondary characters.

Abigail Chantry and her sister Jane were orphaned at an early age and Abi has assumed the caring role for her sister, 6 years her junior. Abi
Oh, bravo...what a nice change from some of the more annoying plots and characters I've read in the last little while. I think I thoroughly adored every character and am probably nearly halfway in love with Max, Lord Davenham, and wouldn't mind being adopted by Lady Beatrice.

Although some have complaints about this, I really liked the slow start to the novel and the setting up of it for the installments to follow. It was nice to follow along with Abigail and her sisters rather than just have it
4 stars. This book was 80% family+friends and 20% romance and I ended up loving it. I loved both Abigail and Max and they care so much about their family - in Abigail's case her "sisters" and in Max's case his Aunt Bea and seeing them work together was honestly my favorite part of this book. Actually, no, I lied. My favorite part was (view spoiler) ...more
Book Binge
...This is quite a rockem sockem kind of story set in a staid historical setting and it is a delight to watch Lady Beatrice come alive under the care of Abby, returning to her quiet mischief-making and leading all her friends on a merry chase with her new "reading club." It is a fine novel in so many ways and so entertaining. Beautifully written and edited, picturesque language, excellent character development and a lovely balance between dialogue and those internal conversations that can someti ...more
Philippa Lodge
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
Laura (Kyahgirl)
3.5/5; 4 stars; B+

I haven't read an Anne Gracie book for a few years and was happy to re-visit this author. The Autumn Bride has an interesting cast of characters. I particularly enjoyed Aunt Bea.
One thing I appreciated about the Abby's character was that she was completely honest with Bea, Lady Davenham before they embarked on their friendship. (view spoiler)
Lady Gabriella of Awesomeness
the only reason i gave ,it to stars was for its last 10 % this book lacked all kinds of suspense,hilarity and romance that would indicated that this was indeed annie gracie's book..after loving her merridew sisters series..i'm so very dissapointed with the leads and the story in whole =(

This book had a great start with an original idea for a story, about midway it fizzled into typical. But still, it was an entertaining read and I loved all the characters.
More like 3.5 stars.

Do you ever pick up a book and within the first few pages find yourself smiling and thinking, "oh this is going to be a delightful read!" That's how I felt upon reading Anne Gracie's first book in The Chance Sisters Quartet, The Autumn Bride.


I'm not exaggerating when I say "this was a delight", because it was. No, it wasn't a perfect book, but it sure came close, and I really enjoyed the set-up to this lil' universe Gracie is creating in this series, and already ca
Bon en fait c'est 4,5 .... mais j'attends de lire les autres pour réajuster XD

Nous avons donc Abby, qui au début va sauver sa soeur d'une situation tragique (enlevée pour être vendue à un bordel....) et qui se retrouve avec deux autres jeunes filles qui se sauvent aussi, Damaris une autre victime et Daisy, la servante du bordel qui les a aidé, une vraie petit Cockney... Nos amies font un pacte d'être "soeurs" et d'affronter la vie et ses difficultés ensembles pour accomplir leurs modestes rêves.
Ally  Georgie
Room For Improvement

Well, not bad, yet not anywhere near great. This is a story about a man named Jed, doh! Hang on...what I meant to say was this is a story about a man named ??? (he's forgettable, trust me, and therein lies the problem. Not with trusting me, but with Forgettable What's His Name) and four sisters and Aunt Bea. Her I can remember. Big Sister Abby rescues Little Sister Jane and Good Friend Demaris from a brothel owned by Mort with the help of Oh God I Forgot Her Name. Aunt Bea's
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!

Sonya Heaney
Originally posted HERE .

I’m so pleased with the Australian cover for this book. They’ve got it all right, from the heroine’s hair to her jewellery, to the colour she’s wearing!

“I don’t understand.”

“No, you surely don’t, you blockhead. You’ve been so busy dashing about, being the gallant knight, routing enemies and fighting dragons, that you forgot about the heroine.”

I read this in March, and knew that early on it was going to be one of my top reads of the year.

Anne Gracie is a favourite aut
I really, really enjoyed this. It had me giggling several times.

It's a found family book, really. In my mind, more of that than a romance. The book really took its time establishing character and it took a while for the couple to meet. (And, ultimately, they didn't get enough focus for me to care that much about them.) And, oh, it did such a good job of setting up the women who are going to get books.

I was thinking about that this week after finishing When the Duke Was Wicked. I could figure ou
Jan 14, 2014 Jacqueline rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Light/angst free historical romance fans.
Shelves: trope-heroine-across-the-tracks, trope-hero-genius-or-cerebral, trope-fairy-tale-cinderella, trope-heroine-plain-or-ugly, trope-heroine-genius-or-cerebral, genre-romance-historical, genre-romance-historical-regency, trope-heroine-working-class, trope-at-odds-couple, trope-heroine-wallflower, trope-heroine-financial-hardship, trope-threes-company-or-more, trope-nursed-back-to-health, trope-hero-beta, trope-hero-introverted, trope-heroine-misfit, trope-heroine-tortured, trope-heroine-fallen-woman, trope-heroine-bluestocking, trope-enemies-to-lovers, trope-jealousy-runs-amok, trope-rags-to-riches-vice-versa, trope-heroine-alpha, trope-in-deception, trope-heroine-prim-and-proper, trope-mystery-within, trope-big-misunderstanding, trope-fairy-tale-ugly-duckling, trope-heroine-scorned, trope-shhh-its-a-secret, trope-forbidden-love, trope-hero-mr-darcy-clone, trope-perfect-banter, trope-hero-recluse, trope-heroine-in-disguise, trope-heroine-in-deception, trope-hero-knight-in-shining-armor, classified-series-starters, trope-heroine-job-companion, trope-heroine-job-governess-teacher, trope-heroine-job-servant, trope-hero-job-business-man, trope-siblings-or-family-within, trope-heroine-hoyden-or-spirited, trope-employer-employee-or-office, trope-hero-smitten-with-heroine, trope-mistaken-or-hidden-identity, trope-star-crossed-love, classified-rec-goodreads-list, trope-older-man-younger-woman, trope-opposites-attract, trope-heroine-extroverted, classified-series, trope-heroine-on-the-run

You know that feeling when you grab a gallon of ice cream, wolf the thing down in one sitting with the initial thought that, "This is a GENIUS freakin' plan!" and then later when your stomach's trying to bitch-slap your brain you realize you're an idiot, but you still regret nothing? Well, surprise surprise, that's an analogy for my experience with The Autumn Bride. I read the first three chapters on day one of starting the thing, waited four days to come back to it, and then proceeded to glom t
...brilliant dialogue; heartwarming and funny; romantic and sexy; memorable love story!

This story opens up in 1805 with our young hero Max finding out that he's come up in the world and is to inherit a title of Lord Davenham from his uncle. That however wasn't the worst of it. Along with that title, he is informed that not is he only broke, but he is in so much debt that the only option left to this young man was to get himself off to India and work hard at amassing wealth so that he can pay-off
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 2 Feb 24, 2015 08:16AM  
  • A Duke Never Yields (Affairs by Moonlight, #3)
  • A Rake's Midnight Kiss (Sons of Sin, #2)
  • When She Was Wicked (Honeycote, #1)
  • When She Said I Do (Worthington, #1)
  • An Infamous Marriage
  • The Conquest of Lady Cassandra (Fairbourne Quartet, #2)
  • It Happened One Midnight (Pennyroyal Green, #8)
  • Dusk with a Dangerous Duke (Lords of Vice, #6)
  • The Way to a Duke's Heart (The Truth About the Duke, #3)
  • The Greatest Lover Ever (The Westruthers, #2)
  • Sweet Madness (Veiled Seduction, #3)
  • Surprising Lord Jack (Duchess of Love, #2)
  • The Temptation of Your Touch (Burke Brothers, #2)
  • The Wicked Wallflower (Bad Boys & Wallflowers, #1)
  • Vixen in Velvet (The Dressmakers, #3)
  • Lord of Wicked Intentions (The Lost Lords of Pembrook, #3)
  • Any Duchess Will Do (Spindle Cove, #4)
  • If You Give a Rake a Ruby (Jewels of the Ton, #2)
I've always loved stories. Family legend has it that I used to spend hours playing in the sand pit, with a dog on either side of me and Rocka the horse leaning over me, his head just touching my shoulder, while I told them stories. I have to say, dogs and horses are great audiences, apart from their tendency to drool occasionally. But people are even nicer.

In case you imagine we were a filthy rich
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  • The Summer Bride: A Chance Sisters Romance

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