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The Autumn Bride (Chance Sisters #1)

3.84  ·  Rating Details ·  2,247 Ratings  ·  329 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
Feb 11, 2015 Jennifer Ashley rated it it was amazing
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 (the Grinch)
Feb 05, 2013 Khanh (the Grinch) rated it liked it
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
Jun 16, 2014 Mei rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
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
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
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 liked it
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
Jacob Proffitt
Dec 10, 2015 Jacob Proffitt rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, steamy
I had a really tough time with the beginning of this book. Slavery is bad enough, but sex slavery pushes all my buttons and the main character confronts that right up front, learning her sister has been abducted and Abby must act now to save her. I cringed at Abby's gullibility (I mean, she doesn't know this person leading her into seamy sections of town) even as I feared for the sister. Gracie doesn't sugarcoat this section and the characters react as you'd expect when facing such horror.

The bo
May 24, 2016 Keri rated it really liked it
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.
Angie Elle
Jul 22, 2016 Angie Elle rated it liked it
The Autumn Bride is a decent read if you can adjust your expectations before going in. Very little of this story is focused on the romance between Abby and Max, but rather on the bond growing between the five women circumstance has brought together. Abby is the one the rest of the girls look to for guidance, and when they are in dire straits, she must take matters into her own hands even if it isn’t quite legal. This is how Abby meets Lady Beatrice, and it’s not long before she has also taken re ...more
Olga Godim
Nov 05, 2015 Olga Godim rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, historical
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
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
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
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
Dec 07, 2015 kris rated it liked it
BACKSTORY TIME: While serving as a governess to mean people, Abigail Chantry ends up assisting a housemaid (Daisy) in the rescue of her sister (Jane) and Jane's new friend (Damarius) from a brothel. The girls swear to be sisters. Abby ends up hijacking an older woman's house (fully with her permission) and things are going SWIMMINGLY, until the "old lady's" nephew comes home and DESTROYS EVERYTHING. OF COURSE.

1. This was entertaining. I didn't even mean to read it all today but I did. So I gues
Jun 29, 2016 Mara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, historical
3 1/2

Fairy tales at their best. Not an inch of possible truth, still lovely.
Jan 25, 2016 Tishke rated it liked it
Another book that I forgot to review.

I read this book over a year ago but I still remember it vividly. This one was the start of the series. It starts when Abi who is a governor for some no good people doesn't hear from her sister for few weeks. They were gentry and were put in a special orphanage when both their parents passed away. Their mother, an earl's daughter was outcast from her family for marrying her husband who happen to be a younger son of another noble family. She finds her sister i
Lady Wesley
Dec 29, 2014 Lady Wesley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listened
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
Oct 23, 2015 Wendy rated it really liked it
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
Book Binge
Feb 05, 2013 Book Binge rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-review
...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
Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)
Driven by desperation to save her sisters from poverty and starvation Miss Abigail Chantry knows she must resort to something she never thought she would ever do; burglary. However, the seemingly abandoned house is occupied by the formerly magnificent but ill and sorely neglected Lady Beatrice Davenham. When Lady Beatrice offers Abby and her sisters a place to stay and adopts them as her nieces she thinks all her prayers are answered, until her handsome and intimidating nephew comes home after t ...more
Jan 21, 2013 Janga rated it it was amazing
Gracie is one of my never-fail authors. I loved the "sisters'" bond, and I loved the hero and heroine together. And I adored this Aunt Bea.

A blend of humor and poignancy marks The Autumn Bride as distinctly the work of Anne Gracie. In this first book in the Chance Sisters series, the author has woven another tale of complex family relationships, delightful secondary characters, and a love great enough to win over all the obstacles life throws in its way. I loved everything about this book—the “
Philippa Lodge
Feb 07, 2013 Philippa Lodge rated it really liked it
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)
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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 =(

Jul 06, 2015 Beleth rated it liked it
Shelves: signed, 2015
May 23, 2016 Denise rated it really liked it
Shelves: governess
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.
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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)
  • The Wicked Wallflower (Bad Boys & Wallflowers, #1)
  • A Duchess to Remember (Ministry of Marriage, #3)
  • The Conquest of Lady Cassandra (Fairbourne Quartet, #2)
  • A Breath of Scandal (The Reckless Brides, #2)
  • When She Said I Do (Worthington, #1)
  • When She Was Wicked (Honeycote, #1)
  • How to Entice an Earl (Ugly Ducklings, #3)
  • Any Duchess Will Do (Spindle Cove, #4)
  • An Infamous Marriage
  • The Earl is Mine (House of Brady, #2)
  • Lady Eve's Indiscretion (The Duke's Daughters, #4; Windham, #7)
  • When You Wish Upon a Duke (Wylder Sisters, #1)
  • I Married the Duke (The Prince Catchers, #1)
  • Love and Other Scandals (Scandalous, #1)
  • Surprising Lord Jack (Duchess of Love, #2)
  • When the Marquess Met His Match (An American Heiress in London, #1)
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.

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Chance Sisters (4 books)
  • The Winter Bride (Chance Sisters, #2)
  • The Spring Bride (Chance Sisters, #3)
  • The Summer Bride (Chance Sisters, #4)

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“Well, go on then, Abby; run along and let the nice man compromise you.” 8 likes
“... women need to hear the words. They don't need the world conquered for them, but they do need a man to speak the words that are in his heart.” 3 likes
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