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The Autumn Bride

(Chance Sisters #1)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  3,512 ratings  ·  483 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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The parents of the children in her care were mean-spirited and strict toward their governess, Abigail Chantry, so when she learned of her sister Jane along with two friends, Daisy and Damaris, being in dire straits and needing safety, their refusal to allow the girls under their roof didn’t surprise Abby. The four girls swore to stay together forever – sisters in all but blood; though of course Jane was Abby’s sister – their struggles to survive sent them in a direction they would never have dre ...more
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Mary - Buried Under Romance
Oct 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
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 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, first of her name, mother of 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
Jacob Proffitt
Dec 08, 2015 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
Jun 11, 2014 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
Sammy Loves Books
Everything I could ask for in a historical romance!!

Adorably sweet, funny and romantic with no unnecessary drama.

I can't wait to read the rest of this series!!
May 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Apr 11, 2013 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
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
Aug 04, 2015 rated it liked it
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
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
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Olga Godim
Nov 05, 2015 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?
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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
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Oct 06, 2012 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.
Annie ⚜️
Mar 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was really funny and sweet. There were some laugh out loud moments and charming characters. Now there's only one love scene right at the end but the Chance sisters' story was so fun and ending I didn't even mind. That's saying a lot from me.
Sep 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 rounded up
Mar 02, 2014 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
Dec 07, 2015 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
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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
Jacqueline J
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
Dec 22, 2014 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
Han Le flueff
Jan 31, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars. Well it's been quite a while since I've read a book set in the 1800s and I was a little less than enthusiastic to dive into this. But oh what a pleasure! This was charming, romantic and heartwarming. I thoroughly enjoyed it and am looking forward to reading the next book in the Chance Sisters series.
Jun 29, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, romance
3 1/2

Fairy tales at their best. Not an inch of possible truth, still lovely.
Lover of Romance
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 ...more
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