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by Anne Gracie
Released: February 5, 2013
Series: Chance Sisters #1
Published by Berkley Sensation
I don’t know why I was so reluctant to start this one, I think it had a lot to do with the cover, which was rather shallow of me, but I devoured this book. ~ Under the Covers
Driven by desperation to save her sisters from poverty and starvation Miss Abigail Chantry knows she must resort to something drastic, something she could never imagine doing just a few months ago; burglary. However, the seemingly abandoned house she chooses 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 Abby thinks all her prayers are answered, until her handsome and intimidating nephew comes home after nine years and finds four impostors in his Aunt’s house…
This was an unexpected pleasure! I don’t know why I was so reluctant to start this one, I think it had a lot to do with the cover, which was rather shallow of me, but I devoured this book.
I can’t quite put my finger on what it was that captured me about The Autumn Bride, on the surface it wasn’t that different from a lot of other historicals, but from the beginning of it I was hooked and yet the hero and heroine didn’t actually set eyes on each other until about 25% through the book. I think it might have been the added element of the really close bonds of family that Anne Gracie built, especially at the beginning both between the four girls and also between the girls and Lady Beatrice.
The reason this book didn’t get a higher rating was because of the hero Max, there wasn’t anything wrong with him, he was definitely sexy and likable but he was also, for me, outshone a little by Abby and Lady Beatrice who were much stronger and more memorable characters. Although this wasn’t necessarily a bad thing it didn’t make for a very strong romance and I would have liked more time focused on Abby and Max falling in love as it all happened rather suddenly.
But, this was a great read, I enjoyed every word and I will be all over the next book in this series, if you want a sweet, romantic and humourous historical romance then this is the book for you.
*ARC provided by publisher
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Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?