ARC Review: The Spring Bride by Anne Gracie

Posted June 1, 2015 by Suzanne in Reviews / 4 Comments

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ARC Review: The Spring Bride by Anne Gracie
The Spring Bride
by Anne Gracie

2.5 Stars


Released: 2 June 2015
Series: Chance Sisters #3
Published by Berkley
Pages: 320
Format: eARC

“…the historical romance genre is chock full of books with young beautiful debutantes falling in love, but I liked how Anne Gracie made this is a little bit different.” ~ Under the Covers

When Miss Jane Chance rescues a stray dog from a group of street boys, consequently plunging herself in danger as well, she never expected to be saved by a handsome gypsy. And she certainly never expected to become fascinated by him. Jane is determined to marry and marry well so she can provide to her children what was never given to her; a safe and secure home. Considering any connection with Zach would dash her dreams, but he holds secrets of his own and may not quite be who she thinks he is.

I am really enjoying this series, although to date the first book is still my favourite, each installment has had its charms. The Spring Bride, Jane’s book, was actually the one I was least looking forward to; the historical romance genre is chock full of books with young beautiful debutantes falling in love, but I liked how Anne Gracie made this is a little bit different.

I actually found myself really liking Jane and I imagine her very sensible attitude towards marriage, for it to provide safety and stability, is probably a far more accurate reason why women decided to marry at that point in time. We may all tut tut and be embarrassed by the behaviour of the ‘Mrs Bennetts’ of romance, but their worries about leaving daughters penniless and destitute once the men folk had passed were all too real. So I found Jane (from The Spring Bride, not Pride and Prejudice!) to be slightly refreshing.

However, this is a romance novel and it wouldn’t have been at all satisfying if Jane made entirely sensible choices and married someone rich and boring, so I loved seeing the conflict between her practical side and her passionate side as she continues to fall in love with entirely unsuitable Mr Black. Zach himself was just as you expect, handsome, charming and with secrets…I was a bit bored by him and I never really felt the connection with him where as I loved how surprised I was about Jane.

Another good book in the series, its cast of interesting side characters, Lady Bea in particular, makes each book warm and inviting. I am now really looking forward to the next book about the final sister, Daisy, it is the one I have been waiting for since book 1!

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About Anne Gracie

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 horse-owning family, let me assure you we weren't. The horse period was a time when my parents entered a "let's-be-self-sufficient" phase, so we had a horse, but no electricity and all our water came from the rain tank.

As well as the horse and dogs, we had 2 cows (Buttercup and Daisy and one of them always had a calf), a sheep (Woolly,) goats (Billy and Nanny) dozens of ducks, chooks, and a couple of geese, a pet bluetongue lizard and a huge vegie patch. I don't know how my mother managed, really, because both she and Dad taught full time, but she came home and cooked on a wood stove and did all the laundry by hand, boiling the clothes and sheets in a big copper kettle. Somehow, we were always warm, clean, well fed and happy. She's pretty amazing, my mum.

Once I learned to read, I spent my days outside playing with the animals (I include my brother and 2 sisters here) and when inside I read. For most of my childhood we didn't have TV, so books have always been a big part of my life. Luckily our house was always full of them. Travel was also a big part of my childhood. My parents had itchy feet. We spent a lot of time driving from one part of Australia to another, visiting relatives or friends or simply to see what was there. I've lived in Scotland, Malaysia and Greece. We travelled through Europe in a caravan and I'd swum most of the famous rivers in Europe by the time I was eight.

This is me and my classmates in Scotland. I am in the second front row, in the middle, to the right of the girl in the dark tunic.

Sounds like I was raised by gypsies, doesn't it? I was even almost born in a tent --Mum, Dad and 3 children were camping and one day mum left the tent and went to hospital to have me. But in fact we are a family of chalkies (Australian slang for teachers)- and Dad was a school principal during most of my life. And I am an expert in being "the new girl" having been to 6 different schools in 12 years.The last 4 years, however, were in the same high school and I still have my 2 best friends from that time.

No matter where I lived, I read. I devoured whatever I could get my hands on -- old Enid Blyton and Mary Grant Bruce books, old schoolboys annuals. I learned history by reading Rosemary Sutcliffe, Henry Treece and Georgette Heyer. I loved animal books -- Elyne Mitchell's Silver Brumby books and Mary Patchett and Finn the Wolf Hound. And then I read Jane Austen and Dickens and Mary Stewart and Richard Llewellyn and Virginia Woolf and EF Benson and Dick Francis and David Malouf and Patrick White and Doris Lessing and PD James and...the list is never ending.

This is me posing shamelessly on a glacier in New Zealand.
This is me in Greece with my good friend Fay in our village outfits. The film went a funny colour, but you get the idea. I'm the one in the pink apron.

I escaped from my parents, settled down and went to university.To my amazement I became a chalkie myself and found a lot of pleasure in working with teenagers and later, adults. I taught English and worked as a counsellor and helped put on plays and concerts and supervised camps and encouraged other people to write but never did much myself. It took a year of backpacking around the world to find that my early desire to write hadn't left me, it had just got buried under a busy and demanding job.

I wrote my first novel on notebooks bought in Quebec, Spain, Greece and Indonesia. That story never made it out of the notebooks, but I'd been bitten by the writing bug.


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Gosh, we all seem to be admitting our ages…and I hate that I am at the point in life when admitting my age is a “thing”…whodda thunk it? I was kind of hoping I would remain 21 forever. However, I have moved out of that New Adult stage of my life and am now strictly in the Contemporary Romance age zone of 28. I would prefer to be in an Urban Fantasy arena, but I don’t think I own enough black leather. However, I could probably squeeze into some PNR, I am fully prepared to give a horn job to my favourite demon, or suck on my sexy vamps…fangs and I am definitely up for some heavy petting with some fine looking shifters. Than again their’s always Sci Fi…I am fully prepared to do the right thing and help some poor alien race with more 6 packs than a supermarket repopulate their planet. Not that I am loose woman or anything.

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?
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Thanks for the review suzanne


Thanks Suzanne for the review

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Amy R

Thanks for the review, love the covers.

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