Title: The Autumn Bride (The Chance Sisters, book #1)
Genre: Historical Regency Romance
Author: Anne Gracie
Publisher: Berkley, Feb. 2013
Source: Library borrowed
Sexy Rating: 5
Description from Amazon.com:
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! It’s the perfect situation, until Lady Beatrice’s dashing and arrogant nephew, Max, Lord Davenham, returns from the Orient—and discovers an impostor running his household… A romantic entanglement was never the plan for these stubborn, passionate opponents—but falling in love may be as inevitable as the falling of autumn leaves…
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Abby is the oldest of the four “sisters” and she assumes the leadership role. Having been adopted as “nieces” by Lady Beatrice the four young women try to help Lady B. recover from abusive servants, but Lady B.’s nephew Lord Davenham is not so sure about the “nieces”. He knows there must be a story that he is not privileged to know and he makes every effort to uncover the “nieces” history. He is attracted to Abby but he has a betrothal of 9 years standing in the way of this overwhelming attraction.
The author develops the personalities and traits of each character beautifully. There are some laugh out loud moments that make this book even more enchanting. Lady Beatrice is one of those feisty old ladies that nowadays we might call a clone of Katherine Hepburn. She brooks no nonsense and will not be thwarted in pursuit of her desires and one of those desires is to see each “niece” married well.
Truly a lovely page turning read with just the right amount of angst, adventure, and sexual tension. I have the next two books in this series waiting for me to read them so I’ll close hear and get right on that.
The Chance Sisters series by Anne Gracie:
- The Autumn Bride ( Abby and Max)
- The Winter Bride (Damaris and Freddy)
- The Spring Bride (Jane and Zach)
- The summer Bride (Daisy and Flynn)