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The Winter Bride (Chance Sisters series Book 2) (udgave 2014)

af Anne Gracie (Forfatter)

Serier: Chance Sisters (2)

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Marriage-phobic Damaris Chance finds herself trapped in a compromising situation with the handsome rake Freddy Monkton-Coombes, she has no choice but to agree to wed him.
Medlem:MaryMeg
Titel:The Winter Bride (Chance Sisters series Book 2)
Forfattere:Anne Gracie (Forfatter)
Info:Berkley (2014), 338 pages
Samlinger:Didn't Finish
Vurdering:***1/2
Nøgleord:Fiction, historical romance

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Damaris Chance is determined never to marry, her experience of going on the run in China and then finding that sometimes people are not good. Being sold to a brothel was a crowning moment of bad. So when she has the opportunity to change her life and herself she does but she doesn't ever want to deal with men and their urges.

Then there's Freddy Monkton-Coombes who has plans to avoid marriage but needs a cover to keep his family from forcing him to marry and she becomes magnificent.

I adored where Freddy described the books being read as "horrors" because they were about marriage...

It's a great story with two characters who are just right for each other and who would defend each other to the death. ( )
  wyvernfriend | Sep 18, 2018 |
I liked this! Almost gets on the angst shelf but not quite. Some of my favorite elements. While they do not name it what it was, Damaris was raped, and Freddy is vengeful and protective, just like I like. 3.5 stars ( )
  PNRList | Aug 15, 2018 |
This is the 2nd book in Ms. Gracie’s Chance Sisters series [for the 1st book, 'The Autumn Bride', see my review here] and it’s time for our Damaris to find her happily ever after. It’s also Freddy’s turn to succumb to the parson’s noose.

Here is Freddy talking to Max [the hero from The Autumn Bride] in which Freddy tells him he’s not fond of Aunt Bea’s Literary gatherings …

“Horror from the very first line: It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife. Must he, indeed? What about the poor fellow’s wants, eh? Do they matter? No. Every female in the blasted story was plotting to hook some man for herself or her daughter or niece. If you don’t call that horror, I don’t know what is!”

Max chuckled.

“You can laugh, bound as you are for parson’s noose in the morning,” Freddy said bitterly, “but every single man in that story ended up married by the end of the book! Every last one.” He numbered them off on his fingers. “The main fellow, his best friend, the parson, even the soldier fellow ended up married to the silly light-skirt sister—not one single man in that story escaped unwed.” He shuddered again. “Enough to give a man nightmares. So, no literary society for me, thank you.”

Damn but I loved this story! I laughed so much my eyes ... thanks for jumping to b2b to finish reading my review ...

http://bookworm2bookworm.wordpress.com/2014/04/01/the-winter-bride-by-anne-graci...

Melanie for b2b.

Complimentary copy provided by the publisher. ( )
  bookworm2bookworm | Mar 30, 2017 |
I have a thing about historical romance. I love historical fiction and I love romance, so why is it that I don’t read a lot of historical romance? Historical romance is a subgenre that just hasn’t worked for me in the past – either I find the historical details lacking or the plot sacrificed for period detail. I’ve dared to hope that it’s been because I just haven’t found the right author yet. Happily, by reading The Winter Bride, I can say that Anne Gracie writes everything I want in a historical romance – wit, charm and just a hint of naughtiness. She writes like I think Jane Austen would if she was a modern novelist. I thoroughly enjoyed The Winter Bride and I look forward to devouring Anne Gracie’s novels and then fan girling her at the RWA conference in August!

The Winter Bride is the second in the Chance sisters quartet (book three is due later in 2015), each book focusing on the romantic entanglements of four girls (who are not all sisters) taken in by a rich woman and presented to society. I haven’t yet read the first book in the series (The Autumn Bride) and I didn’t have any difficulty in picking up the story. The only spoiler you are likely to find is who marries Abby, but if you’ve read the blurb, you will likely have guessed that. The Winter Bride focuses on Damaris, a woman some might describe as headstrong, but she has reasons for wanting her independence. Damaris doesn’t want to be married and is prepared to work in secret to obtain the little cottage in the country where she can live peacefully, alone. But Freddy Monkton-Coombes has been entrusted to look after the three Chance girls while good friend Max is on his honeymoon, and despite his fear of ‘muffins’, he will take it seriously and do his best. Fortunately for Freddy, none of the girls are muffins (girls looking snare a man in marriage by whatever means possible) and he finds himself admiring Damaris. He then puts a proposition to her – fake an engagement to stop his mother throwing a muffin party at the family estate. But things turn rather dramatic and the pair end up being compromised…

I can’t put into words how much I loved this story. It’s historical romance, but with a cheekiness that puts it above and beyond other books I’ve read in the genre. Everything is historically accurate, but there’s a freshness that enchants the modern reader. I love how Anne Gracie does this – it seems like her characters could step into my world with ease. The attraction and wit between Damaris and Freddy is also brilliantly done – they spar with a crackle of electricity radiating through the page. I knew that they were going to get together but the journey was so wonderful, I was happy for numerous obstacles to be thrown in their path. Freddy was revealed early on to be so much more than a careless rake that I instantly warmed to him.

The story isn’t all acerbic jocularity though. Damaris has had a horrible time in returning to England from China, where her father was a missionary. The way Gracie revealed what happened to Damaris in stages made me feel even more for her, as just when you think things can’t get any worse, something else is revealed. The last reveal culminates in a cross-England race to find the culprit and punish him, with Damaris and Abby in close pursuit. It makes for a wonderful read. But there’s still more to be revealed after that and the story finishes with a moving tearjerker, which was quite fast in revealing the truth but a lovely closure.

I’ll definitely be hunting down Anne Gracie’s other books. I think I’ve found my historical romance crack here!

http://samstillreading.wordpress.com ( )
  birdsam0610 | Jan 31, 2015 |
I loved this book just as much as I did the first book The Autumn Bride. I was a little worried about Freddy being the hero in this one, as he seemed to be more comic relief than anything else in the first book. But it turned out that there was a lot more to Freddy than was first apparent.

Freddy is a determined bachelor. He has been enjoying the life of a rake, able to do as he wants and answering to no one. His mother is determined to see him married, and as a result he has a deep dislike, almost fear, of what he calls muffins - young ladies who are determined to trap him in marriage. When his best friend Max (The Autumn Bride) leaves on his honeymoon, he asks Freddy to look after his aunt and the other three girls while he's away. Freddy is horrified, but reluctantly agrees. Daisy and Jane are no problem, but Damaris is something else entirely.

Damaris is just as determined as Freddy never to marry. She grew up in China as the daughter of a missionary. It had not been a good life, as her father was a self-righteous prig who only got worse after her mother died when Damaris was twelve. When her father was murdered, Damaris made her own way to England, enduring hardships that caused decision not to marry. She has a fear of being left penniless again, and has found a job painting china in order to earn some money for herself. Freddy is appalled when he finds her walking in a poor part of town and because of his promise to Max, insists on escorting her when she refuses to quit her job.

When his mother's efforts to marry him off become unbearable, Freddy comes up with the idea of a fake engagement. As he can't ask just anybody, he goes to Damaris with his proposition, knowing that she won't hold him to it. She is reluctant at first, but he manages to convince her with the promise of a cottage of her own when they are done. Though he starts out thinking mainly of himself, spending time with Damaris soon has him thinking more about her than he thought he would. He begins to think that marriage to her wouldn't be a bad thing at all, though admitting his feelings to himself is something he resists.

Freddy and Damaris are perfect for each other. Though he gives the impression of being a carefree fribble, his charm and humor hide an excellent mind and a kind heart. It also hides a soul riddled with pain over his brother's death when they were children, and the hurtful way his parents still treat him because of it. When Freddy takes Damaris to his home, she begins to see the real Freddy. Damaris is hiding her own pain and secrets, ones that are keeping her from her dream of a man that would love her and take care of her. As she gets to know him, she falls in love, but believes that he would turn from her if he knew the truth about her.

The trip to Freddy's home brought out so much emotion in both of them. Damaris was appalled at the way his parents treated Freddy, especially once she knew what had happened. I loved seeing her stand up to them and try to make them see how terribly they have been treating them. The effect is has on Freddy just makes him care more for her. He gets his chance to show his feelings when they get stranded in a flood. Damaris can't imagine going forward with their engagement without telling him the truth about her. Freddy's reaction is just what she needs, and she starts to believe that there is a chance that her dreams could come true after all. I loved his patience and his determination to win his prize.

There was a lot of humor in this story, from Freddy's efforts to avoid "muffins" and his encounter with Damaris's coworkers, to Lady Bea's tendency to do exactly what she wants to get her way. I loved Freddy's efforts to get his business partner Flynn properly dressed for his plans to marry a society woman, and their boxing match later that day. The scene toward the end when Abby and Damaris go chasing after Max and Freddy was both fun and emotional.

There were also moments that had me reaching for the tissues, such as Damaris's telling of what happened on the voyage to England, and the awesome way that Freddy showed her that it was her strength that he found so much more important. Damaris's fears when Freddy went tearing off to London were intense, but his reasons were so romantic. The final chapter with the reappearance of Freddy's parents was wonderful. ( )
  scoutmomskf | Jan 30, 2015 |
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