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The Winter Bride

Chance Sisters Romance, Book 2
Narrated by: Alison Larkin
Series: Chance Sisters, Book 2
Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
Categories: Romance, Historical
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Summary

Damaris Chance's unhappy past has turned her off the idea of marriage forever. But her guardian, Lady Beatrice Davenham, convinces her to make her coming out anyway - and have a season of carefree, uncomplicated fun.

When Damaris finds herself trapped in a compromising situation with the handsome rake Freddy Monkton-Coombes, she has no choice but to agree to wed him - as long as it's in name only. Her new husband seems to accept her terms, but Freddy has a plan of his own: To seduce his reluctant winter bride.

Will Damaris' secrets destroy her chance at true happiness? Or can Freddy help her cast off the shackles of the past, and yield to delicious temptation?

©2014 Anne Gracie (P)2014 Tantor

Critic reviews

"Gracie charms and entices with this launch of the Regency-era Chance Sisters series.... A deep, rich story that will leave [listeners] starry-eyed." ( Publishers Weekly)

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Insecure or Arrogant

I am unsure of the Author's motive of always quoting passages from other books. Is it to say that though she writes "romantic novels", she is still widely read; it's not just Jane Austen she quote. Is she boasting or embarrassed?
I am an avid read of most genera; except for horror, as I am a coward. However I am never embarrassed or feel the need to explain, my choice of reading matter to anyone.
It is extremely annoying having quotations at the beginning of every chapter, it totally distracts you from the story. It also highlights other problems such as pronunciations.
Such a pity as the story is funny, plausible and the characters enjoyable.

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Very good second installement

Where does The Winter Bride rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Great easy listen, even better than the first one (exept for the narration). Something to enjoy.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Winter Bride?

The last day of the visit to his parents house.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

While I am happy to report the narrator did pronounce Phaeton (the carriage) right this time round (in contrast to the first book), she did not for ratafià (the drink). Her problems with the voices of male characters were more pronounced this time round.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There was a misunderstading in the book that most authors would have drawn out, but this author lets characters go to the bottomn of things when they get suspicious and I like that very much.

Any additional comments?

Maybe some people would need a warning that the book deals with traumatic things that happened to the characters. Everybody is different and I would still call it a very lighthearted book. It is nice to have people have a happy ending that did not have it always easy. I do not mind to have to suspend my disbelief for a feel good story, and you have to do in this book, but again, that is totally fine in my opinion.

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  • Beckyrcg
  • 25-04-14

A Great! Great! Read.

What did you love best about The Winter Bride?
The story was great. It was very funny, but also very sad in places. I came away very satisfied. Book 1, The Autumn Bride was funny, but since you got more Freddie in Winter Bride, "It was the bomb".

What did you like best about this story?
In the time between writing the first and second book, Anne Gracie learned how to write a proper love scene. I was unhappy with Autumn Bride's badly written only one love scene.But, she got it right in Winter Bride. "Well done!"

Which character – as performed by Alison Larkin – was your favorite?
It was a toss up between Lady Bea and Freddie. But, Freddie had the bigger role. They got the best lines, but Flynn wasn't far behind. I thinking his story will be next.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
I laughed throughout the story, but cried for both Demaris and Freddie, when their tragic pasts were revealed. I cheered when they came to each other defense. I was very happy to find an even happier ending in the Epilogue. I won't spoil it for you.

Any additional comments?
I am looking forward to the next book in the series. I only hope it doesn't take as long as between Book 1 and Book 2. #tagsgiving #sweepstakes #Funny #Tearjerker #HappyEnding

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  • Brenda S
  • 23-06-18

Great story... except

This was a really good story. I laughed out loud so many times. The story was engaging, humerous, serious at times and generally really enjoyable. The story itself I would give 5 stars, except that the romantic episodes were too long and descriptive. It took away from the story. I fast forwarded them. I really hate it when the story is so good, but the romantic episodes are too much because i feel i can't in good conscience recommend it. The people who ask me for recommendations don't prefer that.

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  • SB
  • 14-12-16

Much better than book 1!

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Story: much better than book 1. Great characters, good development of the relationship, romantic, good dialogues, humor, and cute story. Good Development of the series.

Narration: not the best, distracts from the story because the main male character, and other male really sound like old men.

Story: 3.5-4 stars
Relationship/heat: 3.5 stars , slow simmer and a few nicely written and loving hot scenes.
Performance: 2.5 stars, not the best, distracts from the story

Overall: 3 stars, worth the listening time.

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  • Jane
  • 02-07-14

4 ½ stars. I enjoy the author’s choices & dialogue

Like the first book in the series, this is not great writing, but I felt good while reading it. The happiness flowed into my other life. And that makes it 5 stars for me.

I wish more regency romances were like this. Too many authors use inaccurate assumptions and secrets for excessive drama and suspense. Gracie does not. I’m not talking about Damaris keeping a secret about her past. That was reasonable. Here’s an example of something I liked. After sex, Damaris makes an assumption that is wrong. Another author would have Damaris leave the guy and not say why. But Gracie has the guy sense something wrong, ask her about it, and not give up until she tells him. So she tells him, and then he explains why the assumption is wrong. I was pleased because I am used to other authors who would draw that out for extended conflict. Sometimes I don’t mind drawing it out, but many times I do.

I loved the character Freddy. He was entertaining. He fears and avoids muffins (irritating females chasing him for marriage). Aunt Bea mistakenly thinks he likes to eat baked muffins. He does not correct her. So she frequently serves him muffins, and then he has to think of ways to avoid eating them, like throwing one in the fire, but then he worries there might be a smell.

HEROINE WAS RAPED IN THE PAST.
Some readers might want to know this. The rapes were not shown in detail, but they were mentioned. The f-word was used regarding this.

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I really enjoyed the narrator Alison Larkin. I frequently complain when a female narrator uses a weird voice for the hero, and Larkin used a weird voice for Freddy. He did not sound sexy at all. He almost sounded comical. But this narrator is so wonderful with emotional interpretations - I loved it, weird Freddy and all. I loved the way she interpreted Mrs. Jenkins (a very minor character) who was Damaris’ boss at the pottery shop. I plan to look for more books that she narrates. However, one of my friends was disappointed with the narrator, so it’s a personal preference.

Genre: regency romance

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  • Kristin
  • 26-04-14

Great continuation of series

Couldn't wait for this one to come out, as I loved the first one in this series. This did not disappoint. Freddy, what can you say, you have to love him, the class clown with much deeper aspects to his personality than he ever lets on. So much fun in this book, and the chinese experimental swimming pigs, they just add to the enjoyment. I only hope the third installment doesn't take as long.

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  • Suzanne
  • 06-04-14

Dreadful Narration Pairing With Story

What would have made The Winter Bride better?

A narrator who could have brought a degree of gravitas to the story. This narrator's voice was light and childlike, very precious.

Would you ever listen to anything by Anne Gracie again?

No.

How could the performance have been better?

A different narrator, capable of a serious voice and able to perform male voices. This narrator made the story seem quite absurd and frivolous.

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  • Jeanne T.
  • 11-07-20

A Very Pleasant Listen

The second book in the Chance Sister series was a lovely revisiting of the characters with a stand alone story for Demaris. The story was wonderfully read by the narrator.

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  • Kate B.
  • 01-05-20

Delightful!

Such a warm, funny and thoroughly entertaining story! I loved every moment of it. Excellent writing, awesome narration and a wonderful ending. I highly recommend this book.

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  • bebe
  • 15-02-20

Take a chance on the Chance sisters

I like this writer. Her books are fun and entertaining. This is the second book in the Chance Sisters series and picks up where Autumn Bride leaves off. Winter Bride could stand alone, but it would be more enjoyable if Book ! is read first. Freddy, a rich rake, meets one of the sisters, Dimerias. She came to America from a missionary's family in China and is one of the Chance sisters. Freddy thinks she is extremely attractive and pretty, but he is resolved that he will never marry. He is mostly estranged from his parents because their first born son and heir died in an accident and they blame Freddy. Dimerias is also resolved not to ever marry for a mysterios reason of her own. All she wants is to buy a cottage in the country and live by herself, but she needs money. She is saving from her earnings painting pottery, but It doesn't pay very well. It may be possible that she and Freddy can help each other. Aunt Bea from the first book also plays a big role in this book. The Chance sisters, who really are not all blood kin and are not really named Chance, previously saved Aunt Bea's life and are now living with her. Aunt Bea claims they are her nieces and she loves them and helps them.. Aunt Bea is a charming and funny character. She is also very astute. Featherby, the butler in Bea's house, and William, the body guard of a sort, are back in this book. They are also great characters and certainly make the book fun.

I liked all the characters, except the ones I was supposed to dislike, and enjoyed the dialog between them. Freddy was my favorite character. He is funny, sweet, and has had a sad life. I wanted good things for him. The narrator was good and brought the book to life. I will purchase the third book when it comes out. It will be a long wait, but I am sure it will be worth it.

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  • Donna Brooks
  • 27-10-19

loved it. would like to hear her other books<br />

loved this book. cant wait to hear the others. I'm going on to the next book