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....
©2013 Anne Gracie (P)2013 Tantor
If you are looking for a historical romance that will keep you on the edge of your seat looking for villains at every turn and pegs your anxiety level on high, this isn’t the right book.
If you are looking for a historical romance that will help chase away the stress of real life for a while, this is the right book.
It is so enjoyably light hearted; I didn’t even try to guess who the villain was.
Yes, The Autumn Bride will be read again and again over time.
Looking forward to the next book in the series and hope Alison Larkin will narrate, after all she is a large part of the book's success.
If I could bookmark all the fun passages in the audio edition as I do in the book/eprint version so I can go back and listen again, then yes. Since I can't, No. But I enjoyed the audio.
Aunt Bea is a hoot! She's quite funny, but also loving and loyal.
Alison Larkin was a great pick for this narration. I read the ebook first, then bought the audiobook. I could hear each character's voice in my head as I read. Ms. Larkin's Bea, Freddie and Daisy were different, but better.
The conversation between Abby and Aunt Bea when Abby found Bea in her lonely room, uncared for moved me to tears. I got just as angry with Max as Abby did. I know Max was at sea working to keep Bea living in comfort, but not having someone check to make sure everything continued along the same path when Bea man of affairs passed away leaving her care to his son was irresponsible. The apple does not always fall close to the tree. He should have known better.
This is a beautifully written story with wonderful dialogue. A little sad at the beginning, but it becomes humorous very soon after. I am waiting for the next story which is The Winter Bride (Damaris & Freddy's) love story. What's weird is I would not have pick these two characters to fall in love, but, I'm now intrigued.
This is not a great book, but I’m giving it 5 stars because I was in such a happy mood during the two days I was listening to it. I was smiling all the time – during and not during.
It reminded me of Georgette Heyer books. I like the author’s choices - what the characters do, how they react, what they say. There was a blackmail attempt and my initial reaction was uh oh, this could be a downer. But it wasn’t. The author did not string it out with secrets and drama. I felt good with what happened. It was not what most authors do. That is still strange to me. I give the author credit. I like her choices.
I liked the way Lady Bea would call Abby Miss Burglar. I liked the way Bea did not like vegetables. I liked Freddy’s attitude and fear of muffins (irritating females chasing him for marriage).
The only thing off for me was sex before marriage did not fit the characters. I would have preferred seeing the wedding first. I also would have liked more romantic relationship development – seeing Abby and Max spending time together.
The audiobook narrator Alison Larkin did an excellent job. I loved her emotional interpretation of characters. She made Freddy sound odd, but that was ok. Her voice for the heroine reminded me of Julie Andrews -- lovely. I was surprised that a friend of mine was disappointed with the narrator. So this clearly is a personal preference thing.
Genre: regency romance
it made me cry when the heroin found the lady in her room...being neglected...
whole story's wonderful...i can't wait for the new series to come out
I am quiet and love being comfortable. I love curling up in a corner either reading or listening to a nice romantic book.
I don't know where to begin but let me start by saying I have read and listened to many historical books. I have my favorite authors and Anne Gracie was not one of them. Actually this is my first time with one of her books but I must say not my last. This book was so refreshing, I didn't want to put it down. I can't wait for the next book(s) in this series. Max and Abbie did not have much interaction together apart from their dislike for each other and heated word exchanges, but we all know that great dislike between most men and females result in love! I recommend this book and if their were more stars I would have given it an 8, a 10 required more sexual contact.
It is a new favorite author a little behind mary balogh, and lisa kleypas. Im looking forward to more by her.
I really loved the "Old Lady" she was great throughout...made me chuckle a lot.
yes...but I don't want to give it away : )
I really loved the characters and I am hoping there are more audiobooks to come... wonderful little story.
I love losing myself in books of any kind
Whitty females getting the best of the alpha males in their lives. Love the strength and bond the women have in this story. Not the normal smugness usally expected fo the "Gentle People" of this era.
This book reminded me of Lisa Kleypas, The Hathaways Series. The oddities that just make you laugh.
Lady Beatrice Davenham "The Aunt"; is the best and most favored charater.
This book had me in stitches ..... It made laugh so hard I was crying. This is a great pick me up.
I have, good listen. The Chance Sisters are working together to keep each other alive. If women could only really get along and work together.
I like Amanda Quick, and Nora Roberts, books strong independent Woman
The Old lady
Please get the next out soon
The story is a little far-fetched, and the hero was a little slow figuring out how he felt, but it's worth the listen. I've read some of Anne Gracie's other novels, and this doesn't measure up to those. The narration was excellent. I am going to go find another Alison Larkin narrated book!
I honestly can't remember the last time I've enjoyed a book quite this much, it was engaging from page one. A book with fresh ideas, a delightfully cast of characters, funny, heart-warming, with the passion of romance.
A thoroughly enjoyable book, enhanced by the performing talents of Alison Larkin.
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