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..Show More » on high, this isn’t the right book. But! 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.
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..Show More » more Freddie in Winter Bride, "It was the bomb".
Third book in an ongoing series, and in my view the weakest of the series, so far. But it's a pleasant enough post-war romantic mystery, set in London..Show More » 1817. Contents include one sex scene, minimal violence, minimal swearing.
It was good to see old familiar characters again: Aunt Beatrice and the four Chance sisters, Max, Freddie, the butler Frothby and the footman-cum-bodyguard William. The mutt described in the synopsis played a starring role for a while but then he faded into the background.
THE SPRING BRIDE was pleasant but predictable. The murder charge somehow never felt like an honest theat, and I frequently felt one step ahead of the plot lines. Emotionally I felt little connection to the lead characters.
Still, I'm probably going to read book 4 when it's published — Daisy's story.
I loved Gracie's other series, especially The Perfect Rake and The Perfect Waltz. These two series are similar in many ways, with orphaned or otherwise homeless youth, mangy but loyal animals, "great dame" adoptive aunts, and cast-off servants.
Narrator Alison Larkin was great, but she portrayed the heroine in a somewhat childlike voice, and she needs to learn how to say "laudanum" if she plans to read more historic novels. Also, the quotes at the beginning of each chapter are annoying. They interrupt the flow of the story, in audio format. I skip such assorted quotes when reading, unless they are highly relevant to the plot.