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Publisher's 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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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.

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  • SB
  • 12-14-16

Much better than book 1!

Any additional comments?

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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  • Kristin
  • Brookings, SD, United States
  • 04-26-14

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
  • Tustin, CA, United States
  • 04-06-14

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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A new favorite auth/narrator duo

The story was well plotted and the narration was spot on.
I hope Gracie and Larkin continue to collaborate in the future.

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Beautiful!

What a beautifully written novel💕 love the Chance sisters as well as all the characters from the story 😊

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When a Good Cry is all that will Due...

Amazing string of characters! They're all real and relevant too the story ... crying is my favourite pastime, so this was the perfect story for me. Romantic tear jerker!,!!

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  • Cate F.
  • Richmond, VA USA
  • 03-17-17

Utterly Adorable!

Perfectly narrated by Alison Larkin, the two main characters are such a well balanced combination of charm, tragedy, and humor that I enjoyed every minute of this delightful book.

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Terrific story

These stories by Anne Gracie are terrific. The characters are well developed. Gracie writes terrific dialogues. I love all the girls, but Lady Beatrix is a trip.

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Very entertaining

Oh this was fun! Especially the first half.

I chuckled at Hyphen-Hyphen and his muffins.

Damaris and Freddy are great together. This is a most enjoyable series and this is a great addition.

The narration was quite good. I'm looking forward to the following two books.

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  • Julia
  • 07-20-17

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.