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The Winter Bride

Chance Sisters Romance, Book 2
Narrated by: Alison Larkin
Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (390 ratings)
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How steamy is it? Sizzling

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. #tagsgiving #sweepstakes #Funny #Tearjerker #HappyEnding

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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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I loved it!!!

This is a great series! I love that this book picked up where the first one ended. Can’t wait for the rest of the series!

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Excellent

Another wonderful book from this author! Wonderful characters and dialogue. Freddy is adorable!!!! Highly recommend!

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XXX --But for a Good Reason

Annie Gracie writes way too steamy for me but this book needs it to make the plot work. Many women need this book and the detailed sexual details in it for a very good reason. I have rarely heard a better explanation of how to deal with rape and spiritual abuse . Never have I read a plot where the consequences of both evils wrap together in a sweet, enjoyable story. Most books that incorporate either into a plot are dark and or preachy. This is probably because Gracie's characters have learned to accept others without judgement. Young women who have experienced either spiritual abuse or rape or both will gain knowledge in reading Winter Wedding. You don't have to avoid it because of horror memories. It's a delightful read filled with poignancy and I think messages from God. Thank you Annie Gracie for a book with the power to heal.

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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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narrator is not so great

Story was great. I just did not like the narrator's take on the heroines voice nor how it seemed like she was on the verge of tears.

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Good love story

I like all the interactions between them which made it a good love story. They were able to “fall” in love. I absolutely adored him. She, at times was a little annoying but it was minimal.

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  • Thor
  • 10-04-18

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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  • 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.