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Guest Review: The Spring Bride by Anne Gracie

Posted June 22, 2015 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Guest Review: The Spring Bride by Anne GracieReviewer: Tracy
The Spring Bride by Anne Gracie
Series: The Chance Sisters #3
Also in this series: The Winter Bride
Published by Penguin
Publication Date: June 2, 2015
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four-stars

On the eve of the London Season, Jane Chance is about to make her entrance into high society. And after a childhood riddled with poverty and hardship, Jane intends to make a good, safe, sensible marriage. All goes according to plan until a dark, dangerous vagabond helps her rescue a dog.

Zachary Black is all kinds of unsuitable—a former spy, now in disguise, he’s wanted for murder. His instructions: to lie low until his name is cleared. But Zach has never followed the rules, and he wants Jane Chance for his own.

If that means blazing his way into London society, in whatever guise suits him, that’s what he’ll do. Jane knows she shouldn’t fall in love with this unreliable, if devastatingly attractive, rogue. But Zach is determined—and he‘s a man accustomed to getting what he wants.

Tracy’s review of The Spring Bride (Chance Sisters #3) by Anne Gracie

Jane Chance’s two older sisters are married to the men that they fell in love with. Of course those sisters want her to find love as well, but that’s not what Jane wants – at least that’s what she tells herself. Her parents came from good families but each of their families wanted them to marry other people. When they chose love over their families they were both disowned. Jane grew up knowing her parents were in love but they were destitute. Jane wants children of her own and as much as she appreciates that her parents were in love she wants to raise children with the security of knowing that they will never have to worry about where they will sleep at night or if they’ll have enough food. To this end Jane accepts a marriage proposal from a man that will give her the security she craves. She doesn’t love him but maybe she will grow to love him in time.

Zachary Black has returned to England, after 12 years, at the behest of his best friend. He finds that his cousin is on the cusp of having Zach declared dead. He can easily prove who he is but finds out that when he does he will be arrested for a murder that he supposedly committed 12 years earlier, but did not. He’s been a spy for his government for the past eight years and has had to blend in constantly so when his friend tells him that he needs to lie low so that no one will recognize him he stays in his gypsy disguise.

While in disguise and out walking in London Zach saves Jane from some street thugs. She was in an alley rescuing a dog and the thugs turned on her. Zach is mesmerized by Jane so when she asks him to walk the dog to her house he accepts. From then on every day that Jane walks the dog in the park by her house Zach is there waiting to walk with her. He loves talking to her and he soon discovers he has feeling for her. Unfortunately he has this whole murder thing hanging over his head and then he finds out that Jane is engaged. He decides that he needs to do whatever it takes to get the woman he loves to be with him but there might be too many obstacles standing in his way.

The Spring Bride is a relatively simple story but so very sweet I just loved it. Yes, there was the murder charge hanging over Zach’s head and the ease which he believed it would be cleared didn’t exactly pan out, but other than that there wasn’t a whole lot of angst in the book and I really appreciated that.

Seeing Zach and Jane getting to know each other and seeing their feelings for each other grow just warmed my heart. Yes, Jane was stubborn at times but I understood her fears that had to do with safety and security. She really wanted the whole package – the love and the security – but was too afraid to let herself hope for that. Because of that she believed that accepting the proposal of Lord Cambury – who was a bit of a jerk – was the right thing to do. Even when she finally figured out that Cambury wasn’t who she wanted to marry she let him down very nicely and I admired her even more.

Zach was a wonderful hero. He was an intelligent man who had been blindsided by a woman and I loved seeing him felled by Jane. He had a good heart and I admired his strength as well. He’d been abused as a child but he had become a good, honorable man who definitely did not take after his father.

Overall the book was a lovely romance and one I very much enjoyed reading.

Rating: 4 out of 5

This title is available from Berkley. You can buy it here or here in e-format. This book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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Review: The Winter Bride by Anne Gracie

Posted April 2, 2014 by Tracy in Reviews | 2 Comments

Review: The Winter Bride by Anne GracieReviewer: Tracy
The Winter Bride by Anne Gracie
Series: The Chance Sisters #2
Also in this series: The Spring Bride
Published by Penguin
Publication Date: April 1st 2014
Buy on Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Goodreads
four-stars

Four young women face a life of destitution—until a daring act changes their fortune and turns them each into a beautiful bride.

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

Damaris is determined not to marry. Her guardian wants her to have a season but she’s not sure it’s a good idea. She has her reasons for not marrying and she’s sticking to her guns.

Freddy is a friend of Damaris’s brother-in-law and was asked to look after Damaris and her sisters while he’s on his honeymoon. Freddy wants nothing to do with it all but agrees anyway. As much as he says he wants nothing to do with the girls he’s been pretty much smitten with Damaris from the minute he saw her.

Freddy finds out that his mother is planning a house party and inviting tons of eligible women. She insists that he WILL get engaged during the party and on the last night, at the ball, announce his engagement. Freddy normally would just ignore his mother but she deviously planned the house party around the only day of the year he ever sets foot at home – the day of his brothers yearly memorial service. Freddy knows he can’t stay away from his home on that day but he doesn’t want to get engaged. What he does is ask Damaris to play his fiancé and act like they’re engaged so that his mother will cancel the party and it works.

Damaris is excited that Freddy plans on buying her a cottage in payment for the fake engagement but she hates lying to her sisters and guardian. In order to get away from it all Freddy makes an exception and takes her to his home (two weeks before the memorial service) to meet his parents.

During the time that Damaris and Freddy are at his home Damaris gets closer and closer to Freddy. She finds out info about him that puts new light on the way he acts in public and her heart opens to him and she falls in love. Unfortunately she still won’t allow herself to marry because of something horrible that happened in her past. Fortunately she finally tells Freddy and it all works out in the end.

This was such a great yet highly emotional book for me. I really love Gracie’s writing and this proved to be just as good as the other books of hers I’ve read.

The reason this one was so emotional for me, I think, was because of Freddy and all he’d gone through in his life. The guilt he’d carried around due to the death of his brother when he was just 12 and the nasty way his parents had treated him. His parents are HORRIBLE! They are vile and condescending and were two people who should never have had children. They treat Freddy like he doesn’t even exist in the world except to create an heir. Freddy is used to being treated as such – even though he doesn’t like it (he tries to hide that fact), but Damaris is appalled at the way that he’s treated and takes it upon herself to tell his parents what she thinks of them. I was totally cheering for Damaris when she did this, let me tell you. They deserved that and so much more!

Damaris’s background was also something that was not the greatest and the telling of her story made my heart hurt. She had been through so much and survived. She really was a strong woman and I admired her so much for that.

The romance between Freddy and Damaris was sweet and loving and I thoroughly enjoyed reading about it. This story is one, imho, that is not to be missed.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Anne Gracie

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What I Read Last Week

Posted March 17, 2014 by Tracy in Features | 0 Comments

Top o’ the mornin’ to ya!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day and all that. Hope you had a lovely weekend. If you plan on going out tonight just be safe, okay? I like all my peeps just the way they are!

Here’s a little vid just to make you smile. How can you not love a cat on a skateboard? Especially when that tail’s in the air. 🙂

I didn’t end up reading all that much this past week. The church (where I work) was having a Goodwill Donation Drive fundraiser and I spent most evenings in my garage cleaning things out and getting items ready for donation. My garage is so much happier now – so am I! Then Saturday my kids and I spent the day at the Drive accepting items and filling bins with the donations. We ended up filling 45 bins and that raised $2,200.00 for our youth group. Very cool. Anyway – on to what I read…

I started off the week with Blitzing Emily by Julie Brannagh. This was a great story about a couple who starts a fake engagement and then ends up falling in love. It was very sweet and I liked the authors writing style a lot. You can read my review here. 4 out of 5

Next up was Dragon Heat 2-in-1 by Lolita Lopez. The book includes books 1 and 2 in the Dragon Heat series: Dead Sexy Dragon and Red Hot Dragon. (I actually only read the second story in this book as I’d read book 1 a while back.) The stories are both good. I definitely want more history on the dragons and their enemies in the future. :0) You can read my review of both stories here. Book 1: 3.75 out of 5 Book 2: 3 out of 5

Winter Bride by Anne Gracie is book 2 in the Chance sisters series. Damaris Chance never wants to get married. She is determined to keep this fact. We realize this has something to do with her past but we don’t’ know what til later in the book. Freddy, trying to get his mother to quit bride searching for him (as he also plans on never getting married), gets Damaris to fake an engagement with him to get his mom off his back. Of course the pair fall in love but Damaris is determined to never marry which creates a bit of a problem. Good story – very emotional. I’ll post my review in a couple of weeks. 4 out of 5

Last for the week was The Kraken King by Meljean Brook which is a serial novel of 8 installments that will release its first installment on April 15th and run weekly through June 3rd. The serial takes place in the Iron Seas world and its heroine is Zenobia Fox – sister of Archimedes Fox that we read about in The Iron Duke and Heart of Steel. I read parts I: The Kraken King and Scribbling Spinster 4 out of 5, Part II: The Kraken King and the Abominable Worm – 4.5 out of 5 & Part III: The Kraken King and the Fox’s Den – 4.25 out of 5 and thoroughly enjoyed them all. I’ll post my reviews of these as they come out. Besides the books being great I think that the covers of the stories are seriously to die for. Here are the covers for parts I, II & III:

My Book Binge reviews that posted last week:
Desperately Seeking Suzanna by Elizabeth Michels
I Found You by Jane Lark

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Guest Review: The Autumn Bride by Anne Gracie.

Posted September 23, 2013 by Book Binge Guest Blogger in Reviews | 1 Comment

15704823Tina’s review of The Autumn Bride by Anne Gracie.

Abigail Chantry’s parents died when she was young leaving her to care for her younger sister Jane. Although she has not seen Jane in years, she helps to pay for her sister’s schooling with her job as a governess for a family she is not especially fond of. When she gets word that Jane has been kidnapped and is being held as a captive in a brothel, she sets out to rescue her, and in the process also saves two other girls from the brothel as well. This unlikely quartet take a vow to take care of each other and thereby form their makeshift “sisterhood”. This is how the Chance Sisters come into being, and how the first book in the series, The Autumn Bride begins.

This is my first book by Anne Gracie. Before this book, I had never even heard of this author before, which I can’t believe, as I am sure that I have been missing out!! I was hooked from the moment that I read the back cover, and although I felt that the beginning of the book was a bit slow, it picked up after about the fifth or sixth chapter and moved along quite nicely. It really started getting interesting once the sisters come across what they believe to be an empty mansion, where lacking money and needing food, Abigail decides to break in to try to find something of value that they can use to help them. What she finds instead is Lady Beatrice Davenham, who is bedridden and untended by her servants, who are using her money to instead feather their own nests. After she tells the story of her negligence, Abigail knows that she must help Lady Beatrice and proceeds to throw the worthless help out. At that point Lady Beatrice asks the sisters to stay and take care of her as her “nieces”, and that in return she would help them to find husbands. All goes well for awhile until Lady Beatrice’s nephew Max returns from the Orient to find a houseful of imposters caring for his Aunt.

As far as the characters go, I would have to say that my favorite character was Lady Beatrice – she is such a gem and totally won my heart. I enjoyed this lighthearted story immensely, and appreciated the fact that the author didn’t turn the whole thing into a love at first sight kind of thing. I enjoyed the tension between Max and Abigail as the rest of the story played out. This was such a delightful read for me, and I have to thank the ladies from Book Binge who sent me the book to review. I can’t wait to read the rest of the series, and will definitely be looking for more books by Anne Gracie as well.

Rating: 4 out of 5

This title is available from Berkley.  You can buy it here or here in e-format. The book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


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Guest Review: The Autumn Bride by Anne Gracie

Posted February 26, 2013 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Tracy’s review of The Autumn Bride (Chance Sisters #`1) by Anne Gracie

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…

Abby is an orphan and is a governess. She’s shocked when she’s on her way back to her employers house one day after her half day off and is stopped by a woman saying that she knows Abby’s sister and she’s come to Abby for help. It seems that Jane, the sister, was on her way to be a vicar’s wife’s companion when she was drugged and kidnapped and taken to a brothel for auction. Abby gets her out in time along with another girl, Damaris who helped Jane and Daisy, the cockney girl who worked at the brothel (as a maid) and had gotten Abby.

After Abby has to leave her job the four girls are living together and trying to survive. They try to get jobs but it doesn’t work out and when Jane gets sick Abby gets desperate. She’s seen the house next door and there’s a window open and no light ever goes on in it. She thinks to climb over, get into the house and steal something that she can then sell to help Jane. When she gets to the house she finds nothing of value to steal and a little old lady in the bedroom who is slowly dying from neglect and starvation. Things happen and next thing you know Abby and the girls are living with the little old woman, Lady Beatrice Davenham, and there’s lives have changed considerably. The girls consider themselves sisters and Lady Bea tells everyone they’re her nieces.

Lord Davenham has been away for 9 years when a letter about his aunt has him heading back to England. He finds the girls and of course assumes that they are the ones that are hurting his aunt. Matters get worked out but the trust isn’t high between the girls and Max – especially with Abby. Abby and Max have an attraction to each other but Max promised himself in marriage to a girl 9 years ago and now he has to honor his word and marry her – even if he wants Abby.

The majority of this book, for me, was taken up with Abby, her sisters and Lady Bea. That was actually A-Ok with me as I liked the five of them so very much. Lady Bea had pluck and she wasn’t afraid to tell people what she thought. Now she did get taken advantage of and had hit a low spot but with the Chance sisters help she was able to get back on her feet, so to speak, and flourish.

Max and Abby’s relationship, if you can call it that took a back seat for me. Max and Abby weren’t together very often in the story and that a bit frustrating. He saved her at one point and they kissed but other than some small talks and a few heated looks there wasn’t much too it. He was running all over doing this and that and I’m sad to say that while I liked their characters I didn’t feel the connection between the two of them.

As I normally like Gracie’s books so much I will be reading the next book in this series to see what happens next.

Rating: 3 out of 5

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This book is available from Berkley. You can buy it here or here in e-format. This book was provided by the publisher for an honest review.


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