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The Winter Bride by Anne Gracie


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Also by Anne Gracie:

The Heiress's Daughter, June 2024
Mass Market Paperback
The Rake's Daughter, August 2022
Trade Size / e-Book
The Scoundrel's Daughter, September 2021
Mass Market Paperback / e-Book
Marry in Scarlet, June 2020
Mass Market Paperback / e-Book
Marry in Secret, August 2019
Mass Market Paperback / e-Book
Marry in Scandal, April 2018
Mass Market Paperback / e-Book
Marry in Haste, May 2017
Mass Market Paperback / e-Book
The Summer Bride, July 2016
Mass Market Paperback / e-Book
The Last Chance Christmas Ball, October 2015
Paperback / e-Book
The Spring Bride, June 2015
Paperback / e-Book
The Winter Bride, April 2014
Paperback / e-Book
The Autumn Bride, February 2013
Paperback / e-Book
Bride By Mistake, January 2012
Paperback / e-Book
The Accidental Wedding, October 2010
To Catch A Bride, September 2009
His Captive Lady, September 2008
The Stolen Princess, January 2008
The Perfect Kiss, January 2007
The Perfect Stranger, June 2006
The Perfect Waltz, November 2005
The Perfect Rake, July 2005

The Winter Bride
Anne Gracie

Chance Sisters #2
April 2014
On Sale: April 1, 2014
Featuring: Freddy Monkton-Coombes; Damaris Chance
336 pages
ISBN: 0425259269
EAN: 9780425259269
Kindle: B00D7Z4G46
Paperback / e-Book
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Romance Historical

Award-winning author Anne Gracie delivers the second in her enticing new series about four young women facing 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?

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Chance Sisters


47 comments posted.

Re: The Winter Bride

i love beta hero i love muffins
(Denise Smith 4:04am April 2, 2014)

I'll take an occasional beta hero, along with the occasional muffin. I also love the lighter side of Romance!! The one thing I wanted to do was to thank you for coming here today. I really had a great laugh after reading your excerpts, and have put your book on my TBR list. Although the cover is gorgeous, I know the cover is going to be a wonderful and funny read that won't let me down!! It's always a plus to know a little bit extra about the characters, as well as a little more about the Author who wrote it. A million thank yous for starting my day on the right foot!!
Peggy Roberson 9:41am April 2, 2014)

I love beta heroes from time to time.
Pam Howell 9:42am April 2, 2014)

Loved your blog today. This book sounds wonderful. Thank you for the chance to win a copy.
Nancy Reynolds 9:46am April 2, 2014)

I love Beta Heroes! It is nice to see the other side of a
Karin Anderson 9:50am April 2, 2014)

Look forward to reading this book and love beta heroes!!
Bonnie Capuano 9:57am April 2, 2014)

I do love a beta hero a walk on the light side is nice for a
Gail Hurt 11:21am April 2, 2014)

I like all kinds of heroes! I also enjoy humor in stories. The Autumn Bride was a wonderful book, so I am looking forward to reading this one.
Cheryl Castings 11:23am April 2, 2014)

I definitely like a light-hearted romantic man. Stories that have humor and make me smile are my favorites! I belong to a book club...but although I've suggested several romance books, they want more "serious" books. Poor ladies don't know what they are missing! Thanks for the contest!
Jan Terry 12:07pm April 2, 2014)

Beta hero is an interesting term. I always like my heros to be flawed and not the perfect superheroes you find in books sometimes. I love muffins. I like to bake sometimes, and muffins are easy and fun to bake.
Sandy Fielder 1:02pm April 2, 2014)

I love muffins and book clubs!
Denise Austin 1:59pm April 2, 2014)

What a beautiful cover! I do enjoy beta characters... lighter romances.
Colleen Conklin 2:46pm April 2, 2014)

Thanks for all these comments. My Freddy is a beta hero, but he's flawed and
there are hidden depths to the man. I hope you enjoy his book.
Anne Gracie 6:03pm April 2, 2014)

Jan, I don't understand why books clubs always want to read serious books —
variety is the basic of all kinds of health. A friend of mine is in a bookclub
because she thinks the books they read "do her good" even though half the time
she doesn't enjoy or even finish them. A romance that makes me smile and feel
happy at the end is certainly doing me good, I think.
Anne Gracie 6:04pm April 2, 2014)

I love the wit and intelligence of Jane Austen's characters and of plays like "The Importance of Being Earnest". Often, these male protagonists are not alphas but betas whose conversations provide humour and whose fear of marriage is mortal. Loved "The Autumn Bride" and looking forward to 'winter'.
Susanne Bellamy 6:42pm April 2, 2014)

I like beta heroes, because I believe even they have a bit of alpha hidden in them when it comes to someone they love. I can't wait to read this book, Anne. The cover is gorgeous, too.
Marcy Shuler 6:51pm April 2, 2014)

Oh I love beta heroes!!!! I mean I love alpha heroes too but Betas are my
absolute favorites! They listen and aren't overtly controlling. They have a
keen eye for observing everyone and everything. And they love deeply,
as too alphas but beta-love is more of a quiet sweet romance. So yes, I
do like walking on the lighter side of romance.
And I love muffins! Poppy seed muffins are my favorite. And book clubs
are where I can fan girl about a current book I just read or just plain out
fan girl about an author or about a new book as I wait for its release!!! So
yes, I love book clubs!
Ki Pha 7:11pm April 2, 2014)

If Ann Gracie wrote it, I'll take either type of hero.
Penny Holmes 7:11pm April 2, 2014)

Love the cover! Very beautiful! I do enjoy reading about
beta-hero's sometimes.
Samatha Hodges 8:15pm April 2, 2014)

Beta heroes deserve HEAs too.
Mary C 8:39pm April 2, 2014)

I love fake engagement stories!!!
Lisa Hutson 10:29pm April 2, 2014)

Beta heroes are great, too. I like Freddy's take on the world. His outlook makes other people double take and that makes me laugh.
Laura Gullickson 12:45pm April 3, 2014)

Am such a fan of your stories. The snippets made me laugh.
G. Bisbjerg 2:16am April 3, 2014)

Thanks for these lovely comments. I'm enjoying them all so much.
Anne Gracie 4:31am April 3, 2014)

I love heroes in all their varieties. People are a wondrous subject, full of variety,
no too alike. I especially like creative characters that step away from any mold or
pre-set assumptions.
Carol Roddy 11:51am April 3, 2014)

Freddie sounds like he will make this a fun romance to read.
Anna Speed 12:09pm April 3, 2014)

I love Bata heroes, muffins of all kinds except Bran, and I am in a book
club. I would love to read your book and recommend it to my book club and
leave a review.
Hillary Kaltenbach 1:00pm April 3, 2014)

Would love to read this book by Anne Gracie.
Tina Lechuga 1:12pm April 3, 2014)

I like the chocolate chip muffins,
I don't know about book clubs we don't have them around here they sound like fun!
Congratulations on your new book
Penney Wilfort 1:44pm April 3, 2014)

I like muffins quite the little bit..especially orange cranberry! I enjoy the occasional book club, also.
I like my men to be alpha, for sure, but, occasionally a beta male will catch my eye! But, the book sounds really good and I'd love to read it.
Vennie Martinisi 2:10pm April 3, 2014)

I like muffins, but not all muffins, I have never been in a book club, congratulation on the new book, I would love to be chosen
Tina Gilligan 2:11pm April 3, 2014)

I love muffins, I've been in a book club, I don't mind the occasional beta male, or a walk on the lighter side of romance.
Denise Holcomb 2:24pm April 3, 2014)

what wonderful reviews on! Turns out we're not the only ones who love the occasional beta-hero. It's such fun to see characters grow in the course of the story - it keeps those pages turning.
Beth Fuller 2:30pm April 3, 2014)

Beta heroes are okay with me. I love humor with my romance.
Nobody needs to take themselves too seriously.
Donna Antonio 3:02pm April 3, 2014)

I do like a lighter side in a romance. Appreciate the
Leona Olson 3:06pm April 3, 2014)

I enjoy both the Alpha and the Beta Hero. They have their
good points for each. I do like the walk on the lighter side
of romance as it has more conflict. As for muffins they are
a staple in my home. Not too fond of book clubs as they do
not always read book I will.
Tina Ullrich 4:09pm April 3, 2014)

I enjoy both the alpha and beta heroes. I do love romances that make me laugh, and Winter Bride sounds like a fun one. I also like muffins (ladies and the kind you eat). Give me a blueberry, cinammon, apple, or chocolate chip muffin, and I feel like I am in Heaven.
Cathy Phillips 4:15pm April 3, 2014)

Enjoy all your books!
Doris Losey 4:21pm April 3, 2014)

I enjoy heroes period. If it's a good story, I'll probably love the book and I also like books with humor in them.
Carol Woodruff 7:27pm April 3, 2014)

it can be a lot of fun to read about a more regular beta guy
step up and save the day! I love muffins - blueberry are my
Diane Sallans 9:51pm April 3, 2014)

I love muffins and walks on the lighter side of romance.
Nyala Edwards 10:31pm April 3, 2014)

I do enjoy the beta heroes' stories. There are not alot of books written about the beta hero.
Kai Wong 11:14pm April 3, 2014)

I love to read about Beta heroes. They're more of a challenge to the heroine and their books are usually funnier. I'd like more Beta heroes.
Sharon Extine 1:00am April 4, 2014)

I do like Beta heroes. They seem to have a gentler nature. I
also like muffins, but I have never been part of a book club.
Mary Preston 7:03am April 5, 2014)

Women as muffins.... teehee. Sounds like sometimes Freddie
might be hard to like; but then again having a real
personality with actual likes and dislikes is kind of nice.
Having a more normal guy is sometimes nice...
Vanessa Primer 8:20am April 8, 2014)

I totally wanna read this :)
hope I get a Chacen to read
this wonderful piece of
writing :)
Sukriti Goyal 2:53pm April 8, 2014)

What an fascinating book! Love the cover. Freddy is definitely an interesting character. Thanks for sharing the great excerpts.
Bonnie H 1:17pm April 28, 2014)

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