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The winter bride
Large print edition.
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569 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
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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. Then Damaris finds herself trapped in a compromising situation with the handsome rake Freddy Monkton-Coombes, and 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.


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Damaris Chance's unhappy past has turned her off the idea of marriage forever. But her guardian, Lady Beatrice Davenham, convinces her to come out anyway -- and have a season of carefree, uncomplicated fun. Trapped in a compromising situation with handsome rake Freddy Monkton-Coombes, she must agree to wed him -- as long as it's in name only. And although he seems to accept her terms, Freddy has a plan of his own.

Author Notes

Anne Gracie is an Australian author and teacher. She grew up in many places including Scotland, Malaysia, and Greece. She always loved reading. When her parents finally settled down, she attended university to become a teacher. She taught English and worked as a counsellor, but also put on plays and concerts, supervised camps, and encouraged other people to write. Her desire to write blossomed during a year-long backpacking trip around the world. Her first series was the Merridew Sisters which included The Perfect Rake, The Perfect Waltz, The Perfect, Stranger, and The Perfect Kiss. Her other series include Devils Riders, Chance Sisters, and Marriage of Convenience.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Gracie continues the charming seasonal saga of the four Chance sisters (introduced in The Autumn Bride), family by choice rather than blood, with this thoughtful and tender Regency. Miss Damaris Chance (formerly Tait), a missionary's daughter, has a well-earned "abhorrence of marriage." The Honorable Frederick Monkton-Coombes wants to present a fiancee to his cold and distant parents to avoid their matchmaking schemes. Freddy and Damaris enter into a business arrangement: she will engage in a faux betrothal in exchange for ownership of a cottage that will allow her to be self-sufficient. Freddy's cultivation of his rakish reputation has developed his wooing skills, which are put to the test when his friendship with Damaris evolves slowly into romance, despite both parties' hurts and vulnerabilities. Gracie gradually expands the setting without overwhelming the reader by sending Damaris and Freddy to his family estate, separating them from Damaris's benefactor and Freddy's business partners, while setting the scene for the next two seasons. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Library Journal Review

Keeping an eye on his honeymooning best friend's elderly aunt and the three Chance sister "nieces" is the last thing footloose bachelor Frederick Monkton-Coombes wants to do. But his mother insists that he marry for the sake of the succession and threatens him with a house party full of marriageable girls to make sure that happens. Fortunately, Damaris Chance does not plan to wed either, so a false betrothal in return for a country cottage seems like the perfect solution. Then the pair are trapped together during a storm, and the game changes dramatically. VERDICT A pretend engagement devolves into a forced marriage when plans go awry in this exquisitely written, perfectly plotted story that features deeply wounded but resilient protagonists and introduces an intriguing, most unconventional new character. Gracie (The Autumn Bride) lives in Melbourne, Australia. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.