The Winter Bride

THE WINTER BRIDE

ANNE GRACIE

http://www.annegracie.com/

Publisher: Berkley

Published date: April 1, 2014

ASIN: B00D7Z4G46

Genre: Historical Romance—Regency Era

Source: Received for a honest review

Book Description (from amazon)

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?

My Thoughts

An enjoyable, entertaining and comical novel that will have you laughing out-loud!

With a past that is sordid and humiliating, Damaris has no hopes of marriage. All she wants is a small little cottage somewhere and just enough income to make sure she never has to go homeless or hungry again. She has no desire to have a season, knowing that she could never marry, but Lady Davenham convinces her to have one just for fun and to experience a carefree life, if only for a short time. But when her “brother-in-law” Max and his new bride Abby, leave for their honeymoon, he asks Freddy Monkton-Coombes to keep an eye on Aunt Bea, Damaris and her sisters while they are gone. Which means that Damaris and Freddy will be forced to spend time with each other despite their desires to remain far away from each other. But Freddy takes his role seriously and soon discovers that he can’t seem to keep his feelings for Damaris in check. When his mother decrees that Freddy must marry to ensure the succession of the family title, Freddy decides to make a deal with Damaris and they become betrothed, but in name only. If they can convince everyone that they are well and truly betrothed then Damaris will finally get her own cottage. It’s all she’s ever wanted, so why does the thought of breaking the pretend betrothal with Freddy seem like the wrong thing to do? Damaris finally has what she’s always wanted…..or does she?

Love this book! From Freddy’s unhappy and tragic childhood to Damaris’ life as a missionary’s child and her story of escape, the characters in this novel are so rich, so well written, with thorough background stories that make it such a touching story. I loved the fire and passion of Damaris’ character. Her witty banter with Freddy and her candid conversations with Freddy’s parents will have you laughing out loud and cheering her on! Freddy’s sweet, caring, yet haunted personality makes him such a wonderful hero. I loved the way Damaris fought for what she knew was right, despite how she felt or how others thought she should behave. Freddy’s actions at the end of the novel to defend Damaris’ honor was so touching and so well-intentioned that you couldn’t help but pray for a happy ending. This is truly a story of redemption and second chances, of finding yourself, despite all the obstacles that life throws at you. Definitely a novel I will read again and again.

Rating: 4.5

Heat Rating: Mild

Reviewed by: AprilP

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