The Spring Bride by Anne Gracie | Chance Sisters #3
Publication Date: June 2nd, 2015
Print ARC provided by publisher
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The Spring Bride is the third installment in Anne Gracie’s Chance Sisters series, and while this book can stand alone, the other books in this story are worth reading. I can’t imagine why you’d want to miss out. The hilarity and graveness of these stories is balanced perfectly, and I’m enjoying every moment.
This book felt like an adventure from the beginning to the end. I love how Jane, who desperately wants to be so prim and proper, can’t help but flirt with the lines of propriety as far as spending time with Zach goes. She’s unable to resist him, but she’s completely unaware of that fact. I adored their entire relationship from how they met to how Jane became the knight in shining armor she’d spent her life looking for. (Though for Jane, it was more like a knight with a healthy bank account.) Theirs was a friendship that blossomed, and I adored watching it happen. Jane’s insecurities were deep and came from a very real place, and I appreciated how authentically this was done. She knew she didn’t have a lot of choices, but she was taking fate into her own hands (at least, she thought so,) by choosing what she felt she needed most in her life.
There was so much that made this book fun:
- Daisy being the voice of reason for Jane was so unexpected. But she was Jane’s champion in this story, standing by her friend no matter what was going on.
- Zach’s persistence – while Jane was betrothed to another man, Zach was appalled that she was relying on her pretty face, and angry on her behalf that she’d been made to make a match based on that alone.
- The masquerade ball – I love a masquerade ball. No matter how improbable it is that you wouldn’t recognize the person behind the mask (though that wasn’t the case here,) masquerade balls are so thrilling to read about, especially when it coincides with a couple’s first kiss!
- Of course, Zach’s introduction to Lady Beatrice. Lady B is so much fun. You always think you know her motives, but she surprises you in the end and leaves you chuckling, wondering how she was able to pull the wool over your eyes. I couldn’t wait for them to meet. You just knew it was going to be hilarious.
- Zach’s friend, Gil. Zach was moved to do things he’d never even considered before, and Gil spent the entire book being entertained by Zach’s predicaments, and he was very outspoken about it.
- How open Zach was to his feelings for Jane. There’s no tug of war here. From the beginning, Zach is able to recognize how special Jane is, and he never runs from his feelings. I just love a decisive hero, and Zach was a man who knew exactly what he wanted.
- Abby and Jane finally get some closure with their family. I won’t say more than that for fear of spoiling, but I like that the girls are finally able to move on from that.
The Spring Bride was more than a love story – this was a story about Jane discovering that sometimes what you want isn’t what you need, and what you need isn’t want you want, and Zach realizing you can come home again. As this series has progressed, I’ve enjoyed each book more and more. I am so excited to read the final installment with Daisy and Flynn’s story in The Summer Bride!
Narration: Like the previous books in the series, I listened to some of this one. (I went back and forth between audio and print,) and I adore the narrator for this series. Alison Larkin does a wonderful job, and I’m glad she’s narrating the entire series!
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Series: Chance Sisters
Snippets I loved:
People said gypsies were dangerous, that they would steal you away. This one was protective. And bossy. And annoying.
Though those eyes of his . . . they could steal a girl’s soul. If she wasn’t careful.
She’d known cold, known hunger, for God’s sake—a child of the ton—and had known what it is to have nowhere safe to sleep at night.
When? How? Why?
What the hell had happened that had made a sweet-natured, warm, generous, well-connected beauty think she had nothing but her face to recommend her? Think she had to marry for money?
When she was clearly yearning for . . . something more. He thought of the way she’d gazed at those children, the way her eyes softened.
Grow up,she’d said. And she’d made the most grown-up decision of all. He supposed he couldn’t fault her for knowing what she wanted. The opportunity to make the kind of marriage that will secure my future–mine and any children I might have.
Aye, that was it–safety, security and children. And a home.
His mouth was stern, unsmiling, beautiful—and where did that thought come from, she wondered feverishly. “My dance, I believe.” His voice was low and deep and came straight from her darkest, most turbulent dreams. Zachary Black.
“What are you doing here?” she hissed.
“I came to dance with you, of course—what did you think?” The devil danced in his eyes. White teeth gleamed briefly beneath the mask. “I told you it wasn’t good-bye.”
“Don’t be ridiculous. This is a private ball—a very exclusive private ball! You cannot be here!”
“And yet I am.” He gave her that slow, lazy smile.
She refuses to see me. She doesn’t believe a word I tell her.”
“Can you blame her?”
“No, but I have to try. Otherwise she’ll marry that oaf.”
“You mean that rich and titled highly cultured gentleman of the ton?”
“He’s a crashing, pretentious bore—you told me that yourself. He’ll marry her for her beauty, not caring who she really is, and squash all the life and the joy out of her.”
“I don’t know you well enough to assume anything.”
“I beg your pardon?”
“Yet. You don’t know me well enough yet.” He leaned toward her and added in a dark voice laced with promise, “You’re going to get to know me a great deal better.”
She raised her brows at that, even though her heart beat a little faster at the intensity in his expression as he said it. “Am I?”
“I’m betting my life on it,” he said quietly with a look that burned straight through to her heart.