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The first in an historical romance series from bestselling author, 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 . . .

'The Autumn Bride is a delight to read. It's escapist fun, yes, but it's also firmly on the side of women and the ties that bind them.' Bookthingo.com
'Lovers of the historical romance genre will devour [this book] . . . This classic Regency plot will enthrall.' Bendigo Advertiser

Praise for Anne Gracie:

'Anne Gracie outdoes herself with Bride by Mistake . . . Not to be missed!' Mary Jo Putney

'I never miss an Anne Gracie book.' Julia Quinn


'This funny, dangerously addictive page-turner is a hands-down Regency winner; the rest of the series can't come fast enough.' LibraryJournal


'Layers of secrets and deft characterization make for a deep, rich story that will leave readers starry-eyed.' Publisher's Weekly


'I honestly can't remember the last time I've enjoyed a book quite this much... I predict The Autumn Bride is going to be 'THE' book to add to the TBR list of Historical Romance fans everywhere.' - Night Owl Reviews


'Author Gracie is known for her nuanced, unconventional characters and rich, original plot lines. This book, first of a planned quartet, doesn't disappoint.' Kirkus Reviews


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Formats & editions

  • Trade Paperback


    January 30, 2013

    Michael Joseph (AU Adult)

    320 pages

    RRP $24.99

    Online retailers

    • Abbey's Bookshop
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  • EBook


    January 30, 2013

    Penguin eBooks (AU Adult)

    336 pages

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    • iBooks
    • Amazon Kindle
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Awards and Recognition

  • 2014
    Romance Writers of America RITA Awards
  • 2014
    Romance Writers of America RITA Awards

Also by Anne Gracie

Marry In Haste
The Summer Bride
The Spring Bride
The Winter Bride
Bride By Mistake
The Accidental Wedding
To Catch a Bride
His Captive Lady
The Stolen Princess
The Perfect Kiss
Perfect Stranger
The Perfect Rake
The Perfect Waltz