A review by Lynne Larby
Spring Bride is the third Chance Sister Regency romance by Anne Gracie, telling Jane Chance’s story of sense versus sensibility.
Jane Chance is so beautiful that she’s been stalked, experienced attempted kidnappings and lived under threat. Not only that, but her parents’ elopement, resulting in being disowned by both parents’ families, caused severe hardship for Jane as a child. Now she’s determined to make a sensible marriage, to ensure her comfort and the safety of the children she so desperately wants.
The only problem is, as her foster sister observes, Jane is of a temperament to fall in love with the least suitable member of the ton. Which she promptly does, right after she’s agreed to an engagement with a “suitable match” who sees Jane as an acquisition to match his artwork and beautiful home.
Zachary Black is far from suitable yet Jane finds him compelling. She also discovers her long-lost grandmother and, to the disgust of her older sister Abby, accepts her grandmother’s overtures to build bridges.
My main criticism of this novel is the obsession with Jane’s appearance — and Jane’s obsession with Zachary Black’s appearance (although, perhaps, that’s excusable as he is her love-interest). The obsession with beauty knocked the book down a peg for me but, during the climax, Jane overturns this criticism with her realistic and timeless truths about beauty.
So far my favourite in this series is the second, Winter Bride, but all the Chance Sister romances are delicious. I highly recommend Spring Bride for Romance lovers.
I really really want Flynn to be the love-interest in the next book. I’ve been Team Flynn since Winter Bride. COME ON, FLYNN.
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Format: paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Michael Joseph (Penguin)