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Damaris Chance is one of the four chance sisters, practically adopted into this sisterhood. Damaris has a history, and has made some decisions, that has led her to not believing in love or marriage. She knows that life can never be a option for her. At first she refuses to take part of the season, just content to work on her pottery and be a companion. However her guardian, Lady Beatrice Davenham, has other plans for her. She convinces Damaris to enter into the season for fun and enjoyment and not take it seriously. Freddy Monkton Coombes, made a promise to his closest friend, to watch over the three sisters. Despite his reservations, he will keep the end of his deal with Max. When he meets Damaris, he is captivated, and proposes a fake engagement, since neither of them have any interest in marriage, and be able to have fun and relax with the season. But fate has other plans, will Freddy be able to to show the promise and devotion of true love and redemption?
The Winter Bride is the second book in the Chance Sisters series. For those of you who have yet to read this author or this series, this is the most latest series by Anne Gracie. This series is based on a sisterhood that forms between four women, and this story is Dameris' story. Now I just adored Damaris, and I can be picky toward my heroines...but Damaris was wonderful. There was so much I felt endearing about Damaris, and so easy to relate with. With each page, you are just on her side. You start to understand her strengths and weaknesses, and see the inner strength, and you come to admire her character. Damaris is a fighter, but more with what has happened in her past. She does have some inner demons...and this is where Freddy comes in. Freddy....oh sigh....I could kiss him!! He was such a perfect match for Damaris. He has that fighter spirit, and will protect those he cares about. He has been rejected by his parents who blame him for his brothers death. He hasn't had much of a easy life either, but is a fighter in making a life for himself. He is intelligent, charming, and tender. and romantic.
The story is the kind of love story you can relax into, and just enjoy. There isn't much at the edge of your seat suspense that is bound to give you a stroke. This story is sweet, romantic and will warm your heart. It does deal with some complex issues, but the way Anne Gracie weaves this story together, in a creation of a powerful tale, with strong characters that make you believe in the power of healing and true love. REMARKABLE!!