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Forever Amber

by Kathleen Winsor
Foreword by Barbara Taylor Bradford

Chicago Review Press | September 1, 2000 | Trade Paperback

Forever Amber is rated 3.6667 out of 5 by 3.
Abandoned pregnant and penniless on the teeming streets of London, 16-year-old Amber St. Clare manages, by using her wits, beauty, and courage, to climb to the highest position a woman could achieve in Restoration England—that of favorite mistress of the Merry Monarch, Charles II. From whores and highwaymen to courtiers and noblemen, from events such as the Great Plague and the Fire of London to the intimate passions of ordinary—and extraordinary—men and women, Amber experiences it all. But throughout her trials and escapades, she remains, in her heart, true to the one man she really loves, the one man she can never have. Frequently compared to Gone with the Wind, Forever Amber is the other great historical romance, outselling every other American novel of the 1940s—despite being banned in Boston for its sheer sexiness. A book to read and reread, this edition brings back to print an unforgettable romance and a timeless masterpiece.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 976 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 2 in

Published: September 1, 2000

Publisher: Chicago Review Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1556524048

ISBN - 13: 9781556524042

Found in: Historical, Romance

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my Top 10 I first read this book in my early teens (probably a little ahead of time given content) and I have read it at least 5x since then. Along with Scarlet, Amber is one of the most unforgettable heroines in literature. As well as GWTW this book begs a sequel,but we would not no doubt be disappointed and frankly I prefer to write my own. A movie was made of the book but unlike GWTW did not do as much justice. A big book and a great historical novel.
Date published: 2012-09-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from So Good and Then Sooo Bad The book is 1000 pages long, but that wasn't going to stop me. I read and read and read. I was interested, I loved the main character (even if she was a little despicable) and I wanted to know where it was going. And then the ending was sooo disappointing. Pathetic sums it up.
Date published: 2012-09-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Sometimes great, sometimes...not I had a real love/hate thing with this title. There are parts of this book that deserve 5 stars and parts the deserve none. I have to say though that even at its most frustrating moments I was compelled to keep on reading to see what the Scarlette-sque heroine would do next. More on her in a bit. To start, this novel was banned in some places when it was published in 1940s. After reading about 100 pages I could see why. After finishing it, I was glad it was published so long ago and therefore all graphic details were omitted. I really liked the idea for the story; a young country girl, left pregnant and naïve, in Restoration London. She makes her way through different facets of the society, eventually becoming the king’s mistress. Along the way she makes some very odd and reckless choices, usually motivated by a selfish, adolescent love for the man who brought her and then left her in London. While I didn’t relate to the heroine, and didn’t agree with all her endeavours, it was not what annoyed me about this novel. My main gripe is the one dimensional portrayal of women (might be attributed to when it was written) and total lack of growth in Amber. The story spans 10 years, yet Amber essentially remains the same silly girl throughout. It seems a waste, as one would hope that her experiences would leave some kind of a mark on her. Unless of course the consistency of her character is what the title was to mean. Overall it was an ok, though lengthy read. The great parts of the story make up for the cringe worthy ones in most cases.
Date published: 2010-03-12

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Forever Amber

by Kathleen Winsor
Foreword by Barbara Taylor Bradford

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 976 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 2 in

Published: September 1, 2000

Publisher: Chicago Review Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1556524048

ISBN - 13: 9781556524042

From the Publisher

Abandoned pregnant and penniless on the teeming streets of London, 16-year-old Amber St. Clare manages, by using her wits, beauty, and courage, to climb to the highest position a woman could achieve in Restoration England—that of favorite mistress of the Merry Monarch, Charles II. From whores and highwaymen to courtiers and noblemen, from events such as the Great Plague and the Fire of London to the intimate passions of ordinary—and extraordinary—men and women, Amber experiences it all. But throughout her trials and escapades, she remains, in her heart, true to the one man she really loves, the one man she can never have. Frequently compared to Gone with the Wind, Forever Amber is the other great historical romance, outselling every other American novel of the 1940s—despite being banned in Boston for its sheer sexiness. A book to read and reread, this edition brings back to print an unforgettable romance and a timeless masterpiece.

About the Author

Kathleen Winsor has written a number of historical romances, including The Lovers and Robert and Arabella.
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