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Ambersley (Lords of London Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Amy Atwell
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)

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Book Description

An heiress in disguise. A duke who doubts his own legitimacy. Will secrets destroy their love?

Traumatized by a blaze that killed her parents, young Johanna remembers nothing of her privileged past and remains ignorant of the dangers that surround her. She grows up among the servants, where she develops a sense of purpose that helps her survive the betrayal that unmasks her true identity. Once she is forced to take her proper place in Regency society as the highly sought heiress to the Ambersley fortune, she must defy the relatives who would make her a pawn in their struggle for power.

When Derek Vaughan inherits the dukedom, his dubious parentage makes it a sacrilege to accept. But touched by the ravaged estate and its destitute staff, he braves a society that once shunned him while he rebuilds Ambersley and guards it from his stepmother's bankrupting clutches. He intends to grant the title to his half-brother when the boy comes of age, but Derek's plans go awry from the moment the gardener's apprentice—once his trusted young friend—is revealed to be not only an heiress of beauty and spirit, but the one woman who may finally capture his heart.


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"AMBERSLEY shares rich storytelling treats that go beyond the traditional romance; it's reminiscent of classic Judith McNaught works."  --RITA-nominated author, Therese Walsh, The Last Will of Moira Leahy

"Atwell (Lying Eyes, 2010) has an intriguing premise, and her craftsmanship shows in solid descriptions, smooth dialogue and observations... Historical accuracy adds greatly to the pleasure of the Regency romance."  --Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Award-winning and bestselling author Amy Atwell worked in professional theater for 15 years before turning from the stage to the page to write fiction. She now gives her imagination free rein in both contemporary and historical stories that feature smart women and noble men who find love while managing to mend their meddlesome families. Her manuscripts and books have earned her a Golden Heart® nomination, over 25 other contest finals and Ambersley has been featured on the Top 100 Books lists for both Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble Nook. An Ohio native, Amy has lived all across the country and now resides on a barrier island in Florida with her husband, two Russian Blues and a demon kitten. She’s currently writing the second book in the Lords of London series.

Product Details

  • File Size: 549 KB
  • Print Length: 351 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0984968210
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Amy Atwell; 1 edition (June 18, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0056TJOSY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #129,863 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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58 of 69 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put this book down! September 22, 2011
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A fire destroys the ducal manor, killing the duke and duchess, after which their four-year-old daughter Amber Johanna is missing. The gardener and his wife find the frightened little girl and keep her safe while madness reigns at the manor. But they keep finding reasons to hang on to her afterwards, such as wondering if she will be well-cared-for by her distant relatives, if someone started the fire on purpose and would kill her too if they knew she still lived, etc. The truth is, they lost a son named Johnny about the same age and Amber fit the bill. They make up a story about taking in an orphaned relative, and because they dress her as a boy and call her Johnny, and because she has lost her memory, no one suspects that she is the missing girl.

The new duke has a stepmother that would like to see him dead so that her son could inherit. He has reason to believe that he is not really the true heir because his mother--who was hanged for murdering one of her lovers--conceived another man's child and passed him off as legitimate. He realizes he should not really inherit the dukedom, but his half-brother is only 12 and under the influence of his greedy mother, and thus not able to handle the onerous duties of restoring the burned manor, especially since the previous duke's fortune was left to his missing daughter and cannot be touched until she appears or is presumed dead after 7 years.

Johnny becomes great friends with the duke, and is happy pretending to be a boy because she can be with people she loves and do things she enjoys. Her "parents" realize they should confess the truth, but are afraid that the duke's selfish stepmother will mistreat her and/or they themselves will be imprisoned or sent to Bedlam for hiding her in the first place.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Well Done April 6, 2013
By Becky
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I think I might be in love with all of the male characters in this book! Derek is absolutely delicious, readers, give him a chance. His story started out a little slow but be patient with him, there is a point. Harry is so infectious and bright, and Curtis with his dark and stormy nature are perfect foils. Ah, but Worthing, Worthing takes the cake and the entire tea service with it. Yum. I think it patently unfair of an author to have two such men as Derek and Worthing in the same book and ask any sane female to choose. Thankfully she keeps Curtis in leading strings for most of it or I don't know how I would have stood it.

That all out of the way, lol, this was a fantastic book! I was initially skeptical because the blurb described it as spanning decades and I thought I was in for either a tortuous read or one so chopped I would barely be able to follow the leaps in plot. Thankfully, neither were the case. This book needs much better marketing, the blurb does not do it justice. The story does span decades, but more in the vein of the Secret Garden. Long stretches of plot deal with the main characters during pivotal points in their lives before settling in to the present day at about the half-way mark. This was an exquisite read. Now that I have read it once, I will go back through and re-read at a slower pace and savor the beginning. I admit to being impatient at the beginning but I was attached to the wrong character and was waiting for him to grow up. I didn't see how the author could bring the heroine together with the man that was being set up as the hero and by the time it made sense I was already deep into the novel. The characters are all so well done, from the staff (I fell in love with the butler too!) to the female protagonists, they were all so alive. I love Johnny.
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62 of 76 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Good story except for explicit porn September 6, 2013
By Pamela
Format:Kindle Edition
I have been looking for historical fiction like that written by Victoria Holt and Dorothy Eden. They managed to write good stories/mysteries/romances without all the graphic sex. I thought I had found one in Ambersley. I loved the story line, the characters, EVERYTHING and would have given it a five star if it hadn't had pages of graphic sex. There was no warning in the reviews, so I am writing one. I would have loved to share this book with my daughters and friends but couldn't because it would betray the kind of trash I read, even inadvertently. I wouldn't want to contaminate their minds, either. How can I find books without all this stuff?
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well done story! October 13, 2011
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Riveting story, a definite page-turner. Closer to 4.5 stars for me, as one of the central plot lines seems to have been left unresolved, but as there's threads for what seems to be at least 3 sequels, perhaps the author is leaving it for the future. The author did such a good job with the side characters, I was quite disappointed to find out there's no sequels currently available. More please!
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48 of 63 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Give me a break! September 25, 2011
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Rarely do I just toss a book aside 3/4 of the way through out of sheer frustration with the story's contrivances, but I just did that with Ambersley. When I found myself glowering and barking "NO, no, no, you stupid idiot!" four times in a dozen pages at three different characters, I realized I'd been muttering much the same thing over and over for the past couple hours and was about to heave my kindle against the wall. This was clearly no longer an enjoyable read.

Yes, Regency romances often depend on layers of contrived misunderstandings, or guises and maneuvers no one alive would swallow for a minute, pigheaded heroes and inconsistencies of character, cardboard villains that make Cruella deVille look complex, or deus ex machina resolutions - but all of that crammed into the second half of one book?

The first part was appealing enough and well-enough crafted that it earned the book 3 stars, but the entire second half has proven so thoroughly annoying that I took one star back.

Oh, I may get around to finishing it eventually, but I have to get past wanting to slam several of the main characters' heads together first.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!
Can't say enough. It has romance,suspense,danger. Lovedit! If you like Regency romances do not miss this one. Will be looking for this author's other books.
Published 1 month ago by puntalta
5.0 out of 5 stars Ambersley
Truly one of the most fun and lovely books I have read in a
long time.Jonny is the real story.
Published 1 month ago by eight to one
4.0 out of 5 stars Super
I loved how so many characters are able to intertwine. I had started on a Thursday and finished Sunday afternoon. Looking forward to the sequel with Mr Harry Coatsman. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Terri Romero
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice
It's been a while since I've read a historical romance that I was quite entertained by this story, the characters and the plot.
Published 3 months ago by Kindle Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Ambersley
Started out good. And if you like romance with twists and turns, then you will like it. But not really for my liking.
Published 3 months ago by Just sayin!
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book. I found a new author to follow
Very good book. I found a new author to follow. I love to read and would highly suggest this book!
Published 4 months ago by hesustains
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read !
I love these period pieces. It's always fascinating to me to read about times gone by and how they lived in them !!
Published 4 months ago by Anne M Richard
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful! Captivating!
Amy Atwell has done a fabulous job of wisking the reader into a different time and place. It is one of those books you can't put down and don't want it to end. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Corinne P. Bottrell
5.0 out of 5 stars One of better books I've read recently.
I enjoyed it all the way through. Liked the fresh plot and approach... a little different from what one usually reads in Regency Romance.
Published 5 months ago by TessieLassie
4.0 out of 5 stars Well Done
One of the better Regency romances I have read. It does not have the silliness some have and the writing is good. There are some spicy sex scenes. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Aruth
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I'm a writer, traveler and adventurer, a lover of fine wine and top-notch food, and someone who believes you should never let go your dreams. I have cats, no kids, laugh out loud when I find something funny, and I'm still in love with my husband after 20+ years of marriage. I've known friendship and passion, heartache and grief, and I always believe the glass is half full until I empty it. I confess to being a little obsessive-compulsive. And I love chocolate.

I've lived a little bit of everywhere, but I'm especially drawn to islands (Deer Isle, Manhattan--seriously, it's an island, check the map!--, the Outer Banks, and now a barrier island on Florida's First Coast). Yet, I love urban trekking: Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Las Vegas, London, Paris, Rome, Venice, Munich. I love to travel by car, by train, by plane, by ship--doesn't matter. Show me an adventure. I'm ready. And writing fiction has turned out to be the greatest adventure of all.

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