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Amethyst (Chase Family Series Book 1) Kindle Edition

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Length: 827 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled


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A jeweler by trade, Amethyst Goldsmith is expected to carry on her family's centuries-old tradition of jewelry-making by marrying a man of her profession. When, in the early 1660s, a London fire leaves Amy homeless and alone, save for a chest of gold and jewels she"s to protect for generations to come, she's taken in by Colin Chase, Earl of Graystone, until she can find her way to relatives in France. Colin's family thinks she's a perfect match for him and wants her to stay, and Colin agrees. The problem is that he's betrothed to another woman, and broken betrothal agreements are not taken lightly--especially Colin's, as he's already spent his fiance's dowry to restore his crumbling estate. Colin knows that if he marries Amy, he'll have to pay back the money or spend the rest of his days in Newgate Prison. The only solution is to use her inheritance, which he promised he'd never do. Readers looking for a richly descriptive historical romance will be satisfied with this debut novel. (Feb.)
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"Captivating historical romance. Fans of Julia Quinn and Tessa Dare will love Lauren Royal!"
--Glynnis Campbell, USA Today Bestselling Author

"A wonderful read! With a deft pen, Lauren Royal captures all the pageantry, excitement, and color that was Restoration England."
--Kathe Robin, Romantic Times

"This passionate story will keep you up long after bedtime, laughing one minute and crying the next....[Amethyst will be] an instant favorite of every historical reader."
--Emerald, Love Romances.com

"Exciting characters, snappy dialogue, and a wonderful love story. Amethyst will capture your heart."
--Robin Peek, Under the Covers

Product Details

  • File Size: 1427 KB
  • Print Length: 827 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Novelty Books (January 13, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 13, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006QP63LI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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I decided to become a writer in the third grade (or, as my Canadian friends call it, grade three), after winning a "Why My Mother is the Greatest" essay contest and having my entry published in a major newspaper. Seeing my words in print was a thrill! But everyone told me it's too hard for novelists to get published, so after college I spent fourteen years as the CEO of my own jewelry store chain before writing my first book. A mistake? Maybe...but my first heroine, Amethyst, was a jeweler, so at least I took advantage of that wise old saying, "Write what you know." And I learned a good lesson: Don't let other people tell you what you can or can't do!

I write humorous historical romance mostly set in England and Scotland in the 17th and 19th centuries (Restoration and Regency periods). I've been oh-so-lucky to see my books hit bestseller lists all over the world, including the New York Times and USA Today lists, making this second career a real dream come true. I live in Southern California with my family and a constantly shedding cat, and I still think my mother is the greatest!

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Amethyst "Amy" Goldsmith, daughter of a jeweler, is an accomplished and talented jewelry maker who loves her craft and has a great passion for her work but her personal life is hardly as fulfilling. In just two weeks she will be wed to a man whom she does not love - a man who plans to keep her away from her work to make babies and keep his house. Amy longs for love but will not hurt her father by backing out of the unwanted marriage. One day Colin Chase "Earl of Greystone" walks into her family's store and they make an immediate connection but, sadly, he is far out of her league.
These first few chapters are wonderful and really hooked me. The historic details are interesting and plentiful and Amy is presented as a likable and compassionate character full of life, dreams and motivation. Then a devastating fire destroys her life and changes everything. She now has the opportunity to take charge of her life but first is rescued by Colin who takes her to his home so she can heal from her physical and emotional wounds. She quickly finds love and acceptance amongst Colin's siblings but receives only the cold shoulder from Colin who wants her gone as soon as possible. Amy decides she wants Colin and comes up with one excuse after another to stick around.
It was Colin's attraction to Amy that impelled him to rescue her and it is that same attraction that makes him want her out of his sight as soon as possible. Colin is betrothed to a "titled" woman and has already spent a good portion of the woman's dowry and sees no way to get out of it. And, lets be real, he doesn't want to. For the majority of the story money and titles are more important to Colin than love and it's here that the book lost the most of its appeal for me.
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Amethyst is one definite keeper. I should have taken the reviews to heart and read only when I had time to finish, but I couldn't wait. I stayed up till 3 in the morning (and still some way to go) but had to go to work the next day. Still, it was very much worth it.
Amethyst (Amy) Goldsmith is a jewelry maker who survived The Fire, aided by the hero, Colin Chase, Earl of Greystone. They had met briefly five years ago in the King's coronation parade. Although there is an instant attraction between them, Colin can't pursue it, as he's already betrothed to a highborn (albeit generously endowed) cold fish, Lady Priscilla Hobbs. He then tries all ways to get Amy off his hands as she's too distracting for his resolve to leave her alone. She, on the other hand, has other ideas and thinks of one excuse after another to put off her departure. Thus started the Earl's downfall (though he thoroughly enjoys it) as he finds himself irrevocably drawn to Amy's charms, warmth and beauty.
The story is interspersed with fascinating historical snippets by a deft hand that interest buffs like me. Lauren Royal really knows her craft. Her research was thorough and I was totally immersed in the Restoration period; transported back in time to the tragedy of the great fire, the cultures and elaborate dress of its people. Of course, what made the book so memorable were all the main and equally enthralling supporting cast. Little Mary was a particular favorite.
The characters were all well defined. I couldn't agree more that the amazing chemistry between Amy and Colin was a joy to watch - they were practically soul mates (except towards the end, when they were not forthcoming with each other).
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By LOLITA on December 2, 2013
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I don't even know where to start... I am absolutely puzzled by the many multiple star reviews.

This book is set in Englad, in the 1600's. The language of the characters is that belonging to someone born in the 20th century. The author has absolutely no feel for the era, reading it is odd and thoroughly annoying because even though the era is mentioned over and over again (by talking about the Great Plague and The Great Fire of London) the characters are having conversations where they use very modern expressions and words (i. e. "for real?"; "gender", "ruminating", etc, etc). Reading it doesn't do anything to bring that era back to life for me.

I am glad it was a free book. It is rare that I cannot finish a book but... I cannot finish this one. Reading it is giving me a headache because of the lack of consistency. You simply cannot write a book in modern English and imagine that your reader will somehow get the feel of the 1600's.
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I love regency romance. As I am a recent widow I look for those with humour and intrique as an escape. This book very much met those requirements. I went to sleep last night with a laugh and a sense of contentment. I definetly recommend this book.
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I cannot quite put my finger on why this book was so boring to read and drag difficult to finish luckily it was free .What I hated there were three mentions of Spoiler.................... shockers of all shockers babies dying in womb which I found appalling and not at all funny as the author wanted us to see it, the hero was supposed to be a prankster but came across as an immature idiot and the people laughing at the not at all funny pranks were ridiculous . He tell the kings mistress to pretend she was pregnant , spread the word the. say she lost the baby ? and that is funny ??? my stomach clenched at the authors lack of insensitivity to any woman out there that my have lost a baby!Later the heroine says that if she were ever to fall pregnant by the villain shed poison the baby or throw herself down the stairs , lovely female again what was this author thinking? The villain says that if she is pregnant he would kill the baby, there is even a sex scene where baby in womb is discussed together with seamen in womb ,gross!
This author has a morbid fascination with babies and wombs that left me quite disgusted. Other issues were it was not at all period no propriety , in one scene the hero's brother barges in the room where she is sitting naked continues to talk as if it is normal and even places two kisses on her cheek.We are forever told she is shy but there is nothing shy about her we are forever told he wants her but through out the book he constantly has second thoughts about her.His other jokes include pretending sb was murdered and staging a bloody murder scene!how lovely?! He supposedly now is teaching his kids pranks God forbid ! She fall half in love with the king because his charming ????A morbid modern mess trying at historical!
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