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Amethyst (Chase Family Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Lauren Royal
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London, 1666

Amethyst Goldsmith makes dazzling jewelry, but her future isn’t nearly as bright as the pieces she creates. Though custom dictates she wed her father’s apprentice, her heart rebels against the match. In mere days Amy will be condemned to a stifling, loveless marriage, and she sees no way out—until the devastating fire of 1666 sweeps through London, and tragedy lands her in the arms of a dashing nobleman who knows a diamond in the rough when he sees it…

Colin Chase, the Earl of Greystone, has his future all figured out. He’s restoring his crumbling castle and estate to its former glory, and the key to its completion is his rich bride-to-be. But the Great Fire lays waste to his plans, saddling him with trouble—in the form of a lowly shopkeeper’s daughter with whom he’s most inconveniently falling in love...

Book Details

• Humorous historical romance
• Book One of Lauren Royal's Chase Family Series
• Special Author's Cut Edition (revised in 2011)
• A full-length novel of 120,000 words (about 480 book pages)
• R-rated content: Steamy love scenes!
• Originally published by Penguin Putnam (Signet)

This Author's Cut Edition e-book has been completely revised from the original and includes Bonus Material: an Author's Note, a preview of Lauren's next book, and a link to an online contest where you can enter to win a piece of jewelry featured in one of Lauren's books.

• Top 10 Bestseller on Kindle, Nook, and iBooks!
• Nominated by Romantic Times for Best First Historical Romance!

Connecting Books

While AMETHYST can be read as a stand-alone novel, many readers enjoy reading it as part of a series. All of Lauren’s books feature Chase family members. Should you wish to read them in chronological order, this is the sequence:

Chase Family Series
1666 - AMETHYST (Colin & Amy)
1667 - EMERALD (Jason & Caithren)
1667 - FOREVERMORE (Cameron & Clarice)
1668 - AMBER (Trick & Kendra)
1673 - VIOLET (Ford & Violet)
1677 - LILY (Rand & Lily)
1677 - ROSE (Kit & Rose)

Regency Chase Family Series
1815 - LOST IN TEMPTATION (Tristan & Alexandra)
1816 - TEMPTING JULIANA (James & Juliana)
1817 - THE ART OF TEMPTATION (Sean & Corinna + Griffin & Rachael)

Specially Priced Boxed Sets
CHASE FAMILY BOXED SET ONE: THE JEWELS
CHASE FAMILY BOXED SET TWO: THE FLOWERS
REGENCY CHASE FAMILY BOXED SET

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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

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.)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Review

"Captivating historical romance. Fans of Julia Quinn and Tessa Dare will love Lauren Royal!"
--Kira Morgan, author of Seduced by Destiny

"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: 692 KB
  • Print Length: 348 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Novelty Books (January 13, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006QP63LI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #807 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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77 of 84 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A very good first book May 18, 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top notch debut, GEM of a book! March 20, 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very enjoyable January 24, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor December 2, 2013
By LOLITA
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable read July 29, 2012
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This was my first book by this author and I really, really enjoyed it. The book had a ton of heart. Highly recommend and I'm going to buy more from her.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Debut! February 24, 2000
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
Lauren Royal is off to a wonderful writing career with her first book: Amethyst.
Tragedy, disappointment and true love fulfilled---what more could a romance reader ask for?
Both the main characters and the secondary characters were well written, fun and compelling. The setting and descriptions were mentally vivid.
Congratulations to Laurie for a wonderful debut novel. I'm already looking forward to her next book!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
I enjoyed this story and am looking forward to finding other books by this author.
Published 16 hours ago by N. Dexter
5.0 out of 5 stars Jewels galore
With this first book in the series Lauren sets the stage. She gives you a dramatic look and the hardships of life at that time and how much it has changed. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book
I liked the book but I don't know if I would have read through the whole thing if I would have known how it would have ended.
Published 4 days ago by estelle deloera
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Simple and predictable, but an enjoyable read.
Published 5 days ago by Bead Nut
1.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't finish it
I could not get interested in this book. The language felt too modern for 1666 and there was nothing about the characterizations or the emerging love story that held my interest. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Theresa Brandt
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Wonderful story1
Published 9 days ago by Prism
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun read
Read this a long time ago in paper -- it's still a great read!
Published 11 days ago by S. Haber
4.0 out of 5 stars Amethyst is More Than a Jewel
Great little read. Will be getting the next two books in this trilogy. You care what happens to Amethyst and Collin so you will be getting books 2 and 3 to find out.
Published 11 days ago by Linda
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this author! First time reader of hers.
Great read. Was free and now I am tempted to buy her books.!
Published 12 days ago by iesopi
5.0 out of 5 stars Sigh... you will love Amethyst
Wonderful love story wth romance, tender love scenes not raw sec. Enchanting couple. I will read this author. Again.
Published 16 days ago by Pretty Granny
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More About the Author

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 husband, our three young adult children, and one constantly shedding cat, and I still think my mother is the greatest!

Visit my website at http://www.LaurenRoyal.com, where you can see the real people and real places in my books, enter a contest, sign up for my newsletter, and find historical recipes for the foods in my books.

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