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Forever Amber (Rediscovered Classics) [Kindle Edition]

Kathleen Winsor , Barbara Taylor Bradford
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (351 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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.

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"A lusty historical novel." -- Seattle Post-Intelligencer

"A prototype for the modern blockbuster." -- Los Angeles Times May 31, 2003

"As a feat of storytelling, Forever Amber is irresistible." -- Salon

"Miss Winsor could justifiably claim to be the woman who invented the modern best seller." -- New York Times May 28, 2003

"One of the first of the modern bodice-ripping romance novels." -- The Daily Review May 29, 2003

"The first real historical romance. This is the book that started it all for me!" -- Bertrice Small

"[Winsor is] America’s most notorious novel." -- Washington Post May 29, 2003

About the Author

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

Product Details

  • File Size: 1621 KB
  • Print Length: 986 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1556524048
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press (February 1, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0087GZ8EW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,553 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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154 of 164 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wildly Addictive December 20, 2003
By M. I.
Format:Paperback
A friend of mine recommended "Forever Amber" to me. I can honestly say that otherwise, I would not have read it. Thank God she did tell me about how amazing it was...this is NOT a story to be missed! I could not believe that this was written back in 1944...it felt so fresh and not at all old fashioned.
I thought that the authors writing style was brilliant. The book is mainly about the life of a girl called Amber St. Clare. The thing about Amber is that she is not easy to like..in fact..I was appalled by her often, but at the same time I found myself admiring her determination, rooting for her, and pitying her as well. The book goes on for 972 pages and at the end of it all I actually wanted MORE. The descriptions were so vivid that I felt like I could see, smell, TASTE London as it was in the 1660s. I am so happy to have experienced this tale. I plan to look for more of Kathleen Winsors work and I wholeheartedly recommend this book to any lover of Historical Fiction.
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57 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A WONDERFULLY ENTERTAINING NOVEL FOR ALL TIMES August 17, 2006
Format:Paperback
If you are a reader who loves to be transported inside a novel to one of the most interesting eras in British History; if you love reading books whose words literally cause you to feel, taste and smell as you read; If you love Adventure, Drama, Color, and relationships, Forever Amber is the book for you.

I first read this book when I was 17, over 32 years ago, having received the book from my mom who read it when she was in her early 20's. Since then I have read it again and again every year, sometimes reading it twice within a year, especially during periods when I needed to go into another place and time away from my real life.

I neither condone, agree nor disagree with all that is written by Ms. Winsor in this book. It is what it is, a spider web of interesting places, facts, people, cultures and society during the reign of King Charles II. I am a reader that wants to be entertained; wants to be enveloped inside a story or novel, and I believe any potential readers will experience this by reading it.

Forever Amber was the catalyst to my developing interest in England, in all things British. I love reading about England and have studied it extensively since first reading the book in high school.

I traveled to England in 1997 to fulfill a lifelong dream of visiting the places written about in the book. I wanted to see the green countrysides and English village towns, the tower of London, Whitehall palace, the beautiful flowers, the architecture, paintings, Royals, food, and people, so vividly described to me in her book. I am and will probably always be (ask anyone who knows me) a lover of all things British, an Anglophile and serious Royal researcher and London enthusiast because of Forever Amber.
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56 of 62 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Library Binding
Amber St. Clare is my all-time favorite romance character--even moreso than Scarlett O'Hara. Sure, Amber's unscrupulous at times, but she's not afraid to go after what she wants. She is definitely not a wimp, unlike so many modern-day romance heroines. Never, EVER did Amber really cave to a man's will. She might do it for a while, but only for as long as it suited her (or to ultimately gain the upper hand).
The historical detail in this book is astounding. No history book has ever made the period so gloriously alive, warts and all. Few books provide a better understanding of the Restoration, of the way its people thought, lived, dressed, ate--everything.
One other thing that I liked about the book was the sexuality without the gory details. I read this book nearly 20 years ago, and I can STILL remember the veiled reference to a night Amber spent with the Duke of Buckingham. No details were provided, just that even Amber was disgusted with what happened (which means it must have been really perverted). It was left to the imagination what really happened, which is much more effective than spelling it all out. I can't say that I remember ANY sex scene from a modern romance novel, not even the one I finished this morning. After a while, they're all pretty much the same--and they're boring.
For those who clamor for a sequel, one was written, but I can't remember the name of it (I found it in a South Dakota library about 15 years ago). Amber followed Bruce to America, and I believe she finally got him. The main problem with the book, as with Winsor's other subsequent efforts, was that it just didn't live up to Forever Amber. There is something about this book that is simply magical.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars To call Forever Amber a romance novel is a slander.... September 30, 2000
By May May
Format:Paperback
I first read the book when I was 18. Naively, I thought ALL books called "romance" would be of this quality, but of course, I was disappointed! Since then, I have read the book once during each subsequent five years of my life, most recently re-reading it at age 47. Ms. Winsor's recreation of Restoration London is accurate and her writing style much like that of Margaret Mitchell. It's an absorbing book, but not simplistic, not "light." It's an excellent introduction to the Restoration period. Forever Amber started my interest in this period of time and, many history books later, I can say that Winsor's depiction is accurate and complete. I understand Ms. Winsor filled about 40 notebooks with research notes before she wrote the book. Amber does it all! And while she's unscrupulous, she's young, and so real, I think every woman can see herself, only in part (I hope), in Amber's psychology. The most poignant part of the story, for me, was when Amber marries Lord Radclyffe and never realizes that Radclyffe was once engaged to Amber's own mother 20 years earlier, and Radclyffe never realizes that he has married the daughter of the woman of his dreams, whom he lost during the civil wars. When Amber tries on an old wedding dress, that was made for her mother and it fits her almost like it was made for her, I almost cried because she never knows. Amber also never realizes she is really of the nobility and one, just one, of the reasons Bruce Carlton doesn't marry her is because he believes Amber's parents to be farmers, when actually, they were of a higher station than Carlton himself. The irony was subtle but almost painful to me when I realized these things --(after the second reading!). Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous story still very relevant today.
this is the third time I have read this book and it was just as great as I remembered. The story of Amber's life is a intricate maze of the troubles we make for ourselves. Read more
Published 8 days ago by btflnvy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
I read this book 50 years ago and remembered I liked it but I couldn't remember the story so I read it again. it's an awesome story and the only thing I don't like is the ending.
Published 8 days ago by Mary Williams
4.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down!
I couldn't put it down! while Amber was very immature and really not very worldly, I wanted to see what she was going to do and whom, she was going to do, next. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Carrie & Jeff Abts
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
As mentioned it is a classic.
Published 16 days ago by OZLEM EROGLU
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of the genre Ive ever had the pleasure to ...
The best of the genre Ive ever had the pleasure to read. I only wish we could have found out what happened when Amber reached America!
Published 19 days ago by Cherri
4.0 out of 5 stars Much loved old classic
Read this book many many years ago and enjoyed it as much as I did then. A bit of fluff and a good escape.
Published 27 days ago by Diane Dufresne
4.0 out of 5 stars A Page-Turner, but NOT the Bombshell it is Advertised to Be
By 1940's standards, this may be a bombshell, but certainly not by current standards. Still, it is a very good read, and I had trouble putting it down. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Bonnie315
1.0 out of 5 stars Didn't like it
I love a good, well researched historical novel, Georgette Heyer and Gwen Bristow being two favorites. I couldn't even get half-way through this book. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Cheryl K.
1.0 out of 5 stars Stupid book!
Many pages of boring, adolescent prattle. Would not recommend to anyone who likes historical fiction. Will not read this author again.
Published 1 month ago by Sarge
5.0 out of 5 stars Good old book, old meaning when it was written, not the condition.
I thought that it was a good read. It offered, as a byproduct, lots of history that was pretty accurate. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Twinkle
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