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Forever Amber (Rediscovered Classics) [Kindle Edition]

Kathleen Winsor , Barbara Taylor Bradford
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (396 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.

Editorial Reviews


"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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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,310 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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155 of 165 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wildly Addictive December 20, 2003
By M. I.
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 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 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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58 of 61 people found the following review helpful
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
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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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22 of 24 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
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
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Read 800 pages for it to end badly! Don't get it.
Published 13 days ago by Margie DeHaven
5.0 out of 5 stars My mom read it when she was 17 and recommended to me
Once I started reading it, I couldn't put it down. My mom read it when she was 17 and recommended to me. I would recommend this book.
Published 16 days ago by Elba Rusinque
2.0 out of 5 stars A rediscovered classic? I wish it would have stayed ...
A rediscovered classic? I wish it would have stayed lost.
Published 18 days ago by Maenad
5.0 out of 5 stars HBO needs to make a series from this book!
One of the best historical fictions I've read! I wasn't sure if I was going to like the book and I almost gave up on it after the first chapter. I'm so glad I didn't. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Long but good. The Amber character draws you to her
Long but good. The Amber character draws you to her. Cheering her on. Hoping she finds happiness. At times the book is like reading two books at the same time. Read more
Published 24 days ago by vbi104
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy this book was selected for my book club
Happy this book was selected for my book club.. It was the best read since "Gone With The Wind".. Could not put the book down, it's a long read but worth every minute. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Donna Lidge
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great to have. We read the book years ago but wanted the book for our collection... Thanks
Published 1 month ago by Larry Poage
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
HUGE book but it kept me interested until the end.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Romance
This is a book that you'll want to read over and over again. You can't help but be intrigued by Amber's life and the choices she makes. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Patricia A. Hennings
5.0 out of 5 stars I started reading this book at age 13 as recommended by my mother who...
I started reading this book at age 13 as recommended by my mother who loved it. Over the years I have read it perhaps ten times. I am now 66. Read more
Published 1 month ago by XANDRA KASHKASHIAN
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