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Ambersley (Lords of London Book 1) by [Atwell, Amy]
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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: 920 KB
  • Print Length: 351 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Amy Atwell; 1 edition (June 18, 2011)
  • Publication Date: June 18, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0056TJOSY
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #330,548 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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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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Some of the reviews for this book make it sound like there are numerous sex scenes to wade through. There are a couple kissing scenes, but there's only one explicit sex scene after marriage (if that makes a difference to you) and there's no essential dialogue in it so it can be completely skipped. There's a second brief scene (maybe a paragraph) which has an important turning point in the relationship, but could be quickly skimmed to get to the dialogue. I suppose some reviewers are incensed because the summary doesn't mention anything, but it doesn't seem fair to paint the book as erotica either. It seems very comparable (and maybe tamer) to other popular Regency authors like Tessa Dare, Caroline Linden, Grace Burrows, etc...

And I thought the writing was excellent. There were some issues with proper titles (should have been Lady Amber, not Miss Amber and I think the duke should always be your grace instead of my lord), but otherwise the editing and prose were excellent. Some of the dialogue was funny and witty and I laughed out loud several times.

The majority of the story takes place at the country estate of Ambersley where we see the everday life of the servants, and how the new duke settles in to set things right. The duke's stepmom is the villain of this book and she keeps popping up with evil plans. The latter part of the story takes place in London and Bath with several balls and elegant secondary characters. I liked and admired the heroine and the hero was trustworthy and appealing in a brooding sort of way. The HEA made me smile and overall the book is charming and satisfying. I'm looking forward to reading the sequel.
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