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After a while the cycle of screw-marry-manipulate-screw Bruce-bear a child becomes dull, like watching the annual childbearing of your neighborhood fundamentalist. Excited, intrigued, and a little intimidated by its enormity. The task of explaining why this book is so extremely detestable is difficult because it is detestable in almost every way—and I don’t want to recap the whole vile book to you.

Miss Winsor, if she felt so inclined, could justifiably claim to be the woman who invented the modern kqthleen. The author’s description of the Plague is absolutely brilliant with no gory detail omitted as she conveys the katnleen experience of life during the plague.

I appreciate Winsor’s research the plague portion rightly deserves its fameand it did much to make the book worth the read, but I am quite glad there was no sequel. Unfortunately, her hideous but expedient husband is a conman who steals her money and promptly disappears. I found this book somewhere in the early s while in my 20s and fell in love with it! This is NOT a romanc I’m really surprised that this book has been described by so many as a “romance novel” — to me, it seems the antithesis of one.

Clare manages, by using her wits, beauty, and courage, kkathleen climb to the highest position a woman could achieve in Restoration England–that of favorite mistress of the Merry Monarch, Charles II. Jan 30, Stephen Smarr rated it it was amazing. Not me, that’s wibsor sure.

At 16 she meets the so-called love of her life, Bruce, who takes her to London. I thought I’d never finish this book. Now a countess, Amber intends to go to court and become the King’s favoured mistress, replacing Barbara Palmer, the countess of Castlemaine. I see it as a chance for an author to steer plot lines into untrue to character and life actions.


Amber’s story takes her through all walks of Restoration England, from prison to theatre to the decadent, conniving court of Charles II loved Castlemaine and Buckingham’s anticsambfr the plague A.

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After editing, the two and half million word manuscript was reduced to a fifth of its original size. Then he disappears, and he had told her he would be leaving so he is no rotten schmuck. As a history nerd, it was great to see how this author depicted Ambers experience in these events. I can’t say that I “loved the heel out of this book”, forrever had its flaws, but those harped on weren’t flaws, they were a portrait albeit somewhat embellished of the real immorality of King Charles ll’s court.

I actually had to laugh at that point as the last scene has her waving at the windows she’s leaving behind. Inshe began writing a thrice-weekly sports column for the Oakland Tribune. It was the sexual rivalry of its main character Lettice with Queen Elizabeth that reminded me strongly of Forever Amber. They have a long standing relationship between his long and many travels. It was about halfway through the book that I realized she was never going to change, because this was not, in fact, a book about Amber.

And any characters who you thought were nice, from your historical studies? And a whole bunch of others along the way too.

History buffs will find this an enjoyable summer read As he warned, Bruce soon has to leave and it doesn’t take long for a pregnant Amber to get herself royally swindled what a fool out of every farthing Bruce left her and thrown into Newgate prison for debt. Sadly, it probably means the BS will start all over again for poor Corinna.

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I am enjoying every page. 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. A book to read and reread, this edition brings back to print an unforgettable romance and a timeless masterpiece. I could not put it down.


For me then, there was this marvelous love she had for this man who was always just out of reach I would mistakenly have said through no fault of her own. Five Smooth Stones Ann Fairbairn. One additional thing annoyed me almost beyond bearing.

Amber finds that life in London isn’t as easy as she thought. Parents who would have married and raised her in exactly the world she desires never got that opportunity because of the civil war and the rise of Cromwell. Though she is not a great actress Amber uses her beauty to earn larger parts, hoping to attract the attention of a man who can afford to keep her as his mistress.

A beautiful brunette, whose looks, rival novelist Taylor Caldwell lamented, played too large a role in her literary promotion, Winsor married early and often.

The published novel was pages long. When I finished it, I was at a loss as to what to do with myself, so consumed by the book as I was.

How dare the Puritans want to close it down? All devout Christian people—except possibly the nice Puritan gentleman, who is just stupid— would actually love to be as gorgeous foreveg promiscuous as Amber, but because they’re ugly or not very kahleen or simply repressed by morality, they settle for being jealous and mean instead.

The film was finally completed after substantial changes to the script were made, toning down some of the book’s most ambet passages in order to appease Catholic media critics. I felt like I should have been paid for all the times I ended up deciding to stop, hit the typo button and fill out the correction. Typically, you want them to succeed.

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But worst of all she would never see him again. I also started hating the main character which never happened to me before. Book ratings by Goodreads.