Forever Amber

Forever Amber Abandoned Pregnant And Penniless On The Teeming Streets Of London, 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 S 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

Winsor was raised in Berkeley, California At the age of 18, Winsor made a list of her goals for life Among those was her hope to write a best selling novel Winsor graduated in 1938 from the University of California, Berkeley During her school years, she married a fellow student, All American college football player Robert Herwig In 1937, she began writing a thrice weekly sports column for the

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  • Paperback
  • 972 pages
  • Forever Amber
  • Kathleen Winsor
  • English
  • 15 February 2018
  • 9780141009827

10 thoughts on “Forever Amber

  1. says:

    A little known trivia about this book Artie Shaw wanted his beautiful young wife Ava Gardner to be well read, and so he encouraged her to read many intellectual books He was very annoyed when he found her reading Forever Amber He called it a trashy romance novel Years later Artie Shaw would wed the author, Kathleen Winsor.

  2. says:

    If you re looking for a rollicking romp through 17th century Restoration England then this is it 16 year old Amber St Clare finds herself homeless and penniless on the streets of London, and to make matters much worse she s also pregnant However, Amber is an enticing young girl, both in terms of her beauty and her personality and wit She s particularly well versed in the use of feminine wiles and eventually becomes the mistress of Charles II.Gosh, this story is a whirlwind of bawdiness, taking us into the Royal Courts, and its many bedrooms The historical events of The Plague and The Great Fire of London add interest, but it s the characters that stand out, and not always for the right reasons.Amber is definitely a flawed amoral individual, and she s not the only one The circles that she moves in have than their share of characters who take whatever they want at the expense of others It was difficult to find an affinity with many of the characters Amber herself was likeable at times, and positively frustrating at others she never seemed to learn from her mistakes but it was a fun read, taking readers through the Royal Court, and the taverns and theatres of the day and overall it was really enjoyable.

  3. says:

    I know some of you just love this bookand I m happy for youyou are the good kind people who are able to go out into the world and make friends easily because you see the good in everyone regardless of how horrible and shallow and rotten they are I am not like youI m fussy, I m particular, I m very judgmentaland I could only stand to read 323 pages of this awful book I too am one of those people who thinks you should finish the book if you start it I have never left a review about a book that I didn t complete, I m making an exception here because 323 pages IS a book for most authors and certainly plenty long enough for me to know I wasn t going to like it any better by reading 650 .If you are particular like I am and you like what I like take a look at my other reviews to get an idea you will probably think this book is horrid drivel too But if you liked Slammerkin you might just love this.I did not like any of the characters, they were rotten, especially Amber I have to like someone in the story in order to read 975 pages about them, I m funny like that The character development was seriously lacking, the dialogue was horrid, the story line was barely if at all believableAnd I will admit I am happy to suffer all of those things if I love the protagonist Here, I couldn t even like her.Save your money and borrow this from the library if you have to read it The two nice things I can say are the cover is pretty and it s heavy enough to use as a doorstop.

  4. says:

    Meet Amber, the Scarlett O Hara of the English Civil War and Restoration era Nothing could stop this teenage country girl, from a small English village as she rises to the top in the court of King Charles II, becoming one of his MANY mistresses Amber s tale borders on the trashy but my goodness, she was so much fun Like Scarlett, Amber wants the man she can not have, whilst moving heaven and earth to obtain his love Poor Scarlett was so besotted with Ashley that she barely noticed the south being invaded and the town of Atlanta set on fire while the feckless Amber, in much the same manner, successfully conquers the bubonic plague with both considering their travails a minor inconvenience As long as Amber shares the sick bed with her lover Bruce she barely has time to notice her, no doubt, painful experience BRUCE MUST LIVE or Amber will die This is one of those rare romantic stories that s impossible to forget The author s description of the Plague is absolutely brilliant with no gory detail omitted as she conveys the hellish experience of life during the plague.Does Amber s machinations finally win the love of Bruce You ll have a lot of fun reading this book if you want to find the answer to this question.If Amber lived in our modern time she would probably be the successful CEO of a major conglomerate instead of vainly chasing her romantic interest.

  5. says:

    Ugh I thought I d never finish this book I have never before read so many pages about a protagonist I hated this much.At the beginning of the book, Amber is a childish, selfish, spoiled little brat who uses her natural beauty and sexuality to get what she wants But I thought, it s a book about a journey Life will Happen, Amber will learn and grow and become a better person, and by the end of the book, I ll be happy when good things happen to her.Well Life did happen, but Amber didn t change one bit Throughout the entire book she stayed the same childish, selfish person she was at the beginning, and I hated her 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 It was a book about Amber s Obsession With Bruce And How She Let It Ruin Her Life and The Lives of Everybody She Touched, and if she ever grew up, she d stop being such a selfish, obsessed twat Her self absorption lead to the DEATHS of no fewer than four people, only one of whom deserved it Even the ending was only about her obsession, and the only good thing about it was that it was open ended enough that it lets me imagine the many horrible things that ought to happen to her after the events in the book have ended.The story itself might have been good hence my two star rating, and not one if only the protagonist had been in the least likable But she wasn t, and so I am only relieved that I m done reading this book, and can move on to something different.

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    Never again, she had promised herself a dozen times will I be such a fool Yeah right, like we all know that s never going to happen don t we Amber St Clare never felt she belonged with the poor family who raised her, and when one day a troop of cavaliers ride into her village she s swept away by Lord Bruce Carlton Well, actually it s like the other way around Amber won t say no and begs Bruce to take her to London and against his better judgment he agrees although lust for the beauteous Amber might have something to do with it Nah Bruce makes it perfectly clear he ll never marry her and when his privateering ships are ready to sail she s on her own Amber accepts Bruce s terms and they re off to London as Charles II is crowned and his bawdy court and courtiers are in full swing 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 Not one to be down and out for long, Amber soon hooks up with a notorious highway man and he breaks them out and the game is on Until of course Black Jack Mallard is caught and hanged and finding herself in another pickle she goes for the stage but she still needs to find man to keep her in the style in which she wants to become accustomed to and handsome Captain Rex Morgan will fit the bill quite nicely That is, as soon as she can take him away from his current mistress Of course, once Bruce is back Amber manages to screw things up nicely what a fool and fresh out of likely prospects young men with money , Amber finds herself an older one to protect her from life s little problems But then older men don t live forever and when their family doesn t like you well, then she s off on the hunt yet again 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 antics , from the plague A.W.E.S.O.M.E to the Great Fire and from man to man and bed to bed Amber is most definitely one of fiction s most flawed heroines and despite the many lessons life dishes out do you think she ever learns from them Not on your life, nor does she ever figure out that Bruce is never ever going to marry her sleep with her, yes Don t worry though, as busy as Amber is in the bed chamber and despite the fact that when published in the 40 s this was so scandalous it was banned in Boston, the sex is pretty tame and left to the reader s imagination how refreshing Watching Amber is like watching a train wreck you can t take your eyes away for fear of missing what s going to happen next As for the ending Kathleen Winsor dishes up the most delectable bit of Just Desserts at the end I can t recall ever seeing better A grand and glorious romp through the court of Charles II, don t miss it.

  7. says:

    I am always interested in how my adult self reacts differently to books than my adolescent self did I first read this book when I was about twelve years old and I am surprised none of the adults around me prohibited it Probably because of my own innocence, I failed to see how very jaded this character actually was 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 What I took away from it this time was quite different Amber is not a lovely or likable person, and Bruce Carlton is much callous, but for much better reason, than I had thought There is much to be said for he never lies to her But, like her, he is willing to take whatever he wants and damn the consequences Toward the end of the novel, there is a passage which says, But it was not enough, now she had it, to make her happy This, I think is the true theme of this novel Amber is never happy with anything she gets, no prestige, no material wealth, no amount of admiration, nothing is enough for her I suspect Bruce Carlton would not be enough for her either, but the fact that she cannot have him makes him seem like the ultimate prize She does not understand him at all, while I think he has her nailed He knows she is not evil, but he also knows she is amoral and insatiable I ve done some things I hated, but that s over now and I m where I want to be I m somebody, Almsbury If I d stayed in Marygreen and married some lout of a farmer and bred his brats and cooked his food and spun his linen what would I be Therein lies Amber s problem She sees nothing of what makes a person great or even good She has no respect for any achievement that doesn t show itself in the form of gold and property, and she does not know what happiness is Her greatest misfortune is the one she knows nothing of she was born to an aristocrat 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 She believes herself to be common and to have risen above her beginnings Little does she know, she has in fact sunk far below her station, even when she is the whore of the King.Finally, this is a very interesting peek into the court of Charles II, the great fire, the plague, the troubles of the restoration, the constant wars with France and the Dutch, and the rise of English imperialism It is a period for which I have little frame of reference, so I enjoyed the historical aspects of the novel.It is a long read, but it has a fast pace and Amber holds your interest navigating between her husbands and her lover The most interesting character for me is still Bruce Carlton He is cut from a different cloth than many of the men of his time, and he is the seed that produced America I also love the character of Almsbury, who might appear to be minor, but reflects a balance that the other characters lack he is kind, steady and capable of actually loving Amber, had he ever been given a chance.

  8. says:

    I read this book because of my grandfather That sounds funny, but my grandpa Duke was in WWII and he was stationed mostly on ships When this book came out, he the whole crew were given one copy to share So they tore the book apart and passed the chapters around You might get the third chapter one night and the tenth another He read the whole book, but completely out of order After he told me this story I went to the library and checked out the book It was a good book especially if you like historical novels I think one of the reasons I liked it so much was the background my grandpa gave me for it.

  9. says:

    Like Amber s frilly drawers, my thoughts on this book regularly went up and down It s a lusty romp through Restoration England taking in Newgate prison, bawdy taverns and theatres, the plague, the great fire of London, royal courts, various bedrooms and general day to day life of the 1660s Amber was one hell of a character, an anti heroine in the mould of Scarlett O Hara She fought hard for what she wanted at the expense of anyone who got in her way, and as with Scarlett, sometimes I was cheering her on and other times I wanted to slap her I loved her long and complex relationship with Bruce Carlton whenever he turned up you knew there would be fireworks I also really enjoyed her escapades with Luke, Black Jack, Rex and the Dangerfields, although my favourite parts were the plague which was gruesome, heroic and moving, and the ending which was classic There were two areas that didn t quite work for me though I tired of Amber s constant cycle of crisis, rescue, crisis, rescue which gave the book a stop and start feel I realise this was a plot device to move from one historical event to the next, but would have preferred smoother transitions to give a continuous flow to the story I also tired of the increasingly lengthy visits to the court of Charles II as he along with the other Stuarts is a monarch I ve never been able to get into, and I just couldn t muster up much enthusiasm for the intrigues of his ministers and mistresses But as an overall book it was great fun, and I ll never forget that ending, priceless Thanks for the buddy read, Jemidar

  10. says:

    Amber takes you through one of the most interesting periods in the English history A feisty, brave and independent heroine who is not afraid to go after what she wants 10 stars

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