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Forever Amber

Winsor, Kathleen (Book - 2000 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Forever Amber


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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.
Authors: Winsor, Kathleen
Title: Forever Amber
Publisher: Chicago :, Chicago Review Press,, c2000
Characteristics: 972 p. ;,21 cm
Notes: Originally published in 1944
ISBN: 1556524048
Branch Call Number: FIC WINSOR
Statement of Responsibility: Kathleen Winsor
Subject Headings: Mistresses Fiction Women England Fiction Kings and rulers Fiction Great Britain History Charles II, 1660-1685 Fiction
Genre/Form: Love stories
Historical fiction
Topical Term: Women
Kings and rulers
LCCN: 99051817
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Report This Nov 10, 2011
  • ElectricMayhem rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

When I was younger I saw "Forever Amber" on tv with Linda Darnell and Cornell Wilde. Unfortunately it's not available on DVD. You can read the book which was considered scandalous when it was published. It was an interesting historical novel, but not as good as the movie. Description from amazon.com: ” 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.”

Report This Aug 26, 2011
  • Knix rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A great book to read or re-read during the dreary days of winter. I love getting caught up in a beautifully crafted world.

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