Forever Amber by Kathleen Winsor

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I was awed by Amber's courage, daring and strength. Rereading the novel now is no disappointment, and I am also impressed by Winsor's subversive feminism and the scope and ambition of her historical imagination.
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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.
 

About Kathleen Winsor

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Kathleen Winsor has written a number of historical romances, including The Lovers and Robert and Arabella.
 
Published February 1, 2012 by Chicago Review Press. 986 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction
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Reviewed by Elaine Showalter on Aug 10 2008

I was awed by Amber's courage, daring and strength. Rereading the novel now is no disappointment, and I am also impressed by Winsor's subversive feminism and the scope and ambition of her historical imagination.

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Reviewed by Rachel Cooke on Jul 28 2008

I loved Amber to death (and there is plenty of her to love - the novel runs to 972 pages). She has a touch of the Moll Flanders about her, one eye always on the main chance, the other on the new Paris fashions.

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Reviewed by Jessica Hastings on Sep 02 2010

As far as historical fiction is concerned this book had everything you could ask for; court intrigue, infidelities, smallpox, the plague, the great London fire and so much more.

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