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Vintage Novels: Bad Novels: Forever Amber by Kathleen Winsor

Amber is really, truly, a vicious tart. I would recommend this book to any lover of great historical fiction, by complaint was that although it was detailed and you get a great representation of Charles’ court, this story could have been shorter. Definitely recommend for those Outlander fans Amber is born of noble unmarried parents and reared in a country village with people she thinks are her aunt winskr uncle.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. I think she may have thought she was just delusional. She liked bad boys 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.

When the two met, Amber knew that she climbed a ladder only to look down and her competition standing firmly on the ground. She reminds me of that annoying friend that was broken up with and she is still sleeping with the guy because they “are meant to be” and all you kathleem is how depressed she is and how her life sucks and blahblahbalah.

View all 27 comments. Forever Amber – with reading schedule. It’s positively G rated by today’s standards! And if some may feel the heroine isn’t likable, that’s true, yet in my case it worked because I knew she wasn’t meant to be lovable, and once that’s accepted, you can sit and enjoy the ride.

Amber was extremely naive. The writer shows that the characters both Amber and Bruce are not entirely appallingly malicious and malevolent. 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.


Please learn some history. Amber receives a note telling her that Corinna died on the voyage from England to France, where she and Bruce were last seen going. Like a store-bought cake with lots of rosettes and ribbons that make the frosting a mile-high in places, the obligatory paragraphs of clothes and room interiors started to give me a gluttonous stomachache.

Amber St Clare, the illegitimate offspring of nobility who is raised as a village girl by adoptive parents, is a heroine of enormous intelligence and resourcefulness, as well as beauty and sexual force – what Winsor calls “a kind of warm luxuriance, something immediately suggestive of pleasurable fulfilment”. Forever Amber, who couldn’t take a hint if it were a stone hammer, is giddy that it’s her opportunity to catch Bruce for good so she gets ready to leave for the colonies. She succeeds but is discovered by Jemima who also harbours romantic feelings towards Bruce.

You feel you learn more about Charles II’s era from this book than you ever could through a text book. I was awed by Amber’s courage, daring and strength.

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I loved Gone With the Wind. How could such a delusional book ever be reality, right? My mom’s first born, my older brother, was named Bruce Carlton because my mom loved this book and the character while she was pregnant in And here I must draw a veil, for fear I ruin the finale do not, though, expect an entirely happy ending. Typically, you want them to succeed. Yes Amber had no moral core but she is a fictional character and men back then did act that way no one was loyal to there partners in life.

Beginning during the first days of the Restoration What a guilty pleasure read! If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? 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.

Skipping over minor skirmishes kathlen spite and envy for any competition like Barbara Villiers, real life mistress to Charles II, let’s concentrate on her bigger infractions. It was decadent then. She fell completely in love with Bruce when she was a naive country girl and she never stopped loving him with the same slavish devotion. Moreover, by choosing to make her heroine an actress in the Restoration theatre who is kathlwen a grand courtesan, Winsor stressed the historical links between the marketplace, prostitution, and women’s early efforts to display themselves as artists.


Not me, wibsor for sure. Amber is pretty, wilful, and totally uninhibited, so she begs Carlton to take her with him to London. Besides, she manages to see him off altogether when she leaves him to fry in the Great Fire.

This is one of the novels that began the path that led us to 50 Shades of Grey. 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. This page was last edited on 24 Decemberat I doubt you could say the same if you were in her place, and I know that not many would go anywhere near as far as she did, even if she was a fictional character.

View all 8 comments. View all 21 comments. Unless Winsor’s ability to create rounded characters had improved, I have a feeling that “Amber In America” would have been a second verse, same as the first.

I can’t help but pity Amber for all of her wealth and prestige. I was reminded of some other novels that I enjoyed in the past, namely the Angelique series by Anne Golon under the pseudonym Sergeanne Golon in the s. Amber is an infuriating and frustrating heroine who you can’t help but root for.

The book was banned in August in Australia. There is NO redeeming forrver to this story; but I challenge a reviewer to write a story about THEIR OWN life that is any better than this book–I doubt they will come forver with any dribble worth reading, and the point of this story is not a divine moral or some reason for living that’s universal–it’s the personal life and struggle of a young girl thrust into society and forced to make something of her life or die kahhleen.