Forever Amber by Kathleen Winsor
Forever Amber tells the story of sixteen-year old Amber St. Clare. Orphaned, she makes her way up through the ranks of 17th century English society by sleeping with and/or marrying successively richer and more important men, while keeping her love for the one man she could never have.
Amber St Clare uses her wits, beauty and courage to climb to the highest position a woman could achieve in Restoration England- that of a favourite mistress of the Merry Monarch himself, Charles II.
The novel includes portrayals of Restoration fashion, politics, and public disasters, including the plague and the Great Fire of London.
Fourteen U.S. states banned the book as pornography. The first was Massachusetts, whose Attorney General cited 70 references to sexual intercourse, 39 illegitimate pregnancies, 7 abortions, and "10 descriptions of women undressing in front of men" as reasons for banning the novel.
Despite the ban, Forever Amber was the best-selling US novel of the 1940s. It sold over 100,000 copies in its first week of release and went on to sell over three million copies worldwide.
Forever Amber was also responsible for popularizing "Amber" as a given name for girls in the 20th century, a saucy little fact that friends, lovers and mothers will delight in.
992 pages. Paperback.
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- Author: Kathleen Winsor
- Format: Paperback
- Sexual content: Masturbational
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