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Ambersley (Lords Of London #1)

3.6 of 5 stars 3.60  ·  rating details  ·  394 ratings  ·  51 reviews
An heiress in disguise. A duke who doubts his legitimacy. Will secrets destroy their love?

Traumatized by a blaze that killed her parents, young Johanna remembers nothing of her privileged past and remains ignorant of the dangers that surround her. She grows up among the servants, where she develops a sense of purpose that helps her survive the betrayal that unmasks her tru...more
Published June 18th 2011 by Amy Atwell
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April Wilkerson
I think this book had potential to be a lot better than what it was. After reading it, I find I liked it only so so. The story line is really intriguing, but for me, there was just too much back and forth that by the end I was getting frustrated and losing interest completely. Maybe if 100 or so pages were cut, then the book would hit a better mark. There was just too many times the story would be going up but then fall right back down. It was obvious that Derek and Johanna loved each other, and...more
Nickie Kuhn
I love love loved this book. Superb character and plot development, lovable (and hatable) characters, and a great story have made this novel one of my favorites. It has been on my Kindle for a while now, waiting to be read, but I made the mistake of judging it by the description on Amazon. It was only when I ran out of books I had been dying to read that I started this one. Even though it is the week before finals and I have a load of studying to do and projects to complete I could not put this...more
Jill James
Ambersley is a lush historical saga reminiscent of the richness of Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights. Her bringing together of Joanna, the orphan heir and Derek, the Duke who feels unworthy of the title, is historical romance at its best.
I was pleasantly surprised by this book which I had bought when it was on offer and would happily read another by Amy Atwell. Though I really enjoy regency romances, having been introduced to Georgette Heyer novels when I was young, I often find that current ones are an excuse for writing about sex and not romance. I read them for the latter and get really frustrated with speed reading through pages of formulaic sex scenes. I am really pleased that Amy Atwell has managed to keep the focus of thi...more
Nena Clements
This a wonderful story!!
I have to admit, when I started reading and realized I was going through the whole of our heroine's life, I had my doubts about the book. I couldn't fathom how the charade in the first half of the book could play out to be interesting. I was so wrong. The writing is so compelling and the characters so enthralling, I couldn't put the darned thing down. Ms Atwell writes a wonderfully warm story and the plot keeps the pages turning. The characters do as well. We have an evil...more
M.M. Roethig
What a wonderful surprise. I was instantly pulled into this book as I became enthralled with the story of Johnny and her childhood life as she struggled to grow up as a boy to hide her identity without understanding why, until the fateful day she is trapped in another fire and her memories come back full force. I loved Derrek and his story of pain and loss, his large heart, endearing hero complex and finally his budding attraction for Johanna. I was captivated from the beginning and couldn't put...more
I loved the premise of the story, and the characters were for the most part quite interesting as they change/grow over time. And the plot has interesting twists and turns. But, the 'bad guy' is so over the top obvious and predictable that it just became tiresome anytime 'the bad guy' was in the scene. I just felt like rolling my eyes that nobody else has 'cottoned on'. It's like watching a horror film when someone decides to go into the dark basement despite the overhead light not working... and...more
I very seldom read historicals, but I enjoyed Ambersley very much. There was enough suspense/mystery in this story to keep this romanctic/suspense fan turning the pages. I thought all of the characters down to the most minimal ones were very well drawn. I was routing for the main characters, Johanna and Lord Ambersley, Harry, St. John and many others. I'm hoping Ms. Atwell write a sequel using some of her other characters.
I agree with some of the other reviews. This book was drawn out more than it needed to be. Was a little ridiculous in the end. The biggest problem, though, was it was not a clean book. The intimate scenes didn't fit with the rest of the book. I found by the end, I didn't really enjoy the book. It could have been so much better.
Maria Claudia
That was a good book. The story is original and has a very good development. The only problem is that is not a clean novel. There is a hot scene. After that scene, the story goes with no surprise as expected is this kind of romance. But it was a good entertainment.
It started off a little slow but then it picked up and I couldn't put it down. Had to find out how Johnny's identity got discovered and who she was going to end up with. I really like this book.
Amanda Blohm
Loved this book. Very engrossing, I couldn't put it down. Highly recommended.
Not the best Regency romance I've ever read; it started off with a lot of promise but ended up falling flat. The characters could have been interesting, but we didn't see enough of their thoughts so their actions never made sense. Also, Atwell didn't follow through on several story lines so the ending was a bit abrupt and unsatisfying. Finally, the age difference between Derek and Johanna was what - 17 years or so? Kind of creepy when you think about it, isn't it?

With the author spending so muc...more
A bit of a mix-up of many of G Heyer's well loved plots, kidnapping, boy is really a girl, evil relation, family fueds etc, just not done with the same charm and finesse as GH.
I'm not sure AA could have packed in more twists, turns and about faces.This would have been better as a saga with loads of lovely rich detail. Johnny's life in book 1, leading into, Johanna the woman in book 2. Maybe she will do better when writing a novel for Harry. Here's hoping! (I would read just to see if she takes...more
I didn't like much about this book, but I did finish all of it. I found it kind of creepy that the hero had a large role in raising the heroine from the time that she was 7 and he was 25, and then ended up marrying her when she was 18. I'm not even sorry, that's just pretty gross to me. Plus the villain was so cartoonish, I'm surprised they didn't have a puppy cross her path so she could kick it. I like characters with a bit of nuance, and she didn't have it. Her children were much better realiz...more
Tracey Risebrow
I started reading Ambersley by Amy Atwell on the plane but couldn’t really get into it – probably just too tired. I left it for a bit and didn’t go back to it until much later in the week, having read other books in between. It started off a bit slow and I struggled with the concept of how I knew the book would ultimately end; that the child and grown man we see interacting together for the first third of the book, then end up together in the girl’s adulthood. I know age gaps in this period of h...more
Phiona Macrae
Amy Atwell artfully draws us into the world of 19th century English regent society. With skillful prose and delightful detail she invites us to dance in the grand ballrooms of London and relish the peaceful solitude of the rural countryside. With these settings etched firmly in mind, Ambersley draws us in to all the intrigue of regency society as Johnny grows from gardener's apprentice to Johanna, heiress to the land she grew up on as a servant and her struggle to preserve it.

Ambersley creates a...more
Not a very original story, but written fairly well and I found myself liking the characters and finding it very enjoyable and entertaining. It would have been a four-star book except for the superfluous sex scenes that were indeed gratuitous and really didn't seem to belong in a Regency romance of this style. One of the things a lot of Regency fans like about the period was the civility and romance of the courtship manners of that era. Adding porn to this process is akin to adding sex scenes to...more
I absolutely adore this book and recommend that if you're a romance fan, READ IT. I liked the variety of characters that were introduced in the story and I liked how their thoughts and feelings were portrayed. I could probably appraise this book all day haha. Kudos to the author, Amy Atwell!
Kay Bolton
A somewhat implausible story, but none the less I found it enjoyable.

Why? ... really could you just loose a Duke's Daughter just like that, even with the fire, and could you then just not notice that a boy the same age rocked up with the thinnest of stories?

It was another freebie, but at still only being offered at 49p it is a bargain in any language.

It was a decent paced plot, with likeable characters, although I did become a bit frustrated with the whole pity-fest from Derek towards the end.

Charity Andrews
I am bummed. Halfway through the book I had to stop and didn't get to find out how it ended. No need for graphic sex in a good book.
Sally Hannoush
I can't wait to read the next book. The story grows and changes as the characters do. It kept things flowing and enjoyable.
This book took me a while to get in to. As some of the other reviews stated, too much back and forth. My head was spinning at some points trying to sort through the confusion. The storyline had potential, but was all over the place at certain times.
I liked the main characters, Johanna and Derek. Their very complex stories were good, overlong at times, but good. It just needed some tweaking. In my opinion there were too many secondary characters. It was just too busy. I enjoy a happy ending so I...more
Michelle J
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Jane Grannan

Truly one of the most fun and lovely books I have read in a
long time.Jonny is the real story.
Jan 15, 2013 Olivia rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: nook
The story starts out great with lots of plot and conflict all through the first part with Johnny. When you get to the second part, the story slows to a crawl. I loved the first part and flew through it. I felt like I was slogging mud to read the second part. Just waaaay too much angst and basically the same stuff over and over; he loves me, he loves me not; she loves me, she loves me not. Throw in a few villains and the book just never ends. All in all, disappointing.
I really enjoyed most of the storyline, and enjoyed the ending. I actually would like to read the others of series, my only hesitancy lies in the fact that the author delves deep into incredibly intimate moments. There was a chapter where the author goes into deep description of a few sessions of sex that I had to skim/skip over. But the rest of the book was fairly clean and enjoyable
This book was entertaining, but unfortunately I wasn't wowed by it. The story started out pretty interesting and ended in what seemed like a poorly told teenage love story. The last fifty pages consist of the two main characters refusing to admit that they love each other with a little soft porn thrown in for good measure. I wanted to like it a lot more than I did.
Decent enough story, but the writing dragged some. I found myself skipping a lot of pages. And I don't mind a little misunderstanding between the hero and heroine, but these bordered on ridiculous.
This regency romance had lots of potential and it wasn't awful, but it wasn't fabulous either. And there is one intimate scene that you probably need to totally skip-less is more in my opinion! It was too long, with too many twists(most of them predictable) and I am moving on! Three stars is generous:/
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I'm a storyteller at heart. After fifteen years in professional theater, I turned from the stage to the page to write fiction. It's been a journey honing my craft in this new medium, but my debut novel LYING EYES was a November 2010 release from Carina Press. I followed that in June 2011 with AMBERSLEY, a Regency historical romance. As a reader, I love contemporary and historical tales that combin...more
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