Amethyst Goldsmith makes dazzling jewelry, but her future isn’t nearly as bright as the pieces she creates. Though custom dictates she wed her father’s apprentice, her heart rebels against the match. In mere days Amy will be condemned to a stifling, loveless marriage, and she sees no way out—until the devastating fire of 1666 sweeps through London, and tragedy...more
Oh well, I see others have enjoyed it, but I didn't care for the characters, Amy being a bit too MaryS ...more
Amethyst 'Amy' Goldsmith and Robert Stanley had been betrothed since she was born, and he was currently an apprentice in her father's jewelry shop. As time came nearer for her wedding, Amy expressed her reluctance and begged her father to call off the wedding. After tragedy strikes taking her father's life, Amy finds refuge with the Chase family until Robert spots her in public and realizes she must have saved her family's fortune. His maniacal scheme to marry her so that he can get his hands on ...more
I would be interested in reading another book set during the great fire in London.
Amy Goldsmith (although her real name is Amethyst) is a successful jewelry maker who has quite the unfortunate personal life. She is scheduled to marry a man w ...more
The setting is during the fires in London in the 1600's. Charles II has just returned to his throne. I loved that the setting was different than other stories that I have read. I imagine that the book follows a realistic social expectation of Amethyst and Collin. Th ...more
[This is a short review of two books, I put it for both books]
I try from time to time with "bestselling romance author" (I call it that). I do it because sometimes Amazon makes sales promotion and secondly I wonder why those books are so "bestselling". This time I have tried with two books of Lauren Royal: "Amethyst" and "Tempting Juliana".
First of all, it isn't a great work of literature. ...more
It's a long time since I read a novel set in the Restoration period and historical facts such as the Great Plague and Fire of London are skillfully woven into the story. Once started I couldn't put this book down and read it at one sitting. Thoroughly enjoyed the main characters and how they found a way to happily be together by the end. With thanks to the author for the epilogue (I enjoy an insight into characters several years hence).
Set in London in 1666, "Amethyst" is the story of Amethyst (Amy) Goldsmith and Colin Chase, the Earl of Greystone.
Amy lives with her father in their Cheapside Goldsmith & Sons jewelry store. Her mother died just a year before during the Great Plague. Amy is affianced to Robert Stanley, her father's apprentice. It's tradition that if there are no sons in the family, that the eldest daughter marries the apprentice. Robert is from a good jewelry family. But as Amy's gotten to know him o ...more
Amy (Amethyst) Goldsmith is a talented jeweler, not to mention the heiress to the family business and a trunk load of gold and jewels that her ancestors accumulated over generations. The hoard is a bit depleted by the Commonwealth years, when anything enjoyable or pretty was frowned upon.
But with the Restoration of King Charles II, things are looking up.
Amy was betrothed as an infant to Robert, the 2nd son of another jeweler, who is now her father's apprentice. But as the marriage draws close ...more
No one, apart from Amy and Colin, expresses any shock or horror at the thought of a commoner marrying an earl. This is England in the 17th century where class, rank, and status ruled.
An earl’s sister called Kendra – not likely, as the name doesn’t appear on records for another 100 years. Also, the names Colin, ...more
The plot line was a bit absurd, a lot of coincidences where happening in order to make it move forward. It also reminded me of the plot line for the first in her clean regency series Alexandra.
However I did like the two mc's and I love the ...more
A couldn't put it down read with a compelling plot twists will have you up all night.
This story starts off a little hard to follow. You meet a lot of characters quickly and it takes at the meet cute, which is years before the actual story starts. Then the story picks up 5 years later when Amy and Colin meet each other again. Amy and Colin are betrothed to other people. This story is how they go against society to honor their love.
The story has a bit of drama and a solid plot. I started getting bored around 80-85% of the way finished with the book. I felt ...more
It took me a surprisingly long time to read! Normal I devour romance novels—but this one took me about four days to read. I've been very busy recently, but it didn't engage me the way some other books do. However, I was interested in the characters, wanted to know what was going to happen, and wanted to f ...more
The basic Premise is Amy Goldsmith is the daughter of a Goldsmith merchant whose family have been merchants for centuries and it's the restoration of the Crown for Charles II.
So if you know don't know anything about Charles II is brought back to power after Cromwell's desaster of a rein. Charles I was disemboweled.
Charles II saw the issues in his father's government and arrived to do bette ...more