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
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 h ...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
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.
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
It's love at first sight for Amethyst when she sees the handsome Colin Chase in a procession celebrating the restoration of King Charles II -Just two problems stand in their way - she is a child and a jeweller's daughter and whilst he is an aristocrat gentleman.
The story picks up a few years later when Colin visits the jewellers where Amethyst works and although he can't admit it to himself, st ...more
I was sadly mistaken. The plot devolved into maudlin dialogue and stolen kisses that melt, ect. I actually got excited when Colin was sent off to France by King Charles because I was looking forward to more historical facts.
Amy is writt ...more