Sunday, 26 February 2017
New Review! Amethyst by Lauren Royal, 4 Cranky Stars
Amethyst by Lauren Royal
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
**** 4 Cranky Stars ****
It's London, 1666, and King Charles the second has just been restored. Amethyst (Amy) Goldsmith attends the King's triumphant return with her father and the boy she's been betrothed to, Robert Stanley. A jeweler's daughter and talented artist, Amethyst has a chance encounter with a man on a horse that sets her heart fluttering.
Unbeknownst to Amy, he's Colin Chase, the Earl of Greystone. Colin comes from a large royalist family who's been dragged across Europe most of his formative years while the King was in exile. Colin's parents died fighting Cromwell and all he has left are his siblings and an earldom much in need of renovation.
Betrothed to a woman who is wealthy and can help restore his fortunes, Colin has complications when he meets Amethyst. The Great Fire of London further complicates matters by thrusting the care of Amethyst into his hands.
Amethyst is a merchant's daughter, lowly on the social scale, but talented in her own right. The chemistry between her and Colin simmers until it catches fire.
This year, I've been stepping outside my usual genres to read. I picked this book up on a whim and thoroughly enjoyed it. So much so that I'll follow on in the series to catch up with the wonderful cast of characters featured in this book.
Amethyst was engaging and easy to read. I read it in one sitting and was thoroughly engrossed in the lives between the pages.
I have to say this though: there was a lot of head hopping in this book. Sometimes, on the same page and in the same paragraph. If this could be cut out of this and future books, it would improve the read immensely.
Overall, recommended for a great historical romance romp to escape into.
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