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by Amy Atwell

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…  See more details below


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 true identity. Once she is forced to take her proper place in Regency society as the highly sought heiress to the Ambersley fortune, she must defy the relatives who would make her a pawn in their struggle for power.

When Derek Vaughan inherits the dukedom, his dubious parentage makes it a sacrilege to accept. But touched by the ravaged estate and its destitute staff, he braves a society that once shunned him while he rebuilds Ambersley and guards it from his stepmother's bankrupting clutches. He intends to grant the title to his half-brother when the boy comes of age, but Derek's plans go awry from the moment the gardener's apprentice--once his trusted young friend--is revealed to be not only an heiress of beauty and spirit, but the one woman who may finally capture his heart.

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"Atwell (Lying Eyes, 2010) has an intriguing premise, and her craftsmanship shows in solid descriptions, smooth dialogue and observations... Historical accuracy adds greatly to the pleasure of the Regency romance." ~ Kirkus Reviews

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Lords of London , #1
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Ambersley 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 214 reviews.
Schmooby-Doo More than 1 year ago
Even though there are some historical inaccuracies (not noticeable to most folks, unless you really know the period), this book is an excellent read with well-developed characters. I give it 4 1/2 stars!! You see the progression and growth of the main characters throughout the whole book. The author use of dialogue is good. The plot, while a bit far-fetched, works. It's ok that the plot a bit far off field, it is after all a Period Romance! I see the influences of other great period writers in the plot lines of this book; Austen and Heyer in particular. I found myself getting wrapped up and caring about what happened to these people. Characterizations are very good! Recommended!
Karen99 More than 1 year ago
Ms. Atwell grabbed me in the first few sentences with her wonderful historical voice, and she hooked me within the first few pages with her fabulous characters. I couldn't put the book down. I'm not typically a reader of historical romance, but if more novels were written like this one, I would be. I'll be watching for the rest of this series, as well as recommending it to all my friends.
Kathleen-Irene-Paterka More than 1 year ago
BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN HISTORICAL ROMANCE TO STIR YOUR SOUL A true fan of Gothic and historical romance, I couldn't wait to begin reading AMBERSLEY (LORDS OF LONDON) . and I wasn't disappointed! Ms. Atwell, a truly gifted author, does a magnificent job in capturing the essence of romance in this stirring saga of Johnny/Johanna, the orphan waif who's the true heir of Ambersley, and Derek Vaughn, the Duke who eventually finds himself in love with a young girl he's always believed to be a servant boy. The intricate plot, well conceived and written with a graceful air that brings to life the rich, lush history of the glory that once was the English aristocracy, has us immediately rooting for the requisite heroine and hero, and hoping the villainess receives her just reward. AMBERSLEY is a beautifully written story that sings across the pages and immediately hooks the reader right from the start. Bravo, Ms. Atwell, for this first in what I hope will become a LORDS OF LONDON series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my first book by this author and I couldn't put it down! I love regencey romance books but find that many have no real plot and are too "steamy" for my taste. This book has just the right mixture of mystery, drama and a beautiful unexpected storyline. I can't wait for the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought I had finally found an author who wouldn't demean her story by adding unneeded graphic sex scenes. Then, 3/4s of the way through the book my hopes were dashed. Unfortunately, by then I was hooked on the story. The only thing to do was skip over those pages (several of them, and several different times) and hope I didn't miss anything important to the story. Authors need to remember women are reading Jane Austin centuries later and she never took us into the beds of her heros and heroines. I would have given this book several more stars but for the pages I had to skip. It was entertaining and had some original elements, and I was even able to suspend belief regarding CPR performed in the early 1800s. There was one question I never found the answer to, regarding Lord Worthing. Maybe it was buried in those skipped pages?!?!?
MMRoethig More than 1 year ago
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 it down until I finally got to the end. There were times I wanted to cry, times I wanted to reach through the and slap the characters, and moments I would swoon with the romance. I would recommend this read to anyone who loves a great Austen type romance!
love2readLP More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book! it is a complete book with over 900 pages. i like stories that don't end too quickly. She is a great author and i cannot wait for her to publish more! i found myself completely engulfed in this story and could not put he book down. And when i did, all i could think about was getting back to it! best book i've read in a long time! loved that the lead couple did not fall into bed first thing, they actually got married first! highly recommend to anyone who loves reading historical romances!
StaceyJoyNetzelSN More than 1 year ago
Amy Atwell has written a historical that has me begging for more Lords of London! Great writing, beautiful scenery, and wonderful characters. I just settled into this book and throughly enjoyed the journey. I absolutely loved it!
mrsgodiva More than 1 year ago
Ms. Atwell has penned a lush, rich, historical saga that brings to mind the sweeping historicals of Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights. I can't wait to read more.
CricketME More than 1 year ago
I was hooked from the very beginning. This author's first novel, "Lying Eyes" was such a great read I had to get this one too. Although they are totally different, they are equally as great. I can't wait to see what else Amy Atwell comes up with
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was PERFECT!!!!!! AND IT WAS 900 PAGES!!!!!! Please do yourself a favor and snatch this book up quickly. My only wish is that there would be follow up stories for Curtis, St. James and Harry. Please!!!!!!!!!!! (FRG)
ChrissySC More than 1 year ago
If you have read any of my reviews, I am very cautious when it comes to reading those stories that bare a certain amount of sex. This was not even borderline erotica as is the case with some romance writers. I LOVED this story. From top to bottom it was great. I liked the twists and turns and unusualness of the development. It was suspensful while still being expected. You must read it. It had the underlying suspensful storyline with the romance stacked atop. How could you go wrong? Great length too - not a short book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Johanna (Amber) and Derek's story was wonderfully written. So much sadness in their lives brings them together.....but happiness eventually wins out. The characters are well developed and all aspects of this story were masterfully woven which kept me hooked and unable to set this book down. Once I realized how focused on reading this book I was, the sun was coming up....another all nighter. Lol
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im a huge fan of historical romances. I usually stick with about 8-10 authors that im familiar with and can pretty much be assured ill like their books. I took a chance with this book and was hooked! Ms Atwell...I cant wait to read Harry's story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a story that spans many years. The Duke and Duchess are killed in a fire. Their child is rescued and brought up by the gardener and his wife. The child does not know she is the heiress of Ambersley. It is fascinating to see how the story evolves. The new Duke has a story of his own with a nasty stepmother and shady heritage. The book keeps your interest to the exciting and happy end. I would look for the book 2 of the series.
hopefulromantic More than 1 year ago
An enjoyable read! I couldn't put it down. The well-developed characters and sub-plots kept me glued to every page. Some surprising story twists and unfinished character narratives definitely left me wanting more. Can't wait to read the next in the series!
Max-Cat More than 1 year ago
Ambersley by Amy Atwell is a character driven book with lots of suspense in it. I had a hard time putting this book because I wanted more, and I'm hoping for more stories with some of these characters. All of the characters in this regency romance/suspense were drawn so well you felt like you understood and knew each individual.
Janie_tx More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed it. The death of the Duke and Duchess, their four year old raised as a boy by the gardener and his wife to keep her safe. The current Duke finds out Johnny is a girl during a sword fight defending his half-sister. Johnny has been in love with the Duke but now fears he hates her for lying to him. An evil step mother in thrown in the mix trying to kill the duke so that title passes to her son. I could go on but you need to read it. I started it and stayed up all night until I finished it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Some things are much better left to the imagination. I started reading this book under the impression that it was a safe clean book. But for those of you hoping to avoid inapropriate sex scenes stear clear of this one.
littlebitGA More than 1 year ago
A secret that is so great that you have to read the book. Story of love that starts out interesting and turns out to be great in the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put it down. Read it all the way thru without stopping. Absolutely loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a great book to curl up and read on a lazy, cold day. I was wonderfully surprised by how much i liked this book. Highly recomend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story, suspense filled, sweet, harsh at times and romantic
Avid-ReaderEK More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the plot and twists of this historical fiction. It is well written and was hard for me to put it down. Well worth the download... I can't believe that it's free.
ladyDH More than 1 year ago
It has over eight hundred pages that will not let you down. The characters are wonderful, and the story line is full of surprises. Can't wait to read another book from Amy Atwell.