Amethyst (Jewel Trilogy, Book 1) [NOOK Book]

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London, 1666 - Colin Chase, the Earl of Greystone, finds his carefully planned life turned upside down when the Great Fire of London lands a lowly jeweler's daughter in his arms. Book 1 of Lauren Royal's Jewel Trilogy.

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Amethyst (Jewel Trilogy, Book 1)

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Overview

London, 1666 - Colin Chase, the Earl of Greystone, finds his carefully planned life turned upside down when the Great Fire of London lands a lowly jeweler's daughter in his arms. Book 1 of Lauren Royal's Jewel Trilogy.

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Editorial Reviews

Author of - Kira Morgan
"Captivating historical romance. Fans of Julia Quinn and Tessa Dare will love Lauren Royal!"
Romantic Times - Kathe Robin
"A wonderful read! With a deft pen, Lauren Royal captures all the pageantry, excitement, and color that was Restoration England."
LoveRomances.com - Emerald Emerald
"This passionate story will keep you up long after bedtime, laughing one minute and crying the next.…[Amethyst will be] an instant favorite of every historical reader."
Under the Covers - Robin Peek
"Exciting characters, snappy dialogue, and a wonderful love story. Amethyst will capture your heart."
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940045283786
  • Publisher: Lauren Royal
  • Publication date: 1/5/2013
  • Series: Jewel Novels , #1
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,071
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

I decided to become a writer in the third grade (or, as my Canadian friends call it, grade three), after winning a "Why My Mother is the Greatest" essay contest and having my entry published in a major newspaper. Seeing my words in print was a thrill! But everyone told me it's too hard for novelists to get published, so after college I spent fourteen years as the CEO of my own jewelry store chain before writing my first book. A mistake? Maybe...but my first heroine, Amethyst, was a jeweler, so at least I took advantage of that wise old saying, "Write what you know." And I learned a good lesson: Don't let other people tell you what you can or can't do!I write humorous historical romance mostly set in England and Scotland in the 17th and 19th centuries (Restoration and Regency periods). I've been oh-so-lucky to see my books hit bestseller lists all over the world and win awards including the Golden Quill and Booklist's Top 10 Romance of the Year, making this second career a real dream come true. I live in Southern California with my husband, our three young adult children, and one constantly shedding cat, and I still think my mother is the greatest!Visit my website at LaurenRoyal.com, where you can see the real people and real places in my books, enter a contest, sign up for my newsletter, and find historical recipes for the foods in my books.Follow me on...Facebook Profile: facebook.com/readLaurenRoyalFacebook Page: facebook.com/LaurenRoyalTwitter: twitter.com/readLaurenRoyal (@readLaurenRoyal)Pinterest: pinterest.com/LaurenRoyalMy Blogs:Crumbs From My Keyboard: books, authors, Apple, gluten-free recipes, and random stuff that amuses me. Includes an "Authors Are People, Too" interview feature, where your favorite writers talk about everything but writing.CrumbsFromMyKeyboard.comStuff Siri Said: screenshots of Siri (iPhone's humble personal assistant) in her wittiest moments.StuffSiriSaid.comtwitter: @StuffSiriSaid
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2012

    Wonderful!

    A great story and sooo worth the money. Actually its a bargain because its almost 900 pages (and not the kind where is jumps alot of pages each chapter). Great read and now im off to start book 2

    11 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2013

    Great book!

    This really is a very well told story and quite enjoyable!
    I am a bit confused when reading previous reviews.... several people referred to how long this book was, (900 pages). I'm reading on a nook, my page is about the same as most paperbacks and I only have a little over 400 pages and less than 390 are actually used for the story itself.
    I would have been terribly dissapointed had I read those reviews first!
    If you have a problem with taking the Lords name in vain, steer clear! There are enough cuss words available for that not to be neccesary! It is offensive to a lot of people!

    10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2012

    Buy the box set

    I loved all three & wish i would have seen the box set before purchasing all three seperately. I definately recommend the Jewel series, so buy the box set!

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2012

    Everything you want in a romance novel.

    This story is well told, and the premise isnt one you find in a lot of romance novels (lord and commoner). Before this story I had never read anything about Restoration England, it sounds scandalous. I will definitely get the next book in the series.

    9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2012

    Fun Easy Read

    Loved the pace of this book and the way it flowed the characters were fun to follow and made you want to follow them.

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2012

    Loved this book!!

    Enjoyed every page. Love books from this time period. I will definitely be reading the rest in this trilogy.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2012

    Ameythest

    Excellent four book series love story. Could'nt help but think how much my mother would enjoy this "thick book". Because she wanted me and daddy to get our moneies worth out of the book and enjoy them also.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 31, 2012

    more from this reviewer

    Delving into the romance genre is not for the faint of heart. Y

    Delving into the romance genre is not for the faint of heart. You can read a lot of really poorly written romances that just drag on and on and never go anywhere. I however like to think that reading the poorly written ones allows you to clearly know a gem when you read one. Lauren Royal’s Amethyst is just that, a gem. (Yes, pun intended!)

    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 whom she does not love in two short weeks. To make things worse, he wants her to become a stay at home mom, and give up her career, which she is not ready to do. Although she is stuck, Amy does not want to back out of the marriage for fear of embarrassing her father. She longs for true love, and she gets a glimpse of it when Colin Chase, the Earl of Greystone, enters her shop. Although she feels that he is definitely above his notice, her life is changed when a fire devastates her shop and home and Colin comes to her rescue. He takes her to his home to rehabilitate, and although Colin’s siblings take a liking to Amy, he remains distant and asks her to leave as soon as possible. Amy, however, has begun to have feelings for Colin, and enjoys her time with his family. Unfortunately for her, Colin is betrothed to another woman, who’s dowry has been spent towards the reconstruction of Colin’s castle. Unwilling to break up this monetary agreement despite his attraction, Colin is locked in a battle of wills against Amy, who wants him no matter the cost. Will Colin eventually reconsider and give in to is heart’s desire?

    I’ve always enjoyed historical fiction novels that use true events as their backdrop, as opposed to just using a specific time period and developing a story. In Amethyst that true event is the Great Fire of London in 1666. As sad as the event was, it is an excellent plot device that sets the reader on a journey of self discovery with Amy and Colin that we certainly wouldn’t have dreamed of without the amazingly detailed and intricate imagination of Royal.

    To me, Amy read as a nod to the modern woman. Your first taste of her modern ideals comes when she stands up to her fiancée, Robert, and expresses her desires to continue being a jeweler. Robert’s jealousy over her jeweling skills are what drive his desire to have her stay at home and give up her occupation. After the fire when Amy is able to escape and meet Colin, she continues to hold onto her ideals that she can run the family jewelry business. Even after finding herself in love with Colin she realizes a marriage between them would end any future she has with her craft. She forces herself to make a tough decision: choose love or her craft. Royal does an incredible job weaving this difficult journey of “staying true to self vs heart” effortlessly. I can honestly say that Amethyst is one of the only historical romance novels that I actually truly believed in the conflict of heart that the heroine and hero go through. Every romance novel I’ve read has a conflict drawing the heroine and hero away from each other, but it’s rare to find one that has to do with something other than conflicting social classes. Amy’s need to continue her craft made for a much more interesting conflict. It was refreshing, honest, and definitely a worthy addition to anyone’s “to read” pile. Go pick up a copy!

    (Reflections of a Book Addict)

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 13, 2014

    I really enjoyed this book. It was set during the Restoration pe

    I really enjoyed this book. It was set during the Restoration period in England, which I had not read much about before. The author did a great job of weaving in all the historical details of the plague years, the Great Fire, the exile of Charles and his followers, and the Restoration. I also enjoyed learning about the jewelry craft. And of course, the romance between the beautiful Amy and the dreamy Colin was steamy. I'm looking forward to reading more about the rest of the Chase family.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2013

    Wonderful first book of the series!

    I have completed the series, and loved them all. I love how Ms. Royal pulls you not only into the story, but has a great way of pulling on your heart strings. You will fall in love with the Chase family. They are all so different, but all so very loveable. Love for Chase and Amy wasn't smooth. You ached for all they endured to realize what each had to give up if they were to be together! Get lost in this series and get to know the Chase family, (ljb)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2000

    A wonderfully passionate novel.

    I'm not a big fan of paperbacks, but this one caught my eye. It was one of the best books I have ever read. The storylines were wonderful and full of details that made the story seem oh so real. Great book!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2000

    A wonderful read

    What a sweet and tender tale. Be swept away in a passionate love story as Lauren Royal makes you part of the adventure. I can't wait for the rest of the trilogy!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2000

    Great Read

    WARNING! Do not start this book unless you have time to read it from cover to cover or you will be frustrated! :) I've never served dinner so fast! I had to finish it. I loved every page.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2014

    Very good

    I enjoyed the fast pace plot, and it is well written, except for the typos and gramatical mistakes. I loved the characters and the descriptions. A definite five if the errors were correct.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2014

    Hello

    This free book is very well-written with a few editing mistakes ( 'public' not 'pubic' ). The plot is predictable with 'I don't love' but can't resist scenario, then the frequent bedroom scenes after, and the predictable villan from the first chapters finally shows, etc, etc. The family characters keep the book being interesting and fun.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2014

    Take the time to read this one!

    Truly enjoyed this book. 391 pages so a good length for a free read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2014

    A must read!

    I really enjoyed reading this love story. I am always looking to read a book that dates back and this is the first I read from the 1600's. Its about 380 pages. Laura does a wonderful job of making you feel like you are in the story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2014

    Very good

    Very good reading, give it a try I really doubt you will be disappoimted. Missed five stars just barely.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2014

    ok

    ok

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2014

    An excellent story. Very well written. It make you want to read

    An excellent story. Very well written. It make you want to read all this authors work!

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