Forever Amber by Kathleen Winsor.
Genre: Historical Romance
I was quite put off by the enormous length of this book but thought that because I heard so much about it that I should give it a try.
The story revolves around Amber St. Clare's life, starting when she is 16 and living her boring (in her eyes) life in the English countryside. She meets Bruce Carlton, on his way through her town when Charles II is finally returning to England during his absence. She falls in love with him, and he brings her to London with him.
The book tells the story of their love and how Amber wants always to marry him but for many reasons Bruce doesn't want to. Through the 10 years of her life that we see, she has many adventures, marriages, prison time, and experiences wealth and even becomes one of Charles II's mistresses.
It was written in the 1940s but you can hardly tell. Winsor is a great storyteller and it she made it a very pleasent ride through Amber's life. The best parts, I felt, were the ones where Bruce wasn't involved; Amber's life and relationships with everyone seemed to be more dynamic. Amber herself is more interesting when she's away from Bruce, because whenever he's around she becomes obsessive and near the end it gets quite draining.
Other than that, and the somewhat abrupt ending, this book all around was great ride through Restoration England. Recommended!