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The A to Z Challenge

Braddon, ME: Aurora Floyd
Dunant, Sarah: Blood and Beauty
Epstein, Jennifer Coy: The Gods of Heavenly Punishment
Fisher, Dorothy Canfield: The Home-Maker
Gordon, Lucie Duff: Letters From Egypt
Hamilton, Patrick: Twenty Thousand Streets Under the Sky
Jesse, F Tennyson: Moonraker
Kahneman, Daniel: Thinking, Fast and Slow
Le Faye, Deirdre: Jane Austen's Letters
Mackail, Denis: Greenery Street
Newmark, Elle: The Sandalwood Tree
Parker, Dorothy: The Portable Dorothy Parker
Quiller-Couch, Sir Arthur and Daphne Du Maurier: Castle Dor
Raybourn, Deanna: A Spear of Summer Grass
Sayers, Dorothy: Busman's Honeymoon
Thirkell, Angela: Trooper to the Southern Cross
Wharton, Edith: The House of Mirth

Anne of Avonlea, by LM Montgomery
Bonk, by Mary Roach
Celia's House, by DE Stevenson
The Doll and Other Stories, by Daphne Du Maurier
A Farewell to Arms, by Ernest Hemingway
The Great Gatsby, by F Scott Fitzgerald
A Half Forgotten Song, by Katherine Webb
I've Got Your Number, by Sophie Kinsella
Katherine, by Anya Seton
Loitering With Intent, by Muriel Spark
The Montana Stories, by Katherine Mansfield
No Signposts in the Sea, by Vita Sackville-West
Old New York, by Edith Wharton
The Persephone Book of Short Stories
Quartet in Autumn, by Barbara Pym
The Sugar House, by Antonia White
Thank Heaven Fasting, by EM Delafield
The Village,  by Marghanita Laski
The Wild Rose, by Jennifer Donnelly


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Review: Forever Amber, by Kathleen Winsor

Pages: 972Originally published: 1944My edition: 2000 (Chicago Review Press)How I acquired my copy:, 2004

Forever Amber takes place in the 1660s, immediately follwing Charles II's ("the Merry Monarch") return of the Stuarts to the English throne. The book features Amber St. Claire, a young woman who starts out as a sixteen-year-old country girl, naieve to the workings of the world. She immediately meets Bruce Carlton, a dashing young Cavalier, with whom she has a passionate love affair in choppy intervals throughout the book. They have two children together, but Bruce won't marry her for the reason he tells his friend Lord Almsbury: that Amber just isn't the kind of woman one marries.

Upon following Bruce to London, he goes to Virginia, leaving her to fend for herself. What follows is a series of affairs and four marriages, with Bruce coming back from America now and then. Amber's marriages are imprudent: her first husband is a gambler, her second is…