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Forever Amber by Kathleen Windsor, now a book purse


This 1944 romantic novel was Windsor's best-known work. The novel, racy for its time, became a runaway bestseller even as it drew criticism from some authorities for its depictions of sexuality. The novel took readers on a frolic through Restoration England and offered vivid images of fashion, politics, sex, affairs and public disasters of the time, including the plague and the Great Fire of London. The film, directed by Otto Preminger and starring Linda Darnell and Cornel Wilde, was released 1947.

Is this novel a favorite of yours? Or is your name Amber? Or both? Then this sweet little special-occasion bag is the one for you. 

Because I've chosen for the lining a cotton fabric in a brown and turquoise floral pattern, I have stitch-trimmed the edges of the book cover in brown ribbon, adding a dressy touch to the otherwise-unadorned green cover. Straps are made of a wide brown ribbon, long enough to wear either over your arm or over your shoulder. The purse is closed by extending a brown ribbon from a bbutton on the back around a brown shiny button on the front, then sliding up a turquoise bead to tighten.  The closure ribbons have been trimmed at their ends with small turquoise beads, giving a touch of complementary brightness to the over-all look of this famous classic.

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