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A Scarlet Woman: The Fitzgeralds of Dublin Book One Paperback – July 8, 2017
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"A Scarlet Woman by Lorna Peel is a beautiful, gritty tale of love, despair, and learning to trust, set in Ireland in the 19th Century." Books of All Kinds
"A Scarlet Woman is a real page turner, and I have no doubt that lovers of Irish tales will adore this story!" Books & Benches
"It is a heartfelt and bewitching read, which transported me to the past as I became totally immersed in Isobel and Will's lives." A Reader's Review Blog
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The story has a number of adult themes artfully woven into a timeless story of betrayal, love, and acceptance. I anxiously await the next in the series.
Her main characters, Will and Isobel, are one of those couples where, most often, it’s them against society. Both of these characters are wounded in their own ways, and I pulled for them both equally. Their evolution as a couple is a wonderful thing to witness. There’s a humorous sequence of events involving them. I don’t know if the humor was intended, but it’s there, nonetheless.
Perhaps, the story’s greatest strength is you know things other characters don’t, and thus the tension is considerably heightened because with every page swiped, you can’t help but wonder when hidden things are going to be revealed and how those revelations will impact Will and Isobel’s struggle for happiness.
The quest for love, secrets threatening to be exposed and a touch of mystery and suspense all combine to create a truly engaging historical romance. This was a very exciting read for me, a unique rule-breaker at a time when I wanted such an escape. Every chance for a genuinely unique story is a chance I enjoy investigating. What a thrill it is when that investigation leads me to a keeper already slated to be reread, as is the case with A Scarlet Woman. If you need to escape the formulas for a while and to meet a couple destined to become one of your favorites, if you enjoy books where the couple spends a lot of time together and all unexpected twists and turns center around one or both of them or their relationship, don’t miss out on A Scarlet Woman. It would be great to have available an audio-recording of this entertaining Irish romance.
Having read Lorna Peel’s Into the Unknown, when I saw the announcement about A Scarlet Woman, I contacted her for an ARC to read, and review, at my option. My thanks to her for sending me a copy. Wanting my own final edition of the book, I’m purchasing a copy.
The moment I saw the cover of Lorna Peel's novel, A SCARLET WOMAN, I knew I had to read it. Ms. Peel is a new-to-me author and she didn't disappoint with this fabulous tale set in Ireland. She nicely blended her characters and Irish history together to create a captivating love story. I really enjoyed this introduction to the Fitzgeralds of Dublin series; what a beautiful surprise! I simply could not put it down and I will surely watch for her next novel.
Set in Dublin, Ireland in 1880, A SCARLET WOMAN tells the heart warming and touching story of Dr. Will Fitzgerald and Isobel Stevens, two beautiful souls trying to escape a difficult journey of ups and downs. Will left his father's medical practice to offer his help in the Liberties, a poverty-stricken area of Dublin. Isobel is a sweet young woman abused by the men in the past and who had to work in a brothel if she wanted to survive. Then one day, Will, the doctor, and Isobel, a scarlet woman, meet and their lives will forever change for the best. Upon Will's advice, Isobel finds work as a parlor maid where she is happier, but still very much afraid of getting hurt again. Still, they correspond by letters and their new friendship evolves to a loving and caring relationship. However, a series of dramatic events will occur and disrupt their lives. Can their fragile love survive? Is it strong enough to give them a second chance? Will and Isobel are so beautiful together that I could not help myself from loving them and wishing them all the happiness in the world. Yes, I'm a romantic!
I'm so glad to have discovered this author! I love her style of writing, and her words flow off the pages and ignite the imagination. A SCARLET WOMAN is a real page turner, and I have no doubt that lovers of Irish tales will adore this story!
A SCARLET WOMAN by Lorna Peel is a beautiful, gritty tale of love, despair, and learning to trust, set in Ireland in the 19th Century.
Isobel Stevens grew up in a harsh household where her father ruled supreme so when she finds herself seduced and abandoned, it is no surprise to find herself disowned and penniless. Heading to Dublin, Isobel will do what she must to survive but on the night she meets Dr. Will Fitzgerald, both of their lives will change forever. Finding a different way to make ends meet, Isobel and Will start a beautiful friendship that will give them both what they are missing in their lives. But life is never straightforward, and as obstacles and twists and turns try to throw them off their path, will they be able to find their way back to each other?
From the moment I saw the cover of A SCARLET WOMAN I wanted to read it and the story inside did not disappoint. With strong characters who have been through so much, plenty of historical detail to paint a picture in your mind as you read, and a love story that will melt your heart along the way, A SCARLET WOMAN by Lorna Peel is a truly engaging and compelling story. But it is also so much more than a romance as there is a raw and tough quality to the story too, as the harsh reality of what life was like for so many women at that time is portrayed. A SCARLET WOMAN by Lorna Peel is perfect for historical fiction fans.
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