A Scarlet Woman by Lorna Peel

A Scarlet Woman by Lorna Peel
Publisher: Self-Published
Genre: Historical
Length: Full (401 pgs)
Heat: Hot
Rated: 3 stars
Review by Rose

Can an idealistic young doctor and a fallen woman find love when Victorian society believes they should not?

Dublin, Ireland, 1880. Tired of treating rich hypochondriacs, Dr Will Fitzgerald left his father’s medical practice and his home on Merrion Square to live and practice medicine in the Liberties. His parents were appalled and his fiancée broke off their engagement. But when Will spends a night in a brothel on the eve of his best friend’s wedding, little does he know that the scarred and disgraced young woman he meets there will alter the course of his life.

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I loved the premise of this book and with the setting being Ireland, I was hooked from the first time I read the blurb. I was looking forward to seeing how the author had her heroine overcome all the difficulties she was facing in her life.

I liked the character of Isobel and, mostly, Will as well. I enjoyed their banter as they got to know each other. And, I loved the way he cared for her regardless of what was going on and how determined he was to make their relationship work.

The first half of the story was really good, and I enjoyed it thoroughly.

The second half of the story took a different twist. Instead of the character development I was seeing on both Will and Isobel’s part, it seemed to read more like a magazine serial. Poor Isabel faced problems on every side (shades of Perils of Pauline). However, she was saved in the nick of time by forces she didn’t bring about – a rich opportunity was missed here, I think. I didn’t mind the roadblocks that were thrown up, but I wish Isabel had done more to save herself. I was disappointed in some of the decisions she made (just another sign of being invested  in a character).

There was also a lot of hot sex thrown in the last part of the book that, imho, was gratuitous and didn’t do anything to move the character development along. I found myself skipping these passages because they weren’t really adding anything to the story and I wanted to get back to it.

However, I was invested enough in the characters from the first half of the book to overlook these issues and move on to find out what happened next in Will and Isobel’s relationship. The writing is clean with no major issues as far as editing goes and it was an easy read.  It was definitely worth reading.


  1. Thanks for hosting!

  2. James Robert says

    I am enjoying these tours and finding all the terrific books my family is enjoying reading. Thanks for bringing them to us and keep up the good work.

  3. Thank you for reading and reviewing A Scarlet Woman.

  4. bernie wallace says

    How long did it take you to write your book?

    • Hi Bernie,
      The first draft took between three and a half and four months. The double checking of facts and editing etc took about another three.
      My ancestors were from Dublin and I’ve done research on the family tree as well as research into the areas where they lived and also into what they did for a living. I’ve lived in Dublin, too, so having all that work done and being able to visualise streets and buildings and know how long it takes to walk from one place to another was a great help when I sat down to write the book. I still had to do a lot of research for the book but I’m a research nerd so I enjoyed it!
      Many thanks for your question!

  5. Rita Wray says

    Sounds like a good book.

  6. Victoria says

    Great post – sounds like my kind of book 🙂

  7. Bea LaRocca says

    Thank you for sharing your review and the book info. This sounds like a good read.

  8. Christina Az says

    Thank you for a great story and the giveaway 🙂

  9. Christina Az says

    Do you have in mind how many books will be in the series?

  10. Bea LaRocca says

    Happy Friday! Do you have any specific reading or writing plans for the weekend?

  11. Thanks for the honest review.

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