Lorna Peel – Author of historical fiction and mystery romance novels set in Ireland and the UK
Hi there! I’m Lorna and I was born in England and lived in North Wales until my family moved to Ireland to become farmers, which is a book in itself! I live in rural Ireland, where I write, research my family history, grow fruit and vegetables and keep chickens and a guinea hen.
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Historical Fiction by Lorna Peel
The Fitzgeralds of Dublin Series
The Fitzgeralds of Dublin Series is a gritty family saga set in Victorian Ireland. The series brings to life the dark underbelly of Victorian Dublin society and gets to the heart of the social issues of the day.
A Scarlet Woman: The Fitzgeralds of Dublin Book One
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 practise 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.
Isobel Stevens was schooled to be a lady, but a seduction put an end to all her father’s hopes for her. Disowned, she left Co Galway for Dublin and fell into prostitution. On the advice of a handsome young doctor, she leaves the brothel and enters domestic service. But can Isobel escape her past and adapt to life and the chance of love on Merrion Square? Or will she always be seen as a scarlet woman?
Published: 6 September 2017
Amazon ASIN: B074LJJWJW
Universal Amazon Book Link: http://mybook.to/ascarletwoman
Paperback ISBN: 9781547079698, 401 pages
A Suitable Wife: The Fitzgeralds of Dublin Book Two
Can Will and Isobel hold the Fitzgeralds together when tragedy and betrayal threaten to tear the family apart?
Dublin, Ireland, 1881. Will and Isobel Fitzgerald settle into number 30 Fitzwilliam Square, a home they could once only have dreamed of. A baby is on the way, Will takes over the Merrion Street Upper medical practice from his father and they are financially secure. But when Will is handed a letter from his elder brother, Edward, stationed with the army in India, the revelations it contains only serves to further alienate Will from his father.
Isobel is eager to adapt to married life on Fitzwilliam Square but soon realises her past can never be laid to rest. The night she met Will in a brothel on the eve of his best friend’s wedding has devastating and far-reaching consequences which will change the lives of the Fitzgerald family forever.
Published: 5 September 2018
Amazon ASIN: B07FDB3B3W
Universal Amazon Book Link: http://mybook.to/asuitablewife
Paperback ISBN: 9781723286810, 422 pages
A Discarded Son: The Fitzgeralds of Dublin Book Three
Can Will and Isobel right the wrongs of the past without hurting those closest to them?
Dublin, Ireland, 1881. Isobel Fitzgerald’s mother, Martha, marries solicitor James Ellison but an unexpected guest overshadows their wedding day. Martha’s father is dying and he is determined to clear his conscience before it is too late. Lewis Greene’s confession ensures the Ellisons’ expectation of a quiet married life is gone and that Isobel’s elder brother, Alfie Stevens, will be the recipient of an unwelcome inheritance.
When a bewildering engagement notice is published in The Irish Times, the name of one of the persons concerned sends Will and Isobel on a race against time across Dublin and forces them to break a promise and reveal a closely guarded secret.
Published: 7 August 2019
Amazon ASIN: B07V1C41X2
Universal Amazon Book Link: http://mybook.to/adiscardedson
Paperback ISBN: 9781089743835, 395 pages
The Fitzgeralds of Dublin Series: Books 1 – 3 Box Set
This Kindle box set contains the novels A Scarlet Woman, A Suitable Wife and A Discarded Son
Published: 2 April 2020
Amazon ASIN: B086R19BXB, 1221 pages
Universal Amazon Book Link: http://mybook.to/FitzgeraldsSeries1-3
A Forlorn Hope: The Fitzgeralds of Dublin Book Four
Can Will and Isobel bury their differences with those estranged from them and unite in a time of crisis or are some rifts too deep to heal?
Dublin, Ireland, September 1883. The rift between the Fitzgeralds deepens when Will’s father threatens legal action to gain visiting rights to his three grandchildren. But Will, Isobel and John are brought unexpectedly together by Will’s mother when Sarah’s increasingly erratic behaviour spirals beyond their control.
Isobel is reunited with a ghost from her past unearthing memories she would rather have kept buried while the fragile marriage of convenience orchestrated by John becomes more and more brittle before it snaps with horrifying consequences.
Published: 24 September 2020
Amazon ASIN: B08JGX4TLP
Universal Amazon Book Link: http://mybook.to/aforlornhope
Paperback ISBN: 9798688108330, 365 pages
A Cruel Mischief: The Fitzgeralds of Dublin Book Five
Can Will and Isobel prevent events of the past from influencing the present and future?
Dublin, Ireland, October 1885. The fragile peace within the Fitzgerald family is threatened when Dr Jacob Smythe becomes one of Will’s patients, angering his mother. But in attending to the elderly gentleman’s needs, Will inadvertently reunites Sarah with an old adversary and Isobel discovers she and Dr Smythe have an unexpected and tragic connection.
When Alfie receives a card on his twenty-ninth birthday, the recognisable handwriting and cryptic message shatters his hard-won personal contentment. Has a figure hoped long gone from his life returned to Dublin to wreak a cruel mischief on all those who banished him? Is Alfie’s ambition of becoming a doctor about to be derailed when he has less than a year left at Trinity College?
Published: 2 April 2021
Amazon ASIN: B091LBYBDH
Universal Amazon Book Link: http://mybook.to/acruelmischief
Paperback ISBN: 9798732069006, 393 pages
A Hidden Motive: The Fitzgeralds of Dublin Book Six
Can Will and Isobel help two old friends to overcome their fear and start afresh?
Dublin, Ireland, September 1886. Will is reacquainted with his former fiancée when his father’s close friend Dr Ken Wilson dies suddenly. On finding they have received the only invitation to the Wilson residence after the funeral, the Fitzgeralds witness the tensions between Cecilia, her mother and her in-laws and discover her hidden motive for wanting them present.
When Isobel is reunited with an old friend from Ballybeg, his shame at what he has done to survive hampers her attempts to bring him and Alfie together again. With an empty life and low expectations, can Peter regain his self-respect or are he and Alfie destined to be alone?
Published: 3 September 2021
Amazon ASIN: B09DYYW2ZM
Universal Amazon Book Link: http://mybook.to/ahiddenmotive
Paperback ISBN: 9798467528502, 453 pages