First published in 1991 by Headline in London and St Martins in New York, A Woman Scorned attracted the following notices: * This lively account of life among the Anglo-Irish aristocracy combines absorbing historical background, a pleasing romance, and colorful characters — Publishers Weekly * Macdonald presents another leisurely period novel of romantic and domestic dilemmas — but here, in a Victorian Irish setting, there's a strong lacing of fallout from a violent political crime backgrounding the lives of a clutch of bright young people ... Thoroughly enjoyable people and chat — for those fond of slow-paced tales in a low key. — Kirkus * A historical romance which catches the flavour of turbulent times — Oxford Mail And—of Macdonald himself: *He is every bit as bad as Dickens – Martin Seymour-Smith
Abigail Stevenson is beautiful and talented, passionate and headstrong. Her parents, in reaction to their own struggle out of poverty, have brought her up to the innocence and idleness that are the privilege of the Victorian ruling class; but Abigail will have none of the cloistered aristocratic life they intend for her. From the moment she tricks…
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