A Notorious Woman

A Notorious Woman

Published by St Martin's Press and Piatkus, 1988

In 1847 the young, orphaned Johanna Rosewarne is treated as little better than a servant by her uncle and aunt. But when she catches the eye of the suitor intended for the daughter of the house, they cast her out with nothing. 700-odd action-packed pages later, all's well again.


  • A compelling tale, offering an interesting insight into Cornish life a century ago — Cornish Packet
  • These adventures of the beguiling Ms Rosewarne will keep a fair few enthralled during ... this summer — Manchester Evening News
  • Ably blends cogent social commentary with romance ... With its emphasis on moral propriety, tart repartee, and the all-important social milieu, this book echoes 19th century fiction, but its protrayal of the degradation and oppression of women has contemporary relevance — Publishers Weekly
  • The writing has pace ... by an author who clearly loves the Cornish countryside — Plymouth Sunday Independent
  • Macdonald is as long-winded as ever, but his readers should find reason to stay with him–or with Jo, a character they’ll take a shine to — Kirkus
  • ... will sweep you into the world of lovers’ secrets and titillate you with the deep passions lying beneath a calm surface — Rave Reviews
  • True to form, Macdonald has penned another gloriously impassioned adventure ... Splendid historical fiction from a master of the genre — Margaret Flanagan in Booklist
  • He is every bit as bad as Dickens – Martin Seymour-Smith



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