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Something new
By , Submitted on 2019-09-19

This story is different from any other Sarah Eden book that I've read, and I loved it! Elizabeth was a strong lead character and I was rooting for her "side job" the whole time. Actually, it was the same with Fletcher. They both had their secrets and I was so intrigued to see how things would go once they each discovered what the other one was hiding. Watching their relationship develop was very entertaining.

This was my first time reading stories within a story, and it could have been a nightmare - difficult to keep track of all of the different plots, story lines and characters, but the author did a great job presenting each one. In fact, I found myself so caught up in Elizabeth's story that I almost didn't want to switch from that back to the main one! Thankfully, all three tales were equally entertaining and it was fun to switch back and forth.

Yet again, Sarah has a hit on her hands. I love her writing style and always look forward to the stories she creates.

The Lady and the Highwayman by Sarah M. Eden
By , Submitted on 2019-09-18

Sarah M. Eden has written a fabulous Victorian mystery and romance novel in The Lady and the Highwayman. This book is full of adventure, monsters, and headstrong women. Oh and of course romance. There are twists and turns in this story that pop out when readers least expect them. Although the monsters in this story bring a bit of a different angle to Eden’s storytelling that some readers may not anticipate, Eden’s writing and storytelling is excellent as always, bringing this fascinating story to life. Readers interested in the Victorian era with a bit of mystery will thoroughly enjoy this story!

Genre: historical, romance, mystery, Victorian
Publisher: Shadow Mountain Publishing
Publication date: September 3, 2019
Number of pages: 352

A review copy of this book was provided by Shadow Mountain Publishing. A review was not required and all views and opinions expressed are my own.

A joy from start to finish
By , Submitted on 2019-09-16

This book was an absolute job from start to finish. I absolutely loved this book. The characters, the story, the humor, the romance, every page was a delight. I also loved the two Penny Dreadful stories told by Fletcher and “Mr. King”. They were a fun addition to this amazing story. This author truly has a gift of story telling. There are very clever lines that made me smile throughout. Each true to the character who says them. Elizabeth was a treat to read. She was full of surprises and was a very genuine and enjoyable character.

5 out of 5 stars. Every new book I read from this author becomes my new favorite.

Vibrant characters and exciting storyline!
By , Submitted on 2019-09-16

I should know better than to start a Sarah Eden book at bedtime! By the time 3:30 am rolled around I finished the book with a happy sigh :) This one is unputdownable. (That should totally be a word). Sometimes I find novels set in Victorian times to be a bit stuffy, but this book is the exact opposite of that- the characters find liberation and freedom in their unconventional work and their vibrant personalities jump off the page. I loved that we got to know Fletcher first- he is so compelling with his confidence despite his tragic childhood circumstances. He's the best sort of person- using the pain of his experiences to improve the lives of others. He's a bit sassy and flirty which is tempered by his depth of compassion and willingness to sacrifice. Elizabeth has those same qualities, but because of her position as a headmistress, must be above reproach and begins to resent that she must stifle herself so much. The secrets and hidden identities are a fun plot device and the pace of the book is steady as Fletcher and Elizabeth get to know each other and grow in affection, all while rescuing the children of London's slums one at a time. Their banter and chemistry is entertaining and I loved their dynamic! Highly recommend!

(I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)

This new novel is a brilliant combination of mystery, suspense, history, and of course romance.
By , Submitted on 2019-09-15

The Lady and the Highwayman is a clever twist on a Proper Romance. Sarah Eden has crafted a tale like none she's done before. Everything from the characters, setting, and plot are unique and exciting. This is not a Regency Romance but takes place during the Victorian era in England.

Both of the main characters are authors of the "Penny Dreadfuls" that were the rage among the working-class men. Elizabeth writes under the pseudonym of a Mr. King. As the headmistress of an all girl's school, she needs to remain in good standing with the upper class of Victorian Society. She meets fellow author, Fletcher Walker, who also writes Penny Dreadfuls. The novel is told from both Elizabeth's and Fletcher's POV. I also really loved how we were also able to read the stories written by Mr. King and Fletcher. What an incredible undertaking for Eden to write so many "stories" within the pages of this novel.

I learned so much about the Dread Penny Society, a fraternity of authors dedicated to secretly fighting for the social and political causes of their working-class readers. This novel once again shows the incredible work and dedication that Sarah Eden does in researching before she writes a book. I found an article that gave great information about The Dread Penny Society and the Penny Dreadfuls that were written. It was all very interesting.{http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20160502-the-shocking-tale-of-the-penny-dreadful}

This new novel is a brilliant combination of mystery, suspense, history, and of course romance. The witty dialogue makes the interaction between Elizabeth and Fletcher a delight to read. If you are a Sarah Eden fan, be prepared for something new and just as well written as her previous books.

Sarah M. Eden is a Genius!
By , Submitted on 2019-09-14

Sarah M. Eden is a genius. I'm not kidding. I'm not sure there's a Sarah M. Eden book I haven't liked, but this book is my favorite so far! With The Lady and the Highwayman, she basically has written three separate books (almost four, really, if you take the main characters' points of view separately), and layered them together to create a masterpiece. I'd love to pick the author's brain, to hear what her process was in writing this book. I couldn't wait for the end to find out how their story would resolve. I was intrigued by the premise, and feel she did a great job fleshing it out. To be honest, I had a little trouble following the language in the first chapter, and then when the first installment of one of the penny dreadfuls followed, I wasn't sure I was ready to read the book, but I was so glad I kept going! I connected right away with Elizabeth Black and looked forward to every subsequent page.

Different in all the good ways
By , Submitted on 2019-09-11

I love Sarah M. Eden's Regency Novels and anything else she cares to write for that matter. This one was different. I mean that in the best of ways. I loved the approach with Fletcher and Elizabeth, with chapters of their own Penny Dreadful's mixed in. The adventure and the mystery took center stage and it left it open with more mysteries. Who is the Dread Master? What nefarious activity is Mr Headley up to? With other members in the society to explore, I can see this being a series of wonderful serials.

The writing was fresh and the story moved beautifully. The author's way with words never ceases to delight me. The mystery felt new and not tired and the hero was nontraditional as only a writer and member of a secret society can be.

I loved all the supporting characters and hope to meet them in more vivid detail at a later time. I found myself captivated by the story and only forced myself to put it down for sleep and to go to work.

New fun from an old favorite
By , Submitted on 2019-09-05

I love Sarah M. Eden's Regency Novels and anything else she cares to write for that matter. This one was different. I mean that in the best of ways. I loved the approach with Fletcher and Elizabeth, with chapters of their own Penny Dreadful's mixed in. The adventure and the mystery took center stage and it left it open with more mysteries. Who is the Dread Master? What nefarious activity is Mr Headley up to? With other members in the society to explore, I can see this being a series of wonderful serials.

The writing was fresh and the story moved beautifully. The author's way with words never ceases to delight me. The mystery felt new and not tired and the hero was untraditional as only a writer and member of a secret society can be.

I loved all the supporting characters and hope to meet them in more vivid detail at a later time. I found myself captivated by the story and only forced myself to put it down for sleep and to go to work.

My new favorite book by Sarah Eden
By , Submitted on 2019-09-04

Sarah Eden tried something different with this novel and I really enjoyed reading it. I’ve also enjoyed the other books by her that I’ve read, but this one is my new favorite. It introduced me to “Penny Dreadfuls” – inexpensive short stories that were published in installments during the 1800s. They were designed to stop in the middle of an exciting part leaving the reader wondering what would happen next and therefore ensuring they continued to buy the following publications.

It tells the story of Elizabeth Black, the headmistress of a girls’ school and well known author of “silver-fork” novels – respectable books for the upper class, who also secretly writes Penny Dreadfuls under the name Charles King. She meets Fletcher Walker, who was born into poverty and lived the dangerous and difficult life of a child on the street, but was able to lift himself enough to get an education and begin a successful career as an author. They are from different social classes but have more in common than they initially realize and a romance develops between them, though this novel has a lot of action, mystery, and excitement as well.

The Lady and the Highwayman is actually three separate stories in one: the story of Elizabeth Black and Fletcher Walker who are both writers of Penny Dreadfuls, as well as both of the stories they are writing. It was fun to read about Elizabeth writing and trying to find the right words for her story, and then later to read the story she wrote. Elizabeth’s Penny Dreadful is called The Lady and the Highwayman and tells of the adventures of a woman named Lucinda. Fletcher’s Penny Dreadful is called The Vampire’s Tower: An Urchins of London Adventure and tells the story of poor children living on the street and the dangers they face. The stories are interspersed throughout the novel and interweave with each other as well since Elizabeth and Fletcher write to an extent about their own experiences.

One quote from the book that I like, “Life had too often been like this bit of worthless jewelry: the promise of something beautiful that proved nothing but an illusion.” This is a fun book to read, with likeable characters and I highly recommend it.
I received an Advanced Reader’s Edition so I could write this review, but that didn’t influence my opinion of this book.

Perfectly Delightful!
By , Submitted on 2019-09-04

I knew this book would be somewhat different than Sarah Eden's other books, but I found that I loved it just as much as those, if not more! Elizabeth and Fletcher find allies in each other to fight for impoverished children but do not realize just how very much they have in common. Sarah masterfully weaves three tales into one and witty banter, evil villains, a spunky heroine, and a swoon worthy romance make this book utterly delightful. I truly hope that this story will continue in another book!

Beautifully Done!
By , Submitted on 2019-09-04

It is always, always, a pleasure to read Sarah Eden's books. She has a remarkable gift for crafting a story that wraps itself around my heart. I think what I love the most is how she takes the dark, hard and difficult circumstances of life and balances that with hope through a few good people trying to make a difference. That, in turn, gives me hope. I've been a bit heartsick lately for how difficult and cruel this world is. The future doesn't always look so bright and I've been trying to remind myself that there are lots of good people in this world, trying to combat the evil, one person at a time. I was worried that this book would just add to my disappointment in humanity based on what this book is about but I shouldn't have worried. The hope was stronger than the evil and the good people made a difference. I needed that reminder. Even though this is a work of fiction, it portrays real life. There are people out there rescuing and loving. They are making a difference for the one.

I love Fletcher. He won me over in the first few chapters because he's the underdog that everyone wants to root for. Fletcher is scrappy, determined and has a heart that lends itself to helping the downtrodden- especially the children. He's a gem and Elizabeth thinks so too. 😉 Elizabeth is pretty great herself.

There are stories within the story as Fletcher and Elizabeth are both writers and we get a sample of the "Penny Dreadful" stories they create. It gave me a glimpse into both of their worlds and their hearts. It was fun!

I really loved this book. From beginning to end. I felt as though I was right there with Fletcher and Elizabeth through it all. It was fantastic.

Content: peril, abuse (with no specific details), some mild violence, kissing

- I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions expressed are my own.

(4 stars) – once it warms up, it’s excellent
By , Submitted on 2019-09-03

The premise was intriguing, and the fulfillment of it was exciting & fun. I loved the witty exchanges between Fletcher and Elizabeth. Even the secondary characters were well done. The suspense was enough to keep you engaged without being exhausting.

The initial setup seemed a bit slow, and I was well into the story before it fully engaged me – it was mainly for that reason I subtracted a star.

Ironically, as much as I liked the concept of the Dread Penny stories woven inbetween the main story’s chapters, I found myself skimming them to get back to the main one, then I went back & read each of them after I finished the book. (I’ve been sick, and it may just be that my fatigued concentration was at fault, so I didn’t subtract anything for it)

I didn’t see how Fletcher & Elizabeth could possibly resolve their differences enough to be together by the end, but the finale to the story successfully managed to pull it off - while leaving the door open for the hope of a continuation of the story!.

Clean romance level: sweet kisses

Religion: Christian beliefs motivate many of the characters, but it’s not even remotely preachy

Entertaining until the very last word
By , Submitted on 2019-09-02

Sarah Eden has created something refreshingly different in the world of Proper Romance storytelling. Set in Victorian England you meet Fletcher Walker, author of a series of popular penny dreadful novels and Miss Elizabeth Black, headmistress of Thurloe Collegiate School and author of silver-forked novel. Each carries a secret that, should they come out, would destroy their hard-won reputations and accomplishments. Eden weaves the tales of these two authors into the end of each chapter, creating two more stories set in between the pages of the main novel. Highly entertaining for the beginning, this is a story you will want to read again and again.


By , Submitted on 2019-08-29

The best part of this book is it's really three stories in one. I loved being able to see the two competing pennyfold stories play out as well as
the actual story. Fletcher and Elizabeth had such interesting stories as individuals that when they came together it made the whole book that much better. This is such a wonderful, fun story that I highly recommend to anyone who loves a great story as well as adventure, romance and intrigue.

Delightful!
By , Submitted on 2019-08-28

Named after the Penny Dreadful, "The Lady and the Highwayman" contains 3 stories in 1. In a fun new approach to Victorian (Proper) Romance, Sarah M. Eden shares her usual witty characters and well written storyline and gives two firsthand looks into Penny Dreadful fiction and weaves it all into a delightful novel. The reader gains insight into gender and social class stereotypes from two authors' perspectives in Victorian England, and sees that love can blossom even when considered socially unconventional. In true underdog fashion, the audience will cheer for the downtrodden as the champions overcome the odds and love conquers all.

So good!
By , Submitted on 2019-08-20

Sarah M. Eden is such an amazing author and this is a wonderful addition to my collection. It was different from many of her books, and I enjoyed that the main male character (Fletcher) wasn’t her typical male lead (not that I don’t love her other characters-I do, it was just a fun change). I liked knowing the details and having the main characters figure things out. The setting was new for Eden’s books too, and it made for a great story. I will definitely read this one again.

4.5 Stars

*I received a review copy through NetGalley.

The excellent first line drew me right in!
By , Submitted on 2019-08-06

"Rumor had it, Fletcher Walker wasn’t born but had simply appeared one day, swaggering down the streets of London."

Fletcher Walker has crawled his way up from the gutter with just his swagger. He goes wherever he wants, acting like he belongs, and no one questions him. Fletcher is a different kind of a hero who is very vulnerable. Now that he is successful writing Penny Dreadfuls, he hasn’t forgotten where he came from, and he gives back to those who need it.

Elizabeth Black is all prim and proper in order to keep people interested in her school. However, that is just a facade for her adventurous spirit.

Fletcher and Elizabeth both write Penny Dreadfuls and the chapters switch between their points of view as well as the Penny Dreadful stories themselves.

I’ve never been in to over the top, exaggerated novels, but Elizabeth’s story was fun and interesting. Fletcher’s was interesting as well, but it was sad, and real, and raw. Especially because it came from a place he knew from growing up in the slums. I liked how the Penny Dreadfuls intertwined with the overall story.

Even with their success, Fletcher and Elizabeth are drawn together with their desire to educate those who are often overlooked like females and the poor.

Historical fiction is my favorite, and I love learning new and interesting things during different time periods. I love that Eden drew inspiration from real life author Elizabeth Caroline Grey who was rumored to write Penny Dreadfuls and Silver Fork novels.

There was an overall mystery throughout the book that I really enjoyed. The ending is very cute, but I still wish I had answers to some questions.

I have read almost all of Sarah M. Eden’s books, and she is one of my favorite authors. This book seemed a different style than others I have read from her, but I really liked it and completely recommend it.

What a couple of charming characters!
By , Submitted on 2019-06-03

Independently, Fletcher and Elizabeth are a delight. As a team they're unbeatable! Fletcher is clever, scrappy, and aggressively compassionate. Elizabeth is intrepid in the inestimable interests within her heart. She's no slouch in the brain box department either. Together these two brilliantly find ways to save urchins off the streets of Victorian London and discover a few things about each other in the process.