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- Book 1 of 2 in The Dread Penny Society
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"Sweet, lighthearted historical pits a pair of popular writers against Victorian London's dark underbelly ... Their slowly building, chaste, period-appropriate romance delivers congenial interludes. Chapters of their respective serials are interspersed throughout, providing a subtle view into the authors' emotional lives. Dedicated readers of historical romance will enjoy many nods to the origins and attractions of their genre." -- --Publishers Weekly
"Chaste yet exciting romance as Fletcher and Elizabeth grow closer together despite their different class backgrounds. Thoroughly enjoyable chapters of their penny dreadfuls are interspersed throughout the book. Eden does not shy away from the hardships faced by the Victorian poor, but the daring escapades of the Dread Penny Society and the attraction between the two authors keep the novel from turning grim. Readers will hope for future appearances of Eden's irresistible characters."--Booklist --This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
Sarah M. Eden is the USA Today bestselling author of many well-received historical romances, including Whitney Award finalists Seeking Persephone and Courting Miss Lancaster and the award-winning Proper Romance series novels Longing for Home and Hope Springs. Combining her obsession with history and an affinity for tender love stories, she loves crafting witty characters and heartfelt romances.--This text refers to the mp3_cd edition.
- ASIN : B07W3ND25D
- Publisher : Shadow Mountain (September 2, 2019)
- Publication date : September 2, 2019
- Language: : English
- File size : 1905 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 249 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #60,018 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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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.
Overall, this book is 3 stories in one, a penny dreadful series by Mr King, a penny dreadful series by Mr. Walker and the plot of the main characters Elizabeth and Fletcher.
The things I disliked most was their isn't any asterisk/ footnote of translation for readers like myself who don't know Victorian Era phrases. Maybe because of this the pacing kept throwing me off? It took me 3 days to finish this book when I typically devour books in less then 24hrs.
Also, a few of the phrases/sentences seem to be exactly like what Mrs. Eden's done in earlier books. Perhaps these things combined with the penny dreadful series made the plot seem like 3 choppily intermixed novellas to me? Not quite sure. Maybe this just wasn't my cup of tea.
What I did like we're the glimpses into Victorian England. Elizabeth and Fletcher were likable characters. I thought the perspectives of authors by an author I like was interesting and nice. I loved that this is a clean book I don't have to be nervous to read or suggest to a preteen.
Although I doubt I'll re read this book (I highly recommend Seeking Persphone, As you are, the longing for Home 3 books, or romancing Daphne- I've re read those ones 🙂) I'm not regretting having read it.
She understood. She moved away from him as if suddenly disgusted, and stood up. With a glare and a spin, she all but stormed to the door.
She heard Fletcher sign behind her and say, “Guess I’d best go make up sweet to the bird, else it’ll be the suds for me.”
He caught up to her on the walk by too far from the pub. He made a show of apologizing for an imagined argument. They turned a corner, then another.
Then, they ran.
The Lady and the Highwayman by Sarah M Eden is a cunning tale about a Lady, Elizabeth Black, who during the day is a head schoolmistress, and a risky Penny Dreadful author by night. She shows priority to a fault, but secretly yearns for adventure. Meeting Fletcher Walker, who grew up on the streets and now writes his own tales to earn money to save kids from the same fate, brings out much more than a desire for a more interesting life. Between the two and their imaginary stories, they embark on an adventure all on their own. Will they be brave enough to venture into the unknown, amongst the danger of their lives as well as their hearts?
Eden is one of my top five favorite authors of all time. She has a way of creating such an imaginative world, that feels so real, and yet isn’t like every other story you read in that set time period. I always feel so connected to her characters, and wish I could dive in and meet them. This book was no exception! I am completely in love with the DPS and hope to hear more of their tales of adventure in the future!