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  • Intriguing

    A really enjoyable, different storyline that caught my attention and had me turning the pages. Victorian England and a hero and heroine that both wrote stories and being introduced into the Penny Dreadful serials was amazing! What was even more intriguing was the inclusion of the actual stories they both wrote which were fascinating! The Dread Penny Society, a fraternity of authors who worked together to sought to fight for social injustice of their readers. But to be a woman writer, penning these under a pen name of a gentleman, and being very successful, created a mystery the Society was determined to solve. Adventure, suspense, intrigue, politics and romance all wound together to create the perfect story that kept me reading late into the night to find out what would happen! This was the first book I have read by this author, but it definitely will not be the last!!

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  • Impressive research, great dialog, surprise ending

    Grown-up street urchin Fletcher Walker and elusive Mr. King are competing for the extremely profitable penny dreadful market. They both write to fund help for poor children. Mr. King is actually school Principal Elizabeth Black who hides her identity because she is afraid to ruin her reputation. While drama intensifies Elizabeth and Fletcher have to work together to keep both the children and themselves out of danger. The Lady and The Higwayman (Proper Romance) is the standalone novel by Sarah M. Eden published by Shadow Mountain Publishing. The setting of the plot is London 1865 when penny dreadful stories where cheap and very profitable serial literature published weekly at just one penny. The focus is on Fletcher Walker and Elizabeth Black who are passionate about children’s education and are both funding their work by writing penny dreadful stories. While Fletcher is actively rescuing urchins off the streets, Elizabeth is running a very proper upscale middle class girls’ school. Fletcher Walker has a good heart but undermines himself quite a lot because of his background. It is pleasing to see that he keeps his head held high when moving in up-scale circles and does not hold back from using his colorful language. Elizabeth Black seems a caring and warm hearted person very careful about her reputation. Her character changes throughout the story and she becomes more assertive and courageous in keeping with the plot and the slightly new company she keeps. In a story with such superb character building and some seriously unsavory personalities, it feels difficult to decide who my favorite character is, so I just have to say both Elizabeth and Fletcher. They both feel authentic, nice and warm hearted people trying to make a difference for children on the streets of Victorian London. The descriptions of the rescue operations of street urchins were my favorite part of this story. The Lady and The Higwayman (Proper Romance) by Sarah M. Eden was excellent entertainment and a quick and easy read. The research was impressive and the writing captivating as I felt transferred to Victorian London 1865. The Dickensian vibe I got from this multi layered and complex plot was very enjoyable. The dialogue felt authentic and interesting; particularly the funny bantering. The Lady and The Highwayman had a surprise ending I cannot stop thinking about, as it must have lead to some very interesting consequences. The relationship between Elizabeth and Fletcher starts off with banter. Behind the banter, mutual feelings are steadily increasing. It’s nice to see they grow closer through the plot and a romance gets room to develop in the midst of all the drama. The Lady and The Higwayman (Proper Romance) by Sarah M. Eden was excellent entertainment. It was a quick and easy read with impressive research, great dialog and a surprise ending. The plot was new and refreshing and my favorite part was descriptions of street life in London 1865. Fans of Sarah M. Eden will enjoy The Lady and The Higwayman (Proper Romance), as will readers of historical romance fiction. Similar authors to explore might be Esther Hatch and Anita Stansfield. Thank you to Shadow Mountain Publishing and Edelweiss for this review ebook which gave me the opportunity to share my honest review. All opinions are completely my own. My rating: 5 stars / 5 Main reasons: Interesting plot, superb research, excellent crafting of characters, great writing and dialogue

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