The Lady and the Highwayman by Sarah M. Eden

September 3, 2019 | 2 Comments
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The Lady and the Highwayman by Sarah M. EdenThe Lady and the Highwayman
Author: Sarah M. Eden
Series: Dread Penny Society #1
Genres: Historical Romance
Format: Audio, eBook, Print
Pages: 384
Date: September 2, 2019
Publisher: Shadow Mountain

Elizabeth Black is the headmistress of a girls’ school in 1830s Victorian London. She is also a well-respected author of ”silver-fork” novels, stories written both for and about the upper-class ladies of Victorian society. But by night, she writes very different kinds of stories—the Penny Dreadfuls that are all the rage among the working-class men. Under the pseudonym Charles King, Elizabeth has written about dashing heroes fighting supernatural threats, intelligent detectives solving grisly murders, and dangerous outlaws romancing helpless women. They contain all the adventure and mystery that her real life lacks.

Fletcher Walker began life as a street urchin, but is now the most successful author in the Penny Dreadful market, that is until Charles King started taking all of his readers. No one knows who King is, including Fletcher’s fellow members of the Dread Penny Society, a fraternity of authors dedicated to secretly fighting for the social and political causes of their working-class readers. The group knows King could be an asset with his obvious monetary success, or he could be the group’s undoing as King’s readership continues to cut into their profits.

Determined to find the elusive Mr. King, Fletcher approaches Miss Black. As a fellow-author, she is well-known among the high-class writers; perhaps she could be persuaded to make some inquiries as to Mr. King’s whereabouts? Elizabeth agrees to help Fletcher, if only to insure her secret identity is never discovered. What neither author anticipated was the instant attraction, even though their social positions dictate the impossibility of a relationship.

For the first time Elizabeth experiences the thrill of a cat-and-mouse adventure reminiscent of one of her own novels as she tries to throw Fletcher off her scent. But the more time they spend together, the more she loses her heart. Its upper-class against working-class, author against author where readers, reputations, and romance are all on the line.


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About Sarah M. Eden

Sarah M. Eden

Sarah M. Eden read her first Jane Austen novel in elementary school and has been addicted to historical romance ever since. With a degree in research and a fascination with history, Eden loves delving deep into history. She is the author of multiple historical romances.

2 responses to “The Lady and the Highwayman by Sarah M. Eden

  1. I absolutely loved this novel. As an author myself I loved how Sarah was able to bring two authors together in an inspiring love story while also incorporating their works in alternating chapters. I loved the format and was left wanting more. I recently discovered she has gained approval to write additional books for this series and I cannot wait to hear more about the ‘Penny Dreadful Society”!

  2. Heidi K

    I loved this book so much! It was so interesting having the authors in the story have chapters of their books as part of the story. I loved seeing what happened in the books within the book and with the characters. I hope Sarah Eden writes more books like this.

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