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The Lady and the Highwayman

(The Dread Penny Society #1)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  3,390 ratings  ·  815 reviews
Elizabeth Black is the headmistress of a girls’ school and 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 Mr. King, Elizabeth has written about d ...more
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Published September 3rd 2019 by Shadow Mountain
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
3.5 stars. Sarah Eden, a well-known author of clean historical romances, shifts gears in this unusual twist on the genre: a cat-and-mouse game between Elizabeth Black and Fletcher Walker, two Victorian era authors of “penny dreadful” novels.

Victorian-era penny dreadful novel

They really were a penny! And in all likelihood the writing was dreadful too, although I understand the dreadful part is actually referring to the scary villains and monsters that usually populated these thriller-type books.
May 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In 19th Century London, Penny Dreadfuls were "low-literature serials" featuring captivating stories of adventure, damsels in distress, criminals and monsters. For a "penny", laborers, tradesmen and children could purchase the newest weekly installment. Fletcher Walker grew up living the hardscrabble life of a street urchin. Only through a stroke of luck was he able to escape the desperate life he was leading where a street urchin could be beaten for walking slower than his master. Fletcher was n ...more
Maja  - BibliophiliaDK ✨

When I started this book I was expecting just another run-of-the-mill historical romance novel. I was very pleasantly surprised to learn that this one actually stood out in numerous ways.

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


Chemistry: Historical romance has a tendency to be more about lust and physical attraction than actual romance. Sure, it can be
Julie Carpenter

I wasn't entirely sure what to expect when I picked this one up. I knew that I love pretty much anything/everything that I read from this author but this one was her first Victorian and a historical fiction. I found myself loving the style, especially the interspersed, "Penny Dreadfuls."

Now you're asking what are "Penny Dreadfuls?" Well, let me enlighten you. They were serial stories written for the lower classes and cost a penny. A way for many to be able to enjoy reading a story affordabl
I always know when I pick up a Sarah Eden book that I will get a wonderful story, relatable characters, accurate history and an overall entertaining reading experience. Her books are an experience, especially her historicals. I went into this one without reading the synopsis first, I have started doing this more with books and think it adds more surprises to the story. I was quickly sucked into this one, I don't want to give too much away, but as usual Ms. Eden has written a captivating story. I ...more
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
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 remin ...more
Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
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 w ...more
May 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was a little worried when I started this story. You quickly come to find out the two main characters are writers. You basically get 3 stories in one with this book:} I wasn't sure this was going to work but it did and very well. You learned a lot about Fletcher from his stories. The way she twines Elizabeth's story around their own story is awesome. I loved this one. It is probably one of my favorite Eden's It had a light feel and a good mystery and romance! So much fun to read! ...more
Thank you, thank you NetGalley and Shadow Mountain Publishing for allowing me to read this uncorrected proof e-ARC. All opinions expressed in the review are my own.

Fletcher Walker's origins are a bit of a mystery. To say he has risen from humble beginnings would be an understatement. He was picking pockets by age 4 and at age 10 swaggered into a ragged school where he received the education that matched his drive to succeed. Now a successful author of "penny dreadfuls," Fletcher and his fellow p
Jun 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Miss Elizabeth Black is headmistress at a girls' school in London and a well-known writer of silver-fork novels. She has a secret though, she also an extremely popular novel of Penny Dreadfuls under the nom de plum of Mr. King. The stories she produces under her nom de plum are her escspe from her dull day-to-day life and are a secret which, if discovered, will destroy her standing among the upper-class and her position as headmistress.

At a small gathering she makes the acquaintance of Fletcher
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh, man. The book ended. I'm not quite sure I was ready for that. It could have gone on and on, I would have been perfectly content.

In this romance, you get three stories in one. You have the main story of Elizabeth and Fletcher, then there is the "Penny Dreadfuls" - stories that the common folk could purchase that wasn't considered proper literature. (I must admit that I thoroughly enjoyed them.) Fletcher knows that there is an author competing for the top rung of the publishing ladder, he know
Aug 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
3.5 ⭐️
It’s always something special to read about writers and romance. *Sigh* I inhaled them and watch how crucial it was to be a productive writer and how sometimes people have to hide who they are to be taken seriously or without due respect. This to me was a very important part of this story.

The other part was about the streets of London.....poverty, crime and the needs and rescue of some of the misfortunate children. It was great and quite an adventure.
Things I loved:
• The Dread Penny So
Randi Annie Framnes
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.
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I'm always happy when I get to read a Sarah M. Eden book. You can tell she really does a lot of research for the time period of the book. This is a Victorian, not a Regency, so society rules weren't quite as strict. This book is like getting three stories in one. There's the main story of Fletcher Walker and Elizabeth Black and then there are two Penny Dreadful stories told within Fletcher and Elizabeth's story.

Fletcher Walker has risen above his upbringing and works hard to help the boys and g
Jun 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Very cute & original story between two competitive authors, involving hidden identities & forbidden love! With this book you get 3 stories in one- The main storyline & then two sides stories written by the main characters that reflect their life happenings & relationships.
Kay (aka) Miss Bates
Feb 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was pleasantly surprised at the complexity and page-turning élan of Sarah M. Eden’s The Lady and the Highwayman. Eden is a new-to-me author and I’m glad I’ve discovered her romances; this first read won’t be my last, thanks to her robust backlist.

Victorian-set among the humble and working-class, Eden’s thriller-melodrama-romance boasts a former-“guttersnipe” hero, now successful penny dreadful author, and girls-school headmistress heroine. Fletcher Walker struts the streets of 1865-London with
Joanna Loves Reading
This was my first time trying Sarah Eden’s books, and I thought there was several aspects that were enjoyable and interesting about this read. There was one aspect that was not, and it took away from some of the enjoyable bits, in my opinion.

This novel featured penny dreadful serialists who are part of a secret society to aid the poor. The members are growing concerned at the growing popularity of a new and mysterious writer called Mr. King. If this new writer takes too much readership, the soc
Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
An interesting premise for a Victorian novel.

What stood out to me the most was the setting and the characters. The setting is very realistic in the way it depicts the social issues, especially those of children.

Both Elizabeth and Fletcher try to do what they can to alleviate the conditions of children; she with the school for girls and he with saving street urchins. For Fletcher, it's more personal since he was one of those children. but he's moved past that and uses the money from the sales of
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, bea-2019
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Lucy Gardiner (luc_lostinbooks)
The Lady & the highwayman is a historical romance set in 1865 London.

The main characters are Fletcher walker who used to be a street urchin now is a successful writer and is in dreadful penny society which put me in mind of a Robin Hood type gang of men who advocate for the poor. Then we have Elizabeth Black she is the head teacher at all girls school is Mr King secretly fletchers biggest rival author.

I thought this was a nice take on historical romance, the chemistry between Fletcher and Eli
Sarah Monzon
Oct 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fun banter. :)
Jun 19, 2019 rated it liked it
The title is a bit misleading. This isn't about a lady or a highwayman, but about a pair of Victorian writers. Fletcher Walker is reasonably affluent, but he's dragged himself up from the gutter by his bootstraps. His mission now (along with friends in the Dread Penny Society) is to support a 'ragged' school for the poorest children, and also to rescue some of the badly treated ones and send them to that school. He finances this from the proceeds of writing 'penny dreadfuls' but just lately a ne ...more
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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.
Victorian romance with gothic overtones!

I enjoyed this story, although aspects seem familiar. Perhaps it's the woman writer with a male nom de plume that had caught me.
Elizabeth Black, respectable headmistress of a gentile girl's school is that and a literary writer by day and the Penny Dreadful writer Charles King by night.
Fletcher Walker is the top Penny Dreadful writer by day and rescuer of downtrodden children and others, generally women, by night. His rescue operations, carried out with as
 The Flipped Page (Susan K)
Romance, clean; period
This was a gorgeous read. I loved the setting, the two stories within the stories, the romance between Fletcher and Elizabeth. The children (urchins) and the society along with the stories behind it all (including Fletcher's back story). Varied and interesting characters, and the tension, the wishing and wanting on both Elizabeth and Fletcher's parts, made this a interesting and fun, unique read.
Elizabeth and Fletcher's story and their fall was lovely, they were both hones
4 stars - It was great. I loved it.

A charming novel about two writers of penny-dreadful stories in Victorian England, both of which are clever and humorous in their own way. One is a proper lady secretly writing under a male pen name and the other is a man that has prospered and moved far up in life from his street urchin roots. Romance ensues.

Amidst the main story, each of the character’s story serializations are interspersed and I liked both of those stories as well. It was a really unique for
Jun 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I wish Goodreads allowed me the option to give more than 5 stars because oh my gosh I loved this novel! This may be some of Sarah Eden's best work! The characters were fun, but with real life problems. The romance was a slow burn full of witty remarks while facing real danger. I learned more about the Victorian time period and so appreciated the language nuances from that time. Wow this was such a joy to read and I can't wait to recommend it to everyone I know!

Thank you NetGalley and Shadow Moun
Sep 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
This is a fun little romance but I was often a little bit bored with the main storyline because things were not happening fast enough and irritated with the characters because they were not acting as intelligently as they were portrayed to be. I found myself skipping ahead to the grey "Penny Dreadful" sections because they were more fun.
It will be interesting to see if this goes forward; there were enough questions left at the end for it to continue, and this couple will certainly have challeng
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 mu ...more
What made me request an ARC for this book was the cover (obviously) and the synopsis. Then I read the first sentence -
"Rumour had it, Fletcher Walker wasn't born but had simply appeared one day, swaggering down the streets of London." - and my mind immediately went "Kaz, is that you?" (Pshh, after reading about Fletcher he's more likely Kaz's goody-two-shoes cousin.)

I love historical fiction that is placed in Victorian England. Those times really intrigue me; all those ghost stories, devilish ge
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