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The Gentleman and the Thief

(The Dread Penny Society #2)

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A gentleman scribes penny dreadful novels by night and falls in love with a woman who is a music teacher by day—and a thief at night.

LONDON 1865

From the moment Hollis Darby meets Ana Newport, he’s smitten. Even though he’s from a wealthy, established family and she isn’t, he wishes he could have a life with her by his side. But Hollis has a secret: the deep coffers that
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Paperback, 368 pages
Published November 3rd 2020 by Shadow Mountain
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Kat It can stand alone fine. But you will want to read the other one first if possible. Some of the characters in this book appeared in the first. Besides…moreIt can stand alone fine. But you will want to read the other one first if possible. Some of the characters in this book appeared in the first. Besides, the first is utterly charming!(less)
Becky Fenn Yes there are will be a third book The Merchant and the Rogue. The Gentleman and the Thief is book 3

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Julie Carpenter
4.5*
I'm loving these Dread Penny Society books. If you're just discovering them, do yourself a favor and read them in order. There are several great characters and you get to know more about them as you read the books. I keep wondering which characters will get their own story but know that whichever ones do, the books will be fun.

There's some mystery and a touch of suspense here and there. Nothing too nail biting, but enough to keep you turning the pages faster and wanting to know what's going
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beth {hiatus} F.
3.5 -

This was difficult to get into and enjoy. Once you do, it's a little predictable but otherwise entertaining. It's not bad if you're looking for a historical fiction/romance/mystery book, though!

I found I really liked the previous book in the series, but this one wasn't quite as good. Eden's my favorite author so I've read nearly every one of her books. It is similar to her other works both in the plot and with the characters. I have to say, Ana was the only new/fresh character with the who
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Cori
Oct 03, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley, romance, kindle
Thank you, Netgalley, for the Advanced Reader Copy of this book. All views and opinions are my own.

Secret societies, sneak thieves, gambling rings, human trafficking...I anticipated a nail biter full of adrenaline and shocking identityreveals. What we get is a cute, fluffy piece that wraps up tidily and stays well safe of the PG-13 line throughout the book. Anything wrong with that? Absolutely not. I think I was anticipating something with more bite. And that's my fault due to my pre-conceived
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Randi Annie Framnes
We follow Holly Darby, who tries to make himself more useful to DPS. He works on solving two mysteries. First, and foremost, he tries to keep his brother out of danger while he wonders about musical teacher Anna Newport’s strange behavior of late. Holly and Anna soon find themselves using their unique skills in the same fight solving both of their problems.

The Gentleman and the Thief by Sarah M. Eden is the second book in the Proper Romance Victorian Series published by Shadow Mountain Publishin
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Sarah
Nov 02, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
'LONDON 1865

From the moment Hollis Darby meets Ana Newport, he’s smitten. Even though he’s from a wealthy, established family and she isn’t, he wishes he could have a life with her by his side. But Hollis has a secret: the deep coffers that have kept his family afloat for generations are bare, so he supports himself by writing penny dreadfuls under a pseudonym. If not for the income from his novels, he would be broke.

Ana Newport also has a secret. Though she once had a place in society thanks to
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Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
What a fun way to weave together the romance, adventure, and mystery! It was lovely for Hollis and Ana to develop a relationship and have that foundation as they become more involved in the investigation together, and the complications that arise with their own secrets. I enjoyed their banter and flirting, and the gentlemanly manners of Hollis. The author brought the Victorian era to life, and there is no mistaking it for another! The little details and historical tidbits are fascinating and rea ...more
Lizzie  J
"Would you let me court you properly, Ana? Come call on you? Scrape and bow to your father in an attempt to gain his good opinion? Nervously ask you to dance at balls and ride with me in the park and sip tepid tea while sitting in awkward, nervous silence?"


3.5 stars

I really enjoyed the majority of this book. I feel like I might have enjoyed it more if I'd known at the beginning that this is the second book in a series. I thought it was a standalone, so many of the beginning aspects were sup
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Rach
Nov 03, 2020 rated it liked it
This book is set in London in 1865.

Hollis Darby has always been a bit smitten with Ana Newport since he first met her. They are both from different sides of society. Hollis comes from a wealthy, established family and Anna doesn't. Hollis has a secret though, his family have been having money problems for years and Holiis supports himself now by writing penny dreadfuls stories under a pseudonym. Ann also has a secret. She teaches music by day but in the night she is known as Phantom Fox who bre
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Katie W
Such a fun series!

This series is a lot of fun and to get the full effect, I would recommend reading them in order. I love the little "penny dreadful" stories wrapped up in the middle of this book, and along with the main story, the reader is treated to two penny dreadfuls. A "penny dreadful" is a story that costs a penny and was full of adventure, danger, crime, and romance. These clever little diversions are an amusing part of the book.

A secret society is created to help those who need help a
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Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
The Dread Penny Society is such a fun basis for this series and these books. I am loving the whole premise of a group of people who secretly meet and spread help to those who need it most as they try to rid the city of the most vile. They are quite a mash up of personalities but it takes all kinds of people with all kinds of knowledge and talents to make an organization like this work. While I think this book can easily stand on it's own, I would recommend reading them in order because all the c ...more
Mary (bookstorevibe)
Oct 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.75/5 ✨

This novel had many aspects that I really enjoyed: it had a lovely cast of characters, a swoonworthy and very cute romance and a mystery element that kept it interesting. If you’re looking for a sweet historical romance that’s more 🥰 and less 🔥, this one’s for you!
The Dread Penny Society is a group of authors who secretly fight for the social and political causes of their working-class readers and it’s what connects all of the books in this series. So I first loved the idea that some of
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Melissa
Apr 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
I loved the first book in this series and had seriously high hopes for this one. Sarah does a well crafted story and always writes a good series. In the first book you have the start of the Penny Dreadful society introduced. Hollis is a member and writes stories, but is a member of the Ton of London. Ana used to be a member of the Ton until her family was cheated out of everything. These two meet in the first story and this is their adventure. It was a fun read, like the first book this includes ...more
Lucinda
May 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Between 3 1/2 and 4.

This is the second book in the Penny Dreadful Society. We already know Hollis and Ana as they were secondary characters in the first story, and now it's their turn.

Hollis is a gentleman of low means and writes penny dreadful stories under a nom-de-plume. He likes Ana, likes to spend time with her, and he's the one to recommend her as a music teacher to his brother's daughter.
Ana's family used to be in society but that all changed when her father's company was bankrupt, and
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Connie
May 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a fun romp through the seedier corners of Victorian-era London. An intriguing secret society of authors is working behind the scenes to help the downtrodden victims of a wide-spread criminal ring. This one focuses on the gambling rings that ruin gentleman of financial means. Hence the focus on Hollis, the one member of the Dread Penny Society who is welcomed in high society, and Ana, whose family was ruined by the gambling of her father’s crooked business partner.

There is everything to l
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Elodie
Oct 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Gentleman and the Thief
Proper Romance Series #2
Sarah M. Eden
https://m.facebook.com/SarahMEden/
Release date 11/03/2020
Publisher Shadow Mountain

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From the moment Hollis Darby meets Ana Newport, he's smitten. Even though he's from a wealthy, established family and she isn't, he wishes he could have a life with her by his side. But Hollis has a secret: the deep coffers that have kept his family afloat for generations are bare, so he supports himself by writing penny dreadfuls under a pseud
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Emma
May 12, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020, arcs
The Gentleman and the Thief follows Hollis Darby, a member of Society who secretly writes penny dreadfuls to support himself, and Ana Newport, a music teacher who moonlights as a thief to steal back every momento taken from her family after they lost their fortune due to a shady business partner. The main action in the story centers around the efforts of the Penny Dreadful society -- a secret society made up of authors of penny dreadful novels who seek to make life better for the poor and workin ...more
Lauren
May 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
I love a good Sarah Eden and I was so grateful to have received an early copy of this book via NetGalley. I loved how this book took place between the people who weren't all that high in society's standing. It was a unique concept and one that isn't explored enough. One main character has to put up appearances of wealth while working for the underground while the other puts on appearances to save what is left of her families heirlooms. I enjoyed both characters, their wit and charisma.

I liked t
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Mara
Nov 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sarah Eden does it again with the second book in The Dread Penny Society (or DPS) as the members refer to it. Hollis Darby is from a wealthy family, but what no one in society knows is that the coffers are bare. To keep himself in cash he secretly writes penny dreadfuls. Ana Newport is from a family that used to be a part of society, but since her father's business failed and they lost a lot of possessions to creditors, the only thing left is a town house in need of repair. Ana teaches music at ...more
Ashley
Oct 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow! This book is so good! It is romantic, adventurous, action-packed, quick-moving, witty, unique, and much more! Whenever I picked up “The Gentleman and the Thief”, I was whisked back in time to the Victorian Era, and went on quite the journey with this story.

This is the second book in Sarah M. Eden’s “Proper Romance Victorian” series, but the first I have read. While I definitely think the book can work as a stand-alone, I was a little bit confused in the beginning in regard to how everyone
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Tori (Book Chick)
Oct 30, 2020 rated it liked it
Unfortunately this series has not been my favorite of Sarah Eden. I usually love all her work. But for some reason I have had a hard time really getting in to this book and The Lady and the Highwayman. However, others have seemed to love them and The Gentleman and the Thief had a bit of everything - romance, crime, and mystery, so I recommend giving them a try!
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Sara
Jun 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Okay so apparently this is the sequel to an earlier book and quite honestly, they should make that SO much clearer because I had no idea until I read another review (the first is called The Lady and the Highwayman in case you're curious). Finding out there is another one in this series has made me very happy though so I can't complain. I guess I will be reading the first book in the series after the second, but I'll survive.

This book was an unexpected favourite. I went in thinking I'd just get a
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Bethany
May 24, 2020 rated it did not like it
I loved Eden's The Lady and the Highwayman, but The Gentleman and the Thief did not deliver. On the chaste to steamy scale, it's a 1. Like, I would give it to a 12 year old to read, that's how romantic it is. I expected more romance, but the main story, while between the male and female protagonists, is centered on the mystery of who/what is going on in the house next door to Ana's father's house. I didn't come to this book for that story-- I wanted sweeping romance! And promoting reading for en ...more
Elise Derr Griffin
May 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
NOTE: This is book 2 in the series. It doesn't give away much, but will make more sense if you've read The Lady and the Highwayman.

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Miss Ana Newport is a music teacher at Thurloe Collegiate School for Girls. Her father was once a successful businessman, but his partner's poor choices resulted in a loss of the family's fortune and good standing in society. Several years after being rejected and mistreated by the ton, Ana is taking action to recover sentimental items stolen from her
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Sage Knightly
May 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

This was a very enjoyable read for me. It was fast, entertaining, simple, and I didn't hate the characters. The rating is based on my personal enjoyment.

Hollis gambled his way through school and has been made all the better for it. He comes from a rich yet poor family (due to his father and grandfathers before gambling away their money) and his brother is trying to bring them back to a respectable financial standing. Hollis stays out of trouble and keeps appearances up for his brother'
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Julie
May 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed the romance in this one. Full review to come!
Pooja (Penningtales)
3.5 stars
Though this can be read as a stand-alone, I strongly suggest reading the first book in the series before this. I hadn’t and found the beginning confusing as I tried to understand what Dread Penny Society was, and who all the characters were.
The novel focuses on a group of Penny Dreadful authors and their exploits as the Dread Penny Society, a secret organization intent on making Victorian London safer for those in the lower classes. One such member is an aristocrat named Hollis Darby,
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Laura
Oct 22, 2020 rated it liked it
I loved the premise of this novel...the title, the book cover, the secrets, the banter between characters ...but I have to admit I struggled through some of it. Let me tell you what I liked the most: the characters, especially Very Merry, followed by Hollis, the perfect gentleman with a big heart. Ana, his love interest, was sweet, but only toward the middle of the novel do we see her courage and cunning. Both these characters owned their station in life and worked to better themselves instead o ...more
Jess (BookObsessedJess)
Nov 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars
Synopsis:
A gentleman scribes penny dreadful novels by night and falls in love with a woman who is a music teacher by day—and a thief at night.

LONDON 1865

From the moment Hollis Darby meets Ana Newport, he’s smitten. Even though he’s from a wealthy, established family and she isn’t, he wishes he could have a life with her by his side. But Hollis has a secret: the deep coffers that have kept his family afloat for generations are bare, so he supports himself by writing penny dreadfuls under a pseudo
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Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
Nov 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
I love the Dread Penny Society. It is made up of a group of eclectic personalities that write Penny Dreadfuls and strive to make society a better place for the less fortunate.

This story is about Hollis Darby, a gentleman and a member of the Dread Penny Society. He is out to save the world while pretending to be a man of leisure. He is devoted to his cause, friends, and family.

Hollis has a mystery to solve. There is a thief that is making life harder for the street urchins he is concerned about.
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Donna Weaver
Nov 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
WHAT IT'S ABOUT
A gentleman scribes penny dreadful novels by night and falls in love with a woman who is a music teacher by day—and a thief at night.

MY TAKE
I love this series so much. Eden creates such fun yet deep characters. This second edition in The Dread Penny Society once again provides us with three stories for the price of one. And I was rooting for the characters in all three stories.

Hollis and Ana were introduced in the first book, and it was obvious then that they were interested in ea
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