About The Lady and the Highwayman
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 dashing heroes fighting supernatural threats 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 Mr. King started taking all of his readers–and his profits. 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 rights of the less-fortunate.
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.
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.
It’s no secret that I love a good historical romance. And Sarah M Eden’s are some of the very best!
I loved everything about this one. It’s got amazing characters, action and adventure and a bit of a mystery. And one of my favorite things about this one is the chapters of the Penny Dreadfuls that are included.
Let’s start with our characters. There’s Fletcher Walker. I loved him! He’s a successful author of Penny Dreadfuls. I loved that he was an orphan as a child and now he writes books for them to read. But things are shifting for him, there’s a new author out there, Mr. King, taking his business. I love the way he helps orphans, he’s constantly helping someone. He’s just a great guy!
Then there’s Elizabeth. She’s amazing! She’s the headmistress of a girl’s school, a celebrated author, and Mr. King. The reader knows this the whole time, so it becomes really funny when Fletcher is trying to figure out who he is, and trying to get Elizabeth to help. And, of course, she has to help in order to keep her secret safe. I loved that Elizabeth is up for almost anything that she thinks will help educate the children. This gets her into a few sticky situations, but she and Fletcher are able to work together and fix things.
This book is so great! Make sure to grab your own copy!
I was sent a copy of The Lady and the Highwayman as a gift from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
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