The Lady and the Highwayman- A Goodreads Review

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The Lady and the Highwayman by Sarah M. Eden

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In a Victorian England, Elizabeth Black is the headmistress of a girls’ school that is ever in need of funding. Already a successful author of silver-fork or literary novels, she turns her hand to penny dreadful novels, assuming the nom de plume of Mr. King. Readers clamber after her novels. Fletcher Walker, a former street urchin, and now, a popular penny dreadful novelist, secretly supports a school for the poorest children while he actively rescues other London street kids. He hopes the newly successful Mr. King will join his secret society of authors working toward social justice; however, he can’t find the man. Instead, he continues to encounter Elizabeth. Together they free a beaten chimney sweep, a couple of girls sold to a brothel, and end up fighting fires, bullyboys, and a sinister crime syndicate.

As the couple faces danger, their romance slowly kindles with witty banter, and genuine respect. Their relationship and their care for others amid the fast pace of events makes this story fun to read. Elizabeth and Fletcher’s penny dreadful tales are sprinkled into the larger tale of their romance. They were interesting yet brief enough not to distract from the main story.

I liked watching Elizabeth and Fletcher’s growing romance even as they willingly hurled themselves into danger for the sake of others. The novel ends with a heartwarming reveal, that for me, added another star to my review.

If you’re looking for a feel-good Victorian romance, The Lady and the Highwayman by Sarah M. Eden fits the bill.

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