Official Review: The Lady and the Highwayman

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Official Review: The Lady and the Highwayman

Post by katiesquilts » 10 Sep 2019, 17:21

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "The Lady and the Highwayman" by Sarah M. Eden.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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The Lady and the Highwayman is the latest novel from USA Today bestselling author Sarah M. Eden. It is a Proper Romance novel, meaning that it has no profanity or sexual situations, and takes place in Victorian England.

Elizabeth Black is the headmistress of a girls' school. She writes silver-fork novels, novels that are meant for the upper class, in order to supplement her school's funds. However, she has a secret that could ruin her reputation if it were to be found out. She also writes under the pseudonym Mr. King and is an up-and-coming author in the realm of Penny Dreadfuls, novels for the lower class that are full of excitement and adventure.

On the other hand, Fletcher Walker has made a name for himself as a Penny Dreadful author despite being born an urchin. He is part of the Dread Penny Society, a philanthropic group of Penny Dreadful authors. Mr. King is stealing Fletcher's spotlight in the market, which means fewer funds for the society to use for charity. Mr. King's writing has a hint of sophistication to it, so Fletcher approaches Elizabeth hoping that her status as a silver-fork author might lead to some clues. Elizabeth agrees to help him, if only to throw him off her scent.

The Lady and the Highwayman is honestly the best romance novel I've read in a long time. Eden's writing is witty and her characters are stunningly charming. I honestly knew nothing about silver-fork or Penny Dreadful novels before reading this book, but her simple explanations slipped into the writing made it easy to stay engaged even while learning something new. Better yet, sandwiched between chapters from Elizabeth and Fletcher's perspectives are actual installments of their Penny Dreadfuls. It is so entertaining to see the differences in their writing styles. Also, the slight respite from the novel's plot gave it great pacing. Between the characters' perspectives and the Penny Dreadfuls, it felt like I was getting three books in one.

The editing was also superb. I only found one minor error in the entire novel. I honestly have no complaints with the book at all. Eden's ability to change her writing to suit each character amazed me. Her characters truly seem to pop off the page and click despite being so different.

I would gladly give this novel 4 out of 4 stars and highly recommend it to fans of historical romance. Also, if you're a fan of writing, you'll enjoy spotting the differences in the characters' writing styles and seeing how they battle against each other as authors. The Lady and the Highwayman has a little bit of everything you could possibly want: romance, action, and mysteries. I've definitely become a fan of Eden's work after reading it and look forward to reading her other works.

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Post by Rachel Lea » 27 Sep 2019, 10:17

This sounds like a very well-written book, and I really love the premise! Definitely checking this one out. Thanks for your review!
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Post by Miller56 » 27 Sep 2019, 11:33

Thanks for the review. This sounds like a great book to read. Based on your review, it is very well-written and I like that even though it is a romance, it has no sexual situations and no profanity. I will definitely add it to my reading list.

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Post by Helene_2008 » 27 Sep 2019, 14:33

Wow this is definitely one I will have to put on my book list. I usually don't seek out romance novels, but since you says it's the best you've ever read and the plot sounds great, I'll have to try it out! Thank you for the review.

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Post by ValerijaJ » 27 Sep 2019, 15:19

This sounds so interesting. I'm definitely not the one for romance novels, but I think this would be an interesting twist. Very nice review. Going on my bookshelf!

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Post by kandscreeley » 27 Sep 2019, 17:47

I love novels in this genre. There's something about that old world that's appealing, though I wouldn't want to live there. Great review. Sounds like a fabulous book.
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Post by KDJ » 27 Sep 2019, 20:30

Thank you for your review. I will be reading this one. It sounds like I would enjoy it,( a well-written book and a romance with little to no erotica or profanity.) Thank you for the recommendation.
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Post by Meg98 » 28 Sep 2019, 01:16

This sounds like a very well-written romance novel. Your review has intrigued me and I think I will check this one out. Thanks for this great review! Cheers:)
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Post by Letora » 28 Sep 2019, 03:53

I love the sound of this book! Your first line alone where you mentioned it was a proper romance had me. There are so few books like it out there I can find. Thank you for your review!
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Post by racelaine » 28 Sep 2019, 07:28

I'm so excited to add this book to my shelves! This sounds like such an enjoyable read! Thanks for this glowing review!

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Post by rumik » 28 Sep 2019, 17:34

It's not everyday that I'm this interested in a book but your review's got me excited to read this one. I love a well-written romance. Thanks for the review!

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Post by Magnify3 » 29 Sep 2019, 09:34

I thoroughly enjoyed reading your review! So good to hear of a romance book with no sexual situations and no profanity. I have already made a note of it. Thanks!

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Post by sunmuth » 29 Sep 2019, 16:58

I typically don't read romance novels, but this seems like something I would enjoy! I like the atmosphere of this story and love Penny Dreadfuls.

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Post by kdstrack » 01 Oct 2019, 09:59

Your description of the writing and the character development draw readers into this novel. The addition of the Penny Dreadfuls installments are a big plus to the story line. This looks quite appealing. Great review! Sarah Eden has another fan.

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Post by Neha++ » 02 Oct 2019, 20:32

It really sounds a great novel to read. I love the different writing style, so it is awesome novel to explore. Thank you for your review.
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