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Title: The Gentleman and the Thief: Proper Romance Victorian
Author: Sarah M. Eden
Series: Book 2 in The Dread Penny Society
Genre: Historical Mystery/Suspense, Victorian Romance, Inspirational Fiction
Publisher: Shadow Mountain Publishing (November 3, 2020)
Length: (368) pages
Trade Paperback ISBN: 978-1629727905
eBook ASIN: B08KFLFV6S 
Audiobook ASIN: B0872F3399
Tour Dates: November 2 – 29, 2020

A standalone novel in The Dread Penny Society set in 1865 London brimming with secrets, scandal, suspense, and romance.
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 her father’s successful business, bankruptcy and scandal reduced his fortune to nothing more than a crumbling town house. So Ana teaches music during the day, and at night she assumes the identity of the “Phantom Fox.” She breaks into the homes of the wealthy to reclaim trinkets and treasures she feels were unjustly stolen from her family when they were struggling.

When Hollis’s brother needs to hire a music tutor for his daughter, Hollis recommends Ana, giving him a chance to spend time with her. Ana needs the income and is eager for the opportunity to get to know the enigmatic gentleman. What neither of them expects is how difficult it will be to keep their respective secrets from each other.

When a spree of robberies rocks the city, Ana and Hollis join forces to solve the crimes, discovering that working together deepens the affection between them. After all, who better to save the day than a gentleman and a thief?

ADVANCE PRAISE

  • “The real joy in Eden’s follow-up to The Lady and the Highwayman (2019) is the furthering of the overarching crime story and the work of the Dread Penny Society as Hollis and Ana pursue a chaste romance. Eden excels at exploring the realities of Victorian life and class differences. Once again, chapters of penny dreadfuls written by the characters are interspersed throughout, with Hollis’ story about a school for ghosts offering particular delight. Fans of Eden’s smart series will be thrilled and impatient for the next installment.”— Booklist, starred review
  • “Every time I thought my racing heart just couldn’t take the suspense anymore, I’d turn the page and smile.”— Bookconfessions 
  • “Eden writes it well, so thoroughly researched that you’re transported and in Victoria England. Great suspense and romance.”— Leslie, Books and Socks Rock
  • “Undeniably clever, suspenseful, well-researched, and deftly written…”— Katie Jackson, RegencyProofreading.com
  • “Charming, suggestive, and featuring rich historical details, The Gentleman and the Thief has the elements of a gritty, juicy penny dreadful.”— Foreword Reviews

AUTHOR BIO:

Sarah M. Eden is a USA Today best-selling author of witty and charming historical romances, including 2019’s Foreword Reviews INDIE Awards Gold Winner for Romance, The Lady and the Highwayman, and 2020 Holt Medallion finalist, Healing Hearts. She is a two-time “Best of State” Gold Medal winner for fiction and a three-time Whitney Award winner. Combining her obsession with history and her affinity for tender love stories, Sarah loves crafting deep characters and heartfelt romances set against rich historical backdrops. She holds a bachelor’s degree in research and happily spends hours perusing the reference shelves of her local library. 

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My Review:

This is the 2nd novel in the Penny Dreadful series by Sarah M. Eden. The first one was slow to get into and the excerpts of the penny dreadful serials thrown in threw me off but I loved how it tied together with the main story. So knowing what I knew of the first book plus plot and characters- I was so excited to read this book!

Ana is quiet and it was great getting to know her and see her become more confident. Hollis, one to normally follow Fletcher, got to lead in a DPS mission.

Four Finger Mike eluded capture one the first book and something is going awry next door to Ana’s home. Could it be a new kingpin? Thefts have been happening to the upper crusts and in plain sight. Hollis’ brother hounds on him to uphold their family name but what about Hollis’s brother being seen with Headley? A known acquaintance of Four Fingers.

I really loved this book – all 3 stories that were told. The fantasy of the dreadfuls was fun and engaging, the returning cast of characters and meeting some new ones – I love Very Merry! Eden writes it well, so thoroughly researched that you’re transported and in Victoria England. Great suspense and romance.

The third book in the series was just announced and its Brogan’s story! Thank you to Net Galley for letting me read it and join the blog tour. These are my own thoughts and opinions.

Join the virtual online blog tour of THE GENTLEMAN AND THE THIEF, Sarah M. Eden’s highly acclaimed second novel in The Dread Penny Society Series, November 2 through November 29, 2020. Forty popular blogs specializing in historical mystery/suspense, historical romance, and inspirational fiction will join in the celebration of its release with exclusive excerpts, spotlights, or reviews of this new Victorian-era novel set in London, England.

BLOG TOUR SCHEDULE:

Nov 02    Austenprose—A Jane Austen Blog (Review) 

Nov 02    The Lit Bitch (Excerpt) 

Nov 03    Getting Your Read On (Review)

Nov 03    Literary Time Out (Review)

Nov 03    Storybook Reviews (Review)

Nov 04    Heidi Reads (Review) 

Nov 04    Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen (Spotlight)

Nov 05    Library of Clean Reads (Review) 

Nov 06    Relz Reviewz (Review) 

Nov 07    Probably at the Library (Spotlight)

Nov 08    The Christian Fiction Girl (Review) 

Nov 09    So Little Time… (Spotlight)

Nov 09    Captivated Reading (Review) 

Nov 10    Among the Reads (Review) 

Nov 10    Bookworm Lisa (Review) 

Nov 11    For Where Your Treasure Is (Spotlight)

Nov 11    Christian Chick’s Thoughts    (Review) 

Nov 12    Books, Teacups & Reviews (Spotlight)

Nov 12    Fiction Aficionado (Review) 

Nov 13    Randi Loves 2 Read (Spotlight)

Nov 14    The Book Diva’s Reads (Spotlight)

Nov 15    My Jane Austen Book Club (Excerpt)

Nov 16    Gwendalyn’s Books (Review)

Nov 17    Book Bustle (Review) 

Nov 18    Jorie Loves a Story (Review)

Nov 18    An Historian About Town (Review) 

Nov 19    Lu’s Reviews (Review) 

Nov 20    Reading with Emily (Review)

Nov 20    Books and Socks Rock (Review)

Nov 21    Bringing Up Books (Review)

Nov 21    Bookish Rantings (Review) 

Nov 22    The Bibliophile Files (Review)

Nov 23    Impressions in Ink (Review)

Nov 23    A Bookish Way of Life (Review) 

Nov 24    Bookfoolery (Review)

Nov 24    Wishful Endings (Excerpt)

Nov 25    Chicks, Rogues and Scandals (Review) 

Nov 25    Joy of Reading (Review) 

Nov 26    From Pemberley to Milton (Excerpt)

Nov 27    Fire and Ice (Review)

Nov 27    Austenesque Reviews (Review)

Nov 28    Impressions in Ink (Review)

Nov 28    Book Confessions of an Ex-Ballerina (Review)

Nov 29    Laura’s Reviews (Review)

PURCHASE LINKS:
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