Hello, Lovelies

Today I have the huge pleasure to be apart of today’s blog tour for; The Gentleman and the Thief: Proper Romance Victorian by the very talented author, Sarah M. Eden.

This is Book 2 in The Dread Penny Society.

I absolutely adore Shadow Mountain Publishers. Proper Romance line.


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





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 townhouse. 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?


 “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, com

“Charming, suggestive, and featuring rich historical details, The Gentleman and the Thief has the elements of a gritty, juicy penny dreadful.”— Foreword Reviews

Don’t miss the other books in The Dread Penny Society series . . .

Book One

Book Three

Coming August 2021



This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

This is a non spoiler review, because you as reader need to read this book. Also, I feel sometimes I have in the past gave away to much of the plot line. This has diminished the pleasure for would be readers.

This is the second installment in the captivatingThe Dread Penny Society, by the very talented author Sarah M. Eden.

The Dread Penny Society, otherwise known as DPS. Do what they can to uplift the poor and the misfortunate by squeezing money out of the gentry. Most of them come from gutter and no the meaning of destitution. But not all, some have been thrown down on the social ladder.

Hollis Darby’s family came from old money, alas he and his brother has suffered the financial consequences of his long departed scoundrel of a father. A member of the upper crust of society who secretly writes penny dreadfuls, Lafayette Jones to be precise, to support himself.

Ana Newport, a sweet natured music teacher who is a cleaver and has a secret agenda. Anna’s family has suffered a reversal of fortunes. She moonlights as a thief to steal back every momento taken from her family after they lost their fortune due to a shady business partner.

This is a stunning proper romance that set in the criminal underworld of Victorian England. Hollis and Anna both have secrets that they don’t want revealed. They do what they can to keep them hidden, but when certain situations demand honesty. They will find alliances within each other, as their friendship deepens.

This book has a wonderful mystery and a touch of suspense kept me mesmerized. The sigh factor and the pitch perfect dialogue will transport to Victorian England.

Richly detailed, the authors seamless writing and fully developed, fleshed out characters make for a delightful reading experience. Sarah M. Eden is an exceptional author, she doesn’t have to use overly done romance to drive her storyline.

Her writing is with great precision and depth. She is a master at setting the characters own personal struggles with that of society’s conflicts. Her sub characters are three dimensional and add to so much to the plot line. The romance was everything thing that I wanted in a proper regency romance. The class differential is well represented and it’s depiction was well executed.

I have to say I am smitten with the The Dread Penny Society.            I really looking forward to reading more in this enjoyable and heartwarming series.

Have a wonderful day 


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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