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Thanks for joining me on the virtual book tour of THE MERCHANT AND THE ROGUE, Sarah M. Eden’s highly acclaimed historical romance.

The Merchant and the Rogue: Proper Romance Victorian
Sarah M. Eden
Book 3 in The Dread Penny Society

Genre: Historical Romance, Historical Mystery/Suspense, Inspirational Fiction

Publisher: Shadow Mountain Publishing (August 17, 2021)

Length: (368) pages

Trade paperback ISBN: 978-1629728513

Audiobook ASIN: B0921TS4TF

eBook ASIN: B098TVLLM7

Previous Books in the Series: The Lady and the Highwayman (2019) & The Gentleman and the Thief (2020)


London, 1865

Vera Sorokina loves reading the Penny Dreadfuls and immersing herself in tales of adventure, mystery, and romance. Her own days are filled with the often-mundane work of running the book and print shop she owns with her father. The shop offers her the freedom and income to employ and protect the poverty-stricken Londoners she’s come to care about, and it gives her father something to do other than long for their hometown of St. Petersburg. She is grateful for the stability in their lives, but she often feels lonely.

Brogan Donnelly was born and raised in Ireland, but has lived in London for several years, where he’s built a career as a Penny Dreadful writer. He has dedicated himself to the plight of the poor with the help of his sister. His membership in the secretive Dread Penny Society allows him to feel he isn’t entirely wasting his life, yet he feels dissatisfied. With no one to share his life with but his sister, he fears London will never truly feel like home.

Brogan and Vera’s paths cross, and the attraction is both immediate and ill-advised. Vera knows from experience that writers are never to be trusted, and Brogan has reason to suspect not everything at her print shop is aboveboard. When the growing criminal enterprise run by the elusive and violent Mastiff begins targeting their area of London, Brogan and Vera must work together to protect the community they’ve both grown to love. But that means they’ll need to learn to trust each other with dangerous secrets that have followed both of them from their home countries.



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The Merchant and the Rogue.

by Sarah M. Eden


The Merchant and the Rouge is the third installment in the The Dread Penny Society series by the very talented Sarah M. Eden.

You are thrown right into the Victorian Era, with its vivid world and Sarah M. Eden’s fully fleshed out characters.

This engaging adventure is set in London 1865, Brogan Donnelly who has grew up as an orphan on the streets of Dublin. Is an honest man, not wanting to continuously lie to his sister. Brogan struggles with his membership with The Dread Penny Society.. aka DPS, which requires him not to disclose his actions. When perfect opportunity comes his way. He receives a covert assignment directly from the Dread Master, that will require him to leave the DPS.

Using the name Ganor O’Donnel, Brogan is tasked with gathering information about a Russian ambassador, he begins working at a book shop, where collective signs lead to their involvement.

Courageous and strong willed Vera Sorokina, and her father fled Russia when she was a child. Now they run a print shop and bookstore, even though they have much animosity toward the writing community. They have taken up selling the highly addictive Penny Dreadfuls. Including some written by a handsome redhead, Brogan Donnelly. Vera is compassionate towards the plight of the little children living on the streets, and the other shop owners in her community.

Once again Sarah M. Eden, delivers a captivating and heartwarming book Her superb narration made for an exceptional reading experience.

The characters are well developed and completely and three dimensional. I felt connected to them along with the well written engaging banter between the characters, was real treat. You will encounter past and new characters as the storyline unfolds. There is definitely some unforeseen twist in this latest installment.

The propulsive storyline, offering both drama and mystery kept me flipping those pages. The romance was everything I hoped it would be. Also the author meticulously weaves alternating chapters of two Penny Dreadfuls simultaneously along with the main plot line.

There is danger, and mystery, along with an enchanting romance that will satisfy any historical romance and historical fiction lovers everywhere!

The Merchant and the Rouge is entertaining, and fast moving. It can be read as a standalone, but the little hints of the previous books will make your reading experience more delightful if you read the two previous books before this one.

I highly recommend this book along with the two previous books in this delightful book series.



Sarah M. Eden is the author of critically acclaimed and award-winning Proper Romance series novels including The Lady and the Highwayman and Ashes on the Moor. Combining her passion for history and an affinity for love stories, Sarah crafts smart, witty characters and heartfelt romances. She happily spends hours perusing the reference shelves of her local library and dreams of one day traveling to all the places she reads about.


Between August 16-29, 2021. Thirty-five popular on-line influencers specializing in historical romance, mystery/suspense, and inspirational fiction will join in the celebration of its release with a spotlights, exclusive excerpts, and reviews of this new Victorian-era novel set in London, England.The Merchant and the Rogue: The Dread Penny Society (Book 3), by Sarah M. Eden


Aug 16 Among the Reads (Review)

Aug 16 Austenprose (Review)

Aug 16 Reading is My Superpower (Review)

Aug 17 Literary Time Out (Review)

Aug 17 Getting Your Read On (Review)

Aug 17 Heidi Reads (Excerpt)

Aug 17 Laura’s Reviews (Review)

Aug 18 Our Book Confessions (Review)

Aug 18 Bookworm Lisa (Review)

Aug 19 Fire & Ice (Review)

Aug 19 From Pemberley to Milton (Excerpt)

Aug 20 My Bookish Bliss (Review)

Aug 20 Gwendalyn’s Books (Review)

Aug 20 Storeybook Reviews (Excerpt)

Aug 21 Bookish Rantings (Review)

Aug 21 The Calico Critic (Review)

Aug 22 The Christian Fiction Girl (Review)

Aug 22 Books, Teacups, & Reviews (Excerpt)

Aug 23 My Jane Austen Book Club (Spotlight)

Aug 23 Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen (Review)

Aug 23 Reading with Emily (Review)

Aug 24 Wishful Endings (Review)

Aug 24 Relz Reviewz (Review)

Aug 24 The Book Diva Reads (Excerpt)

Aug 25 Bookfoolery (Review)

Aug 25 Greenish Bookshelf (Review)

Aug 26 A Bookish Way of Life (Review)

Aug 26 Nurse Bookie (Review)

Aug 27 So Little Time… (Excerpt)

Aug 27 Probably at the Library (Review)

Aug 27 Bringing Up Books (Review)

Aug 28 Books and Socks Rock (Review)

Aug 28 The Bibliophile Files (Review)

Aug 29 Book Confessions of an Ex-Ballerina (Review)

Aug 29 A Darn Good Read (Review)

1 Comment on “The Merchant and the Rogue: The Dread Penny Society

  1. Lovely review, Gwendalyn. I loved the story within a story concept of this series. I am glad you enjoyed it also. I am looking forward to the next book in the series. Best, LA


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