Sarah M. Eden’s The Lady and the Highwayman is captivating, charming, and oh-so-clever. In this latest Proper Romance, two Penny Dreadful writers fall for each other while joining a crusade to help the street children of Victorian London. To say this fast-paced plot contains adventure and mystery would be an understatement! The tale follows Fletcher, a humble and hilarious hero, and Elizabeth, a strong, intelligent, and capable heroine. What’s creative about The Lady and the Highwayman is that it includes chapters from each of the main characters’ written works. It’s basically two additional books within a book…and it totally works and is a lot of fun! Eden explores themes of poverty, education, and men and women’s roles while adding elements of flirting and romance. Readers will be delighted with the characters’ dialect and expressions. Highly recommended read!
Review of an Advance Reading Copy
Violence/Gore: Several verbal threats; secondhand reports of children being beaten and/or a child appears with bruises and a split lip; a few incidents of destruction of property by arson; a few incidents where a character punches and fights another; an incident where characters briefly fight a vampire.
Sexual/Nudity: Several kisses on the hands and lips; several sexual references regarding rescuing or attempting to abduct children from sexual exploitation, a few references to brothels.
Mature Subject Matter:
Child abductions and attempted abductions, children sold into exploitation and prostitution, arson, thieving, orphans and street urchins, mention of gambling.
Alcohol / Drug Use:
Mention of a father selling children to buy alcohol; a character mentions going to grab a pint.