Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Book Tour & Review: The Gentleman and the Thief by Sarah M. Eden

My rating: 5 stars / It was amazing


A gentleman scribes penny dreadful novels by night and falls in love with a woman who is a music teacher by day—and a thief at night.


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?

My Review

What a fun way to weave together the romance, adventure, and mystery! It was lovely for Hollis and Ana to develop a relationship and have that foundation as they become more involved in the investigation together, and the complications that arise with their own secrets. I enjoyed their banter and flirting, and the gentlemanly manners of Hollis. The author brought the Victorian era to life, and there is no mistaking it for another! The little details and historical tidbits are fascinating and really establish the setting. I love the idea of a secret society whose mission is to help the helpless and rescue those in need. It makes them seem like superheroes in a way, but all too human. While the entertaining excerpts from the penny dreadful stories are interspersed throughout the book, I found myself anxious to return to the main plot and read quickly to see what would happen next. An exciting addition to the series and a wonderful cast of characters!

Disclosure statement: A complimentary copy of this book was provided from a tour group, publisher, publicist, or author, including NetGalley, OR was borrowed from the library, including OverDrive, OR borrowed from Kindle Unlimited, OR purchased. A review was not required and all views and opinions expressed are unbiased and my own.

Advance Praise for The Gentleman and the 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,

·         "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

About the Author

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. 



Follow the Book Tour!

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.


Nov 02           Austenprose—A Jane Austen Blog (Review)

Nov 02           The Lit B**** (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)

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