The Merchant and the Rogue by Sarah M. Eden ~ Book Review

August 16, 2021


About the Book 

Book: The Merchant and the Rogue
Author: Sarah M. Eden
Genre: Victorian Historical Romance
Series: The Dread Penny Society, Book 3
Release Date: August 17, 2021

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 freedom and an income, and while she is grateful for the stability it brings to her life, 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. But with no one to share his life with, 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 past experience that writers are never to be trusted, and Brogan has reason to suspect not everything at Vera’s print shop is aboveboard. When a growing criminal enterprise 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.

My Thoughts

This is the third book in the Dread Penny Society but it can be read as a stand alone. This is a very unique style of writing and I must be honest I had a really hard time with it. I want it to love it because I have read other books by Sarah M. Eden I enjoy her historical romances but this one was very different. This is more of a mystery and it's almost like different stories happening at the same time. 

In this story we continue learning about the Dread Penny Society. A group of gentlemen that help the poor in London. We meet both Brogan and Vera. Brogan is a member of the DPS and is asked to investigate the happenings in Vera's father's bookshop. There is a love story between them but I felt like it was lacking something. 

Overall this book confused me as it flipped from the actual story and the Penny Dreadful articles. It was very confusing going between the two and trying to understand the story. Even though this was not my favorite I think that it definitely showcases the talent this author possesses and capabilities of her creating different worlds. This is a clean and wholesome read. There is no faith element. If you enjoy a good mystery I recommend you grabbing this one!

My Rating: 3 Stars/ Liked it

I received this book from the publisher. I was not required to post a positive review. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

About the Author

Sarah M. Eden is a USA Today bestselling author of multiple historical romances, including AML's "2013 Novel of the Year" and Foreword Review’s 2013 “IndieFab Book of the Year” gold medal winner for Best Romance, Longing for Home, and the Whitney Award's "2014 Novel of the Year," Longing for Home: Hope Springs. Combining her obsession with history and affinity for tender love stories, Sarah loves crafting witty 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. Sarah lives with her husband, kids, and mischievous dog in the shadow of a snow-capped mountain she has never attempted to ski.

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