A beautiful Gothic short story collection... The Dread Penny Society: The Complete Penny Dreadful Collection by Sarah M. Eden (Review) #dreadpennysociety #gothic #newbooks #booktwitter #shortstories #cleanromance #cleanreads #properromance @ShadowMountn @ProperRomance

Welcome! I had originally planned on posting this last week for release, but I wanted to actually have my physical book first so that I could share a picture or two. It is such a gorgeous book! I already love the stories from reading the series and was thrilled to get a few more new ones in this collection. Read my full review below...

The Dread Penny Society:
The Complete Penny Dreadful Collection
(Proper Romance Victorian)
By Sarah M. Eden
Historical Romance, Clean & Wholesome Romance, Short Story
Hardcover, Audiobook & eBook, 400 Pages
September 5, 2023 by Shadow Mountain


This beautiful, cloth-covered hardcover collector’s anthology compiles all the penny dreadful short stories from Sarah M. Eden’s five-book Victorian romance series. Included in this edition are three new, never-before-released stories.

Each short story is written in the style of the Victorian fiction that became so popular during that time period. From ghost stories to adventures to mysteries, Sarah weaves these gothic tales among her romantic storylines, making it the perfect way to celebrate the Dread Penny Society series (The Lady and the HighwaymanThe Gentleman and the ThiefThe Merchant and the RogueThe Bachelor and the Bride, and The Queen and the Knave).

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My Review

THE DREAD PENNY SOCIETY is a beautiful collection of delightful short stories written as penny novels from Eden's Dread Penny Society series. Each short story is delightful in different ways. Some have romance, others paranormal or magical realism moments. Some have mysteries and others quests. All with a lovely Gothic feel. There is something for everyone in this collection that is wonderfully wrapped up in an embellished cloth hardcover.

These penny short stories were one of my favorite parts of this series. For one thing, it's such a creative and fun aspect of this series and something I've never seen carried out so well. The stories themselves are written well and easily grabbed and kept my attention. I love how varied the stories are. I also loved that they're short because that made it easy to read with my kids. I loved sharing them with them. This collection will get read over and over and it looks lovely on my bookshelf as well.

In the end, was it what I wished for? If you're a fan of the Dread Penny Society series or well-written, fun short stories this is definitely a collection to have and enjoy opening. Plus it is a lovely book that only adds to anyone's bookshelf. Highly recommended!

Content: Clean
Source: I received a complimentary e-ARC from the publisher, which did not require a positive review. I also purchased my own hard copy. All opinions are my own.

Pictures of the Book

The full series showing spines.

The title page for the stories included from this book in the series.

Internal page that is on the back of the title page.

Other Books in the Series

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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. Visit Sarah at www.sarahmeden.com.

Are you a fan of this author or series? Are you a fan of Gothic stories? Will you be picking this collection up?

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