Review: The Secret of Pembrooke Park
Author: Julie Klassen
Genre: FICT, Historical Fiction
Short Book Description:
Abigail Foster is the practical daughter. She fears she will end up a spinster, especially as she has little dowry, and the one man she thought might marry her seems to have fallen for her younger, prettier sister.
Facing financial ruin, Abigail and her father search for more affordable lodgings, until a strange solicitor arrives with an astounding offer: the use of a distant manor house abandoned for eighteen years. The Fosters journey to imposing Pembrooke Park and are startled to find it entombed as it was abruptly left: tea cups encrusted with dry tea, moth-eaten clothes in wardrobes, a doll’s house left mid-play…
The handsome local curate welcomes them, but though he and his family seem acquainted with the manor’s past, the only information they offer is a stern warning: Beware trespassers drawn by rumors that Pembrooke Park contains a secret room filled with treasure.
This catches Abigail’s attention. Hoping to restore her family’s finances–and her dowry–Abigail looks for this supposed treasure. But eerie sounds at night and footprints in the dust reveal she isn’t the only one secretly searching the house.
Then Abigail begins receiving anonymous letters, containing clues about the hidden room and startling discoveries about the past.
As old friends and new foes come calling at Pembrooke Park, secrets come to light. Will Abigail find the treasure and love she seeks…or very real danger?
Another wonderful read from Julie Klassen that I couldn’t wait to get my hands on. I have loved every single one of her books so far, at least the ones that I’ve read. This one was no exception.
With the perfect balance of mystery, history, and romance, I couldn’t put the book down once I started reading. Although it did take a couple of chapters to get into the flow of the story once I started reading it held my interest until the very last page.
One thing I really liked about this book, and the author’s previous ones, is that I find it very easy to relate to the characters. They aren’t some perfect human being that can’t do anything wrong. They have problems and issues just like the rest of us in the real world.
This book really well written and I loved the detail of history added. I can’t wait to read more from this author since every book I’ve read so far has become a favorite.
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