The Secret of Pembrooke Park

The Secret of Pembrooke Park

Book - 2014
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Praise for Julie Klassen

"A remarkable tale with many unpredictable twists and turns."-- CBA Retailers+Resources

"A treat for readers] who want their historical romances served up with a generous dash of mystery."-- Booklist

" Klassen's] work appeals to all who seek a riveting Regency romance."-- RT Book Reviews

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?

Publisher: Minneapolis, Minn. ;, Bethany House,, 2014
ISBN: 9780764210716
Branch Call Number: F KLA NVD
Characteristics: 459 pages

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LadySade
Apr 23, 2016

Excellent novel, Julie Klassen excels at penning stories that have intrigue, mystery, and depth. If you are the "quicky" type of reader that lacks patience and does not care to savor a novel, then this story is just not for you. At points during the novel I really wanted to know what the fuss was bout in this mysterious house. What was the treasure and why was so many parties concerned?? but there is no use skipping pages! One is just going to have to wait it out to find out the secrets of Pembrooke park.
I adore sweet, convincing romances that don't fast-forward to intimacy but display the characters growing together and deliberately making a choice to be together. I found the romance in this novel just right.

The length and complexity of the story allowed for multiple characters and relationships. I only wish the author included a character legend at the beginning of the book so that readers like myself could refer to them easily. Especially since the book included people posing as 'persons they were not". Near the end of the book I found that I forgot who "Mr. Morris" is and irritated me tremendously. I considered going back to find out, but the book is to lengthy for that.

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nidofito
Mar 24, 2016

While I think all the characters introduced were very interesting and crucial, the secondary romances, and all that back and forth, formalities and idle conversations were too much for me at times.

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hisreputation
May 20, 2015

Pretty good, but not my favorite from this author. It was a bit hard to get into, and wound up kind of confusing towards the end.

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Autumnequinox
May 09, 2015

I just wish that somewhere on the book there had been a notice that this story has a strong Christian theme underlying the story.

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SweetPea_3
Jan 16, 2015

Wow! Can I give it more than 5 stars? This book is a masterful regency era romance such as Julie Klassen is already known for, but the suspense and thrills are definitely up a notch. It's edgier and somewhat more exciting than her previous works, although thankfully not any less clean in the romance department. As usual, her characters are wonderfully complex and her gorgeous settings are described in such detail that you feel you are there but in just a few words so that the descriptions don't undermine the story at all.

I love how Ms. Klassen's stories are all so different. It never feels like you know what's coming because of the 'formula' she may have used for the last three books. While I was reading this one I was concerned about how some aspects might play out in the end, but it was surprising but well done. There was so much going on but it was wrapped up exactly right in the end. Do I recommend this book? You bet!

This book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

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