The Secret of Pembrooke ParkBook - 2014
"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?
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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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