The Secret of Pembrooke Park  -     By: Julie Klassen
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The Secret of Pembrooke Park

Bethany House / 2014 / Hardcover

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Abigail Foster fears she will end up a spinster, especially as she has little dowry to improve her charms and the one man she thought might marry her--a longtime friend--has fallen for her younger, prettier sister.When financial problems force her family to sell their London home, 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 . . .

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 416
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0764212788
ISBN-13: 9780764212789
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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?

Author Bio

Three-time Christy Award winner Julie Klassen loves all things Jane--Jane Eyre and Jane Austen. A graduate of the University of Illinois, Julie worked in publishing for sixteen years and now writes full time. She and her husband have two sons and live in St. Paul, Minnesota. Learn more at www.julieklassen.com.

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  1. Kentucky
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Delightful Maze of Adventure and Intrigue
    December 23, 2014
    Karen Lange
    Kentucky
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for The Secret of Pembrooke Park.
    When Abigail Fosters fathers business fails, the family must sell their home in London and take advantage of a distant relatives offer to rent Pembrooke Park, an abandoned country estate. The offer is an answer to the Fosters prayers, though rumors say that the estate is haunted and fraught with dangerous secrets.

    William Chapman, the young parson of the church at Pembrooke Park, is the son of the estates former steward, so William is privy to certain Pembrooke family secrets. As William and Abigail get acquainted, they discover a shared curiosity about the estates secret room, rumored to contain treasure. The mystery deepens through anonymous letters Abigail receives that contain journal entries from a previous manor resident.

    Williams attraction to Abigail increases, but as humble parish pastor, he has nothing to offer her in marriage. Abigails childhood friend Gilbert returns from his studies in Italy, and Abigails younger sister Louisa arrives on the scene as well, just in time to complicate things.

    This book has a little bit of everything - budding friendships and romance, intrigue and distrust, and secrets galore. Just about the time I thought I had some of the puzzle pieced together, the action ramped up and headed in another direction. Plenty of surprises, I like that.

    Julie Klassen guides the reader through a delightful maze of mystery, adventure, redemption, and restoration as her characters uncover the long kept secrets of Pembrooke Park. Fans of historical fiction will enjoy the rich, authentic details that envelop the story from start to finish. I must admit, I was sorry to see it end. The Secret of Pembrooke Park is another lovely and engaging story to Ms. Klassens credit.
  2. Washington State
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Julie Klassen Gets Better and Better
    December 23, 2014
    22jay
    Washington State
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for The Secret of Pembrooke Park.
    Julie Klassen gets better with each new title. I was disappointed with her last book, The Dancing Master. But I bought this new book as soon as it was available. Loved it!! Read it in one day!!!
  3. Minnesota
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Full of intrigue.
    December 22, 2014
    Parmi les pages
    Minnesota
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for The Secret of Pembrooke Park.
    The setting for this book is England in the year of 1818, after losing their fortune in a bad investment; the Foster family is forced to move to a dwelling more within their financial means. When a solicitor with a mysterious request appears, offering them residence in Pembrooke Park, it seems the perfect solution. Abigail and her father go ahead to prepare the manor, while her sister and her mother stay with an aunt to enjoy the season and allow her sister to have her debut. The manor has not been lived in for twenty years and it looks as though the former owners left in a hurry, as there are still teacups with dried tea on the tables. As Abigail settles into Pembrooke Park, she hears a rumor of a secret treasure and her quest to find the treasure commences. Along the way, she makes new friends and discovers that nothing is what it seems at first glance.

    I loved the suspense of this novel and the way the author reveals clues and information gradually throughout the narrative. It was like trying to solve a puzzle. Many of the characters had a sense of secrecy about them, which added to the uncertainty of the plot. The book is what I would consider a longer fiction with 458 pages but it was so captivating and full of surprises, that I read it in only a few days. My favorite aspect of the book was speculating about the relationships and trying to guess what was going to happen next. And yes there was a romance for those who like that in their books. Abigail, the heroine of the story was very endearing and demonstrated qualities such as courage, honor, compassion and integrity. In addition, the book dealt with authentic and difficult topics, making the story very realistic and dramatic. I am a fan of Julie Klassens books and this book is one of her best.

    I would highly recommend reading this book.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book by Bethany House in exchange for an honest review.
  4. Chattanooga, TN
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent!
    December 21, 2014
    daischop
    Chattanooga, TN
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    This review was written for The Secret of Pembrooke Park.
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    I've read numerous Julie Klassen books in the past, some being good, some ok. This though, was more than okay. It was awesome.

    The Secret of Pembrooke Park is about a family facing financial ruin. The father has made a bad financial decision, forcing the family to sell their home. The youngest daughter, is due for her season, and despite the financial hardship the family is currently facing, the oldest daughter gives up her dowry to help fund the season of her sister.

    The family is offered a unique opportunity when a solicitor comes to them offering a home, for a reasonable rent. It is a spacious home, but has a dark past that no one seems to want to talk about. So the oldest daughter, Abigail makes plans to go there, while the rest of the family remain in the city to stay with a relative. Her sister for her season, and her father to finish up the bankruptcy proceedings.

    At the new home, Abigail is thrown into a world of mystery and intrigue. She learns of the potential treasure hidden in the home, and she wonders if she has found the method of bringing her families financial status back to where it should have been. She meets several characters who are all in a way intertwined into one another, yet not.

    This book has so many layers, intertwined and intermingled with one another. It is what made the book enjoyable to read, because you never knew what part was about to leap out next. Just when you thought your knew the direction the book was headed, the next chapter had you going in the opposite direction.

    There were just a few parts, such as Abigail's mother, whom at first I thought was no longer living. She didn't really appear, other than to be a helpmate for her sister's season. Abigail was the strong woman lead in the this story and you couldn't help but like her. She didn't wilt.

    All in all, this is well-liked book, and one that will remain on my bookshelf for years to come. There were enough parts that I know I skimmed or skipped over, just to get to the next section. The book was thicker than typical Julie Klassen books, but it made it all the more enjoyable to read. Good job Ms. Klassen!

    I received this book from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review.
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Move Over Jane Austen
    December 20, 2014
    KGD history teacher
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for The Secret of Pembrooke Park.
    Move over Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters, your fans are about to fall in love with Julie Klassen. Having read all of Julie Klassens books, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to read Secrets of Pembrooke Park. This is another wonderful Regency novel, with some of the romantic mystery of a Gothic tale. When we first meet Abigail Foster, she is attending a going away party for her beloved childhood friend and hoped for intended. She unwittingly catches him paying court to her younger sister. Disillusioned, she is looking for others activities to occupy her time. When her familys fortunes take an unplanned downward turn, the family receives an offer of leasing a manor house, Pembrooke Park, from a distant relative. Abigail is given the task of readying the house, which appears to have been abruptly abandoned, for the familys arrival. Little does she know that there are some mysteries surrounding the house which no one will discuss. Abigail soon makes the acquaintance of William, the parson; his reclusive sister; and Williams very protective father. Abigail begins to receive mysterious anonymous letters which hint at a serious crime. Then strangers show up at her doorstep. Is she or those she cares about in immediate danger? Will she be able to solve the mystery of why the house was abandoned?

    This was a wonderful read and highly recommended for anyone interested in Regency Novels.

    I received this from The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.

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