Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Review: The Secret of Pembrooke Park by Julie Klasse



About the book:
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?
My rating:
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My thoughts:

The Secret of Pembrooke Park was a very good historical romance! While it didn't surpass The Maid of Fairbourn Hall as my favorite Julie Klassen novel, I did love it and found the story fascinating.

I kept trying to figure out what was going on, where the secret room might be hidden, and what the treasure was. I got to say, the ending did not disappoint and everything wrapped up really well.

All in all, I recommend The Secret of Pembrooke Park if you enjoy this genre. I am excited to read The Painter's Daughter (Klassen's newest novel) soon.

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2 comments:

  1. My favorite is also The Maid of Fairbourne Hall! I also loved this book and The Painter's Daughter. The captain reminded me a little of Mr. Darcy.

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  2. I'm in the middle of reading this book right now! It is so interesting!

    Colletta

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