The Secret of Pembrook Park
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Quality of Writing: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 ⑨ 10
Characters Development: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 ⑩
Ease of Reading: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 ⑧ 9 10
Publication Date: 2014
Number of Pages: 456
Summary on back cover:
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?
Julie Klassen has definitely proven herself and has become one of my favorite authors. I must say, her writing abilities are through the roof. She writes about real life, nothing flowery or extravagant yet she makes her story’s beautiful. Whatever time period she writes about, she takes you there and you feel like you are there with the characters.
The Secret of Pembrooke Park is no exception. She gives you a beautiful setting of the mansion, mystery woven throughout the mansion. When Abigail first comes to the mansion to find dust covering everything and a man giving her a warning to beware, is enough to give me the chills. It isn’t a suspense book my any means but it is defiantly mysterious.
Julie Klassen’s characters were, of course, very well developed. She gave each of the unique personalities, making it easy to differentiate between them. One of the love interest in this book was a pastor, which isn’t a problem, but I didn’t like some of the things he did. He didn’t seem very “Pastor-like”. I mean seriously, a man who shamelessly flirts with a woman as he is swimming in the dark in only his pantaloons would never be my ideal pastor.
It is always safe to say that Julie Klassen’s books are worth the read and this is the perfect example.