“The Secret of Pembrooke Park”…Book Review
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“The Secret of Pembrooke Park”…was written by Julie Klassen and this book turned out to be a real page turner.
I love the way Julie Klassen writes so vividly of 1800’s England, that one can not help but feel you are actually there.
This book is full of intrigue and mysterious secrets, as Abigail Foster (and her father) are forced to move to an abandoned, country manor home in Pembrooke Park.
The family has financial issues and of course there is the pretty little sister who garners all the attention, so Abigail takes on the task of preparing the manor for the arrival of her mother and sister.
The manor house, which has been abandoned for 18 years is full of mysteries and surprises as the Fosters are startled to find the home entombed, as it was abruptly left.
There are moth-eaten clothes in wardrobes, a doll’s house left mid-play and tea cups encrusted with dried tea.
In Abigail’s explorations, she discovers a small church on the grounds…where she finds a curate named William and his family.
She decides to attend church services, which she confesses as been sporadic at best….in an effort to learn more about Pembrooke Park.
I like the way Klassen slowly unveils the many layers of the secrets of Pembrooke Park Manor….which really kept my interest.
Even more revealing were the twists and suspense right up until the last page of the book.
As you can surmise, I like mysteries… and this book with its richly detailed cast of characters, coupled with the abandoned manor house, challenged me to examine each character’s true identity.
Thanks to Julie Klassen for not disappointing in her creation of a wonderful story set against the charm of England’s countryside.
Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers. However, I was not required to write a positive review. The thoughts expressed above are entirely my own. Thanks to Bethany House for the chance to read this book!