Thursday, December 11, 2014

The Secret of Pembrooke Park by Julie Klassen

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 . . .

The handsome local curate welcomes them, but though he and his family seem to know something about the manor's past, the only information they offer Abigail is a warning: Beware trespassers who may be drawn by rumors that Pembrooke contains a secret room filled with treasure.
Hoping to improve her family's financial situation, Abigail surreptitiously searches for the hidden room, but the arrival of anonymous letters addressed to her, with clues about the room and the past, bring discoveries even more startling. As secrets come to light, will Abigail find the treasure and love she seeks...or very real danger?

My opinion: I was so eager to read Julie Klassen's latest book and it did not disappoint! As with all of her previous works it was a delightful read and I appreciated how it had a good mystery and particularly liked how Julie developed some really good secondary characters.
Abigail was a likable heroine, I did find it ironic how she wasn't the pretty one and yet she had at least 3 guys after slightly unrealistic. 
Another thing that bothered me a bit was the fact that Abigail and one of her love interest spent a decent bit of time in her bedroom, it was perfectly clean but I doubt in those days a male going into a young unmarried women's room would of been anything less than scandalous and simply wasn't done.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book regardless and was satisfied with the ending.

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