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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 abandAbigail 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?...

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ISBN : 9780764212789
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Number of Pages : 464 Pages
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The Secret of Pembrooke Park Reviews

  • Michelle Griep
    2018-11-17 02:32

    Warning: stock your freezer with frozen pizzas because you won’t be feeding your family until you’ve finished this book.THE SECRET OF PEMBROOKE PARK is by far the finest to date of author Julie Klassen’s novels. Danger. Love. Intrigue. A mystery that will keep you guessing until the very end. You’ll find all the ingredients of a historical romance with a gothic flair in this latest release.Heroine Abigail Foster struggles with feelings of self-worth, magnified by her younger sister’s beauty. When an opportunity presents itself for her to depart from family for awhile and prepare a country home for their residence, she jumps on it. In the process, she discovers a house full of mystery. . . and a very handsome curate to help the solve the puzzle.William Chapman is everything a hero should be. Compassionate. Trustworthy. Big biceps. More than that, though, he truly cares about the souls of his parish, Abigail’s included. Which makes it even harder for Abigail to choose when the former love of her life shows up. Don’t worry. I won’t give anything away. You’ll have to wonder like I did until nearly the end of the story.PEMBROOKE PARK is a fantastic tale, sure to make you drop all your responsibilities and hole up on the couch for a few days. Plan ahead and have plenty of tea and scones available, because seriously, you will NOT put this one down.

  • Lyssa
    2018-10-30 03:26

    I had mixed feelings about this book. I liked the setting, the nods to Jane Austen, and the mystery in general. The plot was very well done; I was very invested in unraveling it, and had no suspicions or theories as to true motives of any of the characters.However, a lot of William's and Abigail's actions didn't sit well with me. I'm not an authority on 19th century propriety by any means, unless a solid love of Jane Austen's work and a tendency to immerse myself in regency period novels makes me an expert. But I just couldn't see a devoted man of the cloth or a well-bred lady doing the things that they did. I mean, Lydia Bennet would, but she brought shame down on anyone with a teaspoon's worth of sense. Frequently inviting a man into your bedchamber, being alone with said man in said bedchamber, coming upon a half naked man and then staying to chat, the super forward flirtatious remarks, the sensuous lingering touches- these are commonplace and accepted today, but 200 years ago? Not so much. Definitely not without consequences. I was frequently disappointed in both of them. How often William risked her reputation. If he really cared for her and/or if he had integrity, he wouldn't have trifled with her, but would have taken the utmost care to treat her like a lady and preserve her good name.

  • Aerykah
    2018-10-25 03:50

    460 pages? It's hard to believe that this book is really that long because I flew through it!My love of Jane Austen and Jane Eyre made Julie Klassen a quick favorite of mine and I have thoroughly enjoyed all of her books (except for The Dancing Master, the only one of hers that I haven't read). This book, I understand, is her longest to date; and it is definitely one of her best!I love how this author can take history, mystery, suspense, and romance... mix them together... and come out with a spectacular story such as this one!I loved the characters! I thought they were very well written. Several of the characters frustrated me; and I pitied some and wished things had worked out better for them, but I can't say I truly disliked any of them -- other than Clive, of course (who could like him?!).As for the mysteries, I did figure out some things before they were actually revealed, but that didn't take away from my enjoyment. Besides, can you ever be totally sure you know the truth before you read the last page? ;)All in all, this book is amazing and I highly recommend it!!

  • Maggie Boyd
    2018-10-23 09:23

    I found this book rather confusing. The tale begins with a catastrophe. Abigail Foster, practical and intelligent, had encouraged her father's investment in her uncle's bank. She blames herself when the investment sours and the family is left virtually destitute. Adding to her pain is watching the man she had always been close friends with suddenly become enamored of her younger sister.Fortunately, not everything falls to ruin. A solicitor approaches them with a mysterious offer - they can live in the country manor of a distant relation, fully furnished and complete with servants for the foreseeable future. Abigail offers up her dowry so her mother and sister can stay in London and give her sister a season. Then she and her father head to Pembrooke Park. They are greeted at gun point at their new home, the man who had watched the place determined to protect it from vandals. Once they convince him of their legitimate right to be there, they find their entrance into the new home no more reassuring. The manor house itself is frightening, with dirty dishes left at the table as though the owners had bolted from the house, locking it behind them in haste. What had happened here? As Abigail cleans and prepares the house for habitation she attempts to learn from the servants the secrets of the manor but she is firmly rebuffed. The only rumor anyone is willing to speak of is the legend of the great treasure hidden in a secret room. However, that room is not the only thing that engages Abigail's attention. There is also the handsome local curate who seems to find her quite intriguing as well. Hoping to restore the family finances Abigail begins a hunt for the treasure room, all the while growing closer to curate William Chapman. Then the letters begin to appear. Pages taken from a diary of a young girl who once lived at Pembrooke Park and who seems to have very disturbing memories of it indeed. Here is where my confusion comes in: Just what rank is Abigail's family? Both the mother and father act as though they are be people of great wealth. Apparently they can take part in the Season, which I understood was for gentry only with the occasional well connected Cit allowed to take part. But this family had only the one home in London. They hung out with people who worked for a living - bankers and architects being chief among them. The daughters had a great deal of freedom - Abigail is left at the country estate alone with the servants for great stretches of time, she is escorted to a party by a single, male neighbor whom the family has only a passing acquaintance with, she chats happily with a man swimming in his pantaloons, allows the same man to admire her bare toes as she dips them in the river, and has said man alone in her room on several occasions because he is a minister and she trusts him. I simply couldn't place their social class based on their behaviors and I found that very vexing. Super annoying was that the flirtatious younger daughter was chastised for her behavior. So it's better to be quiet at parties and invite men to your room???The mystery is interesting although it takes quite a long time for us to actually get involved with it. I didn't enjoy the romance in spite of a great deal of risky for the Regency behavior simply because I didn't understand everyone's behavior. Ultimately, I became so obsessed with placing the social standing of the characters and how they came to behave the way they did in the world they lived in that my enjoyment of the book was tempered by the questions it engendered.

  • Beth
    2018-11-06 01:36

    Quickie review! I loved it! Though this is her longest book to date, Julie Klassen kept me in the story the entire time. I enjoyed every moment. The characters are fleshed out, the mystery intriguing and the romance satisfying. One of my favorite Klassen novels for sure!

  • TL
    2018-11-11 05:25

    3.5 stars: A lovely historical fiction with a well-crafted mystery and characters easy to root for. I loved most of the characters and traveling with them in and around Pembrooke Park (the house sounds beautiful)... the history of the place was tragic in parts and fascinating. Abigail and Leah were my favorites, I could see myself being friends with them if I had met them... like Abigail, I would have intrigued and tempted to look for the treasure as well. Who doesn't love a good hidden treasure tale? :)The romance between Abigail and William was sweet, it was cute how they danced around each other. I did feel though, that it was stretched out a bit too long... kept wishing that the miscommunication and misunderstandings wouldn't keep coming up. They were resolved fairly quickly but I found myself mentally tapping my foot. Especially with (view spoiler)[Gilbert paying attention to Abigail and wanting to court her... it felt stiff and forced, to me. He seemed amiable guy but we don't get much a chance to know him(hide spoiler)]Also (view spoiler)[I loved that Leah/Eleanor and Andrew ended up together... they were adorable :).(hide spoiler)](view spoiler)[ The mystery of what happened to Clive Pembrooke... felt anti-climatic in a way. On one hand, that it was resolved and Lean/Eleanor didn't have to live in fear anymore was wonderful but on the other hand, it didn't have any emotional impact on me(hide spoiler)]Of course, a few things aren't what they seem and those were well done... most of them I didn't see coming. This is my 3rd inspirational fiction this year, and my favorite of the bunch... not perfect but an enjoyable read. The religious parts go hand in hand with the plot and flow nicely and fit the people well.Would I read it again? Probably not but if a movie was ever made of it I would watch it.Recommended? Yes, it's a good read to take you out of the real world for awhile.

  • Maria
    2018-10-23 04:25

    Abigail Foster wants to help her family by making the right decision, after a bad advice she gave her father which caused the loss of almost all of their money. So when a weird solicitor proposes them to move to Pembrooke Park, an abandoned estate that needs some repairs, she sees a new hope for her family’s future. Unfortunately, she does not imagine that besides a grand and beautiful (though disused) manor, she will have to face many secrets and mysteries that seem dangerous as well. Is it true that there is a treasure in the house? And why is the former steward, Mac Chapman, so reluctant to talk about the past?Here we go again! Every time I have to review a book by Julie Klassen, I always feel I cannot do it. Probably I have already said that, but it is very difficult to convey my feelings when I love something so much. Saying that I loved this story would be a huge understatement, and also not an original one. Though it would definitely be the truth. So, what should I write? Well... exactly that!“The Secret of Pembrooke Park” is absolutely a wonderful read. One of those books you know that you will enjoy even before opening it. Just watching the cover is a fulfilling sensation! I mean, the look of the girl tells anything, and that “anything” is what you will find inside the book. Love, friendship, secrets, mysteries. All of this and more.The real protagonist is Pembrooke Park. The manor, which is both scary and fascinating with its many rooms (one of those very special), its inhabitants and their secrets. The parsonage, the cottage where the Chapman family lives and the gardens, which are the perfect setting for some of my favourite scenes. As for the characters, I am always glad that Ms. Klassen picks the most normal girls and turns them into charming and fantastic heroines. Abigail Foster is a great girl, she reminds me of some Austen heroines. She is practical like Elinor Dashwood, curious like Catherine Morland and sweet like Anne Elliot. The hero (I will not tell his name because I do not like to give too much away, there are three possible matches for Abigail!) is the sweetest among Klassen heroes! He loves Abigail but knows that he does not have any chance to marry her. In spite of this, he cannot stay away from her and is always willing to help her.Thrilling, engrossing, with a Gothic atmosphere that will make it impossible to put it down, “The Secret of Pembrooke Park” is a must read for all the readers who enjoy good stories set in Regency England and are eager to meet endearing characters.

  • Sandi *~The Pirate Wench~*
    2018-10-31 04:47

    After her one chance with a childhood friend who she thought to marry, her would be suitor turns his eye to her younger sister and Abigail Foster is afraid she will remain a unmarried woman. When the family's fiances turn upside down, she prays for a miracle, which comes in the form of a letter granting her and her family access to the Pembrooke castle, as Abigail's family are distant relatives of the Pembrooke family. When Abigail arrives, she realizes there is a lot of work to be done in order to make the castle livable. But as there is no where else for them to go, she agrees with her father they will have to make do with what they need to make this work. When mysterious letters start to arrive, Abigail starts searching for the treasure everyone knows about, but a treasure no one wants to talk about.Will this treasure be what Abigail is hoping for? Or will a decades old rumor be just that..only a rumor?This is one Inspirational author I always enjoy reading from. Her books are never boring or over preachy.There is always a plot to keep you turning the pages, wonderful characters and always a heroine with spirit.In The Secret of Pembrooke Park she delivers a sweet Regency romance with awesome castles, secrets, hidden rooms and of course her characters with charmers and rogues-and ones that diffidently will do anything to get their hands on the treasure! Well done!

  • Staci
    2018-11-20 07:42

    Phenomenal! The latest novel by Julie Klassen is not one to miss!! This lengthy release (465 print pages) is well worth the time and truly I savored the entire story.Heroine Abigail is one easy to relate to and admire. There is both mystery and romance in this novel set in 1800 England.After the just ok release of The Dancing Master, I was pleasantly surprised by The Secret of Pembrooke Park. It is not one to miss for lovers of Regency novels.

  • Sophia
    2018-11-18 09:39

    Much in the old style of gothic historical romances that came before, this enchanting new tale of a sensible, young lady surrounded by mysteries, secrets and romance made for a lovely first time encounter with a new to me author. I have been meaning to read her books for ages and now I am dreadfully sorry that I put it off. I rarely pay attention when books are compared to certain other books mostly so my expectations don't get too high to enjoy a story, but in this case, the comparison didn't exaggerate. I was captivated from cover to cover. Move over Catherine Moreland from Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey, Abigail Foster will defy the night-time noises, long-buried family secrets, and shadowy villains to find the truth of Pembrooke Park.The story opens with Abigail Foster taking one hard blow after another. First, she discovers that the young man she hopes to marry only sees her as a good friend and is interested in her younger more beautiful sister. Then she learns that because of advice and encouragement she gave her father to invest heavily in her uncle's financial schemes that the money is lost and now the family must retrench. They give up their lovely home and sell as much as they can. Abigail even gives up her own dowry so her mother and sister can continue to enjoy her sister's first London Season in the style to which they are accustomed. Meanwhile, she and her father accept an unusual anonymous offer to take over the residence of a manor home in the country.Abigail suspects that the Pembrooke Park, the manor house they will lease at a very low rate for a 12-month has seen a less than peaceful past. It had been shut-up for twenty years and rumors are rife as to why. The former property steward and now caretaker is gruff and almost hostile with suspicion at first and then he tells them not to inquire into the past. Abigail's father must return to town to continue to deal with their financial difficulties so she stays behind to continue to ready the disused house for the rest of her family's arrival at the end of the Season. All is fine during the day, but in the night sounds frighten her and she is pretty sure someone is moving about. Do they seek the rumored treasure hidden in a secret room? Then the unsigned letters and journal entries start arriving showing her glimpses of past horrors.Abigail grows close to Mac Chapman and his family especially the handsome curate, William and the shy reclusive, Leah. William and Leah encourage her in her faith and welcome her as a friend. She meets the family of the other big house and sees a potential romance blooming even if the lady of the family wants something better for her son than a lowly steward's daughter. Slowly, Abigail becomes part of the new community and slowly the secrets of the Pembrookes come out- dangerous secrets.This story was just amazing. There was so much going on to grab my notice. The settings, the plot threads, the characters, and even the writing style. It was a large volume of pages and yet it read so fast for me. I fairly flew through some parts just to see what would happen next. The twists and turns left me enthralled with this author's devious way of veiling the truth and then exposing it in a dramatic fashion.Abigail is a first person point of view narrator. She was an excellent heroine and very easy as the story teller. There are a few occasions when William takes over, but these scenes are shorter. The various plot threads were all equally captivating to me. I loved the mystery surrounding Pembrooke Park and its past which included the treasure hunt, I loved meeting all the members of the household and surrounding community with their little or even larger stories. The romance was so sweet and, for a rare thing, I enjoyed that there were more than one potential suitor although, I did think the choice wasn't in doubt from my perspective. It was the more a question of how it could come about. I was really rooting for my favorite even though it seemed impossible. William Chapman was humorous, whimsical, a loving brother and son, good to his parishioners, and so sweetly in love with Abigail. He stands beside her when she is left alone and he is there as confidante and friend when she really needs one. He knows he's too poor and comes from a lower class and he sees the other men interested in her so he tries to bow out gracefully. There was a secondary romance that was almost as gripping and equally impossible as William and Abigail.As to the heroine's character, Abigail is the plain, sensible daughter, but she is not perfect. She made mistakes and she was well aware- or so she felt- that she lost whenever there was a comparison to her younger, beautiful and more vivacious sister. Abby is used to guiding her father and having his respect so she felt it keenly when she erred in encouraging him to invest in his brother in law's financial scheme and her father was cold to her. This makes her spend much of the book sacrificing in an attempt to make up for it and to regain her father's respect. Now personally, I felt that her need to help make sacrifices was worthy and I'm all for owning one's mistakes, but I felt badly that she felt almost unworthy as a member of her own family because seriously, she advised, but her father was equally to blame for taking the advice and her mother and sister ran around oblivious to the need to economize.There is a lot going on around Abigail. She is quietly searching for the truth to the past and eager to find the secret room, but she is also vested in the goings on of the people around her. And those people are all intriguing and under suspicion at some point. There is talk of a few murders, treasure, old family troubles and Abigail isn't sure who to trust and who to suspect of lying. Many times she suspects people of knowing more than they will say and then there is the anonymous letter writer and the shadowy person who wanted her family at the house for reasons of their own. All sorts of good stuff going on.I will also say that flowing through this story are strong inspirational themes of salvation, redemption and forgiveness. The curate, William, his sister and the rest of his family are people of faith, speaking it and living it. The flow of the story is not disrupted and it all blends well. Abby embraces their teachings so she learns to let go of her guilt over getting her family into financial trouble and her conflicted feelings about her sister attracting the man Abigail planned to marry.On a side note, I was thrilled to see the Jane Austen references to her books, the shades of Northanger scenes, and even down to the bank failure that cameoed Mr. Henry Austen in the story.In summary, I loved this story with its strong plot, enchanting heroine, engaging sweet romance and delightful atmosphere of gothic mystery. I would recommend it to those who enjoy sweet historical romance and inspirational fiction. I definitely plan on reading more of this author's work.My thanks to Laurel Ann from Austenprose for providing my copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  • Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
    2018-10-31 09:34

    About this book:“Abigail Foster is the practical daughter. She 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 has fallen for her younger, prettier sister.Facing financial ruins, 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 who may be drawn by rumors that Pembrooke contains a secret room filled with treasure.This catches Abigail’s attention. Hoping to restore her family's financial situation—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 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?”Series: As of now, no. Spiritual Content- Luke 8:17 at the beginning; Church going; Hymns are sung; Very good (but short) sermons; Many Scriptures are quoted; Scriptures are read and discussed; William Chapman is a Parson; Many Prayers. *Note: a “what the devil”, a “h*ll-bent” and different people are called the devil.Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘biddy’; Drinking wine at parties; Some people think Pembrooke Park is haunted, so there’s mentions of that, ghosts, skeletons, etc; Mentions of stabbing & blood (not-detailed); Mentions of murder & almost killing someone (boarder-line barely-above-not-detailed to semi-detailed).Sexual Content- a 'wanton'; Two semi-detailed kisses; Wishing & Wanting to kiss; Hand kisses; Crushes; Noticing & Staring; a child born out of wedlock; Lousia is a flirt; Love, falling in love and the emotions. *Note: Mr. Chapman (the local curate) asks Abigail “Should I make passionate love to you to make him jealous?” this causes heat to the face and him apologizing to which she adds “I admit the notion is not within appeal, but I shouldn’t like to use you in such a manner.” Chapman: “I promise you, Miss Foster, it would take very little acting ability on my part.” Abigail: “Thank you, Mr. Chapman. You are very kind to restore my fragile feminine ego.” {This conversion takes place on pages 183 & 184. But I’m now being told that “making love” does not mean what it is now, but flirting back in the 1800s. It’s up to the parents to decide if they want their daughter reading these lines and the possible discussion.} -Abigail Foster -William Chapman P.O.V. switches between them. Set in 1818 (Prologue set in 1817) 456 pages (!!) ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*Pre Teens- One StarNew Teens- One Star (and a half) Early High School Teens- Two Stars Older High School Teens- Three Stars My personal Rating- Three Stars {Lower all ratings half a star for girls who have active imaginations.}{Lower all ratings half a star for girls who are frighten easily}I’ve been so excited about this novel! I would read the back cover and sigh over how intriguing it sounded! I read this book in a little less than four hours—very, very late at night. Which probably wasn’t a good idea for a scaredy cat like me! “The Secret of Pembrooke Park” had an in-depth plot and some greats sermons by William but I had to lower ratings because of the comment in the Sexual Content and the mentions of ghosts and such. Imagine this, it’s really late at night (or really early morning—-doesn’t matter, the sun isn’t up and it’s super quiet) and right when a chase scene happens your poster in your room falls! Scares the living-daylights out of you! This is what happened to me near the end of reading this book. ;) Link to review:http://booksforchristiangirls.blogspo...*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.*I received this book for free from the Publisher for this review.

  • Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
    2018-11-04 03:36

    TYPE OF NOVEL: Historical Romance, Regency Romance, Gothic Suspense, Inspirational Fiction (lite)SETTING: 1817, Pembrooke Park, Berkshire, EnglandMAIN CHARACTERS:Mr. and Mrs. Foster and their two daughters – Abigail (23) and Louisa (19)Kate and Mac Chapman and their four children – Leah (28), William (24), Jacob (15), and Kitty (12)Miles PembrookeGilbert ScottSYNOPSIS:Due to a bad investment, the Foster family is forced to retrench and sell their London town-home. By chance they are offered an opportunity to lease an abandoned manor house from one of their distant relations on some very generous and convenient terms. The ever-practical and responsible daughter, Abigail, offers to set up the new home with her father, while her sister and mother enjoy one more season in London. At Pembrooke Park Abigail finds the house embroiled with secrets from the past…What happened to the original owners? Why was Pembrooke Park left abandoned for 18 years? Is there indeed treasure hidden somewhere in the house? Abigail Foster is desperate to learn the answers to these questions…WHY I WANTED TO READ THIS NOVEL:- I love Julie Klassen novels! I’ve now read 6 titles* by Julie Klassen!- As a fan of Jane Austen, Julie Klassen always includes plenty of allusions and echoes to Jane Austen in her novels, and I love spotting them! This novel had nods to both Northanger Abbey and Sense and Sensibility.WHAT I LOVED:- Abigail Foster: I adored our heroine! She has the dependableness of Elinor Dashwood, the compassionate heart of Anne Elliot, and the insatiable curiosity of Catherine Moreland. Her selflessness, gentleness, modesty, and sharp mind make her truly an admirable and praiseworthy heroine. I loved witnessing Abigail discover her own self-worth and seeing others recognize and appreciate her value (like Anne Elliot, she is often forgotten, pushed over, and under-appreciated.)- Family and Friendships: In this tale we learn a lot about family history and relationships – ones that are inspiring and ones that are heart-wrenchingly sad. There was a touching message intertwined in this plot about families and how we should treasure our loved ones. Moreover, the making of friends (both public and private) seemed to be a highlighted theme. I greatly enjoyed witnessing several characters make overtures of friendship throughout the book, especially the one we learn about in the end!- Mysteries, Secrets, and Intrigue: Oh! The Pembrooke family is so mysterious and puzzling! And everyone is so tight-lipped about them! How frustrating! ;) (Just kidding!) As is her usual style, Julie Klassen loves to leave readers guessing and doesn’t reveal all until the very end! I loved the many family secrets in this story, I had a suspicion or two, but more often than not, I was completely surprised by the unpredictable twists and turns. This story has double the mystery, double the secrets, and double the intrigue for sure!- Beautifully Blended and Balance: There are so many components combined in these novels by Julie Klassen – well-researched histories full of facts about the time period, a tender-hearted romance, a bit of mystery and intrigue, and an inspiring faith-filled message. All of these components are interwoven very seamlessly and naturally – without anything feeling disjointed or overpowering.- Old Flames: I loved the budding relationship between Abigail and William (he was such a likable and earnest character), but I also loved how they both have prior love interests – Abigail’s childhood friend, Gilbert Scott and the girl who previously broke William’s heart, Rebekah. Learning about these past relationships and seeing these love interests return again to the forefront definitely enhanced the tension a little in this romance! I loved it!WHAT I WASN’T TOO FOND OF:*cricket chirp* *cricket chirp* Nothing! :)CONCLUSION:In another arrestingly beautiful tale, Julie Klassen takes readers to an abandoned yet picturesque English manor filled with history and mystery. The Secret of Pembrooke Park is a stellar and magnetizing read, and I am all eager anticipation for the next two novels Julie Klassen plans to publish later this year – Lady Maybe and The Painter’s Daughter! Happy thought, indeed!

  • Melanie
    2018-11-03 09:25

    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.*Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*

  • Nicole
    2018-11-14 03:43

    Marvelous, Exquisite, and Captivating! I absolutely loved this book! The Secret of Pembrooke Park answers any questions as to why Julie Klassen is one of my favorite authors. Having grown more accustomed to her writing style and knowing to expect the unexpected, I was able to figure some of the secrets out before being told by the characters, but this in no way ruined the read. And what lovely characters! I loved them and then suspected them all in turn. The plot was so intriguing, and I was often on the edge of my seat! Julie, thank you for such an intriguing journey into the old English countryside! I look forward to more.

  • Carole Jarvis
    2018-11-04 08:40

    Reviewed at The Power of Words: http://tinyurl.com/m6eh3pfSeveral factors make Julie Klassen's writing stand out in the Christian fiction genre - the quality of the writing itself; rich historical detail; ability to vividly convey a feel and sense of place; and a realistic touch when it comes to customs, manners, dress, and social strata of the Regency era. I have greatly enjoyed every one of Julie Klassen's novels that I've read so far, and The Secret of Pembrooke Park is a welcome addition to her repertoire. The story is in Berkshire, 1818, at Pembrooke Park, inspired by the impressive Great Chalfield Manor in Wiltshire, England. At 456 pages, the pacing seems slow at times, but that's actually a trait of Julie's writing that I enjoy because this isn't a story I would want to rush through. Spreading my reading out over several days allowed me to immerse myself in the story, savoring the English setting and characters. I've read enough mysteries in my lifetime to appreciate how well Julie handled this element. While not a traditional gothic romance by any means, I loved how a few gothic elements were carefully scattered throughout - a secret room, steps in the night, objects misplaced, pages from a journal, sightings of a mysterious cloaked figure. And what a mood setter is this description of the drawing room through Abigail's eyes: "It appeared as though the occupants had just been called away. A tea set sat on the round table, cups encrusted with dry tea. A book lay open over the arm of the sofa. A needlework project, nearly finished, lay trapped under an overturned chair." As with any jigsaw puzzle, all of the pieces must be present in order to see the complete picture - and Julie was very effective at laying out one piece at a time, until everything beautifully came together at the end.It was refreshing to see such intelligent and compassionate characters as William and Abigail, and I was drawn to them immediately. Abigail, who had always stood in her sister's shadow, grows emotionally in a way that readers will love. I liked how the relationship between Abigail and William started out as friendship and grew into something more over time.The parish church and William as curate feature prominently in the story and I especially enjoyed the worship scenes and spiritual insight of William's sermons. Themes that are gently woven throughout - like greed and its far-reaching effects, the treasure of friendship, righting wrongs, making restitution - certainly speak to all of us. I thought Abigail's words at the end captured the essence of this story:"Ah, the weary wonder of this life. Of faith. And family. And friends. The truest treasures we can ever know or possess." The Secret of Pembrooke Park was a wonderful story and I eagerly await Julie Klassen's next novel. Highly recommended.Thank you to Bethany House for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

  • Bibiana In Bookland
    2018-11-08 01:31

    Realmente le doy más, 4,5⭐️.Una novela que lo tiene todo; misterio, romance, amistad, secretos, pasados,... y todo ello ambientado en una casa de campo de época con grandes personajes. Me ha atrapado bastante, desde la mitad del libro quería saber más y más, y también tiene escenas que me han puesto la piel de gallina, pues conseguían darme miedo con dos o tres grades (mira que soy miedica...)😝. En breve hablaré de este libro en el canal!

  • Jamie
    2018-10-24 01:30

    While there are plenty of Regency authors out there, the lovely Julie Klassen is by far one of the top and a must read for fans of Austen/Brontë style and prose. Klassen’s latest, The Secret of Pembrooke Park has a touch of both – the mystery of Brontë and the fun of Austen. So, yep, a read I recommend! “Love without fear…” Miss Foster murmured, considering the notion. “It doesn’t sound very practical, I’m afraid. For the more one loves, the more one has to fear losing.”He looked at her, a grin tugging his mouth. “Impractical, maybe. Difficult, yes. But what a beautiful way to live.”This was an absolute delightful read! I loved the mystery, the characters and the development. Klassen has such a talent for hooking you from the early pages and she’s one I know I won’t stop reading until I’m done, so good thing I started on a day I could do that :).One of my favorite aspects about this particular novel is the array of dynamic and wonderful characters. I couldn’t pick a favorite, there’s too many. The story has a fabulous ending, but I liked that every single thing wasn’t wrapped up nicely either for every single character. I think you’ll agree once you read it.As I mentioned, I loved the mystery of everything and how it all panned out. I didn’t see most of it coming and what’s better than being surprised by the author? Characters were still able to surprise me through the very end and I wish Pembrooke was real and I could go visit. With themes of friendship, value, worth, courage and love (all kinds), this was a fabulous way to kick off 2015 reading!Do any of your favorite authors have new books coming out soon?(Thank you to Bethany House for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)Originally posted at http://booksandbeverages.org/2015/01/...

  • Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)
    2018-11-10 02:31

    Abigail Foster has always been in the shadow of her younger sister who captivates many suitors with her charm and good looks. At this point in her life, Abigail should be married, but she has never found the right man; in fact, she has been holding out for her childhood and family friend, Gilbert. On the night before Gilbert is leaving England to study abroad in Italy, she finds him sharing what appears to be a romantic moment with her sister, Louisa. This breaks Abigail's heart as she always thought they shared something special. To make matters worse, her father is suffering from financial ruin, thanks to a bad investment; however, the family receives an offer to move to an abandoned manor house, Pembrooke Park, which is owned by a distant relative. Of course they take this serendipitous offer and move into the grand estate, except that the estate has been left abruptly by the previous owners many, many years ago. The table is eerily still set for dinner, tea still pools in the tea cups, furniture and clothing is still in the house just as it was eighteen years ago. It's all very strange and Abigail was hoping to find answers from her neighbors, including the town curate, but everyone is evasive and no one seems to explain Pembrooke Park's strange past. There are rumors of murder, secret rooms and even treasure hidden within the house. One thing is for sure: this is very different than Abigail's life in London. Julie Klassen's The Secret of Pembrooke Park is a charming read. Fans of Jane Austen and Regency novels will savor this book.Read the rest of my review here: http://www.confessionsofabookaddict.c...

  • Holly
    2018-10-28 07:33

    Well, I certainly enjoyed this. I've longed to read a Julie Klassen book for awhile now but, for whatever reason, I've put it off. I won't be from now on. This story had me fully engaged the whole time. It had that gothic feel to it that I've come to love. The atmosphere was described wonderfully. I could imagine myself walking through Pembrooke Park and the parsonage. The characters were just as wonderful. I liked the sweet little romance blooming throughout. It was a very clean romance, which I appreciated. The mystery was well done, also. I kept wanting to know all the secrets! Klassen wrote a wonderful gothic mystery/historical romance! I look forward to reading more by her.

  • Lukuoli
    2018-11-06 05:30

    Quite slow. Quite boring. Not witty. The plot was good enough, but the uninspired writing took all the impact out of it. I found myself asking myself over and over when is this going to end.

  • Alyssa
    2018-11-08 07:35

    Full review to come!!

  • Albagar90
    2018-11-14 05:25

    terminado! y que buen sabor de boca deja, es una historia con un secreto oculto, te deja en suspense hasta casi el final, con una historia de amor que va transcurriendo poco a poco a medida que transcurre la novela, lo que lo hace tan creible, unos personajes muy bien definidos tanto protagonistas como secundarios, ya que todos forman parte de la trama. Creo que es de los pocos libros que he notado que utilizaban el tema de la religion tal cual era en aquella epoca haciendo el relato bastante real. Volvere a leer esta autora promete.

  • writer...
    2018-10-22 01:31

    Spotlight andHUGE Giveaway on today atFaith Hope & Cherrytea~ Comment to Enter ~**Win One of Four Fabulous Prizes**In celebration of the release of The Secret of Pembrooke Park, 4 chances to win copies of Julie’s books and other Jane Austen-inspired items are being offered. Three lucky winners will receive one trade paperback or eBook copy of The Secret of Pembrooke Park, and one grand prize winner will receive one copy of ALL EIGHTof Julie’s novels plus...: *Lady of Milkweed ManorThe Apothecary's DaughterThe Silent GovernessThe Girl in the GatehouseThe Maid of Fairbourne HallThe Tutor s DaughterThe Dancing Master andThe Secret of Pembrooke Parkone DVD of Northanger Abbey (2007) and a Jane Austen Action Figure*The Secret of Pembrooke Park Blog TourFebruary 16, 2015 through 11:59 pm PT, March 9, 2015. Winners will be drawn at random from all of the comments and announced on Julie Klassen’s website on March 16, 2015. **Winners have until March 22, 2015 to claim their prize. The giveaway contest is open to residents of the US, UK + Canada.

  • Julie Graves
    2018-10-25 06:33

    When Abigail Foster's family loses most of their money in bad investments the family is forced to find a more modest place to live. When a solicitor approaches them about moving into the Pembrooke house they readily agree to the terms of letting it for a one-year period.Not long after Abigail moves into the home to prepare it for her family she starts hearing the rumors of what happened to the Pembrooke family(distant relatives of the Fosters). Also she is warned to keep an eye out for treasure hunters. One of the rumors is that a former family member hid a treasure in a secret room.Always having given up everything for her younger sister, Abigail finds that at Pembrooke Park she can be herself and not live in the shadow of her sisters beauty. Meeting the young curate William Chapman, Abigail's heart is stirred. But with the Chapman family having such close ties with the Pembrooke family past there is mystery surrounding not only William, but his sister Leah as well.With all of the family secrets swirling around Miles Pembrooke shows up to add to the mystery of the past. Appearing charming there seems to be an underlying purpose to Miles' flirtations. When Abigail finds him snooping around the house obviously in search of the secret room she is put on her guard.Author Julie Klassen always writes such a great gothic tale. The Secret of Pembrooke Park is no exception. The mystery surrounding the Pembrooke estate and family keeps the reader involved. The relationships between family and servants and neighbors is intriguing. The romance keeps the heart pitter-pattering. I did read in the Author's Notes that this was the longest book to date that Julie Klassen has written, and truly while it did take me a while to read it(because of the holidays) I would have gotten through it quite quickly it was that enjoyable. If you are a fan of the gothic tale, love a good mystery and romance then definitely give this one a read.

  • Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
    2018-10-27 07:51

    LOVED IT! I envisioned Abigail as a slightly younger Anne Elliot from Austen's Persuasion, an intelligent daughter dealing with diminished finances, just old enough to be on the brink of spinsterhood yet lovely in her own right, and less impressed with society than her family members.The adventure of moving into the long uninhabited and mysterious manor kept the pace of the book moving quickly, with bits and pieces of the history of Pembrooke Park are revealed throughout the novel. I enjoyed the friendship that developed between Abigail and the caretaker's warm-hearted family, especially with the youngest daughter who always loved to visit to play with the manor's replica dollhouse.Even though there is attraction from the start, Abigail and William's strong friendship creates a foundation of trust and loyalty that is tested by the interest of Abigail's beautiful younger sister, her childhood crush, and a distant cousin. I loved how William would often catch Abigail off-guard with a flirtatious comment or adventurous twinkle in his eye. The chemistry between them grows steadily and their special moments are oh-so-romantic!The author weaves in themes of guilt, forgiveness, family bonds, children dealing with the sins of a father, and choosing earthly treasure or treasures in heaven. This is definitely going to be a book I re-read several times in the future :)(Thank you to Bethany House Publishing for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)

  • Cara Putman
    2018-11-11 09:50

    Julie Klassen is a master story-teller, one who brings Regency England to life with her deft pen. The Secret of Pembrooke Park is yet one more addition to her delightful story-telling. Most of her books are hits with me...The Secret of Pembrooke Park definitely was.In this story, Abigail Foster's family has suffered a financial set-back when unexpectedly they are offered the use of a distant relatives manor home, which has been essentially abandoned for almost 20 years. With no where else to go, the family makes plans to move to the estate. Abigail takes over the preparation of the home...and finds the place filled with mystery and questions. This book is about the hunt for a treasure and learning what treasure really and truly is. It's about learning to break free of the past, and being willing to walk into the future. It's also about the desire to be loved for who we really are. It's about the importance of family and loving despite the bumps and set-backs in life. And it's about a romance (actually two romances) that seems impossible. And perseverance to find the truth.The Secret of Pembrooke Park is a engrossing read for those who adore Jane Austen England and love a richly layered, multi-faceted book.

  • Kristen
    2018-11-02 03:52

    Ms. Klassen got back on track. After not liking her last one very much (The Dancing Master), I enjoyed this one a lot more.That being said it was more about the "secret" than about the romance. But the romance that was in there was very sweet indeed. The first lake scene...swoon worthy for sure. Thought it was a little too lengthy but overall, I did enjoy it. The one thing that did drive me crazy - (view spoiler)[When William blows up at Abigail for introducing Leah to Miles...and then she goes and apologizes first, bah! He should've come crawling over on his hands and knees.(hide spoiler)]Moral Note: Some mild talk of illegitimate children. Some mild violence. Clean language, clean romance.

  • Laura
    2018-11-19 05:23

    Loved it. The heroine was easy to love. She was practical, sensible and hard working. The novel was well paced, characters well developed, and every page felt necessary to read. I felt as though reading this book was like knitting a blanket. First you cast on all your stitches, (klassen created so many secrets and mysteries), then you knit and knit, row after row, the blanket pattern becomes comfortable but you don't know how it will end. Then, you near the final rows and decide its time to cast off. You carefully and deliberately cast off each and every stitch making sure all loose ends ( secrets) are woven together and tied off. Ta-da! Perfect!Beautiful! I also am very impressed with Klassen's ability to incorporate salvation and faith in God so smoothly and richly. Well done Julie Klassen.

  • Karen
    2018-11-05 02:43

    An absolute must read for Regency fiction fans! This one's the real deal! Part Jane Austen, and the Brontes, with a little Nancy Drew, a sliver of Dickens, plus a pinch of George MacDonald for extra flavor. Wow, what a great read--her best novel to date--kept me up late into the night just to see what happened next! Didn't feel like 400+ pages. Well done, Julie Klassen! 5+ stars

  • Marklessgirl
    2018-11-02 05:37

    Updated: okay, so I tried to reread this and it's not five stars for me anymore. Nothing super bad just I liked it more then first time I read it.I really liked it! all the mysters were very good! I really wanted the two people that ended up together in the end to be together in the end and that was awesome!!!:)