Saturday, December 6, 2014
THE SECRET OF PEMBROOKE PARK (JULIE KLASSEN)
Yes, I agree with the author that this is her longest book to date but I'm certainly pleased that it was. For as long as it was, I still didn't want it to end. The intrigue, the suspense, the mystery, the hidden passageways, the secret treasure, a complicated family all made for an extremely compelling read!
Abigail Foster is the practical daughter while her younger sister, Louisa is more inmmature and flamboyant, often ignorning social norms and finding herself in some embarrasing binds. She listens little to the advice of her sister or others. Abigail fears she will end up an old maid, especially since she has little dowry, and the one man she thought might marry her seems to have fallen for, Louisa. Of course, this is difficult on Abigail's heart.
Abigail's father is facing financial ruin and is forced to sell their grand home and is in search for more affordable lodgings when a strange lawyer arrives with an outstanding and unusual offer. "He's offering 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-eathen clothing in wardrobes, and a doll's house left in mid-play.
The handsome local curate welcomes them, but though he and his family seem acquaintd with the manor's past, the only information they offer is a stern warning: Beware trespassers drawn by rumours that Pembrooke Park contains a secret room filled with treasure.
This catches Abigails attention. Hoping to restore her family's finances - and her dowry - Abigail looks for this supposed treasure. But eeries 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 reasure and love she seeks...or very real danger?"
I couldn't put this book down. Sometimes I'd read perhaps 8 chapters then decide to put it down and go and get some housework completed but then would change my mind and pick the book back up and begin reading again. I really couldn't put it down.
I know a lot of people are going to enjoy this one. You've outdone yourself, Julie...congratulations!!!