Monday, January 12, 2015
Book Review: The Secret of Pembrooke Park by Julie Klassen
Abigail Foster is the practical daughter in the Foster household. Sensible and organized, she is looking forward to spending her well planned life with the man she thought loved her. But it is not to be, as he seems to have noticed Abigail's younger and prettier sister.
When their family falls in to hard financial difficulty and she has to give up her home, her dowry and it seems the future she had been looking forward to, practical Abigail does not sit around moping but puts herself to work settling her family into their new situation.
A distant relative has reached out just in time to the Foster family and has kindly agreed to let them live in the large house at Pembrooke Park provided they can make it habitable after being suddenly abandoned 18 years ago.
As Abigail sets to work putting the house to rights, she comes across secrets and mystery at every turn. Could there be a secret room filled with treasure? Did something horrendous happen there so many years ago? And will they be entirely safe staying there?
As Abigail forms friendships with her neighbors and maybe even more with the park's handsome curate, she will rely on their help and knowledge of the past as she confronts the dark secrets of Pembrooke Park.
Once again, I tore through this longest novel yet of Julie Klassen. The only bad part was that I just moved into a 100 year old house, so reading about creepy noises and footsteps was a bit scary ;-)! This book didn't seem to have as much of a historical niche as some of her past stories (like focusing on governess roles, dancing master etc...) but it was an excellent story none-the-less. I would highly recommend any Klassen story, including this one to any Jane Austen fan - you are sure to love them!