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The Secret of Pembrooke Park

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Praise for Julie Klassen

"A remarkable tale with many unpredictable twists and turns."--CBA Retailers+Resources

"A treat for [readers] who want their historical romances served up with a generous dash of mystery."--Booklist

"[Klassen's] work appeals to all who seek a riveting Regency romance."--RT Book Reviews



Abigail Foster is the practical daughter. She fears she will end up a spinster, especially as she has little dowry, and the one man she thought might marry her seems to have fallen for her younger, prettier sister.

Facing financial ruin, 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 drawn by rumors that Pembrooke Park contains a secret room filled with treasure.

This catches Abigail's attention. Hoping to restore her family's finances--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 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 treasure and love she seeks...or very real danger?

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About "The Secret of Pembrooke Park"

Praise for Julie Klassen

"A remarkable tale with many unpredictable twists and turns."--CBA Retailers+Resources

"A treat for [readers] who want their historical romances served up with a generous dash of mystery."--Booklist

"[Klassen's] work appeals to all who seek a riveting Regency romance."--RT Book Reviews



Abigail Foster is the practical daughter. She fears she will end up a spinster, especially as she has little dowry, and the one man she thought might marry her seems to have fallen for her younger, prettier sister.

Facing financial ruin, 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 drawn by rumors that Pembrooke Park contains a secret room filled with treasure.

This catches Abigail's attention. Hoping to restore her family's finances--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 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 treasure and love she seeks...or very real danger?

- Publisher

Meet the Author

Julie Klassen

Klassen is a fiction editor with a background in advertising. Lady of Milkweed Manor is her first novel. Julie and her husband have two sons and liye in Minnesota.

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This book will have you turning page after page as quickly as you can!
5 stars By Laura, Jun 13 2015
I fell completely in love with this novel!!! The characters were so relatable and well portrayed, by the end I felt like I had made new friends. Fabulously written and filled with intrigue, it's a book to win a place on your favourites list!!!
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Regency Intrigue
5 stars By Hannah, Feb 10 2015
This was a great book, though not one I'd recommend reading late at night or in a creaky house... unless, of course, you enjoy the thrill of jumping at every little sound and wondering whether that shadow that just passed your window was a murderer... I really enjoyed the characters and the way they dealt with the challenges they faced, with a few minor sermons along the way (which fitted, since the hero is a pastor). 

Julie Klassen is a brilliant author and reading her books feels like you truly have been transported to the halls of London and its intrigues - which is either good or bad depending on whether you enjoy suspense or not! This book certainly had me captivated until the end, and guessing all the way as I tried to figure out the mysteries amongst the rumours. 

An incredibly well-written book, filled with historical facts and not-too-fictitious characters. But again, with murderers, secret rooms and treasure hunters who'll stop at nothing - not everyone's cup of tea.
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Regency Intrigue
5 stars By Hannah, Feb 10 2015
This was a great book, though not one I'd recommend reading late at night or in a creaky house... unless, of course, you enjoy the thrill of jumping at every little sound and wondering whether that shadow that just passed your window was a murderer... I really enjoyed the characters and the way they dealt with the challenges they faced, with a few minor sermons along the way (which fitted, since the hero is a pastor). 

Julie Klassen is a brilliant author and reading her books feels like you truly have been transported to the halls of London and its intrigues - which is either good or bad depending on whether you enjoy suspense or not! This book certainly had me captivated until the end, and guessing all the way as I tried to figure out the mysteries amongst the rumours. 

An incredibly well-written book, filled with historical facts and not-too-fictitious characters. But again, with murderers, secret rooms and treasure hunters who'll stop at nothing - not everyone's cup of tea.
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Classic Julie Klassen
5 stars By Iola, Dec 11 2014
The writing was excellent, the characters interesting, and it was a complex plot, with several unexpected twists and turns. I liked that. I especially liked the fact that while I'd worked out one of the character was hiding a major secret, I was completely wrong in what that secret was-yet when it was revealed, it made perfect sense. 

Julie Klassen is one of my favourite authors, I haven't especially enjoyed her last couple of novels, which seemed to lack the original spark which first drew me to her writing. I'm pleased to report that The Secret of Pembrooke Park is as good as those early books, with a healthy mix of mystery, suspense and romance (and a choice of possible suitors, with Gilbert, William and Miles). 

Recommended for fans of historical romance, especially the Regency period. 

Thanks to NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review
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Product Details
  • Catalogue Code 420037
  • Product Code 9781441264824
  • ISBN 1441264825
  • EAN 9781441264824
  • Department General Books
  • Category Fiction
  • Sub-Category Romance
  • Publisher Bethany House Publishers
  • Publication Date Nov 2014
  • Sales Rank #71645
  • DRM Adobe
  • Printable No

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