Monday, February 2, 2015

Review: The Secret of Pembrook Park by Julie Klassen


The Secret of Pembrook Park 
by Julie Klassen
Adult Inspirational
Asked to Review
Average Goodreads Rating: 
Published by: Bethany House Publishers
Published on: December 1, 2014
Pages: 460

Before I get into my review, here's the synopsis from Goodreads:


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 Rating: 3 out of 5 stars. 

Disclaimers: I received an e-galley of this novel from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not obligated to write a good review nor did I receive any compensation for writing this review.

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions:  I have read a few Klassen books in the past, but in recent years, this was the first one. Naturally, the writing was excellent and the characterization was superb. Personally, I thought that the beginning was slow, but as the story picked up, I became more and more interested.

I loved the mystery and intrigue behind the story. I kept turning the pages to find out what was going to happen next.

Fans of gothic novels will definitely not be disapointed. 

So why 3 stars? The beginning was a little bit slow for me, and it just didn't stand out above the crowd, but I did enjoy it. 

Warnings/Side-notes: None. It's appropriate for readers of all ages. 

The Wrap-up: An enjoyable read, but one that started off slow for me. 

Love,

Danica Page

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