Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy for the sole purpose of this review. All opinions are expressed are 100% mine.
I have been doing a lot of reading lately. Mostly to pass the time that we spent at the hospice and mostly because we were in and out of appointments all the month of December. The problem with reading all of these books is that I just have not had the time to write the reviews. So be prepared for a lot of reviews coming your way in the next few weeks. Today I am going to be talking about The Secrets of Pembrooke Park by Julie Klassen. I am totally taken back by this book and I have finally found a good Christian mystery that not only shows that people are not perfect but also shows that past acts can be redeemed by current acts.
Here is a little bit about the book.
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?
I will have to admit that I could not keep myself from skipping to the back of the book to find out the ending. This is something I don’t do but with this book I just had to know. It was a quick read and very entertaining. I could not wait to find out how it ended so I skipped to the back about half ways through but knowing the ending did not stop me from going back and reading from where I stopped to see how the ending was achieved. I felt such a strong kinship to Abigail as she was one that always tried to see the best in people but the worse in herself, never feeling like she is good enough. I am so like her. So if you are looking for an interesting book to read check out The Secret of Pembrooke Park by Julie Klassen.