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?
Customer ReviewsSee All
Great story.but wish I could change the way they treated miles.no on welcomes a stranger to stay indefinitely in their home....was a bit unrealistic to me.
Klassen is one of my favorite authors and her previous books rank among my favorites. (The Silent Governess, The Tutor's Daughter, Maid of Fairbourne Hall, etc)
However, while this book has an engaging plot and kept my attention pretty well throughout, it got very distracted from the mystery/suspense aspect by repeated unrealistic dalliances between the main characters. It's surprising, considering Klassen's previous attention to historic detail. The two are repeatedly alone together and several times are in compromising situations. But no one seems to notice or care. Add to that some steamy descriptions of his body and his longing to fold her in his arms, kiss her passionately, etc, and I forgot I was reading a Christian book published by a large Christian publisher.
Hopefully the next book returns to Klassen's usual excellence and historical accuracy.