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Title:
The secret of Pembrooke Park
Author:
Klassen, Julie, 1964-
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Publication Information:
Minneapolis, Minnesota : Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group, [2014]
Physical Description:
460 pages ; 22 cm
Summary:
"In Regency-era England, secrets come to light at the abandoned manor house Pembrooke Park. Will Abigail find the hidden treasure and love she seeks...or very real danger?"--Provided by publisher.
General Note:
Includes discussion questions, pages 459-460.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780764212789

9780764210716
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Praise for Julie Klassen
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""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
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" 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?


Author Notes

Julie Klassen is a bestselling, award winning author. She graduated from the University of Illinois and worked in publishing for sixteen years in advertising and as a fiction editor.

Klassen's books, The Girl in the Gatehouse and The Silent Governess won the Christy Award for Historical Romance. The Girl in the Gatehouse also won a Midwest Book Award and The Silent Governess was a finalist in Romance Writers of America's RITA awards. Julie is also the author of Lady of Milkweed Manor, which was a finalist for the Christy award, The Apothecary's Daughter, and The Maid of Fairbourne Hall.

(Bowker Author Biography)


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Booklist Review

Though Abigail Foster and her family are not yet reduced to begging, the family's fortune has been severely diminished owing to Abigail's untimely investment advice. Therefore, when a distant relative offers to lease Pembrooke Park to the Fosters at a greatly reduced rate, the offer could not come at a better time. Abandoned nearly two decades ago, the manor house has stood empty until Abigail and her father arrive. Pembrooke Park is definitely a place of secrets, and rumors of a treasure hidden somewhere in the house pique Abigail's interest. However, when Abigail begins to hear ghostly moans at night, discovers footprints in the dust, and spots a hooded figure vanishing around corners of the house, she begins to wonder if someone else might be searching the house as well. Jane Austen meets Victoria Holt in Christy Award-winning Klassen's (The Dancing Master, 2014) latest deliciously spooky and sweetly romantic historical, and the author's deft incorporation of the faith-based component of her story means this well-crafted romance will have wide appeal beyond inspirational romance fans.--Charles, John Copyright 2014 Booklist