pembrooke park book coverPlease welcome award winning historical romance author Julie Klassen who is touring the blogosphere with her new release, The Secret of Pembrooke Park

A fabulous giveaway contest, including copies of all of Ms. Klassen’s eight books and other Jane Austen-themed items, is open to those who join the festivities. (click here for a list of tour stops)

Reviewed by Amanda Schafer

Shortly after their family discovers they made some very bad financial investments and are now nearly destitute, Abigail Foster and her father receive a visitor. This visitor is a lawyer sent by a client with a request for them to live at Pembrooke Park for no less than one year. They would be allowed to have a certain number of house staff but that would be it; all cleaning and renovating would be up to them and the staff. Abigail and her father agree but decide to leave her mother and sister with an aunt in order to prepare the estate for their arrival. While there, Abby discovers that there might be some sort of treasure within the house and she’s determined to find it. The local curate is a very handsome man who welcomes father and daughter to Pembrooke Park but also becomes very interested in Abby herself.

Abby begins receiving anonymous letters in the mail that contain pages from a long-ago-written journal detailing the life of a young girl, presumably the young Pembrooke daughter who is said to be dead. These letters warn Abby to not allow any person claiming to be a Pembrooke to enter the house. At all. However, when Miles Pembrooke shows up and asks to be allowed to see the manor, Abby and her father allow him to stay. He seems harmless and they don’t want to think badly of him. Over the course of many days, they discover a great deal about his father and uncle and what happened to them and their families. There’s so much mystery and confusion that no one really knows what happened…and no one is telling!

When the exact whereabouts of Clive Pembrooke are discovered, people involved finally feel at ease to share the truth of what really happened and where everyone really is. Abby finally learns the details about the “secret room” and finds out which man has truly claimed her heart.

Julie Klassen never fails to delight her readers! While The Secret of Pembrooke Park has a few confusing details, it all comes together as the book comes to a close. Beautiful descriptions and wonderful history are all woven into this tale of mystery, love, and intrigue. You won’t be sorry you read this novel…you’ll only be sorry when you have to put it down and get back to real life!

Rating: ★★★★★ 

blog tour bannerGrand Giveaway Contest 

Win One of Four Fabulous Prizes

In celebration of the release of The Secret of Pembrooke Park, four chances to win copies of Julie’s books and other Jane Austen-inspired items are being offered.

To enter the giveaway contest, simply leave a comment on any or all of the blog stops on The Secret of Pembrooke Park Blog Tour starting February 16, 2015 through 11:59 pm PT, March 9, 2015. Winners will be drawn at random from all of the comments and announced on Julie Klassen’s website on March 16, 2015. Winners have until March 22, 2015 to claim their prize. The giveaway contest is open to residents of the US, UK, and Canada.

Amanda lives in Missouri with her engineering husband, two sons, and one daughter. In between homeschooling and keeping up with church activities she loves to read Christian Fiction, Women’s Fiction, and any Chick-Lit. She never goes anywhere without a book to read!

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Bethany House. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.