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 received a copy of this book for free in exchange for my honest opinion.
Well I was certainly intrigued by the book blurb. I enjoy historical fiction, mystery, and adventure stories. This novel definitely delivered on all counts.
The depth of the characters is well done and I very much liked getting to know all of them. The book is told in a way the reader knows all that is happening with each character. There were several times I just wanted to yell at them to get them to see. The author was meticulous with her accuracy in social interactions of the age.
Who wouldn't be drawn to the idea of treasure in a house in which they lived? If my family had been knocked down a few pegs, I would be combing every nook and cranny! As the plot progresses, the reader, and main character, are given clues about the treasure and history of Pembrooke Park. The clues are tantalizing and keep you reading to find out more. About half way through the book, I could barely stand to put it down for wanting to learn about the treasure and if Abigail would be able to follow her heart to the right love.
I would certainly recommend this book to anyone. I would especially recommend it to lovers of historical fiction/mystery. This was a fun story to follow. I look forward to reading more from Julie Klassen.
Julie KlassenJulie Klassen loves all things Jane--Jane Eyre and Jane Austen. A graduate of the University of Illinois, Julie worked in publishing for sixteen years and now writes full time. She has won three Christy Awards in the Historical Romance category for The...
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