Thursday, December 11, 2014

The Secret of Pembrooke Park

GIVEAWAY
KLASSEN, JULIE
THE SECRET OF PEMBROOKE PARK

Abigail Foster fears she will end up a spinster, especially as she has little dowry to improve her charms and the one man she thought might marry her--a longtime friend--has fallen for her younger, prettier sister.

When financial problems force her family to sell their London home, 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 to know something about the manor's past, the only information they offer Abigail is a warning: Beware trespassers who may be drawn by rumors that Pembrooke contains a secret room filled with treasure.

Hoping to improve her family's financial situation, Abigail surreptitiously searches for the hidden room, but the arrival of anonymous letters addressed to her, with clues about the room and the past, bring discoveries even more startling. As secrets come to light, will Abigail find the treasure and love she seeks...or very real danger?


My Review:

Gothic meets Regency in an spectacular tale full of intrigue and romance. Be still my heart. Klassen pulled another time travel marvel and I was all too eager to stay in western Berkshire -- especially now that the mystery is solved and all threat of danger has passed. Alas, 451 pages just wasn't enough for me and I am grieving my abrupt departure from Regency England.

Delicious from beginning to end. From thrilling descriptions to earnest dialogue to the carefully (and oh so slowly) placed clues that draw the plot together. Such twists and turns! And such a clever and complicated storyline. And the impossible romance! My heart dipped and tipped and spun out of control through the entire read. Impeccable pacing, memorable characters and words that drench a reader's senses in another place and time -- all combine to make this an indescribably good read. Mere words just don't do it justice. You must read this one for yourself.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of The Secret of Pembrooke Park please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday December 14  2014. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!


32 comments:

  1. Hi Kav,

    I love to read Julie's books, and have been looking forward to reading The Secret of Pembrooke Park.

    Blessings,

    Tammi

    dandtdearing {at} earthlink {dot} net

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    1. It's so awesome! Good luck, Tammi.

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  2. I have just started reading Julie's books...and am loving them!
    I am very anxious to read this one; thanks for the giveaway, Kav!
    jacsmi75 at gmail dot com

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    1. Isn't she a fantastic author? Good luck, Jackie.

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  3. If I were a writer, I'd be giddy with joy should someone call my book "delicious"! Great review, love Gothic meets Regency!
    garfsgirl AT hotmail DOT com

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  4. The Secret of Pembrooke Park sounds like a book I'd really enjoy. I grew up reading books by Daphne DuMaurier, Phyllis Whitney, and Victoria Holt. This sounds like it is similar to those old classics. I really liked the trailer for this book too. I'd love to win the book.
    pmkellogg56[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. Ooooh -- I remember Phyllis Whitney and Victoria Holt. And yes -- this is definitely similar but in a league all its own. Good luck, Pam.

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  5. So many great books this week! Julie's are some of my favorites. Please enter me here too. : )

    sunshine6892 at hotmail dot com

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    1. I know -- it was so hard to choose what to read first. Good luck, Cathy.

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  6. Wow, this sounds awesome, I love Julie's books... I wish it wasn't so long between books! :)
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

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    1. I know -- why can't she be a writing machine? LOL. Good luck, Merry.

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  7. Oh boy, what a great sounding book!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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  8. YAY. Love Julie Klassen. I AM TOTALLY IN, MY LADY KAV! :)

    janka(dot)halcinova(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. You're definitely in, Janka. Good luck.

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  9. Sounds like a great read! Love all her books!
    greatcaz238 at gmail dot com

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  10. I absolutely LOVED this one! So mysterious. I loved how she managed to make me suspect everyone I met in the story, even if they were innocent! I have this one, so no need to enter me :)

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    1. I know -- artfully done, right? I had so many possible scenarios whirling around in my mind. That's what made it so delicious.

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  11. Oh I love reading mystery books like this one. I would love to win this.
    oh dot hello dot hiya at gmail dot com

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  12. This looks like quite a thrill ride I'd like to partake of!

    artsycat21 AT gmail DOT com

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    1. It's definitely thrilling. Good luck, Mary.

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  13. Please enter me!! I love Julie's writing style and how she brings this time period to life. Thanks for the chance!

    esterried[at]yahoo[dot]com

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    1. She is amazing, isn't she? Good luck, Charity.

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  14. Sounds intriguing! Count me in, please, Kav! :)

    ckbarker at gmail dot com

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    1. You're counted, Cheryl. Good luck.

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  15. This sounds so great, do hope I win this one! Thanks for doing this giveaway, Kav.

    drumb at att dot net

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  16. I always enjoy Julie's book. Looks like this is another great one!
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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    1. It's her best, I think. Good luck, rubynreba.

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