Good Morning everyone!! A very chilly morning I might add, but still hopefully a good one. (Counting on that wonderful mail lady of ours to deliver some happy mail I've been waiting for!) Back to the weather, I know I'm from the north and I'm supposed to be used to below freezing temperatures, but the wind, cold, my asthma, and I still get along just as we used to (we don't) although we're starting to make some amends. Unfortunately, the 12 degree weather we have this morning just isn't helping. Anyway, never mind that because I have a mystery for you this morning that left me on the edge of my seat and led into inhumane hours for me to finish it...
*About the Author*
Julie 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. Three of her books, The Silent Governess, The Girl in the Gatehouse, and The Maid of Fairbourne Hall, have won the Christy Award for Historical Romance. She has also won the Midwest Book Award, Christian Retailing’s BEST Award, and has been a finalist in the Romance Writers of America’s RITA Awards, Minnesota Book Awards, and ACFW’s Carol Awards. Julie and her husband have two sons and live in a suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota.
Abigail Foster was living the normal life of a rich man, privileged, some may call her...at least they used to before they went potentially bankrupt. To make matters worse, the one person she thought she'd love forever has a "thing" for her sister. Will heartache leave her broken? Then, surprising them all, someone leaves them a manor, Pembrooke manor, wishing themselves to stay anonymous. Feeling as if the whole ordeal they were in is her fault, Abigail and her father depart for the big, mysterious house with an even more mysterious benefactor. Arriving to discover dust, cob webs, a special doll house, talk of hidden treasure, and a host of secrets, she sets to work looking for the so-called treasure while her father is away on business. When a handsome man and his guarded sister show up around the house and they receive a secretive visitor, Abigail seems to have a host of friends...the trouble is, who can she trust? Will she find unspoken love within the walls of the old house or will she inherit danger instead?
William Chapman is the friendly, red headed curate living next door. When the beautiful miss Abbi shows up with her father-and are "warmly" welcomed by his father-William is secretly smitten...even to himself. Will he ever realize his true feelings? When Abbi and William get themselves into a boatload of possible trouble will they discover the true treasure? And come out alive?
*What I liked*
I loved this book...it was a perfect mix of regency, mystery, and romance with so much secrecy, it sometimes left my head-and heart-spinning! I loved the characters, even William despite my lack of enthusiasm for male red heads in books.
*What I didn't like*
Despite my love for this book, I will warn there are a few scenes (out in a nightgown, no clothes, e.t.c) that may disappoint some of you somewhat if you're looking for a good, clean book. However, since the scenes really aren't that inappropriate, this should still make it to your tbr list if you're interested in regency romance.
My rating for The Secret of Pembrooke Park... four stars!!
*Why my rating is what it is*
The only reason my review is 4 stars instead of 5 is because I didn't want to risk the ire of all you ladies looking for a squeaky clean book...just kidding, but honestly, if the scene at the lake wasn't in here it would be 5 stars. (That's actually a favorite part of mine as far as conversation goes so I'm kind of glad you kept that part Julie.)
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Thanks for looking and I'll see you again soon with another great book!