Book Review: The Secret of Pembrooke Park by Julie Klassen

Book Review: The Secret of Pembrooke Park by Julie Klassen


I’ve read numerous Julie Klassen books in the past, some being good, some ok. This though, was more than okay. It was awesome.

The Secret of Pembrooke Park is about a family facing financial ruin. The father has made a bad financial decision, forcing the family to sell their home. The youngest daughter, is due for her season, and despite the financial hardship the family is currently facing, the oldest daughter gives up her dowry to help fund the season of her sister.

The family is offered a unique opportunity when a solicitor comes to them offering a home, for a reasonable rent. It is a spacious home, but has a dark past that no one seems to want to talk about. So the oldest daughter, Abigail makes plans to go there, while the rest of the family remain in the city to stay with a relative. Her sister for her season, and her father to finish up the bankruptcy proceedings.

At the new home, Abigail is thrown into a world of mystery and intrigue. She learns of the potential treasure hidden in the home, and she wonders if she has found the method of bringing her families financial status back to where it should have been. She meets several characters who are all in a way intertwined into one another, yet not.

This book has so many layers, intertwined and intermingled with one another. It is what made the book enjoyable to read, because you never knew what part was about to leap out next. Just when you thought your knew the direction the book was headed, the next chapter had you going in the opposite direction.

There were just a few parts, such as Abigail’s mother, whom at first I thought was no longer living. She didn’t really appear, other than to be a helpmate for her sister’s season. Abigail was the strong woman lead in the this story and you couldn’t help but like her. She didn’t wilt.

All in all, this is well-liked book, and one that will remain on my bookshelf for years to come. There were enough parts that I know I skimmed or skipped over, just to get to the next section. The book was thicker than typical Julie Klassen books, but it made it all the more enjoyable to read. Good job Ms. Klassen!

I received this book from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review: Nellie by Cynthia Woolf

Book Review: Nellie by Cynthia Woolf


This was one of the quickest books I’ve ever read. I like the premise of the book, a mail-order bride, with the concept being all together new. The man wanting a ready made family to ease into society properly. Kudo’s for a new plot yet to be seen. The cover art also attracted me to the book, but that said, I was disappointed in the book. I believe it had so much potential, but the characters just seemed to be lacking. There was nothing there for me to love about them. If anything, it was an overall look at the story, but could have gone so much deeper into who the people were. If I had fallen in love with the characters, then there is a chance I would have enjoyed the book more. Oh, and it was a bit of a surprise to realize that the book was a very romantic book, of a venue that I was completely unaware of when selecting it.

All in all, I wouldn’t bother reading it again nor would I necessarily recommend others to read it. If you are a fan of Cynthia Woolf already, you may enjoy. If you are a new reader, probably not.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

Book Review: 50 Things You Need to Know About Satan and Demons by Mark H. Muska

Book Review: 50 Things You Need to Know About Satan and Demons by Mark H. Muska


For some reason, I have an interest in learning about the dark side, but I believe it is just so I may become aware of what I am up against. Thus, my choice in choosing this particular book to read.

The book is very straight-forward in a question and answer format. Mark Muska uses the Bible to answer the questions most often asked about Satan and demons.

The book goes from the very light questions, such as who is Satan to what are demons. It goes from the who to the what. Such as if Satan is behind Halloween or if witches are real.

There is one section that had me intrigued, enough to do a little research of my own and that is about nephilim’s. Still curious about that realm, but otherwise, I think the book is good for a basic understanding of your most commonly asked questions. If you are looking for a brief basic answer to a question, then this is the book, which would also explain the thinness of the book. Honestly, for me, I wished for a deeper delving into each of the questions, but then, it wouldn’t have been for those early into their journey. If anything, it gives you the means to research to understand the subject further.

I received this book from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review: Ask It by Andy Stanley

Book Review: Ask It by Andy Stanley


This book by Andy Stanley, is described as “You’ll Never Make a Decision the Same Again”. The description from Amazon is as follows: Should I take this job? Buy this house? Marry this person?  We ask questions every day about the choices we face. But are we asking the most important question of all?

In Ask It, Andy Stanley identifies the one question that makes it easy to determine the answer to all other questions. You’ll learn how to make decisions with confidence simply by applying the question that brings clarity to life’s most challenging decisions.

I agree with the description of the book, this book by Andy Stanley challenges you to look at your decisions differently. Choices we make a subsequently a decisions made in the future, a domino effect happens, especially if the choice is in the wrong direction. But it’s that one decision that you make, that challenges you.

All in all, I really enjoyed this book. I am challenged to look at decisions differently. Something as simple as whether or not I should go to lunch with a co-worker, who happens to be a single man (I’m married). The little choices we make, make a difference in the big challenges in the future.

I received this book from the BloggingforBooks program by WaterBrooks Multnomah, in exchange I provide an honest evaluation and review of this book.