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.