As part of the blog tour for Julie Klassen’s newest novel The Secret of Pembrooke Park I had the privilege of reading (listening) to this wonderful book! All I can say is why in the world haven’t I read any of Julie’s books before and believe me I will be fixing that! I was captivated by this book from start to finish and listening to it in audio, narrated by Elizabeth Jasicki who is amazing, really just brought the time, place, characters, and story alive in my mind in such a pleasing way. The Secret of Pembrooke Park is an intriguing mystery that is sure to appeal to Regency Romance fans.
Abigail Foster, practical and intelligent, stands in the shadow of her younger and much more attractive younger sister. Things get even worse when she unfortunately gives her father some bad financial advice and they lose almost all of their money. Luckily, out of the blue, a solicitor shows up offering them residence at Pembrooke Park. For Abigail this seems to be the perfect solution to their problems at present. Upon arriving they find Pembrooke Park in a strange state. It seems as though the people who had inhabited it had just picked up and left leaving used tea cups on the table, linens and clothes dusty and moth eaten in the closets, and even more strange a doll house that seemed as though it had been deserted in mid play. It’s all very strange to Abigail and as the days go by things become even weirder and Abigail realizes that Pembrooke Park has many dark secrets in its past along with a secret room and treasure. Abigail is determined to uncover the story behind all these strange goings on but she finds out quickly that doing so may put her in a lot of danger.
This was such a great listening experience for me! When you have such a fantastic story and top it with a great narrator it’s just magic to a reader. For me this was great – manor houses, old secrets, hidden treasure – I love it! The characters come alive on the page with Abigail being one of my favorites. I felt a connection to her from the beginning when she finds herself not only responsible for her family’s ruin but also the sister who lives in the shadow of her more beautiful sibling. Abigail is beautiful – in form and in mind – and that’s what makes her so attractive although she doesn’t herself realize that. As a few suitors show interest in Abigail we see how insecure she becomes in her sister’s presence … so insecure that she may miss the truest love of her life.
For fans of Austenesque or Regency Romance novels and great mysteries The Secret of Pembrooke Park is one not to miss. I really can’t put into words just how much I loved it but I can say that eighteen hours of listening to this book passed by in a flash. It’s a fantastic book – highly recommended!
GIVEAWAY – OPEN TO US, UK, & CANADIAN RESIDENTS
Win One of Four Fabulous Prizes
In celebration of the release of The Secret of Pembrooke Park, four chances to win copies of Julie’s books and other Jane Austen-inspired items are being offered.
Three lucky winners will receive one trade paperback or eBook copy of The Secret of Pembrooke Park, and one grand prize winner will receive one copy of all eight of Julie’s novels: Lady of Milkweed Manor, The Apothecary’s Daughter, The Silent Governess, The Girl in the Gatehouse, The Maid of Fairbourne Hall, The Tutor’s Daughter, The Dancing Master, and The Secret of Pembrooke Park, one DVD of Northanger Abbey (2007) and a Jane Austen Action Figure.
To enter the giveaway contest, simply leave a comment on any or all of the blog stops on The Secret of Pembrooke Park Blog Tour starting February 16, 2015 through 11:59 pm PT, March 9, 2015. Winners will be drawn at random from all of the comments and announced on Julie Klassen’s website on March 16, 2015. Winners have until March 22, 2015 to claim their prize. The giveaway contest is open to residents of the US, UK, and Canada. Digital books will be sent through Amazon or Barnes & Noble.
Good luck to all!
*CLICK HERE* to access all of the blogs on The Secret of Pembrooke Park Blog Tour and be sure to leave your comment on all of them including mine for a chance to win any of the fabulous prizes above.