The Secret of Pembrooke Park

  • by Julie Klassen
  • Narrated by Elizabeth Jasicki
  • 18 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 18 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?

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Well Written, Well Read

This story follows the eldest daughter through the financial ruin of her family (sort of) to a mysterious benefactor who invites them to occupy an old mansion bearing a strange history. Although I suspected some of the plot, it twisted and turned enough to satisfy my love of a good mystery and emerged with surprising revelations. The narration of Elizabeth Jasicki is very good, and I found myself volunteering to run errands so I could listen to the story in the car. Well done, Julie Klassen, as usual. Her writing is not cookie-cutter plots.
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- Jennifer

A movie playing in my mind

The author always throws in a twist. Like many books in this genre there is a couple that wends up together, that you can usually guess in the first 1/4 of the book, but Klasson takes you on a ride to do so. The mystery, suspense, and family dynamics kept me engaged the entire time. I love how the author's pace of the story includes such wonderful detail, and yet the story moves along so well, I dare not skim or miss anything. The moments between Miss Foster and a beau were delicious for the mind to imagine, and play like a movie on the big screen. Fabulous writing, great narrator, and can't wait for another book! My book club discusses this book soon and I can't wait!
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- Briana

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-12-2014
  • Publisher: Recorded Books