When financial difficulties arise and her family is forced to sell their London home, Abigail Foster accepts an offer for a place for her family to live from an unknown solicitor. This new living arrangement is in a manor house, Pembrooke Park, which has been abandoned for eighteen years. Except for the layers of dust, Abigail is startled to find that the house looks like a family is still living here; as if someone has just temporarily left the room.
Upon arrival at Pembrooke Park, a handsome local curate welcomes the Foster family, but extends a warning that trespassers are drawn to the manor due to rumors of a secret room filled with treasure. Disappointed when her best friend and love interest falls for her younger sister, Abigail fears she will end up an old spinster. Needing an adventure and hoping to improve her family’s financial situation, Abigail decides to look for the secret room. Surprises come to light as anonymous letters addressed to Abigail find their way to her at Pembrooke Park.
In this gothic romance, will Abigail be able to find the lost room and the love of a lifetime or be caught in very grave danger?
Unlike her previous novels, Julie Klassen has added more mystery and bit of a gothic feel to this enchanting novel. This story is sure to keep readers up late and guessing about the “secrets” of Pembrooke Park, as well as wondering what will happen to Abigail, her friends, and her family. Not surprisingly, this historical fiction novel is well written, captivating readers who will likely want more novels by Julie Klassen.
Genre: historical fiction, Christian fiction, romance, mystery
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Publication date: November 25, 2014
Number of pages: 460
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