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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?
©2014 Julie Klassen (P)2014 Recorded Books
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5 out of 5 stars
By Kerry on 15-09-2015

Very well narrated and throughly enjoyable story

I couldn't put it down! A very well narrated and interesting story with mystery and romance. Well worth a listen! The narrater keeps your attention from beginning to end and is very easy to listen to.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Jennifer on 06-01-2015

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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13 of 13 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Candace on 20-09-2015

Longest secret ever!

I liked the overall story enough, but to be honest, I almost switched to another book about 5 times. The narrator was good, but she read so SLOWLY! It didn't bother me most of the time, and her voice was pleasant enough that I could deal with it, but it just made the book drag on even more.

I enjoyed the overall story, but it seemed like it could have been told in 6-8 hours instead of over 18! I almost cried when I realized there was a part 2 and had to continue on.

It was very romantic, and I enjoyed that part, though the heroine had a LITTLE too much trouble making up her mind. It was an easy listen and I enjoyed the mystery and the family. I felt that the Christian aspect was a bit forced, though. Like the author had the story all mapped out and then remembered she was a Christian author and threw in some Christianity.

I'm being extra harsh, but it's just how I felt while listening. Some parts moved along faster than others, and I found myself really intrigued at times, which is why I gave it 3 stars. I just think there was a lot of filler, a lot of extra description, and a lot of deviation from the plot that left me wondering why it was even in the book. Left me guessing for the most part, and left me wanting more and much less at the same time.

I expect a LOT from my Christian fiction. I don't make allowances for bad writing just because it's "Christian literature." Check out Tamara Leigh, or Francine Rivers. Much more intrigue, and I always wish the books were longer.... not shorter, as in this case.

That being said, this isn't my first book by this author. I enjoyed her other book, "The Silent Governess" so I will probably check out more by her.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Farmer G on 16-04-2017

Enjoyable Book

A very enjoyable book, free of foul language, sex and violence, a nice listen. Thanks

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