Abigail Foster, having pinned her hopes on a man who has fallen for her younger sister, realizes that her lack of dowry and the family’s financial ruin means she will probably end up a spinster. Focusing her attentions on managing her family’s finances, she is stunned when a mysterious solicitor arrives to offer the use of a distant manor at a shockingly affordable price. The imposing Pembrooke Park, however, has remained closed up for nearly two decades. When Abigail and her father travel to see the manor, they are both surprised to find it entombed as it was abruptly left, even the teacups crusted with tea on the tables and the clothes hanging in the wardrobes. Despite its appearance, neither Abigail nor her father can deny the generous offer, leaving Abigail in charge of fixing up the home whilst her family remains in Town for the season. The manor has attracted the attention of treasure seekers, however, in search of a rumored hidden room with riches. Abigail’s life becomes much more interesting as she unravels the secrets hidden in the home and meets the curious villagers, uncertain if all that she discovers will be worth the danger in the end.
This novel is full of intrigue and history, a perfect blend of complexity and interest that makes it impossible to put down! Julie Klassen is one of the best fiction authors, and picking a favorite of hers is difficult when each is so well written, but this particular book most definitely tops my list. The main characters are likeable and mysterious. Abigail has her flaws, certainly, as most people do, but she is strong, courageous, kind, and caring. The plot is wonderfully intricate, creating a story that is by no means predictable or boring. Ms. Klassen writes beautifully, her words, sentences, and storyline bringing her characters to life and allowing the reader to easily envision the creative scenes. A perfect blend of mystery, character development, deep Christian themes, and interesting history make this novel dearly loved and most certainly recommended! I truly cannot stress enough the pure enjoyment of this novel!
I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.