"The Secret of Pembrooke Park" by Julie Klassen is published by Bethany House. It is a stand-alone novel, and I found it had a different feel than her other works. I don't know exactly how to put it; her other works are more historical, while this had more of a mysterious feel than historical air.
Abigail Foster is a practical girl, helping her father with the family finances, especially since her mother and sister like spending money that the family does not have. When the family's finances run too low to stay in their own house, a mysterious opportunity arises to stay at a mansion in the country that has been boarded up for eighteen years. Abigail is intrigued, and convinces her father to try it out. When they arrive at the house, they find everything looking as if it had been quickly abandoned. Tea is still out in the parlor; dollhouses and their pieces are left on the floor in a bedroom. Soon after she arrives, Abigail begins receiving anonymous letters, diary-style, about the day of departure from the mansion.
I couldn't stop reading this book! The mystery of what happened to the original residents of this mansion was captivating, and Abigail was a relatable character. The plot was well-developed and kept me hanging.
Thank you to Bethany House for providing me with a copy of this book to read and review. Although I liked Julie Klassen's older books better, this was a good read.