Sunday, December 28, 2014

The Secret of Pembrooke Park

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By Julie Klassen

This book was given me by Bethany House for the purpose of reading and writing a review.  All opinions are my own.

It's time to get reading.  I currently have three more books that are waiting to be read and reviewed. One would think with all the down time I'm supposed to have, I would get lots of reading done, but I don't really read that much.  This week I have charted an hour in my schedule every day for reading. We will see how that goes.  Anyway, back to the review:

I first read Julie Klassen on another Bethany House Review book and I really liked her style of writing.  This book was not disappointing.  It had some twists and turns in it that I didn't see coming at all.  Maybe I wasn't observant enough, but I sure didn't catch on to some of the plot until it was laid out before me. That to me is a sign of a good book.  I like books where everything comes out okay in the end, but I don't like to have it figured out in the first chapter. This book certainly didn't do that.

I'm not going in to details of the story, just a very brief overview.  A family loses a lot of money through a bad investment deal and is forced to sell their house in London.  They are offered this Pembrooke Park from an unknown benefactor.  When they arrive to look at the house, the house has the appearance of having been vacated in the middle of activities.  Tea is dried in the tea cups; dust and cobwebs abound.  Also abounding are the rumors about a secret room and a treasure that is supposedly hidden in the house somewhere.  Of course, this creates the intrigue along with the cloaked figure seen at night roaming the house.  I'll stop there.  Too much more info and the story is ruined.

Julie did a good job of keeping her characters straight and portraying their personalities very effectively.  I will be keeping my eye open for more of her books.

In other very brief news: I have reached the 30 week mark and count each day from here on as a blessing.  I made it to Christmas, which has always been my goal.  Now, to 36 weeks and being able to get up off my chair and cook a meal and clean my house and maybe even go on a little walk.  The countdown is on!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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