BLog Cabin Mama Reads: The Secret of Pembrooke Park

Well, I am writing my very first book review! Many thanks to NetGalley, Bethany House Publishers and my very favorite author, Julie Klassen. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on her newest release.

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The Secret of Pembrooke Park



I eagerly look forward to each new novel Julie Klassen writes! I read her first book, Lady of Milkweed Manor and then her second, The Apothecary’s Daughter. Then I began playing the waiting game. Lucky you, if you are just meeting Julie, you have 8 wonderful books in your future full of historical, Christian romance with a side serving of mystery!

You may go ahead and thank me.

While you are at it, you might as well thank my Civil War reenactor dad! He took me to nearly every battlefield and historical site east of the Mississippi.

Civil War Papaw

Photo Credit: Randy Seals

This apparently instilled a love of history and geography in me but I would have never admitted it way back then.

I also would not have admitted to setting the alarm off at the Appomattox Court House as a fourth grader because I wanted to stand “where they stood.” I preferred the response of the kind people that worked there. “Oh its alright, she just leaned in too far.” After that I didn’t want to stand in my own skin. I wanted to run as far from Appomattox as I could!

Kept those toes behind the rope and my nose stuck in a book  ever since. I suggest you do the same!

One of my friends said just the other day, “What are you reading? You always have the best books!” Well, it was Sarah E. Ladd’s A Lady at Willowgrove Hall (Whispers On The Moors.) Want to know why? Because when you hang out with your favorite author on social media they become your friend and introduce you to their favorite authors!

I researched writing book reviews before jumping into this and I felt like a lot of them out there told more than I wanted to know about a book I was about to read, so my goal is to let the book speak for itself and not spill the beans!

For years I went through a spell of not finding any authors that I really liked. I grew up reading Victoria Holt but wanted to  find similar books with an added Christian theme. Historical, Christian romance with some mystery thrown in for good measure is a lot to ask for but its my thing! I am so happy to have finally found a few authors that fit the bill.

Regency romance is where I needed to be looking. The romance of this time period, castles, manors and pretty dresses. Yes, please! Is it time for tea, yet?

England, 1818.

I hate when a book doesn’t tell me where and when. Thank you, Julie.

Abigail Foster and her family face financial ruin. They very mysteriously end up with the key to Pembrooke Park. Behind the door they find the possibilities of danger, intrigue, hidden treasure and love. Will Abigail discover that God does indeed work to the good for those that love Him?

Plot twist, romance, history, a creepy old abandoned house, treasure and a handsome neighbor. All with the hand of God woven in gracefully.

A very enjoyable book for a bookworm turned blogger that hasn’t had time to read lately. Absolutely everything I look for in a book.

I loved reading Julie’s personal story about an abandoned home near her house that she was fascinated by as a child.

I hope you have enjoyed my first book review.  If you want to read The Secret of Pembrooke Park, then I was successful! Happy reading!

You can pre-order Julie’s upcoming book, Lady Maybe for July 7, 2015.

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I did receive a copy through NetGalley for review and it in no way affected my opinion of the book!


  1. Stephanie Y says

    I’m currently looking for a good read, thanks for sparking my interest. I absolutely love reading during the winter! Such a good excuse to stay indoors- good book, comfy clothes, and a blanket.

  2. Rosa says

    Great first review! 🙂 I read this book about a week ago. I liked it for the most part. I kind of found it scary. I don’t like scary things.

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