Nancy Drew novels were some of my favorites growing up. Every week I would probably check a couple out from the school library and the public library. Our church even had them in their library and would usually get them from there. As I got older, I would spend my allowance on them. I loved the books. The mysteries were always so fun to try to unravel as Nancy would find clues or some clues would find her. Not to mention, some of the mysteries took place in some old mansions that sounded amazing!
The more pages I turned in The Secret of Pembrooke Park, the more I felt some of my childhood love of Nancy Drew creeping into my mind. While quite different then those detective novels, Klassen still wrote a novel about an old manor that has seen a number of secrets over the years. The main character stumbles into the web of them and tries to sort them out.
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**I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House and NetGalley in exchange for my honest review**
For anyone who adores Julie Klassen’s novels, they will adore this one. In fact, this one has probably become my favorite now. It has everything I could hope for in a novel. There are wonderful historical details, a mysterious plot, wonderful love story for the heroine, and beautiful prose telling the story.
Both the major and minor characters in this novel are extremely well developed–and I as I turned the final page, I was sad to say “farewell” to some wonderful friends that I had made. But what truly made the characters wonderful was that the way their lives were intertwined and connected and how they interacted with one another. They all had motivations and setbacks.
The mystery in the novel was exciting to unravel. So many times I thought I character was about to give something away that I’ve been very curious about, but then they would hold back. Anticipation and curiosity were constant companions while reading this novel. Plus, the deeper into the story I read, the more twists and turns awaited me.
Here is my warning to those who plan to pick this book up: you will not want to put this one down. I hardly did, and I always picked it back up as soon as I could.
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