February 17, 2015

THE SECRET OF PEMBROOKE PARK by Julie Klassen, Spotlight and Giveaway




In the spring of 1818, twenty-four-year-old Abigail Foster fears she is destined to become a spinster. Her family’s finances are in ruins and the one young man she truly esteems has fallen for another woman — her younger, prettier sister Louisa.
 
Forced to retrench after the bank failure of Austen, Gray & Vincent, the Foster family optimistically pool their resources for another London Season for her sister in hopes of an advantageous alliance. While searching for more affordable lodgings, a surprising offer is presented: the use of a country manor house in Berkshire abandoned for eighteen years. The Fosters journey to the imposing Pembrooke Park and are startled to find it entombed as it was abruptly left, the tight-lipped locals offering only rumors of a secret room, hidden treasure and a murder in its mysterious past.

Eager to restore her family fortune, Abigail, with the help of the handsome local curate William Chapman and his sister Leah, begins her search into the heavily veiled past aided by unsigned journal pages from a previous resident and her own spirited determination. As old friends and new foes come calling at Pembrooke Park, secrets come to light. Will Abigail find the treasure and love she seeks...or very real danger?
 
 
Early Praise
 
“Jane Austen meets Victoria Holt in Christy Award–winning Klassen’s latest deliciously spooky and sweetly romantic historical.” — Booklist
“Regency romance with awesome castles, secrets, hidden rooms and, of course, romance . . . . Julie Klassen has hit this one out of the ballpark.” — Romantic Times Book Reviews Top Pick
“If you are looking for a book which combines the enticing elements of a Gothic with the mannerly charm of a Regency, look no further, because this lovely Inspirational is just your cup of tea.” — Heroes and Heartbreakers
“While there are plenty of Regency authors out there, the lovely Julie Klassen is by far one of the top and a must read for fans of Austen/Brontë style and prose. Klassen’s latest, The Secret of Pembrooke Park has a touch of both – the mystery of Brontë and the fun of Austen.”— Books and Beverages
The Secret of Pembrooke Park is perfectly packaged with several threads of the gothic suspense, Regency romance and inspirational themes while presenting a well plotted story with intriguing characters in an amazing setting.” — Burton Book Review
Author Bio
 
Julie Klassen loves all things Jane—Jane Eyre and Jane Austen. A graduate of the University of Illinois, Julie worked in publishing for sixteen years and now writes full time. Three of her books have won the Christy Award for Historical Romance. She has also been a finalist in the Romance Writers of America’s RITA Awards. Julie and her husband have two sons and live in St. Paul, Minnesota. Learn more about Julie and her books at her website, follower her on Twitter, and visit her on Facebook and Goodreads.
 
 
 
 
THE SECRET OF PEMBROOK PARK BLOG TOUR SCHEDULE:
 
February 16              My Jane Austen Book Club (Guest Blog)
February 16              vvb32 Reads (Excerpt)                             
February 17              Psychotic State Book Reviews (Spotlight)
February 17              My Kids Led Me Back to Pride and Prejudice (Spotlight)    
February 18              Addicted to Jane Austen (Review)                                
February 18              Peeking Between the Pages (Review)                                     
February 19              Jane Austen in Vermont (Interview)                                          
February 19              Living Read Girl (Review)                                                
February 20              My Love for Jane Austen (Excerpt)                                           
February 20              Truth, Beauty, Freedom & Books (Review)                            
February 20              Laura's Reviews (Guest Blog)                                        
February 21              A Bookish Way of Life (Review)                                    
February 21              Romantic Historical Reviews (Excerpt)                        
February 22              Reflections of a Book Addict (Review)                                    
February 23              Austenesque Reviews (Guest Blog)                                         
February 23              Peace, Love, Books (Review)                                        
February 24              vvb32 Reads (Review)                                         
February 24              Poof Books (Excerpt)
February 25              Babblings of a Bookworm (Review)                                         
February 25              Austenesque Reviews (Review)                                    
February 25              Luxury Reading (Review)
February 26              So Little Time…So Much to Read (Review)
February 26              More Agreeably Engaged (Excerpt)
February 27              Psychotic State Book Reviews (Interview)                             
February 27              Booktalk & More (Review)
 
February 28              Laughing with Lizzie (Spotlight)
February 28              The Calico Critic (Review)
March 01                   Leatherbound Reviews (Excerpt)                                              
March 01                   Delighted Reader (Review)
March 02                   CozyNookBks (Review)                                       
March 02                   Laura's Reviews (Review)                                               
 
Grand Giveaway Contest 
Win One of Four Fabulous Prizes 
In celebration of the release of The Secret of Pembrooke Park, four chances to win copies of Julie’s books and other Jane Austen-inspired items are being offered.
 
 
Three lucky winners will receive one trade paperback or eBook copy of The Secret of Pembrooke Park, and one grand prize winner will receive one copy of all eight of Julie’s novels: Lady of Milkweed Manor, The Apothecary's Daughter, The Silent Governess, The Girl in the Gatehouse, The Maid of Fairbourne Hall, The Tutor’s Daughter, The Dancing Master, and The Secret of Pembrooke Park, one DVD of Northanger Abbey (2007) and a Jane Austen Action Figure. 
To enter the giveaway contest, simply leave a comment on any or all of the blog stops on The Secret of Pembrooke Park Blog Tour starting February 16, 2015 through 11:59 pm PT, March 9, 2015. Winners will be drawn at random from all of the comments and announced on Julie Klassen’s website on March 16, 2015. Winners have until March 22, 2015 to claim their prize. The giveaway contest is open to residents of the US, UK, and Canada. Digital books will be sent through Amazon or Barnes & Noble. Good luck to all!
 
 
 
 

 
 
 

59 comments:

Lindsey Parker said...

A wonderful book by my favorite author!!
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Donna said...

Very excited to read this book

Kate said...

I loved this book. Julie is a great author!!!!!
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atransparentmom said...

Love the book! I enjoy how each one differs from the last. I am a part of The Regency Society of Virginia, so I absolutely adore these books!!

*major nerd alert!!* (:

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Dawn said...

This look interesting - thanks for introducing me to a new author.
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Alaina said...

These reviews just gave me even more reason to believe I won't be disappointed when I do manage to get a copy!

Caryl Kane said...

Julie Klassen is a new-to-me author. This blog hop and giveaway is a great introduction. I look forward to reading her stories.

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Heidi Robbins said...

I love Julie Klassen's books!

Sparks of Ember said...

I've never been to this blog before (I'm following Julie Klassen's blog tour) but I love the name and slogan!
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I'm checking out other reviews now!

Mackenzie Carol said...

I'm so excited for this book!! Can't wait to read another by one of my favorite authors!
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Julie Klassen said...

Thanks everyone. And thanks, Lori, for hosting me here today!

Neha Patel said...

I'm so excited about the blog tour! Julie Klassen is one of my all-time favorites!

Beth Gillihan said...

Looking forward to reading this book! Julie is on of my favorite authors!
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Christy Walker said...

This book sounds amazing!!!!!! Anything with a little bit of mystery and suspense makes me not able to put it down!!!

Rsymphony said...

I couldn't put this book down!

Amada Chavez said...

Lovely Spotlight! :)

Hugs, Amada (pronounced: a.m.a.th.a)

Sydney Anderson said...

Yet another review that is getting me antsy to read The Secret of Pembrooke Park.

dawnreadlove said...

Thanks for the giveaway. I loved the book and reviewed it on my blog ReadLove.

Julianna Rowe said...

I am so looking forward to reading this book!! Julie is one of my favorite authors..:) - Juli
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Constance Hendryx said...

Thanks for the giveaway!!

Bree said...

Thank you for this wonderful opportunity!

Christy Walker said...

Loving the looks of the giveaways!!!!!!!! Everything Jane!!!!

Trixi said...

I am a HUGE Julie Klassen fan so this giveaway would be wonderful to win!! She has instilled the love of everything Regency & the pursuit of other authors who write in this time period. I would love to see these on my bookshelf & pass them on to friends to enjoy. I am really enjoying this blog tour & really appreciate all the bloggers who are featuring Julie. I've read several of her books & always look forward to new ones :-) Thank you for a chance to win a great prize package!

Jessica Hyatt said...

Very excited to read the newest Julie Klassen book - love her others!

Aerykah said...

Such a great author! I hope to own all of her books. :)

Rick Estep said...

This would make a great addition to our church library! librarybooks at religious dot com

Pam K. said...

This book has been on my "want to read" list since I first heard of it. I love Julie's books. The Secret of Pembrooke Park sounds like a book I'll really enjoy.

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Laura Lane said...

I really want to read this book!

The Allen Family said...

Oh how I love all her books! Thanks for the chance!
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Andrea Cox said...

Oh, this book is so good! Thanks for reviewing it and being part of this blog tour.

Blessings,
Andrea
Proofreader/Editor/Writer
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bn100 said...

nice blurb

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BSW said...

Enjoyed this book!

Fallon said...

Thanks!!

Susan Heim said...

I've read several of Julie Klassen's books and loved them, so I'm really excited about this one!

Sonja said...

A great author. This is certainly a great book. sonja dot nishimoto at gmail dot com

Galina said...

Reading this book right now. After 6 chapters it sounds great, very mysterious and interesting. Read all previous books of Julie Klassen and love them all.

Sara B. said...

I love this book and highly recommend it!

tammy cordery said...

sounds like a good book. great giveaway. love to win

Betty Strohecker said...

Looking forward to reading Julie's latest book. Am enjoying visiting all of these sites.

Jennifer said...

I've always liked Jane Ausen and I have liked Klassen's work so far. The Tudor's Daughter is my favorite!

Sasha Elizabeth said...

I would love to read this book!

Shirley Strait said...

Thanks for being part of the book tour. Julie's books are always wonderful.

alysasawyer said...

Awesome book! Julie is now one of my favorite authors!

suzan said...

I love Julie's works. I am so looking forward to reading this novel.

atransparentmom said...

What in the world! Somehow I missed this on the first go around.

Love the book!

Kalona Elaine said...

I love Julie's books and really want to read this latest one too :)

Susan Heim said...

I just read the wonderful interview you posted with Julie Klassen. I've read a couple of her books and am determined to read every one of them!

LeAnne said...

Julie Klassen does such a wonderful job on her stories! I would love to read more of her books!

The Allen Family said...

I've read all her books and loved them! Can't wait to read this one!
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Charlene Argaez said...

Looks like a great read. I'm always happy to learn about a "new" author.

Jamie Lapeyrolerie said...

Julie is so incredibly talented - I hope a ton of people get to read this!

Kristin said...

Sounds like a great read. I always enjoy Julie Klassen's books!

eliza elliott said...

Always a fan of Julie's books - can't wait to read it! truckredford(at)gmail(dot)com

marcia vasquez said...

I'm loving the characters in the sneak peak posted. Cant wait to read your book.

Aimee said...

I love Julie and historical fiction. They make me giddy!

st.james said...

Fantastic opportunity to add quality historical fiction to my library! TY<3

Nicole Seay said...

I'm looking forward to reading this!

Infuse said...

Anything by Julie gets my full attention - with her attention to research and unique plots, I'm a happy reader!