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Wednesday, 25 February 2015



I've looked forward with pleasure to today's
Blog Tour Spotlight for this 5* novel

Julie Klassen's newest release!

Published by Bethany House [Baker Publishing GroupDecember 2. 2014
 Genres: Regency Romance / Gothic Romance / Historical Fiction /
Austenesque / Inspirational Fiction 


AudioBook Published by Recorded Books December 12. 2014
Narrator: Elizabeth Jasicki  ~  Length: 18 hrs 3 min  unabridged


Congratulations, Julie
on your newest delivery !

The storyline ...?

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: one twelvemonth's use of a country manor house in Berkshire, abandoned for eighteen years. Abigail and her father journey to the imposing Pembrooke Park and are startled to find it entombed as it was abruptly left. Tight-lipped locals and the handsome local curate offer a stern warning: Beware trespassers drawn by rumours of Pembrooke Park's secret room filled with treasure. . .
Eager to restore her family fortune - and her dowry - Abigail begins her search into the heavily veiled past with spirited determination and the aid of cryptic journal pages postmarked Brighton from an unnamed resident. But eerie sounds at night and footprints in the dust reveal she isn't the only one secretly searching the house.   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?

Here's author, Julie Klassen, hosting a wee tour for us, 
providing a peek into Great Chalfield Manor,
the English manor {and church} inspiring the story ...

I absolutely love the unique oriel and stained glass window features,
gardens of wisteria and tulips, pathways, and stairway scenes in the book from 
this spectacular property.
What a delight to share the tour with Julie!
Thank you, Julie, for including us in bringing the story to life via your firsthand experiences.
I loved the suspense, romantic twists, and variety of characters in this novel.
Truly a pleasure to read !  and a strong 5* recommendation.

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 won the Midwest Book Award, Christian Retailing’s BEST Award, and has been a finalist in the Romance Writers of America’s RITA Awards, Minnesota Book Awards, and ACFW’s Carol Awards
Julie blogs at inspiredbylifeandfiction
Julie and her husband have two sons and live in a suburb of
St. Paul, Minnesota.

~ Find and Follow Julie online ~
Julie's Website
Julie Klassen Facebook 
Julie on Goodreads 
Julie Klassen Twitter  @Julie_Klassen, @Bethany_House
Tweet the Tour hashtags:
#PembrookeBlogTour, #JaneAusten, #HistoricalFicton, #RegencyRomance, #Reading, #GothicRomance, #Austenesque

Purchase Links ~
Book Depository 
Barnes & Noble * 
ChristianBook *
Indie Bound  * 
Amazon *  Audible Audiobook *
Add it at Goodreads 
the next 2 due later this year ~
Lady Maybe  and   The Painter's Daughter

My thoughts on Julie's novels include ~
The Maid of Fairbourne Hall   *  
The Dancing Master 
The Tutor's Daughter

Award winning historical romance author Julie Klassen tours the blogosphere
February 16 through March 2 to share her latest release, The Secret of Pembrooke Park. Twenty five popular book bloggers specializing in historical and Austenesque fiction will feature guest blogs, interviews, book reviews and excerpts of this acclaimed gothic Regency romance novel.
A fabulous giveaway contest, including copies of all of Ms. Klassen’s eight books and other Jane Austen-themed items, is open to those who join the festivities.   
~ Grand Giveaway Contest ~

**Win One of Four Fabulous Prizes**
In celebration of the release of The Secret of Pembrooke Park,
4 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 + Canada. [Digital books will be sent through Amazon or Barnes & Noble]. 
Good luck to all!
Be sure to hit the G+ button to spread the word - TY!!
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Julie's Events Page


And don't forget to comment here at FHC for your 


through 11:59 pm PT - March 9. 2015



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Gayle Mills said...

I've read all of Julie Klassen's books and loved them all. I'm looking forward to enjoying this one as well.

Kate said...

I love Julie! Her newest releases can't come out soon enough!

Mackenzie Carol said...

I cannot wait to read this new release! I just love the manor!!!

Laura at Library of Clean Reads said...

I have read one of Klassen's previous books and really liked it. I missed out on this tour unfortunately. I've read only good things about this novel. Would love to read it!

Andrea Stoeckel said...

I have actually NEVER read Kassen. I found this tour on GoodReads...and I adore the title of your blog. I love reading and reviewing new to me authors. May the best person win

Camille said...

I have enjoyed reading Julie Klassen's books. I can't wait to read this book.

Kim Hampton said...

I would love to win! I haven't read any of Julie Klassen's books so I had to add them all to my to-read list!

Faith Hope and Cherrytea said...

Delighted to hear the enthusiasm and all the TBR additions !
click the titles for info and order links and they'll be posted directly to get you reading asap ! EnJoy and
Thanks for participating :)

Carrie Fancett Pagels said...

Love the video!!! Wish I'd seen this before I read the book! TY!

Unknown said...

Loved the video! What an inspiring place. Thank you for the chance to win. Look for to reading your book. ~ Blessings

Sophia Rose said...

That was fun viewing the video and pictures thanks. It makes it easier to picture scenes in my mind. So beautiful!

Janet Grunst said...

I've loved your books, Julie, and look forward to reading The Secret of Pembrooke Park. The video is great. I love the wisteria covered walls.

Anonymous said...

read it. loved it. ready to win.

Unknown said...

Thank you so much for sharing with us! I truly enjoyed visiting your blog and I loved the video and pictures. I adore a good mystery,so, of course I am looking forward to reading The Secret of Pembrooke Park!! ~ Blessings, Juli

Susan Heim said...

I'm so excited to see that Julie has more books coming out this year. I can't get enough of her stories!

Thinkin' Out Loud said...

Thanks for the little video. I love to see old manors and castles. Love to imagine them as they were.

Caryl Kane said...

Loved the video! I can't wait to read The Secret of Pembrook Park.


Faith Hope and Cherrytea said...

Feel free to click the bottom right of the video to make it full screen size - just so it's not too little :)

GLad you're all enjoying it as I'm enjoying hosting Julie and everyone stopping in ...

Julie Klassen said...

Thanks so much for hosting me. I'm enjoying reading everyone's comments!

Sydney Anderson said...

Thanks so much for sharing the video of Julie visiting the estate that inspired Pembrooke Park in the book. Loved it!! And thanks for participating in the blog tour.

Karen said...

I have not read any of this authors books but I would like a chance to read one. I enjoy your blog very much!

Sparks of Ember said...

Thank you for sharing!

apple blossom said...

lovely cover. thanks for sharing julie's book

Alyssa said...

I love to read - - thanks for sharing Thanks for linking up with us at the Home Matters Linky Party this week! #homemattersparty

Alyssa said...

Thanks for linking up with us at the Home Matters Linky Party this week! #homemattersparty

Kat C said...

I found you via the Calico Critic... Your books sound wonderful.. you had me from the first picture. The country road taking me back to my childhood home and lazy summer days and cold winter nights. Reading a good Gothic book that was hard to put down..
Thank you
Kat C

Sonja said...

Excited to read this book!

Heidi Reads... said...

I absolutely loved this book and recommend it to my friends! I'm looking forward to reading her earlier books I haven't yet! And can't wait to get my hands on her upcoming releases!

Sasha Elizabeth Conrad said...

I'm new to Julie Klassen and can't wait to dive in!

Joan A said...

I have read some of Julie's book and want to read this one!

Michelle said...

This was my #1 book read in 2014.
I also wrote a review for it.

Truckredford said...

Always a fan of Julie's books - look forward to this one. truckredford(at)gmail(dot)com

Kelly Blackwell @ Heres My Take On It said...

I was filled with suspense with just the teaser you gave. Love Julie's work and I look forward to reading The Secret of Pembrook Park! Thank you for taking on a tour stop!


Pam said...

I haven't yet read all of Julie's books but have enjoyed the ones I've read. Her love of the time period really shines through in her writing. I'm looking forward to The Secret of Pembrooke Park., said...

FHC Thanks for hosting Julie for this tour. I would so love to win this book. Will be some lucky person to win First Prize. But one can always Hope, right? Julie has some good books out and I always love the covers. That in itself makes me want to read them. Please put my name in the drawing. GOD bless.
Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

Patty said...

I've read most but not all of Julie's books, and would love to add her newest to my collection!


Unknown said...

I enjoy reading historical fiction books. I like that this one has a mystery too.

Anna Weaver Hurtt said...

Hey Faith, Hope, and Cherry Tea! :)

Thanks for the giveaway! I love Julie's books and have been looking forward to reading this one.

Vintage Whimsy Studio said...

Missed the giveaway ;o( but glad to have found you again. I think that we connected a couple of years ago on the Ruby for Women blog. Anyway, glad to read about the new book as I've read the other books by Julie. Thanks for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop at Katherine's Corner. Looking forward to seeing what you share this week at the hop! Nina @ Vintage Mama's Cottage

Faith Hope and Cherrytea said...

Giveaway is on til end of March 9th PT, so you're all set Nina, @mamas*little*treasures - thanks for stopping in!

The Artist Librarian said...

Wow, this is my first time seeing the cover for "The Painter's Daughter" --Loving both the cover and the title!

Thanks for the chance to win such an amazing prize pack!


Tanya @ Moms Small Victories said...

What a great giveaway. Thanks for sharing with Small Victories Sunday linkup!

Nise' said...

I will always pick up a Julie Klassen book!

Susan said...

Oh my goodness. The books sound amazing.

Can you put my name into the hat? Thanks. Susan

Infuse said...

Liking the tour with Julie! thanks for posting and for covers of her upcoming releases - gorgeous

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