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.
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.
Here's all you need to know to participate in this grand tour's fabulous giveaways!
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!
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 (Review)
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)
Now, you might notice that there is a "review" next to Booktalk & More in the above list...and now I must admit, much to my chagrin and with my most heartfelt apologies, that I've not yet finished the book! However, I checked with the tour organizer (thanks Laurel Ann!) and this spotlight will serve as my tour entry post for today, with a review to come before the tour's end on March 2nd!
To help whet your appetite, here's more information about The Secret of Pembrooke Park, including the gorgeous trailer. In my view, this is easily Klassen's most ambitious novel to date! (I'd love to hear your favorite Klassen novel in the comments!)
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?
“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
See you soon with my full review!
I'll read whatever Julie releases!! This one was so fabulous and I'm SO EXCITED she's releasing two more this year!!
Super excited to read this one!
Excellent book from a fabulous author! :)
Amada (pronounced: a.m.a.th.a)
Ahhh....The street near my house is Pembrooke. Makes me WANT TO WIN THIS PRIZE PACK!
I love all of Julie Klassen’s books, and I cannot wait to read Lady Maybe! This blog tour is so exciting!
If you have not read this book yet then you need to go out and buy or borrow this book. Really enjoyed the story and the mystery it had to offer. I cannot wait to read Julie Klassen's other books. They all sound great!
I would love to read this :)
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I've been having so much fun following this tour. Julie Klassen is one of my favorite authors, too!
I look forward to reading your review, Ruth! :) I've loved all of Julie Klassen's books that I've read and I'm excited to read this one.
I hope you are enjoying Pembrooke! It's a lovely story and one of my favorites from Julie Klassen. Others I've enjoyed are:
The Apothecary's Daughter
The Tutor's Daughter
The Girl in the Gatehouse
I'm also looking forward to reading Lady Maybe and The Painter's Daughter.
I'm a huge Julie Klassen fan & have read 5 of her books! I really look forward to "The Secrets of Pembrooke Park" & all future books of hers. She instilled the love of all things Regency & authors who write about this time period. I've really been enjoying this blog tour & reading all the comments and reviews. Thank you for a featuring this giveaway on your blog & to Julie for a great prize package!
I cannot wait to read Julie's upcoming books! I am especially looking forward to The Painter's Daughter, as I just love marriage-in-name-only stories. There is something about them that I find incredibly romantic, which is kind of ironic. Anyway, I'm looking forward to reading your review!
I love reading regency novels, especially when the author is Julie Klassen!
I would really like to win this book!
I'm looking forward to reading this book!
So excited to read The Secret of Pembrooke Park! :)
I'm looking forward to reading this book and I hope I win! :)
I would love to enter the giveaway, it sounds wonderful!
Looking forward to reading this book!
Always a fan of Julie's books - can't wait to read it! truckredford(at)gmail(dot)com
I have enjoyed a few of Julie's books and look forward to reading this newest one.
Thank you for sharing with us, Ruth. I am looking forward to reading your review!! Julie Klassen is a favorite of mine too and I am so looking forward to reading The Secret of Pembrooke Park! ~ Blessings, Juli firstname.lastname@example.org
I could never pick a favorite of Julie's books, I've read them all and love them! Can't wait to read this.
I think that this book would make an excellent movies! Just look at the book trailer!
This is exciting! While I don't typically read this genre there are days I get in the mood for it. I will have to keep an eye on this book.
Love the creative book trailer - so expressive of the aspects of searching for the secrets!
Thanks everyone for the comments & I hope you enjoyed Julie's book!
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