Tuesday, August 13, 2013

{Kregel Blog Tour} Death Be Not Proud (The Secret Journal) by C.F. Dunn

Book Description:  Following the vicious attack by a psychotic colleague, and reeling from the suspicion that Matthew Lynes is not all that he seems, Professor Emma D’Eresby flees her college teaching position in Maine to her hometown in England— taking the mysterious seventeenth-century journal she stole from the college’s archives with her.
Broken physically and emotionally, Emma drifts until, fearing for their daughter’s sanity, her parents invite a family friend to assess her. In the course of their conversation, Emma discovers that he spoke to Matthew over thirty years before.
This finally spurs her into action and soon, when she finds what certainly must be a reference to Matthew in the journal, she begins to understand Matthew’s profound secret.
But when Matthew arrives to confess his love for her, she must decide if she can trust him—and he must decide if he can share his extraordinary secret with her. Drawn by a deep connection that both feel but don’t quite understand they find they must set aside their doubts and trust each other.
Readers will be thrilled by the second installment in The Secret of the Journal from British author C. F. Dunn. Mixing suspense, romance, and the supernatural, Death Be Not Proud explores the profound moral implications of a life seemingly invulnerable to time.

My Thoughts:  Every once in awhile a reader takes a chance on an author she's never heard of before and low and behold she's hooked!  This is the case with me.  I read Mortal Fire (the first book in this series) by C. F. Dunn and loved it!  I'm always a little taken aback when I read a book by a new author and love it!  Silly.isn't.it?  It's kind of like always eating the same foods and then loving something new?!?!?
Anyway, I love the book cover of Death Be Not Proud.  It reminds me of how perfect we think our mirrored lives are and then we find a crack.
I was slightly disappointed in the ending to Mortal Fire.  But didn't say so because the book was so well written.  Now I know why Ms. Dunn left the ending as she did.  It is continued in Death Be Not Proud.
As with the first book . . . this read has a well thought out plot and wonderful descriptions of England.
The relationship between Emma and Matthew is somewhat disconcerting.  I really want Emma to let go of this guy. And what is the secret that he holds so close?
As Emma delves into her family history she finds out more than, maybe, she wanted to know.  
More than an interesting read this is a fantabulous, well written story full of emotion, suspense, history and family ties.  
I thought Mortal Fire was great but Book 2, Death Be Not Proud, is even better!
*This book was provided for review by Kregel Publications*
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Lion Fiction (July 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1782640347
  • ISBN-13: 978-1782640349

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