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July 22, 2016


The Secret of the Journal Series
Book 2 of 4
C.F. Dunn

It would be so easy just to stay there, submerged and warm where the world
couldn't touch me and I wouldn't have
to face tomorrow, or the next day, or the next.


(from back of book)

  • Series: The Secret of the Journal (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Lion Fiction (June 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1782640347
  • ISBN-13: 978-1782640349

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.

C.F. Dunn runs a specialist dyslexia and autism school in south-east England. She is author of MORTAL FIRE.


I haven't read book one yet and to be honest, I'm not sure I will.  I'm looking for something new in the romance reading.  Sometimes, or a lot of the time, it seems like if you read one, you've read most of them.   When you get some historical value or something really, really special about the book, then I can get into the book.  I just somehow couldn't do that with this book.  This may be in part that I didn't read the first book, thus, I didn't get the background needed.  I only made it part of the way through this book.  Seems to me that Emma has blinders on. She looks in a one way direction and to me she's selfish and acts like a spoiled brat that can't figure out what is going on.  We get a taste of immortality which to me wasn't touched on enough.  Not enough explaining as to this immortality.   I just found what I did read, didn't hit home, the heart or my interest.  I do suggest you read this, draw your own conclusion. Everyone has their own interests, their own conclusions, their own perceptions and ideas.  Just because I had difficulty with the book, doesn't mean you will.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author and  Kregel in exchange for my unbiased and honest view.

I would give this book  2  STARS.

                                     Rope of Sand (The Secret of the Journal)    Mortal Fire (The Secret of the Journal)

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