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September 1, 2016


The Secret of the Journal 
Book 3
C.F. Dunn



An unexpected movement caught my eye as a face appeared at a first floor window.  Ghost-pale and with silver-white hair, hollow eyes punctured its skull.  The diembodied face hovered momentaryily before retreating into the darkness.  I blinked.
"Matthew, is your house haunted?" 

This third volume, set in rural Maine’s deep winter, follows the developing relationship between British historian, Emma D’Eresby, and American surgeon, Matthew Lynes. Emma unravels Matthew’s alarming past and begins to comprehend how very diff erent her future might be with a man whose identity must never be revealed.
Emma nervously meets Matthew’s family. She encounters his seventy-year-old son, Henry, and learns how unique the family really is. As Christmas approaches, it is clear that Emma is not welcomed by all: what does Matthew’s great-granddaughter have against her, and what might his sinister psychiatrist granddaughter, Maggie, be prepared to do?
Bound by their faith, Matthew and Emma have accepted that they must wait to be together until his wife dies. Very reluctantly, Emma meets Ellen—an elderly woman with a core of steel—and learns how living with Matthew will mean concealment and lies. How can they have a life together?

 C. F. Dunn runs a school in North Kent for children with developmental disabilities, dyslexia, autism, and other difficulties. She is the author of Mortal Fire and Death Be Not Proud.
  • Series: The Secret of the Journal (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Lion Fiction (April 28, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1782640878
  • ISBN-13: 978-1782640875


 For lovers of romance, suspense and paranormal, this book will delight you.  You get it all.   This is book three of the  Secrets of the Journal series.   Emma D'Eresby, a historian and Matthew Lynes, a well known surgeon, are in the throws of a romance that is growing. This is taking place during the English Civil War, 17th century.  Matthew, married with an sick wife, becomes in love with Emma.   There relationship isn't physical and Matthew has brought forth many of his secrets.

 Matthew brings Emma home to Maine to be introduced to his family.   She is welcomed by everyone except for Maggie, Matthew's grand daughter.  She does everything in her power to keep the two apart and ruin their relationship.

What will happen to Matthew and Emma?  Will their romance be brought to a tragic halt?   What is the secret that Emma is trying so hard to keep, even at the chance of her own demise.  

If you haven't read the first two books, which I recommend you do, don't worry. The author gives you an opening that will give you a little background.  The author went all out in describing the characters.  They were real life with all the secrets and webs that real people have.  The reader can relate to them. Each of the many characters is an individual all their own.     Don't miss out on this series of so many emotions, love, hate, respect and so much more.

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

I would give this book 4  STARS.

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