Book Review: Death Be Not Proud by C.F. Dunn

Title: Death Be Not Proud

Author: C. F. Dunn

Series: The Secret of the Journal

Publisher: Lion Fiction

Release Date: September 18, 2013


Book Summary:

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.

Death Be Not Proud is the second book in The Secret of the Journal series written by C.F. Dunn.

One thing I absolutely love about this author is that she knows how to write. Writing abilities aside, this second installment of this series is much less suspenseful than the first and a bit more tame in the storyline. The storyline seems to take us away from the secrets of a generational family research attempt to a new research project involving her new love, Matthew. This left me with questions still unanswered and a list of all new ones. The connection and bond between Emma and Matthew get stronger along with moral and personal challenges and obligations that are keeping them apart.

There is a paranormal twist that becomes more prevalent in this book (however it was alluded to in the first book). I will say that this storyline does not fit the typical paranormal storyline and it is definitely NOT a typical “Paranormal Romance” book. The main character, Emma, is a very moral person and the situations she encounters make her faith not so black and white. Matthew also appears to be very devout and they both have made choices which cause them guilt- and possibly more.

The ending leaves you with a bit of a cliff hanger and leaves clues as to what we may expect in book three. I do hope that the third book contains the answers to all the tidbits brought up in both book one and two and has a bit more suspense and intrigue!

Overall I’d recommend this book to adults who like history, intrigue, and clean romance with a twist! Highly recommend reading book one, Mortal Fire prior to reading this book.

Rating: 3.5 Stars – Good Book

Content: Clean, possibly a curse word or two

Source: I received this book via Early Reviewer giveaway.

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