Author: C. F. Dunn
Series: The Secret Journal #3
Publisher: Lion Fiction
Release Date: April 28, 2014
The third installment of the acclaimed romantic thriller series. 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 different 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?
Great story so far! This book began where book two, Death Be Not Proud, ended. The story did start off a little slow while Ms. Dunn introduced new characters and/or character details but it certainly picked up speed and the ending was quite climatic. In the end you are still left with questions and little answers (my “grrr” towards the author!) but I enjoyed the ride.
Things that I love in a book are paranormal, romance, history, intrigue, mystery and great writing and this book had them all. I also like how she took a unique and unusual gift that some people have and gave it a more paranormal aspect.
I have read all books in this series thus far and highly recommend them. If you’re like me and enjoy the things I listed above then check this series out. But do yourself a favor and start with book one first, Mortal Fire, to get the best out of these series.
As a side note:
While this is a mostly clean book I recommend it for mature teens and older as there are topics revolving around sexual fetishes. No one has sex, in fact the main characters have not consummated their relationship, but one’s reputation is being held in question regarding rumors about one’s sexual preference and the drama that this entails.
Rating: 4.5 Stars – Highly Recommend
Content: Sexual situations
Source: ARC from publisher