Death Be Not Proud
The Secret of the Journal Book 2
By C.F. Dunn
Emma D'Eresby has returned to England with her parents where she seems to be almost in a stupor as she tries to make sense of both Matthew and what occurred in Maine. As Emma searches for answers she comes across evidence that points to Matthew being even more unique than she first thought.
When Emma sends Matthew a cryptic message she fears that she has driven him away. But to her surprise Matthew shows up in England and wants her to return to Maine and celebrate Christmas with his family as they had planned. Emma agrees to this plan, but before they spend the holiday with Matthew's family they speak of what Emma has discovered and its impact on their present and possible future together.
I have to say the first part of the book seemed to drag as Emma dealt with the mental fallout of her experience and her parents were on the verge of having her committed. But the second half picked up after Matthew came on the scene. I would definitely urge the reader to read book 1 - Mortal Fire before read this book as it will help the reader's understanding of the book. This is not to say you have to read the first book, but it is highly recommended for your comprehension. And who wants to start a series part way into it?
I was provided a copy of this book by Kregel in exchange for my honest review.
About the book:
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.