Death Be Not Proud
From the back cover:
The Secret of the Journal #2
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.
To be honest after I requested to review this book I was worried I might regret it. After reading the back cover copy again I wondered if this book would interest me.
I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised and this book exceeded my expectations. From the first page I was drawn into Emma’s world.
This is the second book in a series. The first is Mortal Fire. I didn’t read the first but wish I had. I didn’t feel lost, but I did feel I was missing important pieces of the puzzle. I definitely want to go back and read the first book.
This is a very different book than what I would normally read. It has a supernatural, almost gothic feel to it. I found myself wrapped up in the book and the mystery behind Matthew and what it would mean to love someone like him.
However, calling this book Christian fiction is used VERY loosely. There will be many Christians who pick up this book and will be offended. There is some cursing and I start to wonder if Emma really understands what it means to be a Christian as she seems to contemplate pre-martial sex. Interesting enough, I don’t remember ever reading that Emma is a Christian, just that she has faith. I am pretty sure I didn’t even see the name of Jesus in the book (but I could be wrong).
If you are someone who leans more toward secular books you might like this one. I liked it a lot, but I don’t recommend this book for everyone. If you are looking for something different then pick up a copy.
Grab your copy at your local book store, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Christianbook.com or Deeper Shopping.
Visit C.F. Dunn’s website here.
I received this book from Kregel Publications in exchange for an honest review.