Monday, August 12, 2013

Death be Not Proud


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. 

I requested Death Be Not Proud from Kregel and was given permission 
to do a book-spotlight instead of a regular review. Thank you Kregel! 
So lets meet the author! 

"Always on the move with my Air Force family, I spent a peripatetic but happy childhood in my book-lined imagination fueled by tales from the past.
I ached to tell stories but struggled to read and write, and it wasn’t until the age of nine when living in Norway that I broke through the barriers. When I did, I spent every spare minute reading everything and anything I could. I loved CS Lewis, Arthur Ransome, the Bronte sisters, and Tolkien.
Claire and GoatDay-dreaming took pole position in the life of a nascent author and, without the distraction of television and beguiled by the wide, wild landscapes that surrounded me, I lived between the real world and that conjured in my head.
Hooked on history and literature, I returned to England and a bleak period of secondary schooling where I never quite followed the plot expected of a typical teenager.
Instead, new-found faith provided a context for my life, followed shortly after by a diagnosis of dyslexia, and the previous years of struggle suddenly made sense.
University gave me the opportunity to indulge my love of history and it was where I met my future husband.
Together with our friends, a couple of Siamese cats, and a ghost, we shared a cottage in the grounds of a castle between the confluence of two rivers, and dreamed of setting up a school.
Claire NowNow I divide my time between running our specialist dyslexia and autism school in the South-East, and writing in the South-West, best described as living between the here and now and the never-never.
They say God works in mysterious ways. He also has a sense of humour.

‘Death Be Not Proud’
The second book in the Mortal Fire – Secret of the Journal series finds Emma on the brink of despair. What will her future hold if truth is an illusion and things are not what they seem?" 

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