Death Be Not Proud by C. F. Dunn

Death Be Not Proud

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Death Be Not Proud – Book Review

If you are an astute reader, you can tell a lot about a book even before you begin to read the story that’s contained within. So – when I studied the opening pages of C.F. Dunn’s latest novel, Death Be Not Proud, and observed that the introductory pages contained not only a Contents page, but also a 2-page listing of characters, 2 maps, and a section entitled “The Story So Far” – it was obvious that I wasn’t holding a light summer read in my hand.

Quite the contrary.

Instead, I discovered that Death Be Not Proud – the second book in The Secret Of The Journal Series – is a romantic thriller with a plot so complex, I recommend that you read the series from the beginning if possible.

Death Be Not Proud tells the story of Emma D’eresby – a college professor who becomes obsessed with researching her family’s past, as documented in a 17th century journal passed down to her by her grandfather. When she is attacked by a crazed colleague in Book 1, Emma steals the journal from the university where it is housed and flees from the United States to her parents’ home in England to recover. This is where we find Emma at the beginning of Book 2.

While Emma is home recovering, she tries to make sense of the mysteries that surround Matthew Lynes – the surgeon she has fallen for. It’s become increasingly apparent to Emma that Matthew is keeping secrets from her, and she’s determined to discover what those secrets are. As their relationship grows, however, Emma finds it increasingly difficult to maintain healthy boundaries in their relationship, in spite of her concerns. What will happen when she learns the truth about the man she has fallen for?

C.F. Dunn is an adept storyteller whose vivid imagery draws you into her books. Her work will appeal to fans of romantic suspense that intertwine elements of the supernatural in their tales. However, if you’re looking for a novel that contains a strong Christian theme or message – this isn’t the book for you.

Fans will be excited to learn that Rope Of Sand, the third book in the series, is slated for a Spring 2014 release.

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About C.F. Dunn

CF Dunn

C. F. Dunn is a natural born storyteller who writes romantic thrillers with a historical twist. She has a degree in history and a career in literacy development. She shares life with a historian husband, two creative daughters and a Corgi named Stig. When C.F. isn’t writing books in Cornwall, she runs a specialist school in Kent.

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Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from Kregel Publications for review purposes. I was not compensated or required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.


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3 Responses to “Death Be Not Proud by C. F. Dunn”

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  1. Ila says:

    It really does sound like a good read!

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  2. LuAnn Braley
    Twitter: KentuckyGal

    I remember a movie in the 70s by that name, except the subject matter was very different. This sounds like another good book to add to my list!

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      Yes, when I first saw the title, I thought of the classic story by John Knowles which was made into a movie starring Robbie Benson in the 70s!
      I think that’s what initially attracted me to this book – but the stories are obviously very different!
      Hope you have a chance to check the series out!

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