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Death be Not Proud

Title:  Death Be Not Proud (The Secret of the Journal #2)
Author:  C.F. Dunn
Pages:  387
Year:  2013
Publisher:  Lion Fiction
This story picks up right where Mortal Fire left off.  Emma D’Eresby has fled to London with her parents to recover being attacked.  She has left the man she loves, Matthew Lynes, behind in America.  Emma is in shock and mentally unstable.  She won’t eat and just lies in bed all day.  Her parents are very concerned and want her to seek psychiatric help.  Emma slowly begins to come out of her daze and do what she does best…research history.  She has very little to go on, but is determined to find out all she can about Matthew Lynes.  She has an idea now what his secret it, but must be sure before she admits her love for him.  She has “borrowed” the journal her grandfather told her about from the college in America where she was working and reads it for clues.  She learns about her family tree and does indeed get more information on Matthew’s past.  She sends him a message, indicating she has discovered his secret.  How will he react?  Will he be angry?  Will he shun any further contact with her?
Emma journeys to an old farm/manor to follow a clue from the journal.  What she finds causes her to faint dead away.  What does she discover?  Matthew comes to England to take Emma back to America so they can discuss his past, her past and their future together.  Matthew is a fount of historical information, which Emma craves as this is her profession and one of her main joys in life.  She identifies more with the past than the present.  What other secrets has Matthew been keeping from Emma?
I read the first book in this series and enjoyed it.  This second book started off okay, but then readers discover Matthew’s abilities.  I got that he was different from the first book, but I wasn’t expecting paranormally different.  Matthew has superhuman strength, doesn’t eat and is immune to cold or hot temperatures to name a few things.  Then, when Emma discovers he has lied about being a widower, she continues her romantic relationship with him!  There are a few curse words in the book, but not enough to distract readers.  However, I don’t feel this should be marketed and targeted to a Christian audience.  There are references to Emma wearing a cross necklace, but we don’t read about her sharing her faith or applying scriptural truth to her problems, and her two best friends at the American college, Elena and Matias, aren’t married, but are having a sexual relationship.  While Emma and Matthew don’t physically consummate their relationship as he is still married, there is still kissing, touching and love involved in their very “unplatonic” relationship.  This seemed to me to read like a secular paranormal love story with some vague Christian references thrown in.  There wasn’t much suspense or mystery I was looking for as “the secret of the journal” seems to imply.  I wouldn’t recommend this book.
My rating is 2 stars.
Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book.  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.  Other reviews can be read at .  Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at

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