Last year, I stumbled upon a fabulous review book- Mortal Fire. As I said in my review, I loved this one. The ending was suspenseful, and I was left hanging and waiting anxiously for the next installment.
A month or so ago, book two came available for review. I excitedly picked it out. And then sat on my review shelf. I was almost afraid to begin reading it. Sometimes a sequel is a let down. Sometimes, with the passing of time, I don't really like the story as much. I was reluctant to pick this one up and be disappointed.
But a couple of days ago I picked up Death Be Not Proud, and I was NOT disappointed.
C.F. Dunn is a British author. As an American reader, I love this. I love the small differences in language. I love the British "feel" of the story. I just love the tone.
I can't reveal much of a synopsis of this book because if you haven't read the first one, it may give away too much. But this is the continuation of the story of Emma- a professor- and her quest to learn more about an old journal that her grandfather always sought and her continuing relationship with a mysterious doctor-Matthew- that she met while teaching in the States.
This book has compelling characters. It has historical research (much of it based on actual places in England). It has suspense. It has love. It has family relationships that are bound by love but are not perfect. It has wonderful settings- from historical small towns in England to a small town college in Maine to a remote mountainside.
I was not let down by this sequel. As I read, instead of being disappointed, I remembered how much I loved the first book and why. I found myself drawn again into the lives of Emma and Matthew. I was on the edge of my seat (or the bed where I often read) with the suspense.
This installment doesn't end with quite as much suspense as the first one, but there is a definite lead into another book. The story is far from over. There is much more that needs to be resolved. There are many more adventures to be had.
I'll be waiting again for the next book in the series. Oh that I won't have to wait so long!
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.