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Mortal Fire (The Secret of the Journal) [Kindle Edition]

C F Dunn
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When Emma D'Eresby - a 29 year-old, self-contained Professor of History - leaves her Cambridge college for a post in an exclusive university in Maine, USA, she hopes to learn more about a curious 17th-century journal in the College library. Instead, it leads her to a secret that should never have been uncovered. In the States, Emma meets the enigmatic 33-year-old surgeon, Matthew Lynes, a quiet and thoughtful widower. Driven to learn more about him, Emma takes the unique journal from the College library in which she believes there are clues to his family's English past. Meanwhile, the sinister Professor Kort Staahl mounts a psychotic attack on her. Matthew's courageous intervention saves her, but as he nurses her back to health, his unusual attributes raise questions he is unwilling to answer. As Part One ends, she returns to her claustrophobic family, avoiding her domineering father and wrestling with despair ...


Editorial Reviews

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Readers looking for a gothic tale of mystery and dark secrets will find much to appease their appetite. (Publishers Weekly 2012-06-25)

About the Author

C. F. Dunn runs a school in North Kent for children with developmental disabilities, dyslexia, autism, and other difficulties.

Product Details

  • File Size: 606 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Monarch Books (May 18, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0088488N6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #753,170 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Dark and Brooding September 14, 2012
Format:Paperback
When I signed up to review Mortal Fire, by C.F. Dunn, I didn't realize that it really wasn't my style of book. I'm not a fan of dark, brooding suspense, so read my review with a grain of salt.

This is the tale of Emma, a young professor searching for secrets in a hidden 17th century journal. There are many interruptions in her search - friends playing matchmaker, malicious professors, violent attacks, falling in love with another professor. There are many complications in the relationships that Emma works to understand and overcome - most which I cannot describe without spoiling the story. There is a current of fear and suspense throughout the book which perhaps raises more questions than it gives answers. The author leaves much room for character and plot development throughout the series.

Overall, I found the book to be slow, dark, and confusing. The storyline has potential, but it would benefit from the paring of a good editor. I won't be reading the rest of the stories, but if you like dark suspense novels, you might enjoy them more than me.

This book was provided by Kregel Publications, in exchange for my honest review.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
I had a hard time starting this book. Author is far too wordy. It actually irritated me because it was unnecassary and almost like she was trying to impress(?) but once she relaxes the rest of the book flows a little nicer. The scene is at college/university and that does not change. I am very forgiving when it comes to books especially in this genre which I love. I can say that I finished it only to have the book just end but the story does not. This book doesn't even wrap it up at all so to finish the story you must buy the next book. I have no idea how many she hooks you with before the story ends. If she was a better writer it may have not angered me as much as other collections that I have loved.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars really interesting read September 18, 2012
Format:Paperback
First the bad news (ok, maybe good news, depends on if you're a glass half full/empty person)- this is the first book of a planned TRIOLOGY. Ok, you can sigh now, as you know what that means- not all the answers to the questions posed in the synopsis will be answered!

Secondly, this is a BIG book at almost 400 pages, yet I read it in 2 nights- so yes, you are gonna scream right on through it, and then have that quintessential reading moment of "Nooooo, it can't be over"....luckily the author gives a long intro preview into the next book, so you have an inkling where the next one will start (again good/bad news).

Thirdly, the author crafts a mean story- her characters will lure you in and spellbound you. If you get caught up in series, this one will hook you by the second chapter! Every time you think you know where the story is going, the author put's it on its head and spins you off in another direction.

Fourthly, even those the book has Christian overtones and theme, it is not slap you in the face. In fact, it is so deftly crafted into the story, that it is totally appropriate and realistic.

Fifth, if you're a lover of supernatural books, the book will drive you MAD (to quote the British), as you try to figure out the link between the journal and the main characters. When you think you have it, the author applies a twist, and you're back trying to decipher the clues, and wondering if this is something NEW. AHA, now I have your interest!

This was a really interesting, if exasperating at the end!, read, and I'm sure Tolkien and C.S. Lewis would applaud the author's weaving of her tale! I will be anxiously awaiting the 2nd book! Check it out- it's perfect for a Fall read!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
C. F. Dunn's book, "Mortal Fire" is pretty much straight Twilight" with a few preachy Jesus bits, and a sad emotionally stunted young woman as a central character. She struggles with anorexia, and has chosen as her career the history of torture. Traveling to the new world, she has taken a job teaching at an elite private college in Maine (which could be/should be Transylvania for all the charactor and emotional weight it carries). There she becomes intensely attracted to a cold, controlling, MYSTERIOUS man that continually saves her life and seems very attracted to her, as well, though his angst keeps her at an emotional distance. There is a subplot revolving around a 400 year old journal with a hinted connection to modern people. And on and on. This is the first in a series and has real moments of good writing, but I just can't get past this prissy, fragile waif of a heroine and her frantic insistance on marriage and Jesus. Sorry, but this is just awful.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome & Amazing September 23, 2012
Format:Paperback
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About the Author:

"C. F. Dunn runs a school in North Kent for children with developmental disabilities, dyslexia, autism, and other difficulties."

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"When Emma D'Eresby - a 29 year-old, self-contained Professor of History - leaves her Cambridge college for a post in an exclusive university in Maine, USA, she hopes to learn more about a curious 17th-century journal in the College library. Instead, it leads her to a secret that should never have been uncovered. In the States, Emma meets the enigmatic 33-year-old surgeon, Matthew Lynes, a quiet and thoughtful widower. Driven to learn more about him, Emma takes the unique journal from the College library in which she believes there are clues to his family's English past. Meanwhile, the sinister Professor Kort Staahl mounts a psychotic attack on her. Matthew's courageous intervention saves her, but as he nurses her back to health, his unusual attributes raise questions he is unwilling to answer. As Part One ends, she returns to her claustrophobic family, avoiding her domineering father and wrestling with despair ..."

Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Monarch Books (August 1, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0857212028
ISBN-13: 978-0857212023
Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1.2 x 8.5 inches

My Personal Review:

Mortal Fire was not at, at all what I was expecting! I really wasn't even sure, that I wanted to review it in the first place, but something about it drew me the desire to do so, and I truly am glad that I did not pass on the chance to read this book! While I love most all Christian fiction, this book stood out differently, to me!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Mystery and Romance, well woven together.
This mystery / romance (first of a trilogy) is centered on an intriguing character. Emma D'Eresby is an academic, a Christian, and someone who has been deeply hurt in a... Read more
Published 6 days ago by Paul T.
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Intriguing.
Published 29 days ago by Jeanenne Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars MORTAL FIRE
MORTAL FIRE – Is not your run-of-the-mill romance book . . . and how wonderful that it is not!!

I have a love-hate relationship with The Secret of the Journal series... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Tamara Tilley
5.0 out of 5 stars Quirky, unique voice
The author has a quirky, unique style that makes the book very enjoyable to read. Interesting topics, such as history, man's inhumanity to man, faith, and what it means to be a... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Louise Mitchell
2.0 out of 5 stars What secret
I tried. For over three weeks. This just never grabbed me. I don't know or understand the whole idea of the title. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series!!
I loved this story line and these characters! I am writing the same review for all three books - I enjoyed the relationship between Emma and Matthew, between Emma and her family... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Norma P-K
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping and Haunting
This book was recommended by a friend. Obviously this type of story is not for everyone. But If you enjoy Gothic tales with interesting paranormal events presented with a Christian... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sharon A. Lavy
4.0 out of 5 stars Good supernatural
Mortal Fire is a supernatural book that will draw you into the story. The characters and story are well developed and will leave you wanting more. Read more
Published 4 months ago by heather
3.0 out of 5 stars An Unusual and Interesting Read
I received an ARC from the publisher and author through Net Galley in exchange for my honest review.

This title was a complete surprise to me. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Cathleen Grey
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful surprise
This book surprised me. It was a wonderful story filled with great characters that were easy to connect with. I loved everything about this book. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jennifer Schell
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