Author: C.F. Dunn
Series: Secret of the Journal #1
Release Date: July 12, 2012
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewer: Jessica Higgins
C.F. Dunn has written an interesting tale that fans of Twilight will enjoy.
Emma D’Eresby has come to the U.S. after teaching as a history professor at Cambridge. She may be young, but is one of the brightest in her field. She is interested in a seventeenth century journal by an Englishman, a portion of which was left to her by her late grandfather. She comes to a University in Maine to study the journal in full. All she wants to do is focus on her research but that isn’t what happens. She becomes friends with a Russian colleague, Elena, and is the subject of desire for more than one man. She is shy to try a relationship, only coming for the journal and having had difficult relationships in the past. When women are attacked on campus, Emma suspects an English professor, Kort Staahl is behind the incidents, he is also pursuing her and refuses to take no for an answer. The biggest question she finds herself with is her own attraction to a handsome doctor who puzzles her and draws her closer every day. With more questions than she came with, Emma is determined to get answers if it is the last thing she does.
I have read reviews that this is a Twilight for intellectuals. I could definitely see similarities between the two, but many more differences as well. The story started slow, so much narrative slowed the progress. Once I got a little over halfway things started to pick up quickly, (Chapter 14 in particular). From this point on, I had trouble putting it down. I’m hoping that is an indicator for the rest of the series moving just as fast. The tension scenes were played out incredibly well. I felt myself on the edge of my seat turning the pages to see what was coming next! As I said, I can see several similarities with the Twilight series, not enough to be bothersome, but some obvious ways to compare.
The relationship between Emma and Matthew played out well. It wasn’t rushed, the tension between the two brought them together and made the relationship believable. It could be said that Emma plays the damsel in distress, but I don’t see that. She is a strong independent woman that knows what she wants and tries to stay that course no matter what obstacles she might encounter. As long as the reader is patient, the payoff is well worth it! I enjoyed this book and will recommend to others.
I received a complimentary copy of the book from Kregel Publications for an honest and thorough review. The views and opinions expressed within are my own.