Realm of Darkness

Realm of DarknessAuthor: C.F. Dunn

Series: The Secret of the Journal #4

Publisher: Kregel

Release Date: July 27, 2016

Rating: 4 Stars

Reviewer: Jessica Higgins

The fourth book in The Secret of the Journal brings things to the brink as Emma is forced to face her past as never before!

Emma and Matthew have professed their love in front of family and friends and are now married. They still have Matthew’s secret to haunt them, a fact that Emma still has to get used to.  Trying to be fully honest in their relationship, she discloses the full extent of her relationship with Guy Hilliard.  This explains to Matthew why she has found it difficult to fully trust him or anyone else.  It comes at just the right time too; shortly after she tells Matthew of her past Guy shows up and interjects himself into their lives.  He is on the way to steal her job and has started dating Ellie, Matthew’s great granddaughter.  Emma has to decide what lengths she will go to protect those she loves and if she can live with what she will have to do.

As the fourth book in the series, I’m pleased with the direction this one went. By inserting the link from Emma’s past and playing on that aspect, it took the story in a much better direction.  The tension was tight and the characters were in sync with each other as the story progressed.  I think this is something that was missing in the last few books.  Having Guy and the relationship he had with Emma start the book and then transitioning to how he was brought back into the picture really helped the story.  He was a purely evil character and nothing about him said differently.  With this being the fourth book in the series, I was afraid I wasn’t going to like the direction and give up, but that turned out to not be the case.  I will be anxiously awaiting the fifth and final in the series to see what happens with Emma and Matthew and the rest of the Lynes family.

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.

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