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Mortal Fire (The Secret of the Journal #1)

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Twenty-nine-year-old, independent, and self-assured Cambridge history professor Emma D'Eresby has one obsession in life: the curious journal of a seventeenth-century Englishman, a portion of which was left to her by her late grandfather.

When an unexpected opportunity to study the journal in its entirety presents itself, Emma finds herself leaving Cambridge to take up a yea
Paperback, 384 pages
Published May 11th 2012 by Monarch Books (Kregel Publications) (first published January 1st 2012)
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Mortal Fire was not what I was expecting. I really wasn’t sure I wanted to review it, but something about it intrigued me, and wow am I glad I did not pass on this book. While I love pretty much all Christian fiction, this book stood out as a different type of book. There were some parts that were a little slow, but the author is very good at building a story with careful and deliberate descriptions without forgetting action and suspense.

One of the things I loved about this book was that it is v
April Erwin
I am so excited about this new series! Mortal Fire is kind of the intellectuals' turn at Twilight. I say that with all respect for Stephanie Meyers' series, I love Twilight. It's not that Twilight isn't intelligent, but the setting and characters for this series are older and more academic.

Emma is quiet, private and obsessed with a a very unusual part of history - torture, all kinds throughout history and how it's affects have touched humanity. Although a gruesome subject, Emma sees it differen
Lizzie Hayes
‘Mortal Fire’ by C F Dunn
Published by Monarch Books, 2012. ISBN; 978-0-85721-202-3

Emma D'Eresby, a 29 year-old Professor of History at Cambridge college grasps the opportunity of a post in an exclusive university in Maine, USA. Here she hopes to learn more about a curious 17th-century journal in the College library. On the evening of her formal reception she meets the many distinguished academic and research staff at Howards Lake College, among which are the sinister Professor Kort Staahl and th
Emma takes up a temporary post as professor at a university in the US because she wants to read a journal which is housed in the library there. She finds at least some of her fellow academics congenial but at one disturbs her for reasons she finds difficult to fathom. Then she meets Dr Matthew Lynes and realises she has already encountered him on her way to the university when her taxi is held up by the aftermath of a road accident.

What follows is a creepy story which stayed with me for several
Sarah Moorcroft
What a super Novel, an exciting, page turning read. I am desperate to read the next book, Mortal Fire keeps you enthralled and wanting more page after page. A great mix of mystery, suspense and tension, with a most mysterious hero, who I am still wondering about even when the book is finished. More CF Dunn please as soon as possible.
Lisa Johnson
Title: Mortal Fire
Author: C.F. Dunn
Pages: 359
Year: 2012
Publisher: Monarch Books
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 http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspo.... Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988
Mortal Fire is the first novel from C.F. Dunn that I have read. This is the first book in the series. The book is of the contemporary fiction style with lots of intrigue a
Ann Saylor
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 tha
Where to start? Professor from Cambridge takes a one-year teaching assignment at an American school so she can study a early American journal in their library. Mysteriously annoying, fawning and leering male professors on staff stalk her, annoy her and make her swoon for hundreds of pages. There may or may not be supernatural stuff at work.

The "heroine" is red-haired (exotic, we are told), and frail of mind and body (I swear, it's described over and over again that she doesn't eat, and then she
Jenni Schell
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. It had a great mystery along with a beautifully unexpected love story. I cannot wait for the next chapter in this series. Excellent job.
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 penned by C.F. Dunn. Hate-because I read it out of order. Love- because it totally captivated me so I had to go back and read what I missed. I actually started the series by reading book two. It was sent to me as part of a blog tour. Initially, I groaned, because I could tell the book delved into what I would call the mystical/not re

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Where to start ... unfortunately, I'm having a difficult time finding a good place to start on this one. I've tried. It's taken me a couple of days to read this book ... 6 to be exact. That's not normal. It shouldn't take me that long to finish a book. The problem was that I just wasn't interested.

And I may be way off base on this one, there are a lot of people who really like this book. From the very first sentence, I just found it to be unin
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. I was expecting to read a christian based story and though christianity is introduced, it is such a small part of it and is mostly paranormal in tone.

Emma arrives in Maine as a visiting professor and to teach and tutor students in the history of torture used in the past by the church and government.

There is so much mystery throughout this book with bits a
Vanessa Wild
An intriguing and unusual tale set in New England at a university, where there are some odd characters and there appears to be danger at every corner!

Although not a lot happens, I found it strangely enjoyable. Some parts did drag a little but at the same time it is quite a dark and suspenseful story written in a gothic like style. There is an evil villain who is really quite scary and there is an enigmatic and mysterious hero. The reader is never quite sure of the hero, he is definitely differen
I read this book when it first came out in May, and was completely blown away, not only by the descriptive writing, but also by the plot. Colin Dexter's praise is well deserved, and I can only hope we do not have too long to wait for the sequels to be published.
This book did not turn out the way I expected it to. When Emma comes to America from Cambridge to do some research and to teach a few classes, her main reason is a journal written by an ancestor which is housed in the college library. she meets various personages, bubbly Elena a Russian emigrant, her boyfriend, Marius, Sam, a math professor and a pushy womanizer, Kort, a strange enigmatic person who gives her the creeps and Matthew, a physician to whom she becomes strangely attracted. But all is ...more
Pamela Courtney
This book was so enticing. I loved it's mysterious quality. I am hoping the second book comes out very soon.
Edoardo Albert
A fascinating book. One of the things I enjoy most is reading a story when I don't know what sort of story I'm reading - for most of Mortal Fire, this was exactly the case. Was it a thriller? Was it horror? Was it the new genre of supernatural romance (of which I've never read)? I didn't know and, as such, with no obvious set of conventions to start with it was very difficult to tell what was coming next. By the end I had decided it was probably supernatural romance but with a strong thriller/ho ...more
Dr. Emma D'Eresby is a stranger in a strange land. She has just arrived in Maine, on the trail of an obscure 400 year old journal, after finishing her degree in history at Cambridge. The university depicted in C.F. Dunn's Mortal Fire, the opening novel in a new series, is full of odd characters. Emma finds a few good friends her first week, but unfortunately, she makes a few enemies.

Read the rest of my review at Summer Reading Project.
Wendy Hines
The first in a new series, Mortal Fire captured my interest from the first page. Just the mysterious and dark cover alone was enough to make me pick up this intriguing book. The characters are solid, reserved and contemporary. I really liked Emma. She has an agenda - she wants to look at an ancient seventeenth century journal and try and reveal it's secrets. To do so, she gives up her job at Cambridge University and takes one in a a smaller setting in Maine.

She attracts male attention but it is
Knowing that C.F. Dunn is "across the pond," I figured British spelling and vocabulary would be used throughout the book. I was not disappointed. For those of you wondering if it detracts from the story, please know that it does not. In fact, as Emma is from the UK, it lends an air of authenticity to the story.

When we come across a traffic accident with a fatality within the first few pages, I wasn't sure what to expect. After all, I was just being introduced to the characters and I didn't real
Jordan Mierek
I received a copy of MORTAL FIRE by C. F. Dunn from Monarch Books via Kregel. It is part of the Secret of the Journal series. I tried really hard to like this book. I love journals, I love secrets, and I love mysteries – so yes, I was excited to read this when I received it in the mail. The cover also intrigued me. I guess you really shouldn’t judge a book by its cover.

I read this a few weeks ago and decided to sit on it before writing a review. I started one and then deleted it. So, it seems o
Sometimes a thought cannot be trusted.

Emma D'Evesby professor from the University of Cambridge is being welcomed into the US from the UK. A book catches her eye, one that is reminiscent of medievel times and one that seems to intrigue her love of history. The Dean at the University appoints several mentors to assist Emma in transitioning as she seems unsure of herself at times. However there is noone who is safe when lives are at risk. Will Emma discover the secrets before the clock ceases to ti
Victor Gentile
C. F. Dunn in her new book, “Mortal Fire” Book One in The Secret Of The Journal series published by Monarch Books takes us into the life of Emma D’Eresby in a contemporary thriller.

From the back cover: Emma, a young and self-contained professor of history, leaves Cambridge for a post in an exclusive university in the USA, intent on finding a long-overlooked seventeenth century journal. Bound within its pages are secrets that threaten to bring Emma into conflict with the present; but can she disc
Have you ever read a book that makes you have more questions than answers? That wasn't anything like what you thought it might be but that it didn't matter? The answer to both of these questions concerning this book is a definite yes! I was half way through the book and still didn't have a clue as to what exactly the book was about. The back cover says "Emma, a young and self-contained professor of history, leaves Cambridge for a post in an exclusive university in the USA, intent on finding a lo ...more
Mortal Fire~ Secret of the Journal by C.F Dunn is probably one of the best romantic thriller's that I've had the pleasure to read!
This is not my usual genre of reading and because the cover has a rather "odd" look I was hesitant to read this book. But being enticed by the title, Mortal Fire, I quickly opened to the first chapter. Well, the rest is history (no pun intended)....
This fascinating read had me at "It must have happened only minutes before." The very first line of the story!
Of course
Nicole Henke
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 giv
Vera Godley
My thoughts: I found the book interesting and perplexing. I found very little connectivity between "The Journal" and the plot except for the fact that the heroine's main reason for accepting the position in the USA was because it housed the original "journal" a transcribed portion of which held her interest since childhood.

The introduction of each character is slow but thorough and lends to the surface flow of the story. However, the slow progression of the story almost lost this reader before I
Upon beginning the book I found it hard to sink my teeth into because the first couple of chapters our character's internal thoughts were what you might think a historians mind would consist of. Majority of the first few chapters were basically our character, Emma, taking in the sights of her new home for the school year and although the book opened up to an accident scene not much intrigue was built within the first couple of pages. Then further into the book we're introduced to several more ch ...more
Christian Fiction Addiction
Seeking access to a seventeenth-century journal, history Professor Emma D'Eresby leaves England for a temporary position at a prestigious university in America. Her arrival sparks a flurry of curiosity at her British accent and her surprising area of expertise examining the historical use of torture for the "benefit and salvation of the recipient". She soon catches the eye of several male admirers, one of whose attention grows increasingly disturbing by the day. When Emma is attacked, she is res ...more
Caroline Bell
Suspense, love, longing and supernatural events are what you will find amongst the pages of Mortal Fire. It is hard to believe this is C.F. Dunn's debut novel. The writing is of utmost quality and the story keeps one in suspense anxious to know what will be revealed in the following pages.

As Emma comes to the United States from the UK to take a teaching position at a prestigious US University what she hopes will be an opportunity to motivate graduate students in their work and have the opportuni
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