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 Koort 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.
Born near Lincoln, Claire Dunn took a degree in History and made a career of literacy development, returning to her academic roots to incorporate elements of history into her stories of romance, mystery and suspense. Launching 'The Secret Of The Journal' series with 'Mortal Fire', her debut novel has been nominated for several awards and won Gold (Adult Romance) in the ForeWord Book Of The Year Awards, 2012. The second book in the series - 'Death Be Not Proud' - followed in 2013, and the third book - 'Rope Of Sand' - is scheduled for release in April 2014.
Literacy and communication remain an abiding interest, and she divides her time between writing in the South West and running the specialist school she founded - dedicated to the needs of children with Dyslexia, Autism and related language difficulties - in Kent.