2013 Book Reviews

Her Dear Loving Husband by Meredith Allard

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Welcome to the blog tour for Her Dear and Loving Husband, a historical romance novel with a paranormal twist . . .

 
 

Her Dear & Loving Husband (The Loving Husband Trilogy Book 1) – Meredith Allard

What they say:
Unknown-204‘James Wentworth has a secret. He lives quietly in Salem, Massachusetts, making few ties with anyone. One night his private world is turned upside down when he meets Sarah Alexander, a dead ringer for his wife, Elizabeth. Though it has been years since Elizabeth’s death, James cannot move on.

Sarah also has a secret. She is haunted by nightmares about the Salem Witch Trials, and every night she is awakened by visions of hangings, being arrested, and dying in jail. Despite the obstacles of their secrets, James and Sarah fall in love. As James comes to terms with his feelings for Sarah, he must dodge accusations from a reporter desperate to prove that James is not who, or what, he seems to be. Soon James and Sarah piece their stories together and discover a mystery that may bind them in ways they never imagined. Do vampires and witches live in Salem? Will James make the ultimate sacrifice to protect Sarah and prevent a new hunt from bringing hysteria to Salem again?

Part historical fiction, part romance, part paranormal fantasy, Her Dear and Loving Husband is a story for anyone who believes that true love never dies.’

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My review;

Sarah moves to Salem to get away from her divorce and start afresh. There she meets James a English Professor, who she is drawn too but also slightly wary of.

Sarah’s friend and work colleague is Jennifer, on meeting, Jennifer is quick to confess about being a witch. Sarah takes this really well, which annoyed me a little I wanted her to have some sort of reaction.

James it turns out is a vampire (sadly I saw this coming). James feels strongly towards Sarah and the resemblance towards his dead wife is remarkable.

Also we have a reporter who is lurking around and on James’s tail, so to speak.
He wants to expose James for what he is.

As always I have to be completely honest. I personally found this quite boring, there was no tension between Sarah and James. For a couple who want each other but can’t there wasn’t any sexual chemistry between the two.

Also when she found out that he was a vampire there was no real reaction, I didn’t feel she felt any real fear. She very quickly went from mildly shocked to not being bothered.

From quite early on its quite easy to guess where the story is going, with little mystery for me to be intrigued by. Which was a shame.

The stories involving the history of Salem and witch sacrifices, were really interesting and I really enjoyed those parts of the book.

I loved the idea of the book, it just lacked excitement or tension for me personally. But as always don’t let this put you off reading it. I just prefer a vampire to be much more blood thirsty.

Reading is all down to personal choices, because I didn’t enjoy it doesn’t mean that you won’t. It would be very boring if we all read the same books.

Author PhotoAuthor Bio – Meredith Allard:

Since 2000, Meredith Allard has been the Executive Editor of The Copperfield Review, an award-winning literary journal for readers and writers of historical fiction. She received her B.A. and M.A. degrees in English from California State University, Northridge, and she has taught creative writing and writing historical fiction seminars at Learning Tree University, UNLV, and the Las Vegas Writers Conference.

Her short fiction and articles have appeared in journals such as The Paumanok Review, Moondance, Wild Mind, Muse Apprentice Guild, Writers Weekly, CarbLite, and ViewsHound. She is the author of the Amazon Best-Selling Loving Husband Trilogy, as well as the historical novels Victory Garden, Woman of Stones, and My Brother’s Battle.

Victory Garden and Woman of Stones have also been Amazon Best-Sellers in the Historical Fiction and Religious Fiction categories.

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