Author: Meredith Allard
Title: Her Dear And Loving Husband
Publisher: Copperfield Press
Publish Date: May 5, 2011
Review Copy Provided By: Bewitching Book Tours and the author
Book Blurb: James Wentworth has a secret. He lives quietly in Salem, Massachusetts, making few ties anywhere. One night his private world is turned upside down when he meets Sarah Alexander, a dead ringer for his wife, Elizabeth. Though it is 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. Will James make the ultimate sacrifice to protect Sarah and prevent a new hunt from bringing hysteria to Salem again?
Review: If you like a bit of history, some paranormal goodness and a downright good story, look no further than Her Dear and Loving Husband for your next read. This is definitely a good, get ready for Halloween, read.
Sarah's past life is really what makes the story. I love the way Meredith brings her former life to us through the dreams/nightmares she has. She really brings her former life to life well.
I also love the modern day witches in the story. Jennifer and Olivia really help Sarah to find her true self.
Then there's James. What can you say about James? He is the perfect hero. I only wish he weren't a vampire, because the story didn't really need the extra paranormal creature, but there is no way not to love James. He is so unbelievably sweet. You love him, as you learn about his life in Salem in the 1600s and you love him as a vampire in the present. How can you not love a man that has mourned for his dead wife for hundreds of years.
There's no mystery for the reader when it comes to discovering who Sarah was in a previous life and the dreams she has. Mostly you wonder why James doesn't figure it out before Sarah has the past life regression done. So many parts of the story point to it long before Sarah and James learn the truth. Its a bit too in your face, but the love story and the story itself are too good for anyone to be bothered by this.
Meredith also brings a touch of 1600s with a bit of a witch hunt, vampire style.
There's a lot going on in this book, but everything is tied together nicely and the story is super enjoyable. There are so many books with vampires out there now, this is definitely one that is well worth reading. It is the first book in the "Her Loving Husband" series and once you read it you will want the next book immediately.
Rating: 5 flowers
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