Meredith Allard is the author of the novels The Loving Husband Trilogy, That You Are Here, Victory Garden, Woman of Stones, and My Brother's Battle (Copperfield Press). Her latest release is the historical novel When It Rained at Hembry Castle, a great read for fans of Downton Abbey. She lives in Las Vegas, NV.
on Oct. 18, 2011 :
This was a really intriguing and unique read. It combined all of my favorite things - romance, vampires, history and of course witches! Sarah has always felt drawn to Salem, and after her divorce she decides to move to the town of Salem.
Her first night in Salem while driving home a glimpse of a beautiful old home that she swears she has seen before. Little does she knows this house will play a huge part in her new life!! James meets Sarah through the library where they both spend a great deal of time. Her a librarian - him a professor. James is also the proud owner of the double gabled home that Sarah has been so fascinated with.
I really enjoyed this story - Meredith tied together so many different elements to make this story very unique. The characters are well written, and engaging - they draw you into the story and keep you hooked right up until the last page. I love the budding relationship between James and Sarah; and how they have to deal with some incredible events. The secondary characters - Jennifer, Timothy and Olivia are amazing! They play such an important role with helping Sarah overcome her nightmares and see what is really hidden in her memories and subconscious.
If you love Vampires, Witches, romance, and history - you will love this story! I highly recommend this to everyone!
(reviewed long after purchase)
on July 31, 2011 :
Sarah Alexander leaves Los Angeles and her ex-husband and begins a new life in Salem, Massachusetts. despite the change in scenery, she still continues to be plagued by dreams of an earlier time and a faceless stranger. when she meets real witches and the enigmatic James Wentworth, her ordinary life spirals into the unknown.
the historical facts regarding the Salem witch hunts, trials and executions served as the backbone for this interesting paranormal romance and i loved how author Meredith Allard wove her magic around them. though this started a tad slow for me, things started speeding up after some time especially when secrets and more secrets started unraveling . an unexpected threat that could resurrect another hunt added intrigue. how this dilemma was developed and resolved was one of the highlights that kept me reading late into the night.
i also loved how the author's use of modern English seamlessly flowed into 17th century speech when her characters Sarah and James relived their dreams and memories respectively.
two more books follow this one and though they have not been released yet, i feel that this book can stand alone.
magic, romance, mystery and suspense make Her Dear and Loving Husband a great read for me!
(review of free book)
on July 06, 2011 :
What a gifted writer is Meredith Allard, this book has all you need, drama, history, romance and suspence.
I couldnt put it down once i started it, the whole plot is great. It made me very intrieged about the Salem witch trials and ended up looking into it. I was impressed to find real people who were involved in the witch trials names in the book. I cant wait for the next book, (can i sign up to find out when it is released?)
(review of free book)
on July 04, 2011 :
After her divorce, Sarah moves from LA across the country to Salem, Massachusetts. Though born in Boston, Salem has the allure of a new beginning and she feels drawn to creating a life there. James is a lonely college professor who has kept his past a secret for many years. When the two meet, James is torn between telling Sarah his secrets at the risk of losing her, or keeping their relationship limited to friendship only. The longer he waits, the more Sarah believes the desire she feels for him is not reciprocated. Forced into a corner, he realizes he must confide in her. When he does finally open up to her, running as far away as possible may be the sanest thing to do, especially as he has become the target of an overzealous reporter. But could she live without the man she has come to care so much about?
Her Dear and Loving Husband is a sweet, romantic book about the endurance of love. Two people find themselves drawn together, but facing what might be insurmountable obstacles, as Salem’s past closes in on them. The imagery created by Meredith Allard of the torment women and their families experienced during the Salem Witch Trials brings the reader to that time, feeling the anguish of those affected by such a horrendous part of American history. The characters are people you would like to get to know – even if you’re leery of the supernatural. The story weaves history in and out throughout the book so that the reader comes away not only with the feeling of enjoying a good book, but with a solid knowledge of a time that may only have been a vague recollection from a US History class some time in the past.
I enjoyed reading Her Dear and Loving Husband very much. The characters had an intriguing innocence to them that worked for the book even with the heavy subject matter that surrounded them. A small drawback for me was that much of the information about the Witch Trials, and the lessons to be learned from them, were repeated several times, which came off as a bit tedious and even preachy at times. The pace was also a bit slow in the beginning but it did pick up as the book moved along. Those things aside, Her Dear and Loving Husband definitely deserves four stars.
(review of free book)
on June 23, 2011 :
I liked this book for several reasons. The author was able to pull ideas from several different books about the supernatural (i.e. Twilight, TrueBlood, etc.) without coming across as unoriginal. Yes, I recognized ideas that had been used in other books; like vampires crying blood, not having a problem with silver, and witches not being able to use their spells for evil. Seriously though, it would be impossible to write a book dealing with vampires, witches, or werewolves without including some details that have been used before!
My favorite aspect of Allard’s novel is the fact that a lot of the history of Salem was brought up. It’s not just a story about a human and a vampire falling in love and making crazy love; it’s also about the injustice that happened to innocent people hundreds of years ago. Also, it touches upon the idea that modern day witch hunts are entirely possible. I’m not talking about vampires and witches, but more so about the idea that fear often breeds hysteria and this could be applied to the fear American’s have of Muslim terrorists.
Anyways, I loved how she incorporated the history of the Salem Witch Trials, because I love history and anytime I have the opportunity to read and learn more about an interesting time period I am happy. Especially when it’s in the form of Historical Fiction, because then it brings the time period to life for the reader. Allard is an excellent writer and the fact that she was able to write about witches, vampires, and werewolves without coming across as tacky or cliché is pretty dang good. I admit, I like a good vampire book once in awhile, but only if it’s creative and tells a good story. As with this book, my favorite part of books dealing with vampires or witches is their background story. I love reading about their life before they were turned, and Allard is able to give the reader a good understanding of the past and the events that lead up to the characters current situation without boring the reader with unnecessary details or boring narrative.
If you are a lover of the supernatural then I would definitely suggest this book. I tried to read the first book in Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse novels, and became bored and was unable to finish the books about a quarter of the way in, but Allard’s book kept me intrigued throughout.
I give Her Dear & Loving Husband 4.5 out of 5 Stars.
(review of free book)
on June 07, 2011 :
Her Dear and Loving Husband
Written by Meredith Allard
Published By Copperfield Press
Review by Fran Galiardo
Her Dear and Loving Husband tells the story of Sarah Alexander, a recent divorcee with a strong yearning for self-discovery. Having long been haunted by life-like dreams she has never understood and having always felt that something was missing in her life, Sarah feels drawn to Salem, Massachusetts. After moving across the country, she feels a heart-felt connection to her new hometown despite various encounters and circumstances which would cause most individuals to be frightened or wary.
As Sarah begins to research her family history and explore her new surroundings, she finds her dreams beginning to become clear. Who is she really? Why has she always felt something in her life was missing? Why did she always feel a degree of emptiness inside? Will the man in her dreams become the man of her future? Can she, will she, be able to unearth the secrets of her past enabling her to live the life she was always meant to live?
The time period of the story alternates between present day and the late 1600’s. The story recalls the history of the Salem Witch trials and explores the viability of psychics, witches, werewolves and vampires.
Once I reached the first mention of witches and vampires, I was skeptical as to whether this book would hold my interest. I have always avoided reading books about vampires – for no other reason than a biased disdain. However, once I put aside my vampire prejudice and allowed myself to become immersed in the story, I was pleasantly surprised by my intense desire to find out what would become of Sarah and her pull towards James. The last few chapters of the book were read very quickly, as I couldn’t wait to get to see what would happen next.
Vampires aside, this is a story of love and longing … and belonging.
Ms. Allard plans on continuing this narrative with Her Loving Husband’s Curse, Book 2 of The Loving Husband Trilogy. As the ending of Book 1 left me wanting to know more about Sarah’s life and whether she does indeed find long-lasting happiness and contentment, I look forward to the Spring 2012 publication of the continuation of this tale.
(review of free book)
on May 18, 2011 :
I've never been a vampire fan, so I shouldn't read vampire novels. Twilight didn't appeal to me (too much teen angst) and I'm not a blood and guts person. What I do like is a good story, and that's what Her Dear and Loving Husband is--a good, romantic story with enough plot twists and turns to keep the interest high and the reader guessing.
Sarah Alexander moves to Salem after her divorce. She works at the local college and meets James Wentworth, a handsome professor. She dreams about the Salem Witch Trials, though she won't tell anyone, not even her closest friends. James also has something he won't tell anyone, but a reporter for the local paper discovers his secret. The more James and Sarah learn about each other, the more they realize that their stories piece together in an odd way. James and Sarah fall in love, but that is not the end for them. James still has to fight against the reporter who wants to tell everyone that James Wentworth is not what he seems to be.
One thing I liked about the book was that the paranormal characters are treated in a normal way. They seem like regular people living regular lives who just happen to be special in these different ways. There are some traditional vampire moments for those who are into that genre, but not enough to gross me out. It's far more of a love story than a horror novel.
I thought the love story between James and Sarah was sweet, and I wouldn't mind meeting a handsome vampire like James Wentworth. I read the whole book in just a couple of days because I couldn't wait to see how their stories tied together next. There's a strong ending, too, that leaves a lot of room for the next book in the series. I'll be looking for it.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)