I loved Her Dear and Loving Husband, so I jumped at the chance to take a spot in this tour!
Title: Her Loving Husband’s Curse
Author: Meredith Allard
Paperback: 284 pages
Publisher: Copperfield Press (April 25, 2012)
Source: Bewitching Book Tours
How far will you go to protect the one you love?
Finally, after many long and lonely years, James Wentworth’s life is falling into place. Together with his wife, Sarah, the only woman he has ever loved, he has found the meaning behind her nightmares about the Salem Witch Trials, and now they are rebuilding the life they began together so long ago.
But the past is never far behind for the Wentworths. While Sarah is haunted by new visions, now about the baby she carried over three hundred years before, James is confronted with painful memories from his time with the Cherokee on the Trail of Tears. Through it all, the persistent reporter Kenneth Hempel reappears, still determined to prove that the undead walk the earth. If Hempel succeeds in his quest, James and Sarah will suffer. Will the curse of the vampire prevent James and Sarah from living their happily ever after?
Her Loving Husband’s Curse is Book Two of the Loving Husband Trilogy. Book One, Her Dear & Loving Husband, is now available from Copperfield Press.
Her Loving Husband’s Curse starts just after Her Dear and Loving Husband left off. James and Sarah are very happy to be reunited and are enjoying the life they have with one another. But when you have as much history together as these two have you eventually have to face your past.
I love Allard’s storytelling ability. The way she filled Her Loving Husband’s Curse with so much history and emotion made me feel as if I was in the story. Allard’s writing is just stellar.
James loves his life with Sarah and will do anything to protect it. I like James's character and I can understand the fact that he lost Sarah once so it is easy to see why he would want to be overprotective of her, but it did drive me a little batty that every time he would learn something that he thought would upset Sarah he just didn’t tell her. There is a lot of danger surrounding them and they both needed to stay on their toes.
I really felt for Sarah throughout Her Loving Husband’s Curse. Sarah starts out by facing her past and everything she went through so long ago in Salem. I loved seeing her strength and tenacity while still seeing her vulnerability.
I thought this was great:
James is asked to teach a vampire literature class. I loved this little bit of humor thrown into the story. James loathes all the dumb vampire books out in the world because they all get it wrong :)
“I bet you know more than you think. There’s that book that’s so popular with the
girls these days. What is it?”
“I don’t know.”
“Sure you do. The one about the sparkly kid?”
“That’s it. I was thinking the class could cover the development of vampire literature.
People think Bram Stoker’s Dracula was the first vampire novel, but it wasn’t. Sheridan
Le Fanu’s novel Carmilla and Varney the Vampire by James Malcolm Rymer came
This whole conversation was a lot of fun to read!
Another thing that Meredith Allard did so well, and I have touched on this already, her ability to weave all the history that James has seen into the story. I knew about The Trail of Tears before but now I feel as though I have a personal account of the horrors lived through during that time.
My one complaint:
The pace was a bit off for me in this one. I think it had something to do with the setup because the second half of the book moved very fast for me. I couldn’t hit the page button fast enough.
I know I haven't given a lot away in this review but that is because practically everything I want to say is a spoiler. I will say that I did love the fact that the supporting cast is all back from the first book. I don’t know how Allard is going to wrap this trilogy up from the way she ended this one. I feel like so much needs to happen to keep James and Sarah together… and everyone safe.
There was an echo to James’s voice when he said, “I’ll never leave you ever,” and Sarah realized she was afraid that one day he wouldn’t be there. But that will never happen, she thought. He promised me he would never leave me, and I believe him.
And she did.
If you have not read Her Dear and Loving Husband start with that before you read Her Loving Husband’s Course. This love story is truly beautiful and worth the read.
Teen and up: There is some violence, kissing, nongraphic sex. a relatively clean read.
About the Author
Meredith Allard is 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. She has taught writing to students aged 10 to 60, and she has taught creative writing and writing historical fiction workshops at Learning Tree University, UNLV, and the Las Vegas Writers Conference. Her writing has appeared in journals such as The Paumanok Review, Moondance, Wild Mind,Muse Apprentice Guild, The Maxwell Digest, CarbLite, Writer’s Weekly, and ViewsHound. She lives in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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