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. 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.
Rating: 4 stars ****
Who doesn’t love a good witch’s tale? With all the choices a reader has out there one might think another tale might be a little too much but not for Meredith Allard. She has constructed a masterpiece of good old folklore, talent, imagination and history. From the beginning I was hooked, I couldn’t put it down and it reminded me of why I love a good hauntingly romantic story.
There was no stone left unturned, I couldn’t help but fall in love with James and Sarah, although I found it bizarre this man could fall for someone else while his heart in the beginning still belonged to his dead wife. But it goes to show no matter the level of complexity love can still be a beauty to be had and shared.
This was a great read, and just in time for the month of October where we celebrate Halloween and all that is spooky.
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