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Her Dear and Loving Husband (The Loving Husband Trilogy Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Meredith Allard
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Book One of the bestselling Loving Husband Trilogy - "Her Dear and Loving Husband is a riveting thriller, highly recommended." (Midwest Book Review)

Meredith Allard's internationally beloved Loving Husband Trilogy begins here with Her Dear and Loving Husband. Professor James Wentworth has a paranormal secret he struggles to hide in his quiet life in Salem, Massachusetts. One night his private world is turned upside down when he meets librarian Sarah Alexander. Sarah is haunted by nightmares about the Salem Witch Trials, and she is awakened by visions of hangings and dying in jail. 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. Do vampires, witches, and werewolves lurk in Salem? And will James make the ultimate sacrifice to protect Sarah and prevent a new hunt from bringing hysteria to Salem once again?

Evoking comparisons to Deborah Harkness' All Souls Trilogy, Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles, and HBO's True Blood, Her Dear and Loving Husband is a story for anyone who believes that true love never dies.

The Loving Husband Trilogy:
Book One - Her Dear and Loving Husband
Book Two - Her Loving Husband's Curse
Book Three - Her Loving Husband's Return

All three books of the trilogy are now available.


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"Author Meredith Allard constructs an effective plot, weaving in and out of past and present lives, allowing words and phrases to haunt you until the whole mystery behind the love story is revealed. Allard's characters are also well rounded, revealing rich aspects of joy, anguish, compassion, fear and humor." - IndieReader.Com

"James Wentworth and Sarah Alexander both have secrets they are keeping from the world. But pressures from around them and past regrets put the world on their shoulders to settle themselves, perhaps find romance, and prevent the horrors of the seventeenth century from returning to Salem. Her Dear & Loving Husband is a riveting thriller, highly recommended." - Midwest Book Review

"Allard does a nice job of setting the scene and readers feel like they are walking through the shaded streets of Salem along with the characters. It is clear that she has done her research about Salem and the witch trials. It is a very ambitious project and the author succeeds in tying everything together to create a unique, mysterious, memorable story." - San Francisco Book Review

"Author Meredith Allard is a true master of the written word. The characters are realistic and easy to know. The descriptions are vivid and enriching. An excellent read that will keep you involved until the final page." - Allbooks Review

From the Author

A Conversation With Meredith Allard
With Paula Day  

How did you decide to set Her Dear and Loving Husband in Salem, Massachusetts? And why did you weave the Salem Witch Trials into the story?

When I sat down to write Her Dear and Loving Husband, I didn't have any intention of including any historical fiction, that is until I decided where to set it--Salem, Massachusetts. I'm from Los Angeles, and I currently live in Las Vegas, but neither of those felt right for a vampire story (though Vegas is one of the greatest nightlife cities in the world). I pulled up a map of the U.S., looked at the Northeast, saw Massachusetts, saw Salem, and that was that. And, of course, being the historical fiction person I am, the moment I settled on Salem I knew I had to incorporate the Salem Witch Trials somehow. So it did end up being, at least partially, an historical novel.

Did you always intend for Her Dear and Loving Husband to be the first book in a trilogy?

I knew fairly early into writing that the story as I saw it would be too much for one book, that is, unless I wanted to write a 900 page tome that would make readers beg for mercy. So, yes, I always saw Her Dear and Loving Husband as the first part of a larger story. 

Product Details

  • File Size: 457 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Copperfield Press (November 13, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004UVQOBO
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,159 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars magic, romance, mystery & suspense July 31, 2011
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Then while we live, in love let's so persever,
That when we live no more, we may live ever. - Anne Bradstreet, To My Dear and Loving Husband

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!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly interesting read. October 7, 2011
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Sarah Alexander has just moved to Salem, after spending the past ten years in Los Angeles. Divorced and looking to start over, she picks the one place that has always intrigued her. She figures while making Salem her new home, she can take the time to research that mysterious ancestor that died during the witch trials in 1692. While adjusting to her new surroundings, she finds herself somewhat familiar with some of the historic buildings throughout the town, even though she'd never been here before, especially the tall gabled white house on the hill.

The familiarity with historical Salem isn't the only thing that Sarah has to deal with. She's also haunted by horrific nightmares that make no sense, of faceless men and chains choking her. While she was used to these terrifying nightmares happening while she lived in LA, they have become increasingly worse now that she was in Salem. The only bright spot, the nights when she has the dreams of the faceless man with the golden halo of hair who happens to look an awful lot like a certain English professor a the university.

James Wentworth has spent the last 319 years stuck in the past. Stuck missing his wife, who died while imprisioned as being a witch, and riddled with guilt that he wasn't able to do anything to save her. He's spent the last 319 years learning how to get his humanity back and controlling the baser needs of a vampire. You see, he was unwillingly changed into a vampire a few days before his wife's death. He was left to his own devices to figure out how a vampire was to live. It took some time, but he managed to overcome those vampiric instincts and become a semblance of the man he once was.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Allard Stirred Up A True Winner July 28, 2011
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"I shall never leave you ever," he whispers in my ear. I promise him the same. "I do not know how I have been so fortunate to have this man in my life, but here he is, before me, wanting me. I am overcome with the joy of him..."

I, like many potential readers, saw the title of the book and thought it was going to be...another romance. Well, that is true. But, OMG, it is sooooo much more! Escape into the paranormal world created by Allard, where you will meet vampires, werewolves, witches--and even the reincarnated... Then throw in a good taste of destiny for added flavor! I thoroughly enjoyed this romp through the possibilities...There is considerable coverage on the Salem Witch Trials, so those who have an interest in that sad period in our history or in the Wiccan religion will find much to interest them.

Sarah Alexander had been having dreams, that became even more bothersome after she had moved to Salem. There were many reasons she had moved, but it was mainly because she had just been divorced. Salem held some interest because of a past relative who had supposedly been killed during the Witch Trials. She never knew the woman's name but hoped, having started to work within a university environment, that she could do some research. She was now the Humanities I liaison in the library at Salem State college. She would start by walking around the community and visiting many of the small museums...

Jennifer had been the head librarian at the college and was her boss. She had also immediately taken Sarah under her wing, helping her to learn everything she needed for her new job. Soon, she even admitted that she practiced Wiccan, headed a group, and was a witch.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars It sounded good... January 19, 2013
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The idea of the story was pretty cool, but it was too sweet for me. I wish there was more angst, tension, more passion. I didn't feel the connection between James & Sarah. Therefore I didn't feel connected to the book. I quit reading it at 73% because I just couldn't take it anymore. I'm giving it 2 stars instead of 1 because I really thought the plot was original.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Well written. Many will like but not my cup of tea.
This book is well written. The author sets the mood of the story in the first
few pages and the story line moves smoothly. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Beverly Zehner
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read!
Very interesting look at historical facts from a fiction perspective. Good read!
Published 27 days ago by Ritchey
4.0 out of 5 stars Her Dear and Loving Husband
Her Dear and Loving Husband (HDLH) is a mixture of Salem's history and paranormal fantasy. HDLH is well written with an interesting mix of vampires, ghosts, and witches. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Barb G.
4.0 out of 5 stars Really a good book and story to read
Really a good book and story to read. But I'm not into Vampires, but I did finish the book. I felt it ended without a clear ending. What happened to the bad guy? Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Her dear and loving husband
it took me forever to read this book. there was no real mystery, no real excitement, it was one of the most boring books I've ever read. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Very romantic
How romantic wold it be if you were an old sol and u met your husband again in the future
Published 1 month ago by Unknown
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great
Published 1 month ago by sheila
5.0 out of 5 stars It waa a very good book. I could hardly put it down and ...
It waa a very good book. I could hardly put it down and the only thing I wish is that I had the money right now to get the others
Published 1 month ago by Jonne Martyak
2.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't "sink my teeth" in this one
It seems easier to believe that vampires and witches with special powers exist than to believe the character's emotions, actions and reactions (or lack thereof) in this book. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kathi Jones
3.0 out of 5 stars It was a good idea, but some of the conversations didn't seem ...
It was a good idea, but some of the conversations didn't seem like what would have been said in a real conversation. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mrs. Muir
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More About the Author

Meredith Allard is the author of the bestselling novels The Loving Husband Trilogy, That You Are Here, Victory Garden, Woman of Stones, and My Brother's Battle (Copperfield Press). Her newest releases are "The Window Dresser" and Other Stories and The Loving Husband Trilogy Complete Box Set. She has taught creative writing and writing historical fiction workshops 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, Wild Mind, Moondance, Muse Apprentice Guild, The Maxwell Digest, CarbLite, Writer's Weekly, ViewsHound, and The Huffington Post. She lives in Las Vegas, Nevada. Visit Meredith online at www.meredithallard.com.

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