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Product Details

  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Montlake Romance (January 8, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612186831
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612186832
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,920,674 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Regency romance at its finest awaits you in For the Love of Sarah by Hazel Statham. Five years ago, Alexander Markham, Earl of Thorne, discovered his wife, Sarah, had abandoned him. For reasons unknown, the beautiful wife he cherished disappeared without a trace. When he spots her in the marketplace in Yorkshire, the feelings he worked desperately to subdue in the years since she left, come flooding back. Sarah dared to think she was safe from the secrets that haunt her. Seeing Alexander again after all this time, makes her realize how precarious her situation is. When a flood threatens her home, she is forced to take Alexander up on his offer to board at her former home. As the days pass, the risk of discovery grows, and she doubts their love is strong enough to triumph over the secrets of her past. For the Love of Sarah is a moving Regency romance with a unique plot and a sense of adventure. Filled with love, a quest for the truth, and forgiveness the reader is treated to a romance novel that begs to be devoured. Masterfully told, Statham has created characters you love--or in some instances, love to hate--and whose story totally captivates you from the very first word. I rarely have the chance to read a book in one sitting, but I stayed up late into the night to finish this one. Having read several of Statham's books, I was thrilled when she asked me to review For the Love of Sarah. I have never been disappointed in her work and each book I read is better than the last. That this romance novel deals with a married couple overcoming obstacles to be reunited makes this book unusual, but also very special. Statham takes a risk and it works well. If you love Regency romance, you must read For the Love of Sarah! - The Book Connection, online November 2012

Book Description

Alexander, Earl of Thorne, thought he finally had found the woman of his dreams. But when Sarah fled just weeks after their wedding, his world came crashing down. Five years later, he has given up hope of ever finding her, until a freak accident strands him in a remote Yorkshire village where she is hiding.

Sarah dared to hope she was finally safe. But when her husband is thrust back into her life, she fears her dark secrets—and the fact that she has a son—will come to light. Though her heart longs to reclaim the love they once shared, Sarah rejects Alexander’s offers of reconciliation. But fate is not so easily thwarted...

Forced from their home by a flood, Sarah and her child have no choice but to accept Alexander’s hospitality in her former home. Yet with each passing day, the risk of discovery grows, threatening to drive Sarah from Alexander’s life forever. Is their love strong enough to triumph over the secrets of the past? Or will life’s cruel forces finally tear them apart?


More About the Author

Hazel Statham began writing at the age of fifteen, finally committing to paper the stories she spun as a child. Writing has been her passion ever since, although marriage, motherhood, and career left time for little else. Once she retired, however, she was able to devote herself to writing full-time, publishing her first novel in 2007. A longtime student of history, she writes mainly in the Regency and Georgian eras, though she has been known to dabble in the medieval as well. She lives in Staffordshire, England, with her husband, Terry, and their beloved yellow Labrador, Mollie

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Something about this book made it impossible to put down.
Dorothy Tillis
Always nice to read a historical book that is basically clean, is well-written, and has a bit of mystery to it.
Ruth A. Hill
Big build up to the end, but turned out to be not as exciting as expected.
Stephanie A. McManus

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By C. Dionne VINE VOICE on January 22, 2013
Format: Paperback
Sarah, Countess of Thorne, felt she had no choice but to leave her husband of only four short weeks of marriage. Five years later all her efforts to slink into obscurity come undone when Alexander finds her living in a remote village. Any attempts she might have used to avoid him prove futile when he's seriously injured and she brings him into her home to care for him while he recovers. She firmly believes that she can keep her secrets safe until he's gone from her life once again but nothing goes as she intends.

Alexander, Earl of Thorne, thought he'd found his soul mate and had the perfect marriage until Sarah left him with no real explanation. He believes she left him for another man and when he meets her son, Zander, it seems his assumption is correct. What he can't figure out is where the boy's father has disappeared to; Alexander knows that if he had a son as wonderful as Zander he would never abandon him or his mother. Sarah's evasiveness when it comes to her situation is frustrating and he's determined to uncover the truth - and fortunately Mother Nature plays right into his hands.

Alexander's accident injured his spine leaving him unable to move much of his body. The only upside to the whole situation is that he's been brought into Sarah's home and he's hopeful that he can rectify whatever led to her abandoning their marriage. When he meets young Mr. Zander though he thinks all hope is lost and resolves himself to a life without Sarah. That is until a flood leaves them no choice but to vacate her home for the safety of his estate, Radland. It's there that his recovery slowly continues and the bond between Alexander and Zander grows.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Marissa @ For The Love Of Film And Novels on January 15, 2013
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I love historical fiction, and really enjoyed reading this historical novel. The writing was superb, as there was a really great story line, that was easy to follow, and I just got into the lives of the characters, especially the married, but not ideally married, Alexander and Sarah. There's a secret that Sarah has kept for five years, and after she ran away from her 4 week marriage, and from the love of her life, she is sorta content, as she raises her son in a village, where everyone knows her to be a widow. Well, conveniently, Alexander comes back into Sarah's life, and the first word he really says to her is "why?" Why did she crush his heart, leave with a supposed lover? Well he wants answers, and Sarah cannot give him the ones he seeks, as she is afraid, that he will never love look at her in the eye again, so what happens next? That is for you to find out.

This story, again has great flow, so you will want to read what's next, as there are some intense and intruding scenes, and for me, that did me over, to turn the pages, to fine out what would happen to these characters next. This story takes place in the early 19th Century, in England, and the scenery and location was described well, so with a great story, and wonderful reading, I found this novel, all around, to be really great, and I look forward to read what else this Author has written. If you enjoy a good historical romance, check this one out :)

My Rating: 4.3/5
I say a Sweet PG Rating
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Whosoeverwill on August 26, 2013
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This book is very readable. I may be a little picky, but it seems to me that the terrible and noble reason Sarah left her husband was just not terrible enough to warrant leaving him without telling him why-- except that, if she had told him, we wouldn't have the story, and I did enjoy the story.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Cielo Azul on April 12, 2013
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A good, satisfying read. I absolutely fell in love with Alexander, the Earl of Thorne, the long-suffering husband who was abandoned by his young wife after only four weeks of marriage. He is attractive, generous, loving and kind. The ideal man if there ever was one.

Still struggling after five years to come to terms with his wife's desertion, he accidentally comes upon the village where she has been hiding. While following her through the village market he suffers a disabling accident. Upon learning that the injured man is the husband that she still loves and was forced to leave, Sarah has no choice but to provide assistance. Under the care of his reluctant wife, Alexander begins his slow, painful road to recovery and he is determined to uncover the secrets that drove his wife from the safety of his love.

I was greatly entertained by little Zander, the son that Sarah has kept hidden from Alexander. He was darling. I gave the story a four because, at times, Sarah's stubborn insistence on keeping the truth of the circumstances that caused her to run away from Alexander became irksome. How could she not trust such a wonderful man to help her when he has only shown her kindness?

This is the first time I've read anything from this author. She is a akilled weiter and I will definitely be looking for more of her books.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Eileen L. on September 18, 2013
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Too predictable but is an easy read. As I said no surprises in this one. I would still recommend this book
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By zanna on July 28, 2013
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The patience of Alexander is only surpassed by his love for his wife Sarah. All through the book i was wondering what could be so bad that Sarah would desert her loving husband. I knew it was probably blackmail, but the reason was never explained until the very end. I still wasn't convinced the reason was enough, but then I had to remember the era. It was plausible. I believe that Sarah, being so young and innocent, could conceive the worst case scenario. I delighted in the casualness of the father son relationship. The only part that could have been written with more depth was the part Alexander's valet played. it was ok but could have been polished a little more. I read the whole book in one afternoon and enjoyed it immensely
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