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Her Wicked Sin (Sins of Salem #1)

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On a moonless night, he rides into the winter forest on his beast as black as midnight….

Dashing stranger, Henry Dunham, comes to Salem on a mysterious errand, but is thrown from his horse in the dead of night and rescued by the local Puritan midwife, Lydia Colson.

Haunted by her past, Lydia is running from her own dark secrets, avoiding intrusive questions by pretending her
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ebook, 154 pages
Published September 9th 2013 by Entangled: Scandalous
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Angie Elle
Jun 26, 2016 Angie Elle rated it really liked it
Thank you to ENTANGLED: SCANDALOUS and Netgalley for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

3.5 stars

The set up for this series is interesting and unique. The Salem Witch Trials are an untapped time in our history as far as settings go, and the author did a wonderful job capturing the intensity that surrounded these events. The cover, however, fails to mimic this, so if you’re interested in this book, I suggest sticking to the synopsis to make your choice. It’s disappoint
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Joe Breedon
Aug 28, 2013 Joe Breedon rated it it was amazing
Sarah Ballance, author with Entangled Publishing, LLC has brought us her latest release, Her Wicked Sin.

Set in 1692 Salem, Massachusetts, her story begins with Lydia Colson. Lydia is a midwife by trade, returning home one winter night from a duty. She comes across a man, Henry, in a dark forest; his foot stuck in the stirrup of his horse and he is in great pain. True to the nature of her profession, she offers him assistance. Providing him and his horse with accommodations for the night, the sto
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Crystal
Sep 04, 2013 Crystal rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in place of an honest review.

Lydia Colson is running from her past. She never wants to think about her abusive husband ever again. She just wants to help other people out and that will come back to haunt her when she makes enemies out of some people in town.

Henry Dunham is set on a journey to find his half brother from his mother's first husband. He has an accident on his horse and Lydia is there to help him with his ankle.

This is a book that is set
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Nadene  (Totally Addicted to Reading)
Her wicked sin is a very interesting read. It provided me some insight into the whole issue of the Salem Witch trials and what it was like to live in that time period. The writing was very descriptive, which enabled me to have a clear picture of what was happening in the story. The language used is definitely not modern which is a clear indication that the author did her due diligence prior to writing this title. The characters were quite colourful and they helped to add flavour to the story. Th ...more
Darcus Murray
Aug 29, 2013 Darcus Murray rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, ebook, own
I was really excited to read this book because I have a strange obsession with the Salem Village witch trials. I'm not big on historical, but give me Salem and I'll gladly read it.

This book was so good! I think it had enough of the horrible trials to show what life was like then without making them the center point of the story. The characters are very easy to like and enjoyable to read.

The story itself is very interesting and kept you into it. The relationship between the two characters is sens
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Diana Quincy
Jan 30, 2014 Diana Quincy rated it it was amazing
When I heard "Her Wicked Sin" was set in Salem, Massachusetts during the Salem witch trials, I was intrigued and wanted to read it. I wasn't disappointed.

The dialogue and Puritan lifestyle infused this story with interesting details that really set it apart. I love historical romances that teach me a little about history and "Her Wicked Sin" definitely does that. (I gave it an extra star for its uniqueness.)

All in all, Sarah Ballance has written a sweet romance with appealing characters. "Her W
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Tin
Sep 22, 2013 Tin rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the blog tour organizer for review purposes. Many thanks to Sarah Ballance, Bewitching Book Tours and Entangled Publishing for the opportunity. Yes, this is an honest review.

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Lydia Colson arrived in Salem Village a year before and serves as physician to the village. No one questioned the absence of her husband or the suddenness of her appearance. Henry Putnam was on his way to Salem Town to look for his missing older brother. Lydia encounters h
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Gigi staub
Aug 29, 2013 Gigi staub rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
On a moonless night, he rides into the winter forest on his beast as black as midnight….

Dashing stranger, Henry Dunham, comes to Salem on a mysterious errand, but is thrown from his horse in the dead of night and rescued by the local Puritan midwife, Lydia Colson.

Haunted by her past, Lydia is running from her own dark secrets, avoiding intrusive questions by pretending her dead husband is simply…away. But when she and Henry are caught in a compromising situation, one punishable by Puritan law, h
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Farrah
Aug 29, 2013 Farrah rated it really liked it
My Rating: 3.5/5

I haven't ever seen a historical romance set in the time of the Salem witch trials and, since I think that time is very interesting, I was excited about reading this. It didn't quite meet all my expectations, but I did really enjoy it. Her Wicked Sin was a lovely read, complete with a wonderful setting and steamy romance. I really liked this book.

My favorite part of the book was definitely the setting. The author did a great job re-creating the world of Puritan Salem and the supe
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A Voracious Reader (a.k.a. Carol)
4.5

*Book source ~ Many thanks to Entangled for providing me with a review copy in exchange for an honest review.

Lydia Colson is a physician/midwife in the town of Salem. One dark night after delivering a baby and she is on her way home she comes across a man thrown from his horse. Getting him to her home and examining him shows several injuries, but none severe. However, in the process of her examination a neighbor bursts in to request her services and sees Lydia in a compromising position with
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E.
Sep 08, 2013 E. rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, historical
3.5 stars

"Her Wicked Sin" by Sarah Ballance is a book in ‘A Sins of Salem’ series is an intriguing tale of a woman physician/midwife in Salem at the time of the furor about witchcraft. Ostensibly alone because her husband is traveling, Lydia Colson, finds a mysterious stranger injured and alone on a road near her house. Events conspire to force them into an intimate relationship which gets even more complicated as details of their respective pasts start coming to light. The malicious actions of
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Vicki Lake
Sep 07, 2013 Vicki Lake rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful story! I loved "Her Wicked Sin" from the first page. It is a beautiful story of love and heartache with a touch of mystery/suspense. Lydia is a physician who is fairly new to the village of Salem. She is running from an abusive past and a dead husband. She happens upon a handsome man, Henry, who has fallen from his horse. The little village seems to be on a witch hunt and seem to wrongfully accuse many. This is the first book I have read by Sarah Ballance, and I was not disappoi ...more
Andrea Goodell
Sep 09, 2013 Andrea Goodell rated it it was amazing
Normally I'm not a fan of American history, growing up in Europe I know nothing about it and typically it holds no interest for me.
However, 30 pages into Her Wicked Sin I was hooked. Not only was this book a wonderful love story but a fab way of giving a history lesson to ppl like me that normally don't care.
It's about a young lady who has "lost" her husband moved to a new town to start over. She then finds a stranger in need of her help. She is a healer.
The stranger is on a quest of his own, lo
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Sandra R
Sep 11, 2013 Sandra R rated it really liked it
A very interesting read that really painted a picture of Salem in the 1600's. The author's words created a nice dark mood and you really felt you were back in that time period. I enjoyed the romance between the hero and heroine, but I also felt the ending was a bit rushed.

My only gripe was the use of the word 'okay' several times. Petty I know, but the author obviously went to a lot of trouble to use old fashioned dialogue and 'okay' was not used until the mid 1800's.

The book did keep me very e
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Negar Arvanaghi
Sep 05, 2013 Negar Arvanaghi rated it it was amazing
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First of all a HUGE thank you to Ms. Ballance and Ms. Hightower for getting a copy to me. I loved and adored this book! Historicals are tricky because I often find that the characters use modern language and have modern opinions and feelings. NOT true here. The author has clearly researched the period and uses language that the people of the time would have used. As for the story itself, go read it yourself!!
Patty McKenna Van Hulle
Her Wicked Sin (Sins of Salem #1) by Sarah Ballance
Sarah Ballance

Witchcraft is afoot within Salem, with rumors, jealously, a black "Devil" horse & 2 people who can't keep their hands off & clothes on one another!

Lydia Colson is a woman with many secrets & lives in the Salem Village. She talks of a hubby who travels for work, helps with all the ladies functions & works as a midwife & doctor if needed. The truth is her abusive husband is dead by her own hands, so she keeps her head down within the Puritan community & lives
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Angie
Aug 30, 2013 Angie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received an ARC through NetGalley.

Historical Romance in the Puritan era? I've gotta try that! Her Wicked Sin definitely didn't disappoint! Lydia Colson is a relative new comer in Salem Village. She arrived about a year prior and has taken over the job as the village physician and midwife after leaving her own home town in the wake of...murder! Lydia killed her husband and needs a fresh start where no one knows of her past, and the neighbors just think her husband is a merchant off at sea. Then
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Lynelle Clark
I received the book from the author for an honest review.

They say ignorance is bliss, but in this case ignorance showed the foolishness of men and women as you read about this time period, where everything was called sin when it did not coincide with what the Puritans believed. A time of turmoil, witch hunts and manic lies, all to show yourself superior.
The author did a wonderful work in recreating that time and the life they led. She showed how people's perceptive was distorted and used for the
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Lynelle Clark
Jan 28, 2016 Lynelle Clark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received the book from the author for an honest review.

They say ignorance is bliss, but in this case ignorance showed the foolishness of men and women as you read about this time period, where everything was called sin when it did not coincide with what the Puritans believed. A time of turmoil, witch hunts and manic lies, all to show yourself superior.
The author did a wonderful work in recreating that time and the life they led. She showed how people's perceptive was distorted and used for the
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Julianne Redmon
Jan 26, 2015 Julianne Redmon rated it it was amazing
I've always been curious about this part of American history. There has never been anything definitive written as to what actually happened, what truthfully started it all. I've read many different interpretations of the events and have not really been completely satisfied with them.

I love the fact that Sarah has taken this well known time in history and based a fictional story around it. At first I was nervous because I wasn't sure if I could mesh a "paranormal" romance into the historical sett
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Sara
Dec 05, 2013 Sara rated it really liked it
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started this, as I’m not a big fan of historical romance. I’m happy to say, I was pleasantly surprised. It may be about puritans, but there isn’t anything pure about it, if you know what I mean (wink, wink).
Set in Salem during the Puritan days, Henry is a mysterious stranger thrown by his horse on the road and saved by Lydia. Lydia is trying to start a new life in Salem and questions about her absent husband are causing problems, not to mention they are caught
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Snarky Mom
Sep 26, 2013 Snarky Mom rated it really liked it
I have to admit - I'm not usually one to go for the historical romances. It just smacks too much of having to "think" for me. But you know, many people LOVE historical romances - it gives you insight into another time and way of life, which like fantasy romances, can offer a true unknown escape. However, since I first learned about the Salem Witch Trials in elementary school, I have just found them fascinating. Just the concept that a society would allow bullies to hide behind religion in order ...more
Nicky Peacock
Oct 13, 2013 Nicky Peacock rated it really liked it
I haven’t read many historical romances and, after reading Her Wicked Sin, I’ve discovered that I’ve really been missing out. It was written in an old fashion style that gave it real credence and felt like I was reading a new classic, rather than a straight modern historical romance novel (I know, how many oxymorons can I get into this post!)

I decided to read it because it was set amidst the Salem Witch trials and it really did capture the tension and fear that must have been felt at that time.
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Melissa MacKinnon
Jul 30, 2013 Melissa MacKinnon rated it it was amazing
I couldn't put it down. No, seriously, I couldn't. I started it yesterday afternoon and stayed up until almost 3 am to finish it. I just had to know what happened next. I always had an inkling, but I had to turn the page... just to be sure. I just fell in love with the setting and the time period... and the writing... Oh, the writing just pulled me right in. I felt like I was right there in Salem, and then so glad I wasn't. Those women were crazy, yo. All sweet and innocent on the outside, and t ...more
My Book Addiction and More MBA
I loved HER WICKED SIN, a romantic story set in 1692 in Salem, MA. It was suspenseful at times and also had a few twists I didn’t see coming (I think it’s great when that happens!). I experienced a range of emotions as I read this story. Anger that children and adults could be so downright nasty and mean spirited. Distressed at the accusations directed at Lydia. I also felt Lydia’s anguish, her strength, and then her joy with Henry. That the author made me feel these emotions is a tribute to her ...more
Geri
May 31, 2014 Geri rated it really liked it
I can remember learning about the witch trials but reading this book made things so much more interesting! I loved how the history was written into the story, but was woven throughout it. Lydia and Henry were wonderfully written characters and the passion between them was something that you could actually feel. The suspense of what happened with Lydia's ex-husband kept you wondering if it would come back to haunt her. This book had a little bit of everything including romance, passion, longing, ...more
Maria
Sep 16, 2014 Maria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lydia Colson is a skilled healer, a midwife, and Salem’s only physician. The year is 1692 which any history major will tell you is an infamous year in the village of Salem, Massachusetts. She is also very beautiful, blond, and an isolated loner without family and carries a tragic past in her heart.

One night, upon returning home from an emergency call, she comes upon a handsome and well-dressed rider who has fallen from his horse. He is injured and so she takes him into her home to look at his in
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Sheri
Sep 29, 2013 Sheri rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Lydia moved to Salem Village to get away from her past and was quickly accepted as the town's new midwife/physician. However, those were dangerous times to live in Salem, with every move you made scrutinized and judged, and if someone did not like what you said or did you were accused of witchcraft. Lydia's carefully crafted world starts to crumble after she reaches out to help a stranger.

Lydia was a great female lead, strong and independent, brave and spirited, but content to live within the r
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Karen
Nov 25, 2013 Karen rated it it was amazing
Salem, MA 1692

Henry Dunham is thrown from his horse and rescued by Lydia Colson, a Puritan Midwife. When Lydia’s reputation is at stake because she has brought Henry to her home to care for him, Henry protects her by claiming to be her wayward husband. Since no one has ever met her husband, the neighbors believe the claim as the truth.

Both have secrets. Lydia’s secret concerns the true husband that she claims is dead. Henry has not told Lydia who he truly is, but he cannot until he finds his br
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