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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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Published September 9th 2013 by Entangled: Scandalous
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Joe Breedon
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
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
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
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
Diana Quincy
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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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
A Voracious Reader (a.k.a. Carol)

*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
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
Gigi staub
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
Sep 22, 2013 Tin rated it 4 of 5 stars
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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
Vicki Lake
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
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
Sandra R
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
Julianne Redmon
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
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
Negar Arvanaghi

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!!
This story had me intrigued with it being based in the 1600's during the Salem Witch Trials. All in all, it was a pretty good read. At first it was kind of hard to get into. I think mostly because of the language and terminology they used back in the day. Once I got used to it, it was easier to read and follow.

The storyline itself was pretty good. I liked how it was a mutli pov. I guessed pretty close to the beginning who the "bad guy" would be in all this. The story flowed well and the charact
Jacque Stengel
With all the paranormal books out there it is great to see a book that deals with the history of our lives and it's paranormal past. But this romantic journey into Salem is more than just history. It's a love that should never be, yet somehow finds a way. There were some twists and turns but nothing too unexpected.
I liked the flow of the story and the story about a second chance. The words of the era were consistent through the book and added a great detail to a period book. While the main story
Crystal Yawn
amazing view of tragic events,February 12, 2015

ByCrystal Yawn "Crystal"(Wi)

This review is from:Her Wicked Sin (Entangled Scandalous) (Sins of Salem Book 1) (Kindle Edition)

A very well done book that brings life to the events that happened in Salem. In the first book we have Lydia the town physician and Henry's story. The two are put through varies obstacles in this small town.
Accusations of withcraft leave no one safe, purtain law also comes into play.
Ms. Ballance has done a wonderful job of bri
Sarah Ballance does it again! This time she has brought us to colonial Salem to follow the journey of love with Lydia and Henry! Both are the good kind of people that you love to love and watch fall in love! But as usual, Ms. Ballance doesn't make it easy for them. There are talk of witches and mysterious strangers and it seems that there is trouble lurking for the happy couple. The plot twists keep you engaged until the very end. Considering I had never read a story written in this era, I have ...more
This book is great! It was written during the witch trials in Salem.. about a woman, Lydia who thinks she has escaped a bastard of a husband to start over where she has a new name and as a midwife has a way to make a living. People think she is married so when she finds a man in need of her help medically, she offers him a place to stay and to look at his injuries... He is a man of wealth and is looking for his half brother for his mother.. There are a lot of twists and turns in this story and i ...more
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
Heather Lecus
This book was very well written and well researched. It is set during the Salem witch trails. There is a plot twist in the end that I saw coming from the beginning of the book mostly because i read a lot of books and it tends to be a well known device. She brings you back to the time of the Salem witch trials and what we remember from learning while reading the Crucible and what we learned in history. If you are into historical romance and the time of the Salem Trials then this is the book for y ...more
Melissa MacKinnon
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
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
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
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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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
Nicky Peacock
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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