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Her Dear and Loving Husband

(Loving Husband #1)

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  1,705 ratings  ·  246 reviews
How long would you wait for the one you loved?

Her Dear & Loving Husband, the new novel from Meredith Allard, is part literary fiction, part historical fiction, part romance, and part paranormal fantasy. With elements of Twilight and The Crucible, Her Dear & Loving Husband is a story for anyone who believes that true love never dies.

James Wentworth has a secret. He lives q
Paperback, 262 pages
Published April 19th 2011 by Copperfield Press (first published March 25th 2011)
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Sep 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
Quick Take: An intensely sweet romance is tied to a riveting narrative on the Salem witch trials. Clearly, much research went into crafting the descriptions of the setting and related cultural intricacies.

Before reading this book, I'd never heard of Ann Bradstreet nor her poem, "To My Dear and Loving Husband." (I know: nuts, right?) In fact, there was much I didn't know about the general time frame and setting that's highlighted in Meredith Allard's To My Dear and Loving Husband--beyond t
Emma Harrison
Oct 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I’ve never been a vampire fan, so I shouldn’t read vampire novels. Twilight didn’t appeal to me (too much teen angst) and I’m not a blood and guts person. What I do like is a good story, and that’s what Her Dear and Loving Husband is–a good, romantic story with enough plot twists and turns to keep the interest high and the reader guessing.

Sarah Alexander moves to Salem after her divorce. She works at the local college and meets James Wentworth, a handsome professor. She dreams about the Salem Wi
Aug 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
After her divorce, Sarah feels compelled to get away from her old, frantic-paced lifestyle and decides to take up residence in Salem, Massachusetts. Sarah has always had a fascination with that area and feels that in Salem she may be able to slow down, rest her battered soul, and hopefully find an inner peace that is lacking in her life.

According to sketchy family history accounts, an ancestor died during the infamous witch trials. Sarah hopes for the opportunity to discover the identity of her
Jessica at Book Sake
Jun 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
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I was a bit skeptical when I initially read the synopsis of the novel, but since it had vampires and witches and werewolves I decided to read it anyway. Thankfully I was surprised and really enjoyed the story and the history that was brought in to make it so much more powerful. Aside from The Crucible, I haven't read much on the Salem Witches, and after reading this I found myself googling the history and finding it to be as terrible as the author portrayed it to be. I also appreciate
May 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book! You can download it for free on Smashwords. I definitely recommend you give it a try!
Feb 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: vampires
3.5 stars. The story was cute. I enjoyed that it took place in Salem, MA since I'm from MA. The story has vampires and discusses some of the things that happened during the Salem Witch trials. The story kept me interested and made me want to see what happens. ...more
Cocktails and Books
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 bef ...more
Elise Marion
Oct 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
When I read the blurb of this book and saw it compared to 'Twilight', I wasn't sure what to expect. I'm definitely not a diehard Vampire romance fan, but the historical and 'past life' bend to the story pulled me in. Boy am I ever glad I didn't pass this one over. Her Dear and Loving Husband is a soul stirring read, hauntingly beautiful, and wonderfully executed.

It's pretty much impossible not to write a review of this book without SPOILERS, so if you want to be kept in the dark, you can stop r
D.M. Dutcher
Aug 17, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance, paranormal
There were a few nice ideas, but there's really no tension in the book. It feels too sedate for its own good.

Sarah moves to Salem, Massachussetts in order to reboot her life after a divorce. She meets James, a retiring English professor whom she shares a bond to; she looks exactly like his dead wife. Except that his wife died three hundred years ago, and he is an immortal vampire. Mix an inquisitive vampire hunting reporter, and the vampire who turned him popping in, and life is about to get com
Mary Yarde
Mar 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing

She heard words, phrases, echoing from somewhere. She wasn’t afraid. It wasn’t like being haunted or chased or dragged away by chains. It was as if she suddenly remembered something she had forgotten.

Moving away seems to be the most sensible thing for Sarah Alexander to do. Leaving behind an old life, and recently divorced from a man she never loved, Sarah moves to Salem. If she wanted a change from the hustle of Los Angeles, Salem is where she would find it. Salem is a small and quiet town, so
Anasheh Satoorian
Aug 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
was very intrigued when I read that this book was a mixture of Historical fiction and Paranormal Fantasy. I have read a few other books that attempted to intertwine these 2 genres and I had loved them. So I was very eager to see how this story would turn out. I was pleasantly surprised to see that the author also was able to blend these genres beautifully

I won't make an attempt to recap this book, because I believe the above synopsis captures the overall plot of the book well. What I am hoping
Tracy Smith
Jul 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Paranormal romance and historical witch hunts create the story of "Her Dear & Loving Husband."

Sarah, being newly divorced, relocates to Salem, Massachusetts, looking to build a new life. Here she meets new friends, who she learns are witches, and meets the man who is inhabiting her dreams and her nightmares. James, a college professor/vampire falls instantly for Sarah, not knowing exactly why except for the fact that she looks like his deceased wife of 300 years ago. Will they find the connecti
Sarah has left Los Angeles for Salem Massachusetts after her divorce from a man she never really loved. Even in Los Angeles she was having some messed up dreams. Her ex told her to suck it up and keep going. In Salem the dreams were getting more vivid and frequent. As she starts her librarian job at the college, her boss Jennifer become close friends. They were driving along and she noticed a house that was very familiar to her. She asked who it belonged to and it was a professor that worked at ...more
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Mar 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Paranormal Romance, Witch History, Salem
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Shelves: april-2012-reads
Set against a backdrop of contemporary Salem, where all seems to be divided from the long-distant past by a mere thin veil, this novel unravels threads of history, legend, and the paranormal, of past lives and reincarnation and repressed memories stirred up in dreams. Despite, or perhaps due to, its tragic early history in the 17th century, the witch hysteria, witch hunts, and executions, Salem, Massachusetts is now a village thriving on its memory, a community catering to tourism via recalling, ...more
Haight Ashbury
Jul 18, 2012 rated it liked it
I was a little torn as to how to rate this book. It was very interesting as I don't typically read paranormal or fantasy type books. The author was able to weave together the past and present almost flawlessly and the characters were all likeable. The book was a good reminder of how one should act towards the ones they love and how tight family bonds should be. It was a light, easy read and worth the time it took to read it.
The repetitiveness was a bit overbearing at times. The phrase "oh so ver
Sep 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I am always a sucker for a great cover and "Her Dear and Loving Husband" has one of those covers that makes me think haunted house, something that I love reading about. While I loved the cover it was the story inside that kept me riveted! There was just enough mystery and intrigue from the beginning to hook me, but it was the paranormal aspects, along with the romance and well written characters that kept me turning the pages! Sarah Alexander was such an easy character to connect with.She moves ...more
Laura DeLuca
Oct 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I love historical fiction, and Her Dear and Loving Husband sounded right up my alley - especially with its interest in magick, past lives, and the Salem Witch Trials. It hooked me right from the beginning pages.

A little bit into it, I admit I was sorely disappointed - not the writing, not the story - but James' secret? He's a vampire. I dislike vampires - vampire movies, vampire books, anything to do with vampires. Revulsed. Maybe it's a past life thing of my own, who knows? If I had known Jame
jackie frye
Feb 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Vampires, witches, werewolf and reincarnations – who can ask for more?? This book is fabulous.

All of her life Sarah had wanted to visit Salem. When her marriage ended in divorce she accepted a job at in the library at Salem College and moved. When riding home from work one afternoon she saw a house that looked familiar, but this was her first time to ride down the street it was located on. Several evenings later she was taking a walk and walked by the house. Since it seemed no one was at home s
Aug 02, 2012 rated it it was ok
Another Kindle freebie or $3.99 deal book. I've had a streak of good luck with them though so I had high hopes for this one. It had an interesting premise: modern woman somehow connected to the Salem witch trials, and oh by the way she falls in love with a vampire. The Salem witch trial connection was the only part that kept me reading though.
I felt like I was reading Bella and Edward all over again and that was a disappointment. If I read "beautiful Sarah, sweet Sarah, smart Sarah" one more tim
Jul 09, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: kindle
Awful, I now understand why it was a free Kindle offering. If someone really knew what they were getting, they wouldn't take it, unless they're under 16 years of age and have no discrimination in their reading habits. Obviously I didn't finish it. I was going with it until the vampire turned up. I stayed with it several more chapters but between whiny Sarah and whiny James I couldn't take it beyond Chapter 21 and according to the Kindle, I was only 75% of the way through the book. Are there no b ...more
Jun 17, 2012 rated it it was ok
Awful...don't waste your time. Novice author, predictable story line, way too wordy, and a bit cheesy. The only reason I finished it is because I'm not a quitter. Save yourself a couple something else. ...more
Aug 22, 2011 rated it liked it
This book was good but I found it to be a very slow read. Not very exciting.
Nov 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I was very surprised with this one, I didn't expect it to be so good. At times Sarah was kind of an emotional mess and it did get on my nerves some. ...more
Jun 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Her Dear and Loving Husband
Author: Meredith Allard
Reviewed by Fran Lewis

Close your eyes. What do you see? Do you see trees, the sunset, flowers, and the events of your day? Keep them close and imagine seeing images so terrifying, so horrific you are not sure whether you are imagining them or reliving events from your past. What would happen if your present life were linked to events that happened in the past? What would happen if you were actually a victim of one of the most tragic events in Ame
Jun 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I initially decided to read this book because the cover looked interesting. It looked like it was going to be a horror novel -the title being sarcastic and foreboding all at once, if that makes sense. But what this book lacked in horror, it made up for in a love story that crossed centuries, dabbled in reincarnation, immortality and magic. We tag along with Sarah to Salem, Massachusetts where she comes across James Wentworth - who despite being charming, handsome and intelligent is also mysterio ...more
Meaghan Hurn
Nov 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Her Dear and Loving Husband is an enchanting and riveting read! You can tell the author did her homework on the Salem Witch Trials and it truly shows throughout the book, bringing it to a higher level of caliber.

The paranormal slant is also used as a means of putting the fervor and hypocrisy of the witch trials into a new context and setting: present-day Salem, Massachusetts. I found the parallels well-drawn and relevant.

The romance is quite innocent for the most part, because the emotional stru
Susan Porter
Mar 03, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A twist on the cliche love story about a young divorcee who meets a new handsome guy. Sarah move to Salem, MA to recover from her recent divorce. While working at a college library she meets a young professor, James, who seems so familiar.
Sarah is also plagued by nightmares of the Salem Witch Trials, reliving the imprisonment of one of the accused. Over time, she realizes that her dreams are related to the James.
Her first friend in Salem turns out to be a witch, and James a vampire. There's far
Kristina Trawick
Dec 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Man meets woman, they fall in love. But....

James sees a woman standing outside his home in Salem, Massachusetts one evening. He is sure it is his wife, dead some three hundred years. As he and the woman, Sarah, get to know each other they find they are tied together from centuries before. Add in a very persistent reporter and the stories begin to intertwine. Decent book but some things just didn't make sense. Why the need for sleep, and if there is no blood pumping through a man's system, how do
Carrie Martin
Oct 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed the setting and the interwoven history, and thought it was quite imaginative combining all these genre elements together. I imagine a "lady" (more of a lady than me, though the intelligent librarian-thing is cool) would be quite taken with the gallant love interest. This isn't my usual dark, twisted, fast-paced read, but it made for a surprisingly pleasant change. Makes you realize, we aren't quite as evolved now as we think. ...more
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Meredith Allard is the author of the bestselling paranormal historical Loving Husband Trilogy. Her sweet Victorian romance, When It Rained at Hembry Castle, was named a best historical novel by IndieReader. Her other books include Christmas at Hembry Castle; Down Salem Way, the prequel to the Loving Husband Trilogy; Victory Garden, a novel of the women’s suffrage movement; Woman of Stones, a novel ...more

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