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Loving Husband #3

Her Loving Husband's Return

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What would you do to return to the only one you have ever loved?

James Wentworth’s secret is no longer a secret, and now he and his beloved wife, Sarah, have been separated. While suffering his own internment, James is reminded of his time with Japanese-Americans in the Manzanar Relocation Camp during World War II, and he cannot allow the past to repeat itself. With the help of his friends—Chandresh, Jocelyn, Timothy, even the irreverent Geoffrey—James learns what it means to return, and he is determined to return to his Sarah no matter the challenges—or the consequences. In the end, it may be up to Olivia, the most powerful of witches, to grant James’s most fervent wish. Will James and Sarah be reunited once and for all despite the madness surrounding them?

302 pages, Kindle Edition

First published April 3, 2013

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Meredith Allard

15 books364 followers
Meredith Allard is the author of the beloved 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 set around the Salem Witch Trials and winner of the B.R.A.G. Medallion; Victory Garden, a novel of the American women’s suffrage movement; Woman of Stones, a novella of Biblical Jerusalem; That You Are Here, a contemporary sweet romance; The Window Dresser and Other Stories; and Painting the Past: A Guide for Writing Historical Fiction, named a #1 new release in authorship and creativity self-help on Amazon. When she isn’t writing she’s teaching writing, and she has taught writing to students ages five to 75. She loves books, cats, and coffee, though not always in that order. Her latest release is The Duchess of Idaho, a time-travel romance set on the Oregon Trail. She lives in the hills of Southern Nevada. Visit Meredith online at www.meredithallard.com.

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July 3, 2013
Today's review is on Her Loving Husband's Return by Meredith Allard

To start off, let me say that I had fallen in love, love, love with this series back in April of 2011 when the first book came out. From page one to page 290 I was captivated by the struggle, strength, and love of the two main characters James and Elizabeth Wentworth. Of course being that I am from Massachusetts may have played a small part, and let's face it, those school field trips to Salem were way more interesting and exciting than the ones to Plymouth Plantation.

I couldn't wait for the next installment, and when the second book in the series came out in April of 2012 I dropped everything and dove into it. Low and behold, I was again enthralled with the Wentworth's continuing story. I loved how Allard incorporated Elizabeth's unborn child into the mix as well as the Native American aspect.

Waiting on pins and needles for the final book, I jumped at the chance to review Her Loving Husband's Return. Well, I'm not jumping so much any more. You see, this installment was more like a History lesson than what I was looking for. Don't get me wrong, being married to a Japanese American I both enjoyed and learned from the story, but that's just it, I LEARNED.

At the end of Her Loving Husband's Curse, James voluntarily goes to the detainment camp for vampires. A detainment camp that was actually used 70 years earlier for the Japanese Americans after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. And while there, James begins writing to his beloved telling her about the time he spent at Manzanar with the Japanese citizens that were interned there all those years ago. And that takes up a huge part of the 300+ pages.

Through it all though James and Elizabeth; now Sarah, struggle with being apart. They had only just become the complete family that they should have been back in the 1600's. Sarah wants to be closer to James and James is willing to do anything to be back with Sarah and their daughter Grace. He's even willing to be returned though it my cost him his immortal life.

Was Her Loving Husband's Return as good as the previous two books? Not really. How do I know this? After I closed my computer my daughter asked how the book I was reading was. My response was simply "It was all right."

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879 reviews2 followers
July 10, 2013
Her Loving Husband's Return is the third book in the trilogy by Meredith Allard. James and Sarah are separated by paranoia, biogotry, and fear. It is how James returns to Sarah and Grace. Love's great power is part of the story. I'm no fan of the vampire genre, but this trilogy is more about us humans. How we hate anyone who is different, we don't always see the person, we see color, religion, a different culture as threatening. In the story it is said a madness grips people every generation or so and we act cruelly. Manzanar and the Halocaust are cited as examples. The end is satisfying. Be warned some of the tale is a bit soppy.
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August 16, 2021
My Dear and Loving Husband three book series

This book touched my heart deeply. It is a work of a masterful mind full of details yet never getting bogged down by them. I live on the New Hampshire border of Massachusetts and visit Salem often. We especially enjoy going to the Peabody Essex Museum. Your knowledge of Maine is wonderful and the routes you describe are quite accurate. I felt as though I knew James and Sarah aka Elizabeth, Olivia and Jennifer, John and Geoffrey and your whole and your whole cast of supporting friends as though they were my friends too. I wish there could be a book #4!
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3,047 reviews17 followers
November 14, 2021
So, as our tale progresses, the vampires are outed and off course humans, although if they thought about it, lived alongside these people without problems, until they were identified as different. Then they have become blood sucking fiends.
What happens, well, that's why the author has put a lot of time crafting a great tale, so you have the ability to be transferred into someone else's life, for a short period of time.
It is a vert heart warming story, literally.
May 16, 2021
I really enjoyed the plot, as no other vampire novel I've ever read has even come near to such a thought as how to return to being human again, while addressing the pros and cons of being human vs. being a vampire. I also enjoyed the characters and their close relationships and how far they will go to help and protect each other.
16 reviews
September 30, 2017
Modern Vampires

I enjoyed this series very much. A wonderful view of vampires, witches and werewolves. This was the best series ever!
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12 reviews
October 31, 2018

This book was extremely good definitely a must read. If you are into vampires read it! You wont regret it.
8 reviews
January 12, 2019

It's a fun easy read. You will not be disappointed. Hurry up and get these books! So sorry for it to end.
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Author 26 books103 followers
July 18, 2013
Sarah Wentworth's life has spiraled into the unknown. Her husband's secret is out, and now the whole country knows he's one of the undead. She doesn't care about the fact that he's a vampire. She never has. She's the reincarnation of his first wife, after all, and she's happy to call herself James' wife. Yet she cannot deny that there are quite a few up's and down's in the lives they lead.

Doing her best to overcome the fact that her husband has been sent to an internment camp, Sarah immerses herself in the world around her. She gives her love completely to her beloved daughter, Grace, reminded daily of the trials and tribulations she and James have faced ever since they've rediscovered one another. She relives each moment day by day, yearning for the moment when she can have her husband back in her arms again.

Her days are filled with the tender notes she receives from her beloved James, yet they cannot replace the fact that they're miles apart. Granted, she learns more about him as the time goes by, though she can't help but to wish that she'd be able to have James in front of her once more. She's grateful for the love and support that she receives from the community itself, most especially from her friend, Olivia. With Olivia's sharing her past stories about James, she gleans a better understanding about the man who's given his all in protecting his family. A man, she realizes, she'll do anything for, including letting him make a choice that might make or break their beloved family in the long run.

A bittersweet and quite melancholic story, Her Loving Husband's Return is one of those stories that will capture your heart, and never let it go. The story immerses the reader in the last saga of Sarah and James' story. They have to contend with the consequences of James' coming clean about the fact that he's been one of the undead for as long as he can remember, something the whole country doesn't take kindly to. Not to mention that he's not the only vampire co-existing in the world today. There are others like him out there who only want to live a peaceful life amongst humans.

Although, I've started this series with the third book, I do think it offers enough insight to things that have occurred in the first two book. Meredith provides us with enough information that doesn't bog the story down. In fact, the book itself reads as if its actually a standalone novel. I'm definitely catching up on books one and two soon. This series is honestly one you'll read and time again.
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1,157 reviews86 followers
December 9, 2015
This is the last installment in the trilogy and in my opinion the best. It is different in style and pacing, and stands apart from the first two books in the series.

Is it perfect, not at all; but it is a bearable vehicle for the story. It ties all of the loos ends together, finish up story spinets and gives a good The End to the readers.

I enjoyed the historical detour in this book a lot, and the letter forms added to the story a new dimension of "magical realism". The aggressive bigotry showcased in the "human" characters in this story written up in a way that helps the story go forward and it is not too all anointing as it might be expected.

This series was a true surprise. In the beginning I was venomously opposed the vampire story-line, it was so "twilight-like" but it is written so differently and with so much passion that the negative expectations dissipate by the end of the first book in the series.

So, if you want to try this series out, expect a lot of history, a good in all romance and some magic through together to give you a nice story to read through.
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863 reviews11 followers
November 12, 2013
What would you do to return to the only one you have ever loved?

James Wentworth’s secret is no longer a secret, and now he and his beloved wife, Sarah, have been separated. While suffering his own internment, James is reminded of his time with Japanese-Americans in the Manzanar Relocation Camp during World War II, and he cannot allow the past to repeat itself. With the help of his friends—Chandresh, Jocelyn, Timothy, even the irreverent Geoffrey—James learns what it means to return, and he is determined to return to his Sarah no matter the challenges—or the consequences. In the end, it may be up to Olivia, the most powerful of witches, to grant James’s most fervent wish. Will James and Sarah be reunited once and for all despite the madness surrounding them?

My Review - this was an amazing series I thought. But while I thought that I also thought this third book dragged on. I loved the ending which I don't say often about books but this one was good.
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142 reviews
November 8, 2013
Almost sad to see this series end, but it was a good ending, unexpected and not entirely warm - I liked that. I love how Allard brings real history into her books. I love a book that makes me Google something. Today I read all kinds of Dr. Seuss comics from the '40s. After being raised on Dr. Seuss books and raising my children on his books, remembering the day he died when I was in college, and our professor taking a moment of silence out of respect, I was floored at some of the propaganda I read today. Who knew? Well, not me...so within a good fiction book for me, is always a lesson learned in real life and history.
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1,490 reviews26 followers
March 7, 2015
It is a sad evening because I have finished the last book in this series now onto the review... My boyfriend is always telling me to stop reading all this books that are fictional and read something real... well now I can finally tell him that I was able to read a fictional book that also had a lot of Facts about the past that I know I never learned in history class while going to school. Some people don't enjoy reading that kind of stuff but it actually was part of the reason I didn't want to stop reading, I wanted to continue to learn about the Past that I never knew but can now know.
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6 reviews1 follower
August 26, 2014
After a fascinating visit to Salem, I searched the Kindle store for some books that take place there. I would never have considered a vampire trilogy under normal circumstances but I'm really glad I gave this series a try. I read all 3 in quick succession and found them to be really enjoyable as well as very interesting thanks to the amount of research the author did. The second book was my favourite.
94 reviews2 followers
May 16, 2015
For some....a love this deep is unreachable and unrealistic. Not only did he love her for 300 plus years...but he show her the depths of his love via the letters he wrote to her. Out of the three books in the series, this one was for me, the hardest to read. They all had the same formula and while it had a good HEA (happy ever after) I pretty much felt like I had already read the same thing in books 1 & 2.
October 30, 2016
A love that's meant to be.

Her Loving Husband, is a love story between Elizabeth and James. Separated during the Salem Witch hunts. James wife is taken and she dies. James is turned into a Vampire who lives 300 year. One night he see Sarah outside his home. Sometime is familiar about her, unknown to both of them she is the reincarnation of his dead wife. Her name is Sarah. So begin a love story, trilogy read all three books to see if James and Sarah reunite again.
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45 reviews
October 10, 2014
I am so glad I purchased this final book in the series. I so enjoyed the previous 2. Only draw back is a bit too much time is spent on one event in James' history. I am looking forward to finding out the conclusion of this Time Enduring Love. Really an awesome set of books, highly recommended.
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2 reviews
September 22, 2013
This was the last of a trilogy. Great reads---involving vampirism, relationships between humans and vampires, time travel, of sorts, and withcery. A nice triple play of fantasy.
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36 reviews
June 3, 2015
The best of the 3 in the series. I enjoyed reading about the Japanese internment camps and the history threaded in all the books. This was, by far, the strongest story of the three.
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