Hello! Today I'm hosting Meredith Allard's Her Loving Husband's Curse.
Meredith's Guest Post is seen below. Thank you Meredith! My review is also seen below. Thanks for stopping by! :)
Title: Her Loving Husband's Curse
Book Two of The Loving Husband Trilogy
By: Meredith Allard
How far will you go to protect the one you love?
Finally, after many long and lonely years, James Wentworth’s life is falling into place. Together with his wife, Sarah, the only woman he has ever loved, he has found the meaning behind her nightmares about the Salem Witch Trials, and now they are rebuilding the life they began together so long ago.
But the past is never far behind for the Wentworths. While Sarah is haunted by new visions, now about the baby she carried over three hundred years before, James is confronted with painful memories from his time with the Cherokee on the Trail of Tears. Through it all, the persistent reporter Kenneth Hempel reappears, still determined to prove that the undead walk the earth. If Hempel succeeds in his quest, James and Sarah will suffer. Will the curse of the vampire prevent James and Sarah from living their happily ever after?
Guest Post By: Meredith Allard
I love history. I think my interest first started in high school when I had a cute young guy as my history teacher—I made sure to pay extra special attention to him. But my interest outlasted my 10th grade history class, and in college I even considered becoming a history major. I’m fascinated by history because, though we can look back to see how the pieces fit to create the picture of who we are today, there is also a sense of “The more things change, the more they stay the same.” I’m always amazed to learn of these people who on the surface seem so different from us—in their dress, their speech, their beliefs, their scientific knowledge—and yet they aren’t so different in their hopes and dreams.
I remember the moment I decided to write historical fiction. I had seen Ken Burns’ The Civil War documentary on PBS, and from that came an idea about the son of a southern planter who goes to fight for the North during the war. At first, my goal was to become a screenwriter so I tried the idea out as screenplay. I got as far as page ten before I realized that the blueprint of the screenplay wasn’t enough for me—I wanted to describe the details, what people were thinking and feeling, what they were wearing. I’ve been writing historical fiction ever since.
There is something fulfilling about writing historical fiction. Historical fiction helps to make history more palatable for those who might be bored by nonfiction accounts. In these fictional snapshots, I can take one moment in time and flesh it out, add characters, both real and imagined, show their dress and their manners and the events that were happening then. Research is an important part of the process, and I’m just odd enough to enjoy searching for the information I need to help me tell the story.
For the Loving Husband Trilogy in Book One, Her Dear & Loving Husband, I wrote about Salem during the witch hunts in 1692. What a sad moment in early American history—the false accusations, the coercions into confessions to crimes the victims didn’t commit, the dungeons, the executions. How could this happen? How could neighbor turn against neighbor? Friend against friend? Husband against wife? To this day, we still don’t know the answer. For the second book in the trilogy, Her Loving Husband’s Curse, I wrote about the Cherokee’s experience on the Trail of Tears. Both the Salem Witch Trials and the Trail of Tears are moments we should remember and learn from.
Have I said how much I love history? Sharing these moments in time with others is one of my great joys, and through historical fiction I hope I can help others develop a love for history.
This is book 2 of a Trilogy, and this is one that did not disappoint. If you have read the first book, you will love this one! The main characters, James and Sarah are back again, newly married, and are living in bliss really, but something threatens their happiness that has to due with James's immortality. There were also great historical aspects here, and if you enjoy history, you would probably appreciate this story. This was a well written novel and like the first book, there was a good flow, from scene to scene, chapter to chapter. If you have not started this series, now would be perfect as after you read book one, you can dive into book 2, and if you have read book 1, you will really enjoy this addition to the trilogy, as it was just great! :)
My Rating: 4.2/5
About The Author
Meredith Allard is the Executive Editor of The Copperfield Review, an award-winning literary journal for readers and writers of historical fiction. She received her B.A. and M.A. degrees in English from California State University, Northridge. She has taught writing to students aged 10 to 60, and she has taught creative writing and writing historical fiction workshops at Learning Tree University, UNLV, and the Las Vegas Writers Conference. Her writing has appeared in journals such as The Paumanok Review, Moondance, Wild Mind,Muse Apprentice Guild, The Maxwell Digest, CarbLite, Writer’s Weekly, and ViewsHound. She lives in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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