Thursday, May 21, 2015

Her Dear & Loving Husband

Her Dear & Loving Husband, by Meredith Allard, is the first in her Loving Husband trilogy.  After a recent divorce, Sarah Alexander has moved to Salem, Massachusetts.  If she thought the quaint seaside town with all its historic charm would quiet her recurring dreams and night terrors, however, she was very much mistaken - moving to Salem seems to have had the opposite effect, in fact.  

Through a colleague at the library, Sarah meets James Wentworth, a professor at the college, and her resemblance to his late wife causes him to feel drawn to her.  James is hiding a secret which keeps him disconnected from engaging in any kind of a real social life and has kept him from being settled in any one place for very long.  His attachment to Sarah is powerful enough to potentially disrupt the quiet life he's built for himself, but there are questions which need to be answered:  is James attracted to Sarah, or is it her resemblance to his beloved wife which attracts him to her?  And if it IS Sarah he is attracted to, will his secret threaten any romance between them?

With a meddling reporter buzzing around asking questions about James, his secret might come out whether he's ready for Sarah to know it or not - but if exposed to the whole world, James fears a new mass hysteria and hunt will ensue.

In Her Dear & Loving Husband, Allard weaves together a story which flows easily back and forth between an historical and contemporary setting, through the narration of Sarah's dreams.  As a fan of both historical fiction and paranormal fantasy, I enjoyed reading something which contained elements of both.  The fact that the story centers around the Salem witch trials is what garnered my interest in the book, and I wasn't disappointed on that front; Allard has clearly done some research in order to make the events believably personal to the characters, and I thought the execution was well done.

Another paranormal/metaphysical topic of great interest to me which this book touches on as a plot point is past lives/reincarnation.  Is it mere genetic coincidence that Sarah so strongly resembles James's late wife, or are there other possibilities which might explain the resemblance - is she his wife reincarnated, or is she a descendant?  A reincarnation aspect to a romance certainly has a bonus factor for me in lessening the distaste I tend to have for Insta-Love, and it's also an intriguing tool for a "time travel" aspect that turns out to work quite well in the way Allard utilizes it.  

Sarah may be one of the main characters in this book, and the first character we are introduced to, but I felt pretty neutral about her throughout the entire thing.  She doesn't seem to go anywhere emotionally, unless you count panic attacks from her night terrors, or the dilemma she ultimately faces as an apparent skeptic (although when her skepticism is tested, she doesn't seem to really struggle with it that much, as she gives in to belief fairly quickly).  My opinion of Sarah was pretty much set when I realized that Her Dear & Loving Husband read to me like another adult version of Twilight (or at least Twilight-inspired) - with the difference between Fifty Shades and this being that Allard is capable of writing an engaging (albeit mildly predictable) story, whereas Fifty Shades is glorified fanfic with no real substance whatsoever.  As far as the Twilight comparison goes, though, don't let it put you off if that would be the only reason you might lose interest:  it's not a thinly-veiled rewrite like Fifty Shades.  It can absolutely stand on its own, and if you've never read or seen anything of the Twilight saga, it's possible you might not really draw the same parallels that I did.  

Characters I did enjoy were Jennifer and James.  Jennifer, Sarah's colleague at the library, is a wtich and practicing Wiccan in a small coven which includes Jennifer's mother.  I know it seems trite to include actual witches or Wiccans in a book that is set in Salem and also discusses the witch trials, but it also makes sense in this universe:  witches and witchy things are a huge tourist draw for Salem these days, so it is probably halfway expected and not as looked-down-upon to be a practicing witch or Wiccan in Salem as it is in many other places; the tourist aspect makes Salem a smart place to own a witchy shop.  Anyway, James and Jennifer have a fun brother-sister feel to their relationship which was nice to read, and he has a long history with her family which I would be interested in reading more about.  If this is not touched on in the rest of the Loving Husband trilogy, I hope there might be a future spin-off book or series which goes into more detail.

Overall, I wouldn't say this was "omg the best book ever," but I did really enjoy reading it, and look forward to eventually finishing the trilogy.  I think if Sarah had been a bit more dynamic a character in this one, I would have a stronger opinion about it as a whole, so I hope she will develop more in the second installment.



Copperfield Press

Series info: What came before this book? What's next?
Loving Husband
* Her Dear & Loving Husband (Book 1)
- Her Loving Husband's Curse (Book 2)
- Her Loving Husband's Return (Book 3)

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  1. شركة القائد من الشركات الاوله فى الدمام والرياض
    شركة القائد
    حيث تمتلك شركتنا عمالة فنية ومدربة جيدا على الاهتمام بتنظيف الشقق والفلل والمنازل كما تهتم بأدق التفاصيل للوصول الى الصورة المثالية التى يبحث عنها العميل فهدفنا الرئيسى هو ان نوفر لعملائنا الاعزاء الراحة النفسية كما تمتلك شركتنا
    افضل المعدات الحديثة وادوات النظافة العامة المطابقة للمواصفات لنصبح افضل شركة تنظيف منازل بالرياض كما نكون حريصين على استخدام افضل الخامات والمواد التنظيف التى تجعل منزلك نظيفا وجميلا والتى تمت تجربتها ومطابقتها للمواصفات اكثر من مرة للوصول الى الهدف المنشود .
    شركة تنظبف منازل بالرياض
    شركة تنظيف خزانات بجازان
    شركة تسليك مجارى بجازان

    شركة تنظيف بالرياض
    شركة تنظيف بالدمام
    شركة تنظيف بجازان
    شركة كشف تسربات المياه بجازان

    شركة مكافحة حشرات بجازان
    تعتبر شركه القائد من افضل الشركات فى تنظيف الخزانات بجازان فنحن نقوم بتقديم الخدمات المميزه التى تتحدث بالجوده والتميز دائما وتعمل الشركه جاهده على توفير المال والجهد للعميل فتقدم له افضل الخدمات فىتنظيف الخزانات والتى نؤديها بمهاره عاليه ودقه جيده ترى نتائجها من التعامل الاول مع الشركه فاذا كنت تشتكى من تسريب الخزان او كسره فان شركتنا عندها خبره وافيه فى هذا المجال ولها القدره على تنظيفه وتصليحه والتخلص من الروائح الكريهه والتخلص من مسببات التلوث الموجوده به وجعله كانه يبدو كالجديد تماما.
    شركة تنظيف بجازان
    نحن افضل شركة رش مبيدات بالدمام نحن نمتلك الخبرة الكبيرة جدا فى الرش ولدينا احدث الاجهزة الموجودة فى الاحساء والجبيل والخبر والقطيف والدمام نحن افضل شركة رش مبيد بالدمام نحن نعمل على مدار 24 ساعة يومين ولا نمل من الرش او المكافحة .رش المبيدات يحتاج الى شركة كبيرة جدا فى الرش ولديها خبرة كبيرة جدا نحن لدينا خبرة كبيرة جدة ولدينا اجهزة حديثه جدا فى الرش
    شركة مكافحة حشرات بالدمام
    شركة القائد من الشركات الاوله فى مجال تسليك المجارى بالرياض شركة القائد هى الشركة التى تعمل على تسليك المجارى باحدث الاجهزة الحديثة المتعدده فى مجال التسليك بالرياض نحن فى شركة القائد نعمل على تسليك المجارى بالرياض من قبل الاجهزة الالكترونية والعمال الذين يبدعون فى مجال التسليك المجارى بالرياض.
    شركة تنظيف بجدة
    شركة نقل اثاث بجازان

    شركة تسليك مجارى بالرياض
    اتصل بنا الان على افضل شركة تسليك مجارى بالرياض نحن الافضل فى الرياض

  2. تتعدد اغراض الحاجة للعزل سواء العزل المائي او الحراري كالوقاية من الحرارة واثارها المضرة ايضا المياه والامطار وتسربات المياه واثارها في تخريب الابنية ويعد العزل البولي يورثين من احدث التقنيات المعمول بها في العزل وتعد هذة الصيحة موفرة لكثير من المواد والاموال المجهود وتعطي تناغم وتناسق بالسطح كما انها تتحمل درجات الحرارة والرطوبة المختلفة والمتتابعة مما يجعل فترة صلاحيتها طويلة كما نقدم اعمال العزل بالفوم المرشوش وغيرة من امور العزل المختلفة لاننا افض شركة عزل فوم بالرياض