Book: Her Dear and Loving Husband (The Loving Husband Trilogy Book 1) by Meredith Allardcategories: Book, Salem Witch Trials, Vampires, Witches, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Urban Fantasy, Reincarnation, Paranormal Romance
Meredith Allardabout this book: Her Dear and Loving Husband, Book One of the Loving Husband Trilogy, was first inspired by Twilight and then an episode of True Blood. What happens when a vampire cannot forget the wife he loved in his human days? With my newfound interest in vampires, and my fascination with the idea of reincarnation and the afterlife, I had an idea about a vampire falling in love again after mourning his wife for so long.
Her Dear and Loving Husband is the story of James Wentworth, a three hundred and nineteen year old vampire who has recently returned to his home in Salem, Massachusetts. He is still mourning the loss of his wife, Elizabeth, who died under brutal circumstances many years before. Suddenly one night, James meets Sarah Alexander, who looks remarkably like Elizabeth, and though James is first drawn to Sarah because of her resemblance to his beloved wife, in time he comes to love Sarah for being Sarah. And then there's Kenneth Hempel, a reporter for the Salem News, who has an inkling that James is not as human as he appears to be.
Readers of Her Dear and Loving Husband love books ranging from the Twilight Saga, to Charlaine Harris' Southern Vampire series, to Anne Rice's novels, to Deborah Harkness' All Souls Trilogy. Her Dear and Loving Husband is difficult to classify because it's part historical fiction with the Salem Witch Trials playing an important role in the story, part literary fiction, part paranormal romance, and part urban fantasy. A number of readers have also classified the books as suspense, and one or two have even put it in the horror category (though James isn't a particularly scary vampire, if I do say so).
As a lifelong lover of history, I took great pains researching the Salem Witch Trials. I even had a chance to visit Salem while I wrote the second book in the series, and it is an amazing seaside town in Massachusetts, full of early American history. I loved it so much in Salem I wanted to move there.
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