Sunday, July 14, 2013

Book Review: Her Loving Husband's Return

                                        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."

3 of 5 stars
Available at Amazon

Book Description: via Amazon

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?

About the Author:

Since 2000, Meredith Allard has been 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, and she has taught creative writing and writing historical fiction seminars at Learning Tree University, UNLV, and the Las Vegas Writers Conference.

Her short fiction and articles have appeared in journals such as The Paumanok Review, Moondance, Wild Mind, Muse Apprentice Guild, Writers Weekly, CarbLite, and ViewsHound. She is the author of the Amazon Best-Selling Loving Husband Trilogy, as well as the historical novels Victory Garden, Woman of Stones, and My Brother’s Battle.

Victory Garden and Woman of Stones have also been Amazon Best-Sellers in the Historical Fiction and Religious Fiction categories.


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