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Reviewed by Lauren Cannavino
It is often difficult reading an installment of a book series without reading the book that came before, but I did not feel that this was the case with Her Loving Husband’s Curse, which is book two of a trilogy. Generally, I am not a fan of vampire fiction, but this novel had a great balance of mystical aspects and completely human emotions. The magical components, while far fetched, were fun, interesting and the cast of characters who possessed special abilities, often led practically normal lives, which was refreshing. It is almost fitting as well that tale is set in Salem, Massachusetts and that provides a perfect backdrop for the drama.
Sarah Wentworth is enjoying being the new wife of her professor husband James and the honeymoon seems never ending due to the couple’s link together throughout time. In previous lives they were together and they know that in spite of some otherworldly circumstances, it will remain that way. James is what Sarah affectionately refers to as a “nocturnal” instead of a vampire. James is dead and the curse that lies upon him peppers his memories with flashbacks of terrible times, not only involving Sarah, but also instances of his own, like his time on the Trail of Tears.
What James must undergo is harrowing and when their private, albeit strange life is soon invaded upon by a truth seeking reporter, the couple is faced with an entirely different set of challenges. Meredith Allard takes the story on an interesting path though and the reporter, Kenneth Hempel, meets a tragic fate that only proves the very news he was trying to release. This fate ends up creating more struggles for James and Sarah and the plot begins to take an even more fantastical turn with the emergence of the Vampire Dawn. James soon realizes that because of his lengthy past, others like him and his human neighbors all have the ability to threaten his life with Sarah and their new baby daughter Grace.
When the couple has to flee Salem, it becomes clear that the curse that James endures is something that will come to haunt him even more when the entire nation goes on a vampire hunt. He realizes that the only way he can save his family is to leave them.
I would be interested in reading the third installment of the trilogy to see how the Wentworth family fares. Meredith Allard provided enough of the story from the first book of the series in the second installment to prevent a new reader from being lost within the story line. Her Loving Husband’s Curse is interesting, different and supernatural with strong characters and a good plot.
Lauren Cannavino is a graduate student, freelance writer, wine lover, and avid reader. Random musings can be found over at www.goldiesays.com.
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