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  The Loving Husband Trilogy

Book One: Her Dear & Loving Husband

Praise for Her Dear & Loving Husband

“Author Meredith Allard constructs an effective plot, weaving in and out of past and present lives, allowing words and phrases to haunt you until the whole mystery behind the love story is revealed. Allard’s characters are also well rounded, revealing rich aspects of joy, anguish, compassion, fear and humor.” – IndieReader.Com

“James Wentworth and Sarah Alexander both have secrets they are keeping from the world. But pressures from around them and past regrets put the world on their shoulders to settle themselves, perhaps find romance, and prevent the horrors of the seventeenth century from returning to Salem. Her Dear & Loving Husband is a riveting thriller, highly recommended.” -Midwest Book Review

“Allard does a nice job of setting the scene and readers feel like they are walking through the shaded streets of Salem along with the characters. It is clear that she has done her research about Salem and the witch trials. It is a very ambitious project and the author succeeds in tying everything together to create a unique, mysterious, memorable story.” – San Francisco Book Review

“Author Meredith Allard is a true master of the written word. The characters are realistic and easy to know. The descriptions are vivid and enriching. An excellent read that will keep you involved until the final page.” – Allbooks Review

About the Story:

James Wentworth has a secret. He lives quietly in Salem, Massachusetts, making few ties with anyone. One night his private world is turned upside down when he meets Sarah Alexander, a dead ringer for his wife, Elizabeth. Though it is years since Elizabeth’s death, James cannot move on.

Sarah also has a secret. She is haunted by nightmares, and every night she is awakened by visions of hangings, being arrested, and dying in jail–scenes from the Salem Witch Trials in 1692. As James comes to terms with his feelings for Sarah, he must also dodge accusations from a reporter desperate to prove that James is not who, or what, he seems to be. Soon James and Sarah discover a mystery that may bind them in ways they never imagined. Will James make the ultimate sacrifice to protect Sarah and prevent a new hunt from bringing hysteria to Salem again?

Part historical novel, part romance, part paranormal fantasy, Her Dear & Loving Husband is a story for anyone who believes that true love never dies.

Book Two: Her Loving Husband’s Curse

About the Story:

And then, as if he could read her mind, he said, “We’ll be all right, Sarah. Just the two of us. I’ll never leave you ever.”

Finally, after many long and lonely years, James Wentworth’s life is falling into place. 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 away 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 about 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?

Book Three: Her Loving Husband’s Return

Her Loving Husband's Return

About the Story:

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?

 

The Loving Husband Trilogy Complete Box Set

Loving Husband Trilogy Box Set

Meredith Allard’s beloved best selling paranormal/historical Loving Husband Trilogy is now available together for the first time, with bonus material about the series. The collection includes the full texts of Her Dear & Loving Husband, Her Loving Husband’s Curse, and Her Loving Husband’s Return, plus a Q&A with Meredith Allard, series inspirations, and discussion questions. The Loving Husband Trilogy Box Set will please devoted James and Sarah Wentworth fans as well as fans new to the series. 

That You Are Here

A Contemporary Love Story

That You Are HereAbout the Story:

On the outside, handsome, successful attorney Andrew Whittaker has everything in life. On the inside, he has everything too, only he doesn’t know it. He hides the love of his life, Mark Bryce, from his family and everyone else where he lives in Portland, Oregon. Soon the weight of the secret becomes too much for Andrew. After wrestling with himself and his place in the world, he must decide how he’s going to live—with or without Mark.

 

  

 Victory Garden: A Novel

About the Story:

Mr. President, what will you do for woman suffrage?

It’s 1917, and Rose Scofield knows exactly what she’ll do for woman suffrage. She’ll fight with her very life to make votes for women a reality.

A headstrong young woman who yearns to be herself in a time when women weren’t free, Rose comes of age when world wars are new and automobiles, moving pictures, and airplanes are marvels of technology. She falls in love with Adam Bell, a vaudeville actor who travels the country with his brothers gathering laughs and hard knocks, though she denies her feelings for him, fearing he could prove to be her weakness. While campaigning for votes for women in Washington, D.C., Rose is arrested for her suffragist activities. After her release she must come to terms with her dreams for the future.

Can we trust our government to do what is best for us? What must we sacrifice in times of war? And what must women suffer to be truly equal? Victory Garden is a reminder of how far we’ve come…and how far we still have to go.

Woman of Stones: A Novella

About the Story:

If any one of you is without sin, let him cast the first stone.
John 8:7

Though she has remained nameless throughout the centuries, her story is timeless. Who is the woman of stones? How did she come to be at that place, at that time, caught in the very act of adultery, left as a guidepost for the ages, a lesson for everyone always?

She is from a poor settlement in a powerful Greco-Roman world. When Othniel bar-Ismael, a textile merchant from Jerusalem, arrives in her village, he is determined to take her for his wife. But the reality of living as a fine lady is not as grand as she thought it would be. When she meets the man of her dreams, an acquaintance of her husband’s, her life is forever changed.

Caught with her lover, she is beaten and bruised, dragged and kicked to the Temple Courts. Her accusers hold their fist-sized stones, ready to challenge this new teacher and show him to be a fool who contradicts his own teachings. With a few wise words, the teacher makes her accusers go away. In the end, she must struggle to make sense of the second chance she has been granted.

My Brother’s Battle

About the Story: 

As the son of a Georgia planter, Benjamin Honeysuckle faces many challenges during the War Between the States. Inspired by his brother William, who disappeared under mysterious circumstances at the beginning of the war, Benjamin looks closely at life around Honeysuckle Manor, and he doesn’t like what he sees. To free himself and the woman he loves from the binding chains, he defies his family’s expectations and joins the Union Army. On the frontlines of the battles, Benjamin learns to embrace his weaknesses as well as his strengths. After the surrender of the Confederate forces at Appomattox, he returns home forever changed.

At its heart, My Brother’s Battle is the story of a young man who struggles between what others will have him believe and what he knows in his heart to be true.

 

“The Window Dresser” and Other Stories

WD CoverAbout the Collection:
From Meredith Allard, author of the best selling Loving Husband Trilogy and That You Are Here, comes a collection of tales ranging from the heartbreaking to the hilarious and everything in between. From “Bubbie’s Tale,” a Jewish grandmother’s try as Chaucer’s Wife of Bath, to “Looking(at)You(dot)Com,” a present day look at the perils of online dating, here is some of Allard’s finest short fiction together for the first time.

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  1. Hi Merideth. I am reading “Curse” right now. Counting down the days for book 3!!!!! Thank you so much for replying. I love book 2 just as much. Again, I almost feel like the story is real and not fiction. Will let my friends know for sure! Pat

  2. Oh my gosh, I can’t wait for next month. Just in time for my birthday, too! This trilogy has reignited to desire in me to read. I literally couldn’t put either one down until I was finished. Thank you so much for such a wonderful story.

    • Thank you, James! I’m so glad the books helped you loved to read again. That is very nice of you to say. The release date, 4/19, is my James’s (Wentworth) birthday, so the date seemed appropriate. I hope you like the third book as well.

      • I just finished Her Dear and Loving Husband. Loved it!!!! Just bought Book #2 and can’t wait till the 3rd comes out in a few weeks. I really want to go to Salem Mass. and check out all of the sights there. I have always been intrigued by witchcraft. Loved how you made everything so real. I feel like I may run into James and Sarah if I went there. Thank you for such great books.

        • Hi Pat! I’m so glad you loved the book. When I was in Salem I did expect to see James and Sarah there. I’m so glad I got to visit because it helped me bring the town to life. If you ever get a chance to visit Salem you should. It’s a small town and you can cover it in a day or two, but it has so much American history there. I hope you like the second and third books too.

  3. I will confess that I was not an avid reader. I started off with the twilight series. First book I actually read for enjoyment since the 4th grade. After that I started looking on Amazon for free books, just in case I lost interest I wouldn’t be losing anything. Books 1 and 2 of the Loving Husband Trilogy was available. I was so captivated by the first book I would wake up in the wee hours in the morning to read because I couldn’t wait until the next day. Book 2 was just as addicting if not more. However, that was Spring of last year and I have been anxiously awaiting the debut of book 3.

    I was sorry to read about your mother in the hospital and I hope that she continues to recuperate. I wish you well also, caring for a loved one can weigh heavy on the mind as well as the heart. The delay will give me a chance to read the books over again so that everything will be fresh by the time the 3rd book is released. Thank you for your talent and patience in writing this beautiful series. I look forward to reading more of your books. Natalie

    • Wow, Natalie. What a lovely message to see here. Rest assured, Book Three is coming along nicely, and I think you’ll find it a fitting ending to the James and Sarah stories. I have to admit I’m getting a little verklempt with the realization that my journey with James and Sarah is nearly through. They have been my constant companions for nearly four years. I know it’s been a long wait for the conclusion. Thank you for your patience as well.

  4. I haven’t read all of the comments here and so maybe this has been addressed but I didn’t even know there was a second book after “Her Dear and Loving Husband” until I searched for more books by you! I don’t know if there’ s away to market these books as a series. All I know is on my Nook (barnes & Noble) … I was CLUELESS! I just bought book 2 – and it sucks that I won’t be getting any sleep tonight :-)

    • Thanks for letting me know, Kristi. On Amazon it does say that the books are part of the same series, and I’m not sure why it doesn’t say that on BN. I’m glad you did find the second book, and the third book will be out in about two months. I hope you like book two as well. Let me know!

  5. It’s been a while since I’ve not been able to put a book down and now it’s 4 am and James and Sarah are all I can think about!! Just purchased book two and also bought victory gardens!!! Can’t wait for book three!!!! Keep up the good work!!!

  6. I really enjoy the series! I am looking forward to the final book. I hope that this series becomes as wildly successful as “A Discovery of Witches”! I found it to be just as good if not better!

    • What a lovely thing to say, Cristina. I certainly wouldn’t mind the Loving Husband Trilogy becoming as successful as A Discovery of Witches! I’ve been genuinely blessed with the reception James and Sarah have received among readers, and I hope when the third book is released later this year it will help to bring even more readers their way. Happy new year, and thank you.

  7. Hi Meredith, hope all is well with your mom. I can hard wait for book 3 Her Dear and Loving Husband. No chance of find out the name?

    • Thank you so much, Colleen. My mom is doing better now. Please be patient just a little while longer for the title of Book Three. I’ll be doing a cover reveal early 2013 so everyone can see it (and the title!). Thanks for asking.

  8. Meredith,

    I’m in love with the story of James & Elizabeth-Sarah. Reading through to the ending of book two left me in angry tears as I could almost feel the pain Sarah is suffered by.

    I hope the vampires pull through, although I’m doubtful that all of them will because of the similarity between the “Trail of Tears” & “Vampire Dawn.” I caught the sentences comparing the Raven hair to Raven eyes… Very poetic in describing such an ignorant, unjust and disgustingly disgraceful instances in time that devide creatures up based on the basics of supply and demand, xenophobic nature and ignorance.

    I’m feeling ansy about how the Vampires will feed, how Sarah with cope with her nightmares if they come back again and I’m so sad that Grace will lose precious time with her father. I wished they had fled and hid… I wish the Vampires changed all the guards or killed them… Ahhhh! I will be relieved in spring when I get to read your third book in this Trilogy.

    Thank you!!!

    • Hi Cristine:

      Thank you for your lovely message. After sitting with my mother in the hospital this morning, coming home and reading your words made me smile. Thank you!

      I’m glad you caught the comparison between the Cherokee and the vampires. I’m always happy when people see the method behind my madness. I’ll be doing a cover reveal early 2013 so everyone can see the new cover and the title–which I’ve been getting a lot of questions about! :-) I know the wait is hard. It’s hard for me too, and I already know the ending. Hang in there!

      • Awww I’m super sad your mom is in the hospital. :( I pray her body heals. I have a chronic illness and I know some people can’t be near their dear one’s during times of illness or injury because of their own personal dilemmas, your mom is incredibly lucky to have a daughter like you. ❤ Make sure that you remember to give yourself extra love and care during this time as well. And if you need to vent, I’m here for you, sweetie!

        I’m glad to help you smile. (((hugs)))

        With care,
        Cristine

        Owlie.Love@gmail.com

  9. Any idea when the final book will be finished? Im dying to find out if james & sarah will be happy together finally

  10. Hey Meredith! I just finished reading the second book last night and it was amazing. I really can not wait until he third one comes out. I’m dying to see what happens. You have done an amazing job writing and the story line is awesome. They are, by far, the best supernatural books I’ve ever read. I just so happened to stumble across Her Dear And Loving Husband for free on iBooks and I’m thankful I did. Please write like crazy! Lol. You left off at a perfect spot to leave your readers wanting more.

  11. As an American Lit teacher for over twenty years, I really enjoyed the incorporation of the two infamous historical periods into your novel. I taught about the witchcraft trials and read “The Crucible” with my students every year. I have both a personal and professional interest in “The Trail of Tears.” I found your work mostly accurate from a historical perspective and highly entertaining from a personal perspective. I do have one tiny criticism. The victims of the witchcraft trials were not hung; they were hanged:). Pictures are hung, but people are hanged when they are executed. As I am typing my response to you from a program without spell or grammar check, I am hoping that I haven’t made any errors. :)
    You also gave your readers marvelous and accurate descriptions of Salem. Your book was certainly a worthwhile and entertaining read. I look forward to reading the final book in the trilogy.

  12. I love your trilogy and look forward to seeing what happens next in book three of “Her Dear and Loving Husband”. These books are very well written and interesting. I look forward to reading it when released in 2013!

  13. Meredith, you brought together my favorite genres with this trilogy and I can’t wait for the finale. You bring your Characters to life (no pun intended). Hope to read more of your work soon. Your new fan, Michele

  14. I just read the Dear and loving husband & Loving Husband curse. I was in tears. Looking forward to # 3. Wonderful writing. Thank you. Hugs, Dottiemaye

    • Hi Dottiemaye! Thank you so much for your comment. To tell the truth, I shed a lot of tears myself writing Book Two. I’m so glad you liked the writing. Hugs right back to you!

  15. I am not big on history books and was hesitant to get these two books. I love the fact that Amazon has free books because I would have never read your book. I tend to stock to those I know. You have definitely been added to my list. These books are breath taking. I laughed, cried, felt angry, happy and sad all at once. You have an amazing way of allowing the reader to really feel what the characters are feeling. No matter how big or small their part is. I cannot wait for book three. I was so sad to know its not here yet. I’m glad to know its coming

    • Thank you, Amy! I think the fact that the books aren’t entirely about history helps those like yourself enjoy the story a little more. I do try to bring the reader inside the character’s head so they can see where the character is coming from. I’m fascinated by how people think and why they make the choices they do. I’m working on book three right now!

  16. Spoiler Alert!

    Wow! Both books are terrific! Book 1 was marvelous–the romance, the tension, the growth of your characters.

    Book 2’s introduction of society’s awareness of differences and its relationship to our history… Thank you for keeping it ‘local’ by using the Trail of Tears. It would have been easy (maybe even easier?) to use Jewish history instead, and I’m glad you didn’t. I learned more about our own history while being drawn into your story. You did a great job with making the history real through the story telling. That was very (VERY) well done in both books.

    Like others, I was hopeful that book 3 would be awaiting @ Amazon and was a little disappointed that it wasn’t there yet. I am glad to hear you’re writing it now! Write Meredith, write!

    • Thank you, Toni! I’m so glad you liked the history since that’s one of my favorite aspects of the story. I’ve been fascinated by all history, especially American history for years, and writing historical-based fiction is my way to explore it in more detail. I am definitely working hard on Book Three. I’m writing! :-)

  17. Hi there Meredith!I have to say, I picked up the first book of the Loving Husband Trilogy free on amazon. (I like to have at least 5 free books on my kindle at all times as I read about 6-8 books a week, mostly indie writers. The free books also help me step out of my box and try new genres and authors.) I hope this doesn’t come across rude to say I was SURPRISED! Not that I thought it wouldn’t be good, I was just hoping for acceptable. Yours was a treasure!! I was really excited about discovering you after I finished book one, I have now moved onto book two (I’m at the part where we meet Grace :) ) I came here because I can’t wait for book three even though I haven’t yet finished book two. I just couldn’t keep it to myself, sorry to make this so long. Keep it up!

    • Hi Stacy! Make your comment as long as you like! Thank you, thank you for coming here and sharing your thoughts. I’m so glad you were pleasantly surprised. It isn’t rude at all to say you were surprised. As an avid reader myself, I’m well aware that you never know what you’re going to get when you pick up a book by an author you haven’t read before. By the way, the part where we meet Grace in Book Two is one of my favorite parts of the book! It really does mean a lot to me when people let me know that they like my books. Your comments are genuinely appreciated.

    • Hi, Lia. I’m so glad you liked the history in the story. I love learning about different periods of history, which is probably why I love to write historical fiction. I hope you like the second book too. Thanks for stopping by!

  18. Absolutely Loved both of these books. I read them back to back over the weekend because I couldn’t put them down! I can’t wait for book 3 to find out what happens! It’s gonna be a long wait, I want to know now!

    • I’m not giving away any hints, Donna! :-) I will say be ready because Book Three is going to be an emotional roller coaster ride for James and Sarah. Thank you for stopping by, and I’m so glad you loved the books!

  19. I really enjoyed the first two books! I went on amazon.com to buy the 3rd not realizing it wasn’t out yet. I can’t wait to read book 3!

  20. im 1/2 way through your first book and its AWESOME! i cant wait to get to the second and then the third! your a very talented writer! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!

    • Thank you so much, Steph! I’m so glad you like the writing. I do work hard on the language, and I’m always happy when people enjoy it when they read it. I hope you like the second one too!

  21. I have been looking for new vampire books to read and found these two. I LOVE your book; I just finished book one and will be starting book two tomarrow. Can’t wait for book three. :)

    • Thank you so much! I’m always happy when people who love vampire books enjoy the stories since James isn’t your traditional kind of vampire (being a college professor and all). Let me know what you think of Book Two!

    • Thank you so much, Cetta! I’ve been really lucky with the response to the first two books of the Loving Husband Trilogy. I’m so glad you enjoyed them. I’ll let you know when book three is ready to go!

  22. Absolutely loved books 1 and 2. So upset that I have to wait for book 3! I am really hoping for a happy ending.

    • Yay, Sabrina! I’m so glad you loved the books! I’m working hard on book three now, but I don’t write as fast as some other writers so it takes me a little longer to finish a book. I won’t give away any spoilers for book three, but I will say Olivia plays a very important role in the story. We’ll have to see if it’s a happy ending…

  23. Halfway through the first one and loving it! Just got the second one and came to see when the third came out but you already answered my question. Can’t wait!

    • Hi Patty! Thank you so much for stopping by. I’m so glad you’re loving the book. I hope you love the second one as well. If you like the first two books, I think you’ll like book three too. There are some interesting things in store for James and Sarah…

    • Thank you, Janie! Book Three is due later in 2012–around the end of the year or early 2013. I’m working on it now, as in literally right now. I’m just taking a brain break before my words stop making sense. Thank you again!

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