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Her Loving Husband’s Curse
Author: Meredith Allard
Raven Mockers are evil spirits. All they care about is prolonging their own life force by feeing from others to do it. Torturing the dying and quickening their deaths in order to consume the heart of the victim and lengthening their life span by the number of years the victim still had to live. An interesting prologue and dialogue between two characters. This is where our story begins. Take a trip to Salem Massachusetts along with Sarah, James, Olivia and the rest of the characters from Her Dear and Loving Husband as author Meredith Allard brings them back to life in this though provoking, research based and heartfelt novel Her Husband’s Curse.
Salem Mass was a magical place to Sarah Wentworth. The seaside, the calmness, the lack of rushing like in big cities and the people comforted her. Her home drew her to it and compelled her to know it just looking at it for the first time. James Wentworth her husband is no ordinary man. James is a vampire who sleeps during the day and works as an English Professor at night. As the author brings the reader along with the characters as she vividly describes the streets, the humidity in the air and the experiences that that brought them together we can feel the love in the air but we know that something is about to happen. Meeting with her Wiccan friends you can feel the tension in the gallery and the last minute adjustments that still have to be made. The exhibition, an artistic interpretation of the Salem Witch Trials brought it all to life. Depicting the scenes, the dungeons, the figures chained created the events in a realistic way bringing shudders to many who viewed them, flashbacks of events they experienced in the past and the dangers that might befall them in the future. As Olivia explains what they endured to those present Sarah’s mind drifts back to the past and relives it again in her thoughts. Comforting Sarah was soon negated as she turned her attention to her husband who looked twisted, tormented and more. As they viewed the exhibit he became transfixed on a woman trapped between the walls. Panicked, and fearful he realized just who the woman was and took hold of Sarah. Remembering she was Elizabeth in her past life the thoughts that came to him brought more than fear into his heart and eyes. Sarah relieved the loss of her child 300 years ago and in order to create some normalcy they decided to meet with their family and here is where things really heat up.
Imagine living during the Salem witch trials, the American Revolution, the Civil War and even World War II? James did. But Sarah had a past all of her own, taking her from James and now that they have finally married and reunited what was going to happen? Would anything tear them apart again? But, as the family comes together a cold feeling envelops Sarah followed by an odd visit from her ex-husband with a confrontation and conversation that would hopefully deter him from ever returning.
But, the past is about to come full circle in the present as the reporter from Her Dear and Loving Husband resurfaced in full force this time. Reporter Kenneth Hempell is relentless and will stop at nothing to bring to light that vampires might be living in this quiet community. Republishing his article from the news in a blog he stirs up more than just a cauldron of spirits. Trying to prove in the past that James was a vampire did not pan out for this man and he took him off of his list. But, did he erase his name from the original one and would anyone find it in the future?
Hempell was about to unleash a demon more powerful than anything that anyone could conjure up and what happens will terrify not only James but also an entire village. Friends that are vampires, children that were turned and people living in the community would all be affected when the article is published. When people are different and they do not meet the standards or fit the mold of others they are often shunned and cast aside. Sometimes what is about to happen will rock the core of this community, create decent among those living there but bring down a hammer so heavy and create a vampire hunt more deadly and wicked than the Salem Witch Trials.
When his superior at the college to teach a course in Vampire Literature he hesitates before accepting the position approaches James. What happens will change the way everyone sees him and the course he hopes will help students understand more about the history and literature than the fact he is one of them. But, one student’s eyes say it all and the discussions get heated but interesting. The end result will definitely not be what he had hoped. One reporter would change the world, their lives and the perspective of so many because he could not let his inner thoughts or feelings go.
Chandresh Mankiller was a vampire because James turned him in order to give him some life. Jennifer would stand by him always. Working along with Sarah at the college library not only cemented their friendship but also gave Sarah the support system and friends she needed in the present and would need in the future.
What if James taught the class from the point of view of the vampire? How interesting that would be! But, Sarah’s fitful dream would bring him back to reality and the thoughts of her lost child came front and center in her dreams. Parenthood was something that she always wanted and he did not because of his curse as he put it. But, when Sarah relates her dream and he hears a voice saying Yes things change for the positive and with the help of many they find themselves at an orphanage. But, what happens here is quite unique as a child is just dropped off whose name is Grace. Grace is the name of Sarah’s unborn child that she lost 300 years ago. Could this be her Grace?
In between the present the author allows James to flashback to the past to his life with the Indians, what they endured at the hands of the soldiers and army and what happens to many of them. As Kenneth Hempell reenters into the picture and posts the names of those he’s accusing of being a vampire. Many comments made on this blog and most disbelieve what he says. But, when he is brutally murdered in his own home the police and the government have no choice but continue with what he started. Throwing a shadow of doubt and fear into the public the media creates a frenzy that would rock the world of so many and change more than just one life. As Grace and Sarah bond the outside world is changing and many will be detained just because of what others think and say.
The author flashbacks to the Trail of Tears and more about what the Indians endured and how it affected his friend Chandresh and how he saved his life. The truth is harsh but Sarah needed to know. As the story continues and the events recounted the author relates just who those two people were in the prologue and what James learned from the medicine man calling him a Raven Mocker. Even more he understood the true meaning of the word Curse. Kenneth Hempell might be dead but his thoughts and work live on as someone publishes his list, the government decides to bear down on those they think are vampires and guilty is passed over them even without a trial.
But, tragedy ensues when James and Sarah decide on an evening out after having to flee their own home and move to Maine. An SUV hits them and Sarah remains critical in the hospital with James at her side. At the same time the school where Grace has been attending told her parents before the accident she can no longer attend for fear she might bite the other students. Guilt by association or just plain prejudice.
But, as the cast comes together and the voices of so many are heard the end result will rip out more than a heart that a Raven Mocker might want from a tortured victim. When fear is instilled in the public and those that are ignorant are heard what finally happens will tear more than just one family apart. Attacks on many of the vampires, some detained for long periods of time and an ending that will separate so many in this second book of the Loving Husband Trilogy. Author Meredith Allard keeps the reader so spellbound to the printed page you might think there is a special spell or incantation attached to the pages in order to make sure that once you start reading it you don’t put it down until you come to the surprise ending. Just what is the fate of James, Timothy, Geoffrey and the rest? What will happen next? Why are so many being hunted, detained and branded before they know the truth? The answers will be found in the final book. Filled with research, real events and a plot that is so interesting you won’t stop reading it until you are finished once again author Meredith Allard pens a five star novel which brings to light the issues of friendship, loyalty, prejudice, hate, deceit, lies and true love. Which prevails? Read the book and decide for yourself.
Fran Lewis: Reviewer