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Posted July 20, 2014
Witchcraft is afoot within Salem, with rumors, jealously, a black "Devil" house & 2 people who can't keep their hands off & clothes on one another!
Lydia Colson is a woman with many secrets & lives in the Salem Village. She talks of a hubby who travels for work, helps with all the ladies functions & works as a midwife & doctor if needed. The truth is her abusive husband is dead by her own hands, so she keeps her head down within the Puritan community & lives her life alone.
Henry Dunham is from a rich family, but he is on a mission to find his half brother for his mother, before she gets any sicker. Plus he has become disillusioned by the whole rich world & would love to live a simpler life. As he is traveling with his huge & misbehaving steed, Willard, the big boy gets spooked & now Henry is laying on the ground with his foot caught in the stir up.
That is how these two lonely people meet, as Lydia calms Willard, untangles him & helps the injured Henry to her home to heal. When they get to her simple home, he knows she is lying about a husband, questions her & she confesses that he is dead. Lydia examines him, half unclothed, as the village busybody, Rebecca Mather, storms into her home! Henry listens to words like adultery & death, opens his mouth & claims to be her traveling husband. Lydia is shocked, but has no time to fix it because a young mother needs her help.
Henry will not allow her reputation be ruined, so they talk about handfasting, he claims her as his wife & with hesitation, she claims him as her husband. They do have an amazing chemistry & Henry can't keep his hands, lips, teeth & his third leg away from her. In Salem there is "so called" witchcraft afoot & with a helpful gossiping & jealous wife, 4 spoiled sisters, Lydia riding Willard, the huge "Devil" horse, through the village, their decadent passions released, a revenge filled enemy from both their pasts & a mysterious stranger looking for Lydia to make their worlds explode with untruths. With all the false witchcraft accusations, will Lydia be safe? What will Henry be willing to lose for his Lydia? Can Lydia's past destroy her new love? Who will slap Rebecca Mather upside her head? Oh, PICK ME!
This is my 1st Sarah Ballance book & it takes place in a world that I that loved to explore in my high school years. Salem was a town filled with bullies, greed, spoiled & scared children, racism & gossip galore, not so Christian to me. Ms. Ballance brought this world to life for me, with the Goody this & Goodman that & all the untruths flying around. Lydia was an abused woman, but she discovered her deep inner strength. Henry is a great rich boy hero with a heart for a simpler life & that takes a strong person to walk away from money for happiness. This may of been Salem, but even they had passions & desires & these two had the straw mattress in flames. Now the gossiping harpy, Rebecca, made me so mad that now I have dent in my Kindle, from pulling her head thru the screen to slap her hard! This my 1st 1600s American historical romance & I loved this unique world. Ms. Ballance showed the hateful side of Salem, but she also showed the warm friendships & the neighborhood of helpful hands that many historians forget. I also want to THANK her for bringing back my high school days & the many library memories! I left my 1800s reading COSMOS, find a Salem world of friends & rumors & DISCOVERED a new voice in romance that I enjoy! Ms. Balance gets a score of 4 fingers up & 7 toes & I can't wait for the next book.
This book received for my honest review.
Posted February 9, 2014
He fell off his horse, and she just happens to be a healer. Convenient and cliche. The story is fair, but the characters are decent. The editor didn't do this story justice. I think Sarah Ballance is capable of more, so I haven't given up on her. I'll read her next one and see if it's better.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 17, 2013
Impressive story and characters.
I received the book from the author for an honest review.
They say ignorance is bliss, but in this case ignorance showed the foolishness of men and women as you read about this time period, where everything was called sin when it did not coincide with what the Puritans believed. A time of turmoil, witch hunts and manic lies, all to show yourself superior.
The author did a wonderful work in recreating that time and the life they led. She showed how people's perceptive was distorted and used for their own cunning devices. It seemed nothing would stop someone to make false accusations and got away with it, all in the name of witchcraft. Admitting the worst sin imaginable.
Lydia Colson found herself in that position, accused of witchcraft. But before I give the story away let me just say this, I was greatly impressed with her character.
Doing what was necessary to survive she committed a sin. The reason the book is called Her Wicked sin, a fitting name for this well written and authentic historical book. A sin that would led her to Salem where she worked as a midwife and physician. Due to this, she opened herself for unwarranted attention from neighbors, especially Rebecca.
A canning gossiper if I have ever seen one. Cruel, unforgiving always seeking the worst in everyone else. I really do not like her, but for her role she was perfect.
In rode Henry on a black steed, called Willard, and from the very moment these two were alone their troubles started. It created more trouble but yet...always a but **smile**. Two people could not be more suitable than these two. Even if they had to lie to protect this newly discovered love.
Passion and love flared from the first flickering of light between them. Spontaneous, instant and romantic. This is after all a romance novel.
Your heartstrings will be pulled, and filled with compassion and love in the story as you read more about them and the trails they faced.
Henry's character was sincere, strong and he had a mind that brooked no resistance from his very wealthy parents. I was impressed with his charming wit and love for this woman, clearly not from the same stock as him.
Now I sound like them **giggles**.
The stranger that always lurked in the background would leave you speechless at the final outcome. And you wish the story would continue.
A wonderful fast paced read I can recommend, that will leave you with no doubt that you want to read more from the author's pen. You will not be disappointed with Sarah Balance newest book.
Posted October 3, 2013
Lydia moved to Salem Village to get away from her past and was quickly accepted as the town's new midwife/physician. However, those were dangerous times to live in Salem, with every move you made scrutinized and judged, and if someone did not like what you said or did you were accused of witchcraft. Lydia's carefully crafted world starts to crumble after she reaches out to help a stranger.
Lydia was a great female lead, strong and independent, brave and spirited, but content to live within the restrictions put on her by the time period in which she lived. She had a good heart and wanted nothing more than to help others. Henry was a great guy – and the two of them together was a lot of fun.
Set in the era of the Salem Witch Trials, this historical romance was very well written. The language, setting, and details of the story all fit right in with the timeframe in which the story occurred. It was eerily accurate, at least to my untrained eye, including the way Lydia was accused and the town's actions. Overall, a great story that was fun to read.
Posted September 21, 2013
I haven't ever seen a historical romance set in the time of the Salem witch trials and, since I think that time is very interesting, I was excited about reading this. It didn't quite meet all my expectations, but I did really enjoy it. Her Wicked Sin was a lovely read, complete with a wonderful setting and steamy romance. I really liked this book.
My favorite part of the book was definitely the setting. The author did a great job re-creating the world of Puritan Salem and the superstition of the witch trials. It was brilliantly done, creating a setting that really drew me in.
Lydia was a great character. She was a strong heroine, determined to make her quiet living, regardless of the Puritan laws. I thought she was likable. I don't really have anything to say about her other than she was lovely.
I adored Henry. He was so sweet and adorable and so determined to protect his loved ones. He was perfect and I just loved him.
The romance was sweet and there was definitely chemistry between these two right away. I thought it was so sweet how they came to trust and fall for each other. And, the sparks were there from the moment they met. I thought they were lovely together.
The plot was well paced and I was kept interested the entire way through. There was definitely a twist, when we find out how Lydia's past and Henry's past are connected.
So, if I liked all this about the book, why did I rate it 3.5?
Well, it felt kind of incomplete. I felt like there should have been more to it somehow. More about the character, more about the story. It didn't feel all there, if that makes sense. I finished the book feeling vaguely dissatisfied, even though I liked the story. So, that definitely took away from my enjoyment of the book as a whole. But, for the most part, I really liked this book.
Her Wicked Sin was a lovely historical romance. With a unique setting and steamy romance, this is a book romance lovers won't want to miss. I really enjoyed this book and I think others will, as well.
*I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review
Posted September 14, 2013
I loved HER WICKED SIN, a romantic story set in 1692 in Salem, MA. It was suspenseful at times and also had a few twists I didn’t see coming (I think it’s great when that happens!). I experienced a range of emotions as I read this story. Anger that children and adults could be so downright nasty and mean spirited. Distressed at the accusations directed at Lydia. I also felt Lydia’s anguish, her strength, and then her joy with Henry. That the author made me feel these emotions is a tribute to her writing ability.
The characters the author created were well developed and the story flowed at a good pace. I thought the language to be appropriate for the time period which demonstrates, to me, that Ms. Ballance did her research. The intimate scene was extremely well-written and totally in keeping with the setting and story. It was very moving.
HER WICKED SIN did not disappoint this reader’s expectations at all. I will be reading this book again and I am eagerly awaiting the next book in the series. I would recommend this book to fans of historical romance and readers who love a good story. I’ve followed Ms. Ballance’s career and I only see her star shining brighter with each book she writes.
Heat Rating: Mild
Reviewed by: Karen C
Review Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
Posted September 9, 2013
Normally I'm not a fan of American history, growing up in Europe I know nothing about it and typically it holds no interest for me.
However, 30 pages into Her Wicked Sin I was hooked. Not only was this book a wonderful love story but a fab way of giving a history lesson to ppl like me that normally don't care.
It's about a young lady who has "lost" her husband moved to a new town to start over. She then finds a stranger in need of her help. She is a healer.
The stranger is on a quest of his own, looking for a lost brother. Together they battle their feelings, his family and a small town.
The only downside is I felt it was a little rushed at the end and with that got confusing.
But well worth the 2.99!!!
Posted September 9, 2013
On a moonless night, he rides into the winter forest on his beast as black as midnight….
Dashing stranger, Henry Dunham, comes to Salem on a mysterious errand, but is thrown from his horse in the dead of night and rescued by the local Puritan midwife, Lydia Colson.
Haunted by her past, Lydia is running from her own dark secrets, avoiding intrusive questions by pretending her dead husband is simply…away. But when she and Henry are caught in a compromising situation, one punishable by Puritan law, he saves her from scandal by claiming to be her errant spouse…and claiming her bed.
Forced to fake a marriage, Lydia and Henry find their passion overwhelming and their vows a little too real. As their lies become truths, a witch hunt closes in on Lydia, threatening not only their burgeoning love, but her life.
Though I don't read a lot of historicals this book caught my attention because it is about Salem. I thought the writer did an excellent job in her research and making you feel like you were in that period of time. From the language, to the descriptions of everyday life and the blending of fact made the story come alive.
Lydia is a midwife trying to start a new life in Salem. She has been living on her own for a year telling everyone her husband is away. Lydia is a strong person to keep her secret, live on her own and in a place where neighbors are turning on neighbors. How scary it must have been to never know if one little thing said or done wrong is going to put you on trial and that is what happens to Lydia.
Lydia happens upon Henry while out helping a neighbor, she rescues Henry and takes him back to her house. Their attraction is instantaneous, this leads to being found in compromising position and forces Henry and Lydia to pretend that Henry is the husband who has been away.
I love the intimate scenes between Lydia and Henry, they are sexy and romantic. The hand-fast scene was one of my favorites.
Henry is so great, he fights to save Lydia both with his family and the government. In the end he literally fights his brother to save her.
This was a great story and according to Goodreads says it is book #1, so I cannot wait to see what the next book holds.