Friday, April 25, 2014

#Review & #Giveaway: An Unexpected Sin (A Sins of Salem Novel 2) (CLOSED)

Book Title: An Unexpected Sin ( A Sins of Salem 2)
Author:  Sarah Ballance |WebsiteTwitterFacebook|
Publisher: Entangled Scandalous
Genre: historical Romance
Series/Standalone: Series book 2
Format: ebook
Cost: $0.99 Introductory Price
Pages: 200
How I got it: Blog Tour/Publisher
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Publisher
Publication Date: 4/14/2014
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Colonial Salem The moment the stranger's dark eyes meet hers, Anne Scudder's world is immediately overthrown by chaos. That single flare of desire is immediate, driving away all notions of propriety. Instead, Anne is consumed with sinful thoughts - ones that no unmarried girl should ever have for a man who isn't her husband... But Josiah Cromwell is no stranger. It's been six years since Josiah stole kisses from Anne, his best friend's younger sister. Six years since Josiah left after his best friend's death, burdened by the knowledge that he was responsible for destroying Anne's family. Now he's returned to claim the woman he can't live without. But even as their desire threatens to consume them both - body and soul - the dark workings of suspicion and witchcraft are afoot. Because in Salem, too much passion can lead a woman to ruin... and condemned to death.
OMG a book set up in Salem MA??!!! Where do i sign up?? This is my favorite city (next to NYC & Paris).  I go every fall for the month long Witch fest I have an amazing time every year.  Reading a romance set in that time was going to be pretty awesome.

The book unfortunately starts a little slow because the author is laying the foundation and bringing you into the world of Salem during the Witch Trials of 1692.  Only problem for me is, this is my stuff. I'm a pagan woman this is part of my history. I already know this stuff, Salem is one of the top destinations for wiccans and pagans (or some of them).  If you didn't know the history or any of the information then everything was essential for you to know because it lays the groundwork for you to understand the whys of the time period.

We are brought into the time of Salem during the beginning of the hysteria.  When neighbor after neighbor turned their backs on each other when they were accused. Even defending or aiding a friend who is accused will bring suspicion on you.  So many people tried to keep their heads down while their friends are hurt.  Anne has friends who are being accused and her heart is breaking, she's lost her brother, and her now several of her friends, she's even lost her childhood crush.  When she's visiting with friends she discovers a man who makes her feel something she hasn't felt in years.

Once the foundation is laid the story picks up pretty quickly.  Then we begin to learn Josiah's secrets (some of then anyway) & we get to know Anne really well.  It progresses really well and draws you in.  I waited to know just like Anne.  Josiah's part, I wanted to know how the Grandmother knew what she did & I waited to know more about Josiah. I loved learning more about them, and watching the story unfold, the drama that was there and just everything.that happened.

I liked the conclusion we were given, it went well with the story. Nothing for them came easy.  Anne wasn't completely lost to the impropriety of her situation and we got to see how she handled her burdens.  I really liked them together and was happy for their story because well have to read to understand.

For the curious here's a little more about Salem's Past and the Salem October  monthly event.  Some of my posts from Salem with lots of pictures.

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Welcome to Salem, keep your heads down and don't share your technology you might be accused.  Happy Reading

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