Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Blog Tour Review and Giveaway: An Unexpected Sin by Sarah Ballance

Title: An Unexpected Sin (Sins of Salem #2)
Author: Sarah Ballance
Source: Entangled - Scandalous
Genre: Historical Fiction - Colonial
Length: Novel
Release Date: April 14, 2014
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

Rating - 3
Sexual - 3

Salem, Colonial

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.
This is my first historical romance set in the Colonial period - more specifically during the Salem witch trials. I always thought this was a very interesting period of time.  Sarah Ballance managed to capture the time period perfectly for me.  The accusations flying, innocent people accused, not defending anyone for fear you'd be named next.  It was a very tense period in which to live.  These issues all touched the story of Anne and Josiah in different ways - ways they could have been disasterous.  It was very nicely pieced together.

The downfall of this novel was the period language.  I know they spoke this way, but when it was also narrated this way, it was a little rough at times.  One word in particular seemed to grate on me, verily.  When used in dialog it was very fitting but it was thrown in elsewhere just a little too often.  The blame Josiah places on himself was a little over done and I did get tired of hearing about how unworthy he thought he was.

Overall, this was a good shot at the period for historical fiction.  My issues with the book may not bother other readers at all - some may even enjoy them.

*This book was received in exchange for an honest review*

Author Bio:

Sarah Ballance is a multi-published author of contemporary, historical, and supernatural romance and romantic suspense. She's been married to her own romantic hero for what he calls a "long, long time" (and no, he'll never hear the end of saying that). Together they have six children ... and clearly too much time on their hands. She currently writes for Entangled and has upcoming releases from both Entangled and Samhain Publishing.
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  1. I love historical romances, thank you for sharing!

  2. I enjoyed the book, especially the Salem Witch Hunt setting. Period language can be difficult to read, but didn't bother me in this story.


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