The Sins of a Few by Sarah Ballance

The Sins of a Few by Sarah Ballancefive-stars

The Sins of a Few Series: Sins of Salem #3
on October 13, 2014
Pages: 184

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Salem, 1692

The moment he steps off the boat and into his hometown of Salem, Nathanial Abbot knows the rumors about Salem are indeed true. For in the two years since he's left Salem—disowned by his family and seeking a fortune of his own—the town has changed. It is dark with discord and suspicion... and accusations of witchcraft. Now all that remains for him is the woman he's never forgotten.

But Faith Downing isn't happy to see Nathanial. In his absence, his younger sisters have ignited the chain of hysteria that resulted in twenty deaths—including Faith's aunt, to whom Nathanial owed his life. Yet through her acrimony, Faith can't prevent herself from responding to the man Nathanial has become, handsome and kind. A man who kindles something in her that speaks of sin.

My Review

Historical Romance in the time of the Salem witch trials…

WoW. I did NOT know until the end-of-book information that this author did not usually write historical romance. Apparently, she was born to do this. The language kept me back in time every single second. There was not a hint of contemporary attitudes or mores. I found myself constantly thinking and once shouting out loud, “That’s not fair!”

“Despite the many letters Nathanial had initially sent home, in four years he had received only one in return–an assurance that he would receive no financial support from his father, not that Nathanial had asked. Nathanial knew not when bettering one had become treason, but as it were, his wealth was not considerably more than that of his father. Whether such a fact would raise or lower his father’s opinion would remain a mystery, for Nathanial was under no inclination to share his status with a man who had already deemed him unworthy.”

As a lover of historical fiction, I enjoy a tale woven around real past events. As a lover of romance, Nathanial had me in his grip as surely as he had Faith. I thrilled at the stolen kisses … on the HAND! LOL!

Excellent work, Sarah Ballance. I’ll be reading more of your works soon, I’m sure. I can’t wait to see what else you write in addition to historicals.

Big, five-star recommend!


About Sarah Ballance

Sarah and her husband of what he calls “many long, long years” live on the mid-Atlantic coast with their six young children, all of whom are perfectly adorable when they’re asleep. She never dreamed of becoming an author, but as a homeschooling mom, she often jokes she writes fiction because if she wants anyone to listen to her, she has to make them up. (As it turns out, her characters aren’t much better than the kids). When not buried under piles of laundry, she may be found adrift in the Atlantic (preferably on a boat) or seeking that ever-elusive perfect writing spot where not even the kids can find her.

She loves creating unforgettable stories while putting her characters through an unkind amount of torture–a hobby that has nothing to do with living with six children. (Really.) Though she adores nail-biting mystery and edge-of-your-seat thrillers, Sarah writes in many genres including contemporary and ghostly paranormal romance.

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