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Peek Inside An Unexpected Sin

Colonial Salem After losing everything once, Josiah Cromwell wants only to start over. He has come back to Salem...for Anne. He never forgot his hunger for her sensual curves, and the years have not faded the forbidden sensations. But Salem has become a world gone mad with fear and no one is safe from the trials and baseless accusations. Will Jacob and Anne’s second chance for love come too late?

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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.

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By ρυηүα [Punya Reviews...] October 16, 2014

My review contains spoilers and they're mostly my thoughts as I went with the book... for more, visit Punya Reviews...

Sarah Ballance’s An Unexpected Sin, book 2 of Sins of Salem was a delightful read. I enjoyed it much more than book 1, Her Wicked Sin. The storytelling was flowing; I was hooked from ...more

By Bj October 25, 2015

AN UNEXPECTED SIN is a well-written, American historical romance that provides chilling insight into the tumultuous times of the Salem Witch Trials. Amidst this backdrop, Ms. Ballance delivers a captivating tale of forbidden love, guilt and forgiveness and the mysterious past that shapes the hero's ...more

By Lisa Jo September 21, 2020

Really enjoyed this novel. Like the last book, I felt one or both characters made some silly decisions in the end, but easy to overlook as a minor problem. As a whole, I was really impressed by the story. I love the time setting. Also appreciated how the actions and language felt true to the time pe ...more

Colonial Salem BLURB:
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 ...more

By Gigi April 14, 2014

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 h ...more

By Nicole April 14, 2014

I received a complimentary copy of the book for an honest review.

I found the story quite simple in regards to the previous one of the series, it was a straightforward, uncomplicated and had a more light hearted tone which I think made it charming to me.

Josiah was honest and true to his feelings as w ...more

By Jess April 22, 2014

Sarah Ballence did an excellent job of stepping outside of the box, and writing an engaging historical romance set in Salem during the height of the witch-trials, not a time or place that was well known for it's romantic atmosphere. In addition to setting the story during an interesting time period, ...more

By Karen April 16, 2014

An Unexpected Sin, the second book in the Sins of Salem series, is set in the time of the Salem witch hunts and speaks to the bleakness of the time and the care each person had to take to avoid being unjustly accused of witchcraft. I like learning more about this time period, even though I find it u ...more

By Julianne January 26, 2015

Such a sweet, heart-breaking, and ultimately heart-WARMING story. And being that it is set during the Salem witch trials, with the examples of human treachery and evil those brought forth, such an endearing story was certainly unexpected. I am not ashamed to admit that I had *tears* in my eyes at th ...more

By Marie August 01, 2014

This love story of Anne and Josiah is poetically beautiful and tender. Set in the time of the Salem witch trials, these two have been separated by the death of Anne’s brother. After six years, Josiah returns to Salem to find Anne – the woman he’s realized that he cannot live without. When Anne disco ...more

By Sassy Beta Reading & Review June 26, 2014

Another great read by Sarah Ballance. This is book two of The Salem Series and can be read as a stand alone. Anne and Josiah were teens in love when Josiah was forced to leave by his father, leaving behind Anne who was devastated to have just lost her brother - Josiah's best friend. 6 years later Jo ...more

By a_tiffyfit April 16, 2014

An Unexpected Sin was a sweet, young love story set in one of the eras in American history that we are ashamed of -- the witch trials in Salem, MA.

Josiah Cromwell has returned to Salem after years away, following the death of his best friend, Samuel, brother of Anne. Fraught with guilt for young Sa ...more

By Linda April 14, 2014

An Unexpected Sin is a young love romance set in and around Salem at the time of the burnings of witches by the Puritans. It's the story of Anne Scudder and Josiah Cromwell, who had been infatuated with each other from a young age, then struck by a common tragedy and separated, and reunited six year ...more

By Shelly June 29, 2014

Another great story told in Salem during the witch trial times... Anne was a girl coming into the age where she would be ready to get married... Josiah was dealing with the thought he was responsible for his best friends death 6 yrs earlier... His heart always belonged to Anne... Anne was always in ...more

By Crystal February 13, 2015

Another amazing addition to this series. A second chance romance that has to overcome lies and deciet.
Anne and Josiah fell in love at a young age, Josiah had to leave town but 6 years later comes back to redeam himself and reclaim the love of his life.
Again we take a mildly known historical event an ...more

By Tina April 18, 2014

3.75 stars
I really enjoyed the relationship between Anne and Josiah! They have many obstacles to overcome, mainly Josiah's own issues and Anne's family issues.
They have that forever love that always makes for a nice read. :)
They were sweet in my opinion, especially the way that Josiah is with Anne. ...more

By Kim June 18, 2014

Another great read by Sarah Ballance! I find her writing style fits perfectly with the feel of Colonial Salem, and her characters are believable. It was another great love story, with all the twists and turns that Ballance is known for! I'm not sure how many are planned for this series, but I look f ...more

By Lori May 16, 2014

This was the first book I have read by this author and I enjoyed it. This story had an array of things happening throughout the book that kept my attention. It had suspense, mystery, tragedy, loss, and romance all of which had me flipping through the pages until the very end and I wasn't disappointe ...more

By Maria July 20, 2014

This story was heartwarming. Anne Scudder and Josiah Cromwell have been friends since their childhood. They had a childhood crush. With the death of Anne's brother there is a lot to overcome. Josiah was forced to leave Salem. Now is his time to return and he wants Anne. ...more

By Lola July 06, 2014

Love this book and characters involved I also greatly appreciated sneak peak into characters from earlier book. Sometimes we carry guilt or fault that's not our own and it's nice to see forgiveness is possible and reminds me regardless life does move on does not dissapoint ...more

By Kathleen April 01, 2014

3.5 Stars
*Review to be posted soon.* ...more

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Sarah Ballance

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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). To learn more about her work in contemporary, historical, and supernatural romance and romantic suspense, please stalk accordingly. To sign-up for Sarah's newsletter, sign-up here:

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