Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Book review with a giveaway: Starving Hearts by Janine Mendenhall

About the book:

Will Annette's search for love and acceptance replace the loss and hurt in her heart? Find out in Janine Mendenhall's book one, Starving Hearts, of the Triangular Trade Trilogy. Since her assault, Miss Annette Chetwynd has been plagued by nightmares and worries about an arranged marriage. But she yearns to find her anonymous rescuer. Unfortunately, her health and intellect prevent it. Both repel suitors and cause Annette to doubt God’s existence, at least until He answers her prayers in an unusual way. . . .

Mr. Peter Adsley is joining the clergy, and he desires a godly wife by his side. After a failed attempt to obtain one, he engages in a clandestine meeting with the bewitching young woman who keeps crossing his path. But she is so unsettling.

Destined for disappointments, Peter and Annette both endure disgraceful situations. Will Peter's faith sustain him through overwhelming setbacks? Can Annette overcome her doubts? Or will their starving hearts yield to the machinations of a mad man?

Purchase a copy: here

My review:


This debut novel by Janine Mendenhall was remarkable, with something for everyone- romance, history, and suspense.  There were many contrasts throughout the book- luxury vs. poverty, good vs. evil, hope vs. despair.

The characters were well written.  Those who were "good" were not perfect, but they did not harden their hearts during difficulties.  There were some "bad" characters who were truly evil, but none were beyond redemption.  The plot was on the surface, simple:  A young pastor wanted a wife to serve with him, and a young lady desired to be stimulated by intelligent conversation.  However, the conventions, circumstances, and people who keep them apart were quite intricate.

I really enjoyed this book and recommend it for those who are looking for a meaty read.  I am looking forward to the next book in the Triangular Trade Trilogy.

I received a copy ot this book from Litfuse Publicity in exchange for an honest review, which I have given.

About the author:

Janine Mendenhall teaches teens English, of all things! Sometimes she sleeps, but most nights she reads, writes, or watches movies like Pride and Prejudice and claims she's researching her next book. Splickety Love and Splickety Prime have published her flash fiction. She and her husband, Tom, live in North Carolina where they and their two golden retrievers help gratify the needs of their five children and two cats.

The giveaway:

Join in the search for love and acceptance with Janine and Starving Hearts by entering to win the Delightful Heart Gift Pack Giveaway.

One grand prize winner will receive:

A copy of Starving Hearts
A bottle of essential oils
An essential oils diffuser necklace
A chiffon scarf
A shoulder handbag
A copy of Jane Austen's World

Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on September 12. The winner will be announced September 13 on Janine's blog.