I am always excited to read a new author.
There is just something wonderful about picking up a book that you’re taking a chance on. I like discovering new favorite authors to add to my list. I also enjoy reading the wide range of genres and the fresh voice that new authors bring to those genres.
Janine Mendenhall has written her debut novel, Starving Hearts, and I think you will be excited that you decided to read this book, as well.
Mrs. Annette Chetwynd has experienced a very traumatic event in her life. What she thought would lead to a moment of freedom actually turned out to be a moment that would be replayed in her head over and over. It would be an event that would haunt her sleep and try to steal her joy.
It’s also an event that has a bit of mystery surrounding it. Annette can’t figure out who showed up at her time in need.
Janine shares in her biography that she enjoys Pride and Prejudice, but I’ve also read that she likes Downton Abbey. It shows in her writing because Peter would definitely fit into the category of a strong character who is lovable. However, both Peter and Annette have to follow certain rules that society has deemed proper.
History fills the pages of this book. I had never heard of the Triangular Trade, so it was very interesting. It saddened me to read of the slaves, but it endeared me even more to Janine.
Starving Hearts is the first book in this Trilogy. It will be a delight to see her growth as a writer with each book she writes.
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ABOUT THE BOOK
Starving Hearts (Heritage Beacon Fiction, May 2016)
Since her assault, Miss Annette Chetwynd has been plagued by nightmares and worries about an arranged marriage.
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?
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.
I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest opinion of this book.