I received the following book from The Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Starving Hearts by Janine Mendenhall
Series: Triangular Trade Trilogy #1
Published by Heritage Beacon Fiction on May 16th 2016
Genres: Christian, Historical Fiction, Historical Romance
Source: The Author
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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?
Starving Hearts is a book that I can see myself enthusiastically recommending to historical romance fans, even those that need for the book to be one hundred percent historically accurate. Upon beginning the story you are instantly transported back into another time and another place – one where things were simpler in some ways, but just as difficult as life today in others.
Annette is a young lady with a bright mind and a brilliant spirit, eager to discuss politics and current events – someone we wouldn’t blink an eye at in today’s time(I mean, look at this blog – it’s chock-full of my opinions as a millennial woman in the 21st century). For Annette, however, this is strongly discouraged and she longs to be able to have intelligent conversation, especially after she’s put under an even more watchful eye following her assault.
Peter is a godly man, looking for the same in his future wife. He had one in mind, but let’s just say that, uh, didn’t go quite according to plan. Now, he can’t stop thinking about the beautiful and wild-spirited Annette.
This was an exceptionally well-written work of historical fiction, equal parts enchanting and realistic. The attention to detail was wonderfully done and I truly felt as if I was part of the story. The characters, each and every one, had such depth – so much so that I wasn’t quite ready to say goodbye to them when the book came to a close and I cannot wait to see what’s in store for the second book in the series. This book would be a perfect addition to any summer reading list for those of you looking to stock up on a few good reads before hitting the beach or the mountains, I might just have to reread on my trip in August!
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