Starving Hearts by Janine Mendenhall

Posted 16 May, 2016 by Paige in Blog Tours, Book Reviews / 38 Comments

Starving Hearts by Janine Mendenhall

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 MendenhallStarving Hearts by Janine Mendenhall
Series: Triangular Trade Trilogy #1
Published by Heritage Beacon Fiction on May 16th 2016
Genres: Christian, Historical Fiction, Historical Romance
Pages: 300
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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Quick Q&A With Janine:


Why did I decide to write a book?  After reading a series of books that were fairly interesting–but in my estimation, not well-written–I decided that if that author could do it, surely, with God’s help, I could write a book that would hold people’s interest and also would be God-honoring.
How did I learn how to write? Being an English teacher did not necessarily help me learn to write well, it just gave me the idea that I should know how to write. But writing popular fiction has little to do with what is taught in our classrooms. To begin, I actually purchased one of those How to . . . for Dummies books on writing. It was so interesting that I kept getting digging deeper and deeper in other writing books until I found what I believed would help me. I went to writing conferences to learn from professionals, and I even went on focused training retreats to learn more. Famous Christian thriller author, Steven James, is one of my favorite teachers. Without him and my wonderful editors, I would not know how to write popular fiction.
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38 Responses to “Starving Hearts by Janine Mendenhall”

  1. Hi, Paige! I really like the “equal parts enchanting and realistic” comment. It matches me–romantic/HEA lover & realist/life isn’t always HEA. Any comments on the cover readers and friends of Paige? Some like it; others don’t. I’d be honored to hear from you. Blessings, Janine
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  2. I had actually seen an interview with Janine Mendenhall. I love that she is an English teacher using her talent to propel forward. It’s inspirational to see her going outside of the box that a lot of educators have been pushed into.
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    • I can’t guarantee 100% accuracy, but after the editing/proofing process, I can say we’ve found and corrected as many errors as possible. And with all the dialogue, it should run like a movie in your mind. Thanks for commenting.

    • My husband really loved it. He couldn’t put it down, though it is very far away from his fix-it-guy/computer nerd/mechanical/physics and anything crime/drama oriented. Maybe you’ll like it too. Thanks for posting.

    • You’ll enjoy it, and speaking of series, I’ve put a little taster at the end. Cheers to summer tans and good books. Thanks for commenting too.

    • I like your title, Nancy. Whispered inspirations has a gentle-breeze/encouraging sound, and I you’ll hear a few of them in SH. Thanks for considering it.

  3. I love historical fiction, so this is right up my alley. I will have to add this to my ever growing list of books to get around to.

    • Cute name! Historical romance is my favorite, but as and English teacher, I’m familiar with a variety: Dystopia, crime/thriller, classics, etc. Thanks for your interest.

  4. I don’t usually go for romance novels. I am more of a crime and suspense/mystery book reader. However, once in a while, a great romance novel would be most welcome. I think this book would be a good read for me.

    • Are you familiar with Steven James? Excellent crime/thriller author. I have to credit him with my training so if do get a chance to read SH you’ll notice some of the pace and intrigue of a mystery, hopefully. Thanks for commenting.

    • Victoria is one of my favorite names. Thanks for your encouragement. Maybe we’ll get to know each other, if you choose to read my book(s). Blessings, Janine

  5. Kathy

    That sounds like a great book. I don’t get to read often, but I’d love to check this book out. I love to read, but I usually just can’t find the time to sit down and read. I’m sure it’s a great one though.

  6. Thanks everyone for your encouragement. As you have time–if you get to read SH–I’d love to keep in touch with you at my website. Blessings in the meantime, Janine

    • Hello, travel blogger! I know what you mean, but between blogging and writing I’m not sure what happened to leisure. I bet you’re familiar with that too. Blessings, Janine

    • Hi, Ann! Sorry I’m so late with this thank you, but I was away at a writer’s conference and fell behind.I hope you enjoy Starving Hearts. Many blessings, the Memorial Day!

  7. I’m sorry this thank you is so late, but I do appreciate your encouraging words. Enjoy the pool and your great summer reads. Blessings, Janine

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