Starving Hearts by Janine Mendenhall + Giveaway

"Your boldness never fails to amaze me." (287)

Title:  Starving Hearts
Series: Triangular Trade Trilogy, Book 1
Author: Janine Mendenhall
Publisher:  Heritage Beacon Fiction
Release Date:  May 16, 2016
Genre: Inspirational Historical Suspense

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?

Starving Hearts by Janine Mendenhall is the first of the Triangular Trade Trilogy. It's marketed as an historical romance, but I think it reads most like a romantic suspense novel.  Set in Regency England, I was very thrilled to have the opportunity to read this.  However, from the very first chapter, I find myself not very fond of our main character, Annette. Her thoughts, and her actions does not dwell well on me. Regardless of a mediocre start, I can appreciate her intelligence, her desire for good and justice, as well as her growing faith in God. Yet, it still does not change the fact that she's not my favorite. In terms of characters, I must say I don't really have one. What I find truly lacking in Starving Hearts are the soulful development of each of these characters. Many times, I find their dialogue rigid and without fluidity. In many instances, it doesn't give light to the events or their personalities. In others, it can be to the point of comedic.  As a couple, Annette and Peter was endearing enough, yet their development almost came too sudden. 

Despite my views on the characters, I do find the overall plot and suspense entertaining and in many sense foreboding enough to want to find out how it all will turn out.  Though I find some lines superfluous, there are a few good ones too.  As a debut novel, I think the author gave us a good start to a trilogy worth exploring.  

"...I thought He was supposed to prevent bad things from happening, but I have come to understand He uses them to help us grow." (287)

NOTE:  I received a complimentary copy of this book through Litfuse Publicity Tours for an honest review.  All opinions expressed are my own. For my review policy, please see my Disclosure page.



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.

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  1. I was interested to read your thoughts about this book. To me, the main story idea was creative. The dialogue (and inner turmoil of the characters) was boring, though.


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