Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Starving Hearts-Debut Novel-Janine Mendenhall


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About the book (provided by Litfuse)
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?

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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.

And I thought...
Don't think this is just a sweet romance.  It is and much more.  Yes.  The romance is sweet.  

But the story is full of twists and turns and suspense.  I caught myself wondering what was going to happen next.  

Although it was a long read.  The print is small which I guess is good because otherwise it would be a large book.  It seemed long; but it was worth it.  

In some ways the storyline was long.  I did catch myself wanting it to move along.  But mainly because I wanted to know how it would end!  Is that a bad thing?  

I am not normally a reader of historical romance.  I've never read Jane Austin (insert gasp) I have developed an interest from other authors recently and now from 
Miss Janine Mendenhall.  

I enjoyed the characters.  The main characters were heartwarming.  Annette' character was sweet.  She was headstrong and knew what she wanted.   Peter's character was strong and steady.  He was devoted to God.  Even the villian character was endearing in his own weird kinda way.  

I enjoyed how the story ended.  With the main plot and subplots coming together with a good ending.   

As I write this review I realize that I did really enjoy this book.  And I can honestly give it a 5 star rating.   I look forward to reading more works from Miss Mendenhall.

I received a complementary copy from Litfuse.
There is a Giveaway scroll to the bottom of this post for the link.

This review is posted at My Reading Journeys and Good Reads.  

It is also posted at Amazon,Barnes and Noble 
and CBC.  

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One grand prize winner will receive:
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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.

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