Monday, September 12, 2016

Starving Hearts, by Janine Mendenhall {book review}

About the book

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?

What I thought about the book

My mom read Starving Hearts before I did. I heard her mention a couple times that one of the characters made her angry, so she'd have to take a break from reading. I actually found a couple characters who annoyed me.

I did enjoy the setting of late 1700s England. Also fun was discovering a personal note from Janine tucked away in the book. What a special surprise!

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.

Learn more and purchase a copy.

Disclosure: I received a free review copy of this book from Litfuse Publicity in order to give you my honest opinion.

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