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Starving Hearts Paperback – May 16, 2016
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About the Author
By day, Janine Mendenhall teaches English and is a high school counselor. By night, when normal people are asleep, she writes or watches historical romance movies like Pride and Prejudice and claims that s research .
At eight, Janine got hooked on happily ever after while watching Beauty and the Beast starring George C. Scott. Visit her at janinemendenhall.com/inquiring-minds, and you ll find the exact scene she held in her mind s eye for thirty-nine years until she recently located it on youtube.
Her husband, Tom, is a computer guru. He and their five tech savvy children attempt to help Janine get connected to the 21<sup>st</sup> Century when she s on break from writing Never Past Hope* and Perseverance,* the next two books in what she affectionately calls the Triangular Trade Trilogy*.
If you re new in the writing business, there s hope. Janine loves hammering out the details and/or listening when things don t work out. Whether it s flash fiction, which she writes for Splickety Magazines, or romance novels, it s a challenging business which has taken her over ten years to figure out, sort of.
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Annette and Peter were both unforgettable characters. Despite her serious health problems that embarrass her mother so, Annette is actually a strong and intelligent young woman who is determined to make a difference to others. No way is she planning to let her mother force her into an unwanted marriage, especially to the man who assaulted her. Peter is one of those men with outstanding character who are often overlooked by those whose aim to to succeed at all costs. I thoroughly enjoyed watching as the relationship between him and Annette became stronger despite all the odds stacked against them.
What a story “Starving Hearts” is! Not only is it a delightful regency romance but it is also suspense filled mystery of the very best kind. It is one of those tales where just when everything looks to be going in the right direction, another complications appears out of nowhere to send everything off course once again. Annette and Peter are caught up in the malevolent plans of a deranged man who will stop at nothing to achieve his revenge. Death and danger lurk around each corner and hope seems lost more than once. This story has more twists than a mountain road and I held my breath at times in fear of what could happen. I so appreciated the way the tables were turned on the villain at the end. They say that “all’s well that ends well” but what a suspenseful journey to get to that end!
I am so looking forward to the next book in this series “Never Past Hope”.
A copy of this book was provided for review by LitFuse Publicity.
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.
I think this book will appeal to fans of Downton Abbey. It just has that vibe about it and it is roughly the same time period although I think the book might take place a bit earlier than Downtown Abbey. I did enjoy the writing but the book was a bit awkward to hold. It would have been nice to have some flop to it instead of it being a bit stiff but that's just a minor thing and has nothing to do with the contents which are quite engaging.
Annette is attacked and gets rescued by a guy that she is desperate to find the identity of. The villain is very unlikable. I can picture him twirling his mustache and going on about how evil he is complete with the laugh. There's revenge, betrayal, romance and sacrifice. Annette's mom is simply horrible for betraying a person that she should be looking out for. Also this book will likely appeal to fans of Jane Austen since it historical fiction that sucks you in from the start and you just keep on reading. I really like Annette. She's one tough cookie.
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