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About the Author
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 21st 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. --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- File size : 2074 KB
- Publication date : May 16, 2016
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publisher : Heritage Beacon Fiction (May 16, 2016)
- Print length : 369 pages
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B01D3U6714
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #541,446 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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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.
Over all, this was an interesting and intriguing story to read. And really good writing for the author for a debut novel. There’s a lot going on in this book, many twists and turns that are not expected, making the book more entertaining, and keeping the interest of the reader to want to keep reading to find out what is on the next page. But one other thing I am confused about, this book is in the Christian fiction category, and I don’t feel it should be there because of the places with questionable language. If there’s one thing that bothers me, if a book labeled as Christian or Inspirational fiction with foul language. This should be looked into by the author or publisher.
So, all that said, if you enjoy suspense and mystery, lots of action and drama in a historical setting, and the language isn’t a problem for you, check out this book. You will be intrigued at the going ons throughout this novel!
I received this book from Prism Tours to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.
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.
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The author also tackled subjects like hope, forgiveness, and faith; as well as dealing with the moral failings and ethical quagmires of the time period. Great character development and just a well written work. Looking forward to reading more from this author!
I received a complimentary copy from the publisher.
In the first chapters Annette is a bit too querulous to be wholly endearing to readers, but she redeems herself as a protagonist as the story progresses. Overall, I had longed for more character development from the whole cast. The villain's point of view was the strength of the cast and I found him to be the most layered and intriguing. I was more motivated to read by the prevailing themes and detailed historical context than any particular emotional bond with the characters.
Some passages and phrases came across as overindulgent bordering on superfluous-the author clearly trying to adopt the vernacular and cadence of the era, but perhaps slightly overshooting with overwrought sentences. As a prolific Regency reader, I felt disconnected from the story as it was more of an observant rather than an immersive reading experience. While the style is not quite mastered, there is a certain fluidity to the writing that is charming and reflective of a talent that is promising with some refinement.
With this debut, Janine Mendenhall has demonstrated potential and is sure to capture an audience with the next two instalments in this series.
**Disclosure: Thank you to Litfuse Publicity for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review**
Overall, that issue didn't detract from this endearing and at times thought-provoking book. It was also very interesting to read of the slave trade through the varying perspectives.
I recommend this book.