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Starving Hearts - Will her search for love and acceptance replace the loss and hurt in her heart? 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 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.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
I am an Apostolic Pentecostal Christian. Because of my strong belief in holiness even with what we read, I have mixed feelings on recommending the book for Pentecostal readers. It is a good story with some good things in it. However, it does make some things like dancing, and certain other things look like it is okay. If a reader reads with the understanding that this book is set back in old pre-Revolutionary War times and that those things were common in society, then the reader should have little problem skimming through those sections. Even today such practices are common among non-believers or mainstream Christian denominations. If a Christian is reading this with the write perspective of the setting and the correct view of romantic love then they will enjoy the book without being offended. Despite a heavy thrust on romance, the book is sexually clean. The good characters fight to not allow their sexual impulses override what they know to be right. In one place the minister did finally become overwhelmed and kissed the young woman he wanted to marry. The couple felt the carnal desire for each other but except for an inappropriate kiss they stayed pure and wholesome. I would not recommend this book to young girls because there are too many harsh reality of the terrible things that happen when people do not stay sexually pure. It also despite its sexual cleanness in regards to the main characters could put some over done romantic notions in to the minds of young woman who may already be struggling to not be love crazy. Adult Christian woman who have learned to walk with God and not be run by romantic notions could safely read and enjoy this twisting tale. The author definitely did a good job writing it and is definitely not a trashy romance novel. I hope this helps someone.