Thursday, September 8, 2016

Starving Hearts by Janine Mendenhall - Includes a GIVEAWAY

When a chance encounter leads to love, can Annette and Peter overcome the odds or will they be forever separated?

This is the first time I have read a book by Janine Mendenhall, but I found it captivating, infuriating, and difficult to put down especially as we got closer to the end of the book. The main characters consist of a young girl, Annette, who is struggling to find her "way in the world" after being a bit spoiled by her father, and attacked by a stranger. Her rescuer, Peter Adsley, is a pastor who wants nothing more than to minister to those in need and find a suitable wife to share his life. Both of them are struggling to identify God's hand in all that happens in their lives, and trust Him in spite of their circumstances. Every time things seem to get better, they take a turn for the worse. God's plan is bigger and growing them into the people He wants them to become. 

I enjoyed reading this novel, although at times, I got a bit frustrated with the characters. I was at times easily annoyed with Annette and Peter. Annette seemed to come off a bit spoiled, and immature although I understood the purpose behind her actions. Peter seemed to drag his feet and get himself in some fixes (acting before thinking). The few times he actually "mans up" - his plans get thwarted.  The villain was despicable, lowlife, with a shady character and shady ways. He was conniving and very good at manipulating things to get what he wanted. The author had me loathing him, yet at times feeling sorry for him at the same time.

SO would I recommend this book to you? YES! It had its ups and downs, but also some great unexpected twists at the end. There was a lot of growth in the characters both in maturity and faith, and I believe this book will help you grow in your faith as well, and give you some food for thought. There are also some other great lessons in this book. I wouldn't however recommend it to a younger audience. 

I was blessed with a copy of this book through LitFuse in exchange for my honest opinion.

This book is available on Amazon

BOOK SYNOPSIS:
Since her assault, Miss Annette Chetwynd has been plagued by nightmares and worries about an arranged marriage. But 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?

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 here, 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 more than ten years to figure out, sort of.


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Join in the search for love and acceptance with Janine and Starving Hearts by entering to win the Delightful Heart Gift Pack Giveaway.

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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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