Starving Hearts by Janine Mendenhall Review/Giveaway

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Starving Hearts



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?

Will Annette’s search for love and acceptance replace the loss and hurt in her heart? Find out in Janine Mendenhall’s book one, Starving Hearts, of the Triangular Trade Trilogy. 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. . . .


So much to love about this story – It is *not* an everything-is-perfect, boy-meets-girl, they-fall-in-love-and-live-happily-ever-after story.  It is how your faith and strength is tested in the hardest of circumstances, when all seems to be lost, and you don’t know how anything will be okay again story – which means that redemption is a theme I picked up on in this book as well as trust.

In many books, there are at least some characters or something in the story itself that is a bit unrealistic or something that kind of sticks out to you as not being right, and usually the story is otherwise written well enough that you overlook it.  However, I really didn’t think that about any of the story – the dialogue, the characters, the plots throughout…all seemed very much believable and they all flowed together seamlessly.  There also wasn’t any confusion on my part as I read it, going back and forth between characters (admittedly, that’s something I frequently struggle with in books…keeping things/characters straight).

While there are several characters who are quite unlikeable, the two main characters are both very likeable.  Annette has her health, her mother, and her potential arranged marriage to concern her, while Peter has to search his soul and come to terms with many things going on in his family and the business he didn’t want to play a part in.  They both experience very deep losses that make you wonder how a person could manage to keep on going. I especially loved the strong character  Janine gave Peter- no weakness or sit back and let whatever happen happen.  He is a very godly man who has a strength of character that is so refreshing.  Without giving away any of the ending, this story has a lot of everything and you don’t really know what’s going to happen until the end (you have your guesses, but keep reading!).

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.

starving hearts - enterbanner*As a LitFuse Publicity blogger, I was provided a copy to facilitate this review.

Swag Dash Extravaganza

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Where did the summer go?  It’s getting to be one of my favorite times of year – anticipating Fall.  We’re definitely not there yet, but you see all the back-to-school ads and you start imagining pulling out your boots and sweaters and seeing crisp leaves of variegated colors swirling off the trees.  I have several reviews of products I’ve used this summer that I want to share with you, and I want to get back into the blogging habit more – I’ve enjoyed summer and haven’t blogged much – but today’s post is going to be about Swagbucks Swag Dash Extravaganza:

I love when Swagbucks has Swag Code Extravaganzas, they are one of the easiest ways to earn SB! What are SB you ask? SB are points you earn on Swagbucks, a website where you can get gift cards for the things you do online – I’ve gotten gifts for others with SB, and the first thing I got myself with them was a Kindle Keyboard several years ago.  Now, I am saving up my SB to get a Macbook! (which, by the way, I may ask for your input on, as I’ve never owned anything Apple).  What are you waiting for? The Swag Dash Swag Code extravaganza will be happening Wednesday, August 17th from 7am PDT/10am EDT to 6pm PDT/9pm EDT. All you have to do is look out for the Swag Code notifications, enter the code, and you earn SB (which can be redeemed for gift cards)! There will be 6 Swag Codes throughout the day worth a total of 30 SB.  Look for Swag Codes on the following places:



Swagbucks Go For The Gold Team Challenge

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Sign up here to grab as many Swag Codes as you can and get your first gift card even faster! Come back tomorrow and let me know how many you got.  🙂

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