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Starving Hearts

(Triangular Trade Trilogy #1)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  195 ratings  ·  91 reviews
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, an
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Published May 16th 2016 by Heritage Beacon Fiction (first published May 2016)
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I've really no idea what to even say about this book... I finished it (barely), though I did a lot of speed-reading through the last third or so of the book.

I didn't like this one. Somehow, I almost felt like I should like it, but I simply couldn't. I felt annoyed, aggravated, sad... even depressed, but I honestly don't recall finding much enjoyment at all in this story. I kept reading because I kept thinking it would get better. It didn't. From the first line (I'm not joking about this), (view
Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
Starving Hearts was more suspenseful than I anticipated, and I had an overall feeling of trepidation as I read the novel. The villain was despicable and his evil plans were made apparent from the beginning. Annette and Peter were likeable enough, but I wished more character development in the beginning had been balanced with the details of the events occurring. The dialogue was formal and felt historically accurate, yet sometimes made it hard to follow or maintain interest. I was relieved when A ...more
Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
I expected Starving Hearts to be a Regency romance with a dash of suspense. In fact, it’s actually more of a Regency suspense with a dash of romance. That’s not necessarily a problem but I had to adjust my expectations fairly early on. The back cover synopsis really doesn’t do this story justice, in my opinion, as it’s less about Peter and Annette than it is about their families. My heart stayed in my throat through most of the novel, at least when it wasn’t sinking back down to my stomach becau ...more
Sep 02, 2016 rated it did not like it
As a fan of Regency fiction, I was drawn to this book not only by the setting but also by the first line of the back cover. "Since her assault, Miss Annette Chetwynd has been plagued by nightmares and worries about an arranged marriage." This was definitely a unique concept - I have never read anything from this period that dealt with a woman's physical assault or how it might affect her. If handled with grace, what a great story that could be! My expectations were almost immediately dashed, how ...more
Aug 27, 2016 rated it liked it
Annette is trying to survive under the smothering of her mother. She has an illness that causes her to faint if she doesn't eat regularly. Her mother is ashamed and tries to hide this. She also feels like Annette needs to be married and the highest bidder will get the "prize."
Peter is the second son who has chose the path of a clergy. Definitely not in the running for Annette as far as her mother is concerned. The two must trust that God has control and will work everything out according to His
Vera Godley
Sep 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
It has been said that you don't get an English teacher to edit a legal document. So true. But you also don't expect an English teacher to automatically be able to pen a story into an absorbing book worthy of publication.

Janine Mendenhall is an English teacher. So she knows subject, verb, tense, punctuation, and paragraph structure. But she has also been able to grasp the needed technique to bring to publication a compelling story of mystery and gentle romance that takes place at the height of th
Carole Jarvis
Sep 03, 2016 rated it liked it
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Starving Hearts is quite different from anything I’ve ever read, and while my feelings were mixed, I appreciated that aspect of the novel very much. Romance and suspense combine in this story takes place in England during the year 1795. Characters come from all walks of life, customs and manners of the time are realistically portrayed, and the storyline is fairly intricate. In fact, a story that I first thought would be predictable turned out
By the end of the 18th century, Great Britain was a world leader in slave trading. Goods manufactured in Britain would be taken to Africa where they would be sold or exchanged for new slaves. These slaves were then shipped to the Americas, including the Caribbean, and sold to plantations. With this slave labor, the plantations produced sugar, cotton, tobacco and other items which were then shipped back to the British mainland. Despite its popularity in business, however, more people were becomin ...more
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While Starving Hearts is nothing like I thought it would be, in the end, that wasn't necessarily a bad thing. I thought it was going to be more romantic than it was suspenseful, but I think suspense was the focus overall, not romance. It also touches on some heavier topics, specifically the slave trade, which Annette and Peter are both against, while others in the circle of acquaintances have strong ties to it.

Most of the interactions between Annette and Peter are fraught with mis
Susanne Dietze
Apr 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
In Starving Hearts, Janine Mendenhall transports the reader to eighteenth century England as the characters maneuver high society, struggling with family secrets, romance, and the ethics and politics of the African slave trade. An engaging, thoughtful debut.
Kelly Goshorn
I thoroughly enjoyed Starving Hearts. I found the lead characters to be compelling and engaging. I enjoyed the author’s ability to balance the duality of reserve common to the Regency era with the hero and heroine’s determination not to let the rules of society direct the course of their lives. Both Annette & Peter experience very deep losses that make you wonder how a person could manage to keep on going. I found Peter to be especially likeable. He was a very godly man who showed no weakness in ...more
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
"Could find that extraordinary being you described some weeks ago? The charitable gentleman, who will overlook your faults and rescue you from the prison in which you believe you live?"

Annette blinked and swallowed hard.

"What makes you think he would have you? You are hideously opinionated, and you've an unnatural appetite for knowledge no respectable lady has any right to indulge. Heaven forgive me for allowing your father to educate you like a son. No man will abide your opinions. The face yo
Mackenzie Carol
Aug 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Starving Hearts is the first book I’ve ever read by Janine Mendenhall, but I have to say, I really enjoyed it, especially once it got close to the end and everything really started happening. There were so many twists and turns that I definitely never saw coming, but I have to say, I really enjoyed all of the surprises! For a few minutes near the end, I wasn’t even sure how everything was going to work out! I was definitely shocked by how things came out in the last few chapters, but I have to s ...more
Inderpreet Uppal
Sep 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Starving Hearts is a historical romance and it grows on you as you fall for the charming Annette and gracious Peter. Smooth, serious, full of love, faith, and a kaleidoscope of emotions is what Starving Hearts is all about. We have the alluring and very vocal Annette as the heroine. Peter is the hero, savior and the victim all rolled into one. That he is a pastor and hopes to spread the Lord’s word makes him more upright and a thorough gentleman.

The author has a merciless villain and the inhospi
Aug 31, 2016 rated it liked it
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Though you wouldn't know it by the cover, Starving Hearts is more of a suspense novel than a romance. I felt a sense of foreboding as I read—I was just sure something awful was on the next page (and sometimes it was). The suspense built the farther I got into the novel, and that's what kept me reading.

Starving Hearts is mainly about Annette Chetwynd and Peter Adsley and their struggle to be together. However, I didn't particularly care for the romance. Peter and Annette "fell in love" very quick
May 17, 2016 added it
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Starving Hearts is a book that I can see myself enthusiastically recommending to historical romance fans, even those that need for the book to be one hundred percent historically accurate. Upon beginning the story you are instantly transported back into another time and another place - one where things were simpler in some ways, but just as difficult as life today in others.

Annette is a young lady with a brigh
The Overweight Bookshelf
Starving Hearts is the laudable debut from Janine Mendenhall, blending historical romance and suspense genres. Surprisingly absent from the publisher issued synopsis is that a significant portion of novel grapples with the African slave trade and fight of abolitionists.

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. Th
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
Starving Hearts turned out to be a different book than I expected. That in itself is not a bad thing. I always like to be surprised by a book and where the author will take me.

This book is Christian Fiction. The male protagonist, Peter, wants to be a member of the clergy. He is a good man who happens to live in a family of people with flaws. His goal is to be married to a good fearing woman. He thinks he knows who it will be, until she marries his older brother.

Annette is the female MC. She does
M. C. (MagsTheBookWorm)
May 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Starving Hearts is an adventurous and inspirational historical romance that takes the reader through various parts of England, Africa, and the Americas circa the 1790's. We get to see the main character, Annette, saved from a fate worse than death by a mysterious stranger. Enter the handsome pastor, Peter Adsley, whom Annette feels drawn to from the start. But danger stalks the pair through the fancy balls and miscellaneous celebrations, threatening to keep them apart. Their strength of will and ...more
Laura  Lane
Oct 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
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This book was compelling. I wanted to keep reading. I was frustrated by some of the characters. I was surprised by the motivation of some of the "bad guys". I was dismayed at some of the descriptions of the slave trade activities and conditions. Some of it was shocking. While the slave trade didn't take center stage, it was, in some ways, central to the storyline.

There are many surprises and a bit of innocent indiscretion that could have caused quite a bit of trouble in those d
Aug 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Janine Mendenhall’s debut novel, Starving Hearts, is full of adventure, suspense, and of course romance. A new historical novel, Janine’s story of pain, heartache, loss, and love will speak to its readers. It is interesting to see the different events that cause the paths of Annette Chetwynd and Peter Adsley to cross and to see their relationship develop throughout the novel. This story is told from the view point of both Annette and Peter bringing to light different events. I enjoyed both the e ...more
Tom Mendenhall
Apr 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I may be Janine's husband, but if you check my bookshelves, you can see that historical fiction is definitely not my genre. Although I enjoy watching a good romantic comedy with my wife, and have even learned to appreciate Jane Austin over the years, that's only on the big screen for me. In life, I tend to be a do-it-yourself, mechanically-inclined, computer guy, and I usually prefer non-fiction. However, when I read Starving Hearts, I have to say that I absolutely COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN! I was i ...more
December Rose
May 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Starving Hearts is the first Romance/Historical fiction I have ever read. Janine is my friend and sister in Christ and I have known of her interest for writing this book for a couple years. To say I felt honored to be a beta reader for her is an understatement. I recognize she put her heart and soul into creating a piece of art like this and I know she felt a calling from the Lord to encourage other non-believers/believers in Christ. During my time of reading Starving Hearts, I literally had a d ...more
Beverly Ohlendorf
Apr 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Starving Hearts is the kind of book that makes you want to stay up all night to finish it. It has its share of intrigue, adventure, romance, and historical authenticity, while still bearing a beautiful Christian witness. While reading it, I was continually amazed that this was the work of a first time author, much less my dear friend and colleague. It left me thirsty for more from her – more about these characters, and more of this amazingly well-thought-out plot. Keep writing, Janine!
Beverly (
Apr 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Personally, I am not a huge fan of romance novels. One-dimensional characters, thin plots, and predictable endings have never appealed to me. Starving Hearts is *nothing* like the millions of romance novels floating around the internet. If anything, it was more like the "can't put it down page-turners" that everyone raves about. Janine has masterfully melded romance with suspense and intrigue. I would recommend Starving Hearts to anyone who enjoys Downton Abbey, The Pillars of the Earth, and sim ...more
Amberlyn Noelle
Apr 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
As both her editor and an avid recreational reader, I fell in love with Janine and her book. It is written in a refreshingly vintage tone with an engaging modern pace that will appeal to any Downton Abbey or Jane Austen follower. Her characters became dear friends I was loath to part with when I finished reading. During the editing process, I told Janine that I had managed to tear through her first 18 chapters in the evenings. My main problem was discovering I didn’t have the rest of her book at ...more
M-K Turner
May 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
From the first sentence, I was immediately pulled into the book. Janine's descriptions vividly set the scene, without adding too much detail. She paints a perfect portrait of what teenagers struggled with in that time, just as they do now. I would definitely enjoy reading more books by this author. ...more
Dee/ bookworm
Sep 13, 2016 rated it liked it
I liked the book. And to give it points it definitely had a unforeseen ending, all good things. But the middle of the book seemed to drag to me, hence the lower rating.
Jan 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Annette was at the engagement party of her cousin, when it started to pour rain. While the crowd scurried to the main house, Annette delighted in the unconventionality of enjoying the rain. She ran to the old church on the hill. She hated conforming to rules of society. What she didn't plan on was another person doing the same. At first he seemed polite but then he proved to be a rake. When she feared all was lost, another came to her rescue. She heard the scuffle end then all went black.
When a
Feb 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Despite restrictions to women of the era, Annette Chetwynd (our heroine in Starving Hearts) is her own person, who struggles with what I assume is the then-unknown disease of diabetes. She doesn't let it control her, though- she still lives her life and mainly does what she wants. Peter is more serious, and they connect over a mutual desire to do more in life than discuss tea parties and horse races.

Starving Hearts is a good first novel for Janine Mendenhall. The romance is there, the character
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I lose myself somewhere in time using: Poldark, Pride and Prejudice or a number of other classics like Jane Eyre and Redeeming Love.

I also cry over nearly everything Nicholas Sparks (because it ends sadly) and Amazing Grace, both the movie and the hymn, because they point to the Ultimate happily ever after.

(The crying could also stem from being lost in Austen one too many times.)

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