Thursday, September 1, 2016

Starving Hearts by Janine Mendenhall

From the publisher:
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?

Janine Mendenhall has creates a book that will have you wishing the next in the series was already out.  I cannot wait to read the second in the series as it is based off of a character I long to know more about.

Annette is an interesting character to read.  Her strength in certain ways an then her physical weaknesses are contrast that I think will help readers identify with their own strengths and weaknesses in their lives. 

Peter's narrow view of what he is supposed to do in life is broadened by his encounters with Annette.  I liked this aspect a lot.  Sometimes we view our "mission" in just one area but God might bring us to another area whether we liked it or not.

I love the issues that were dealt with in the book.  I teared up during the ship scenes and my heart was wrenched to think of the suffering of those beautiful people.

Something that I think was probably my favorite part was the "mad man" and how you see him as more than he is and I cannot wait to read more about him in the next book.

I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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