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 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 becoming aware of the practice and campaigning for its abolition. Families, such as the fictional Adsley family in Starving Hearts, were often divided over the issue.
Starving Hearts is a mix of romance, melodrama and near horror. There’s a heartbreaking scene set on a ship during the middle passage stage of the triangular trade. Peter witnesses the inhumane treatment of slaves during a storm when excess cargo is tossed overboard. The characters are complex, with secrets that make you change your opinion of them. As readers, we are privy to the thoughts and emotions of the villain. When there’s a sudden twist in the tale, we experience it from his perspective and I found myself sympathetic towards him.
This is the first novel in Janine Mendenhall’s Triangular Trade Trilogy. The next book in the series is called Never Past Hope. From the preview I’ve seen, it will continue the story of the characters from Starving Hearts and the title implies it might not be too late for redemption for one of them. There’s no scheduled release date, but I’m looking forward to reading it when it becomes available.
Thank you to Heritage Beacon Fiction and Litfuse Publicity for my complimentary copy of Starving Hearts, which I received in exchange for my honest review.
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Publisher: Heritage Beacon Fiction (an imprint of Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas)
Publication Date: 16 May 2016
Page Count: 300