Starving Hearts and Never Past Hope by Janine Mendenhall

On Tour with Prism Book Tours

Starving Hearts
(Triangular Trade Trilogy #1)
By Janine Mendenhall
Christian Historical Romantic Suspense
Paperback & ebook, 300 Pages
May 16th 2016 by Heritage Beacon Fiction

Carol Award Finalist
Selah Award Finalist

Plagued by nightmares, Annette yearns to find her anonymous rescuer — the man who saved her life from a near deadly assault. Deep inside she is starving for companionship and a mutually respectful relationship. When Mr. Peter Adsley, an abolitionist pastor dealing with his own emotional baggage, agrees to a clandestine meeting, the event appears providential. But self-doubt, deception, and the schemes of a mutual enemy threaten to keep the pair apart. A phantom adversary will stop at nothing to win Annette’s dowry for himself, even if it means killing Peter.

Praise for the Book

“Not only is this a delightful regency romance but it is also suspense filled mystery of the very best kind.” – Amazon Review

“The author did a great job, maybe too great a job, describing the slave scenes. Spine tingling and suspenseful. I was biting my nails throughout much of this book.” – Amazon Review


Annette Chetwyn was attack at a family gathering and Annette is desperate to find the mystery man who saved her from the attack. Though she has no trouble knowing the villain who attack her, for he didn’t care who knew Him or what he did! To which I find his character quite ridiculous! This story set in the 1790’s England era looks to be a romance, but it’s rather more historical, suspense, and lots of drama than anything. In fact, I was confused about much of them romance that went on between Annette and Peter Adsley. And the two are not good main characters as those I like reading about. At times, I find it very difficult connecting with these two. And Annette’s mother was a difficult character as well. I didn’t understand her personality and the many distractions she caused.

Over all, this was an interesting and intriguing story to read. And really good writing for the author for a debut novel. There’s a lot going on in this book, many twists and turns that are not expected, making the book more entertaining, and keeping the interest of the reader to want to keep reading to find out what is on the next page. But one other thing I am confused about, this book is in the Christian fiction category, and I don’t feel it should be there because of the places with questionable language. If there’s one thing that bothers me, if a book labeled as Christian or Inspirational fiction with foul language. This should be looked into by the author or publisher.

So, all that said, if you enjoy suspense and mystery, lots of action and drama in a historical setting, and the language isn’t a problem for you, check out this book. You will be intrigued at the going ons throughout this novel!

I received this book from Prism Tours to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal  Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

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Never Past Hope
(Triangular Trade Trilogy #2)
By Janine Mendenhall
Christian Historical Romantic Suspense
Paperback & ebook, 308 Pages
September 10th 2018 by Heritage Beacon Fiction

Miss Mary Hope Adsley always considered herself to be the sensible one. But now, her sensibilities are unraveling around a man she thought she knew. After he attempted to marry her best friend—for money, no less—authorities charge Sir Steven Likebridge with masquerading as a gentleman and abduction. With his execution days away, Mary Hope desperately seeks to learn the truth about the man she loves.

Will the truth turn out to be worse than his lies?

Praise for the Book

“I thoroughly enjoyed this clean, historical fiction. . . enjoyed most that it is not the usual presentation of a regency novel.” – Amazon Review

“A lovely story that shows how despicable each of us can be and yet God not only still loves us, but He was willing to die for us.” – Amazon Review


I was surprised to find the horrible villain of the first book in this series a main character in ‘Never Past Hope’. Steven is imprisoned for his many horrendous acts, including attacking a lady. Apparently Mary Hope sees something everyone else’s has missed, and vows to save Steven from the dreaded noose that is starting him in the face. I had a difficult time getting into this book, the beginning has so much detail about the characters that it’s just boring. But just hang in there and get through it because it gets much better. And nice to visit with characters from the first book in the series. I found Annette a much more likeable character. Though Peter has gone from a pastor to a non-likeable self-righteous snob who is demanding, and shows his authority in a ridiculous despicable way as head of his household. It’s weird how people change, especially from pastor to anything but that,  but it’s just that way sometimes in real life too  we never know what goes through the mind of people. So weird as it is, it’s real life.

All in all, this book was a better read than the first, I think. I’m still trying to wrap my head around the evil villain Steven being the hero, but though I have mixed feeling about that, you may find it interesting. As with the other book, the inappropriate language should take this book out of the Christian fiction category. But if this doesn’t bother you, and you love a good Regency novel to engulf in, I would recommend “Never Past Hope” for your reading enjoyment! And this series of two books would be a nice Christmas gift as well!

I rec’d this book from Prism Tours to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal  Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

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About the Author

I love losing myself somewhere in time with Downton Abbey, Pride and Prejudice or a number of other classics like Jane Eyre and Redeeming Love. I cry over most things Nicholas Sparks (because they usually end sadly) and Amazing Grace, both the movie and the hymn, because they lead to the Ultimate happily ever after.


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December 10th:
Jen Around the World
December 11th:
Rockin’ Book Reviews
Hearts & Scribbles
Splashes of Joy
December 12th:
Simply Kelina
Handcrafted Reviews
Jorie Loves A Story
December 13th:
Reading Is My SuperPower
Deal Sharing Aunt
December 14th:
Teatime and Books
Min Reads and Reviews
Reading On The Edge
Locks, Hooks and Books
December 15th:
Grand Finale

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

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  3. Jorie
    Dec 15, 2018 @ 14:50:23

    Hallo, Hallo – I’m following the blog tour for these novels as I’m participating on the tour myself. I just released my thoughts on “Starving Hearts” today actually as I was a bit delayed from sharing them sooner. I personally found the story difficult to read and even harder to appreciate.

    The only two characters I felt I could connect with were Peter and Annette – but for me, I didn’t enjoy the heavy handiness of how their lives were plagued by *everything!* that befell them. In many ways it felt unrealistic and more than a bit baffling as there was a surplus of conflict but as you said, where was the romance? The most they shared were in the quieter moments when they were left alone and could just ‘be’ together.

    I didn’t like Likebridge at all – and reading your review of Never Past Hope, I’m now worried how I’ll resolve his role in the sequel! I would have thought he would have been lost for good in the series as he didn’t have any reason to be carried forward in my eyes. In fact, I wished he had taken an earlier exit.

    I didn’t see the vulgarity myself – and I regularly call out stories that have it inclusive to their pages – however, part of that issue might have been because I was glossing through some of the chapters; as I literally wasn’t interested in quite a few of the segues and was trying to read strictly the passages involving Annette and Peter though why we kept going to the Caribbean I was uncertain of as well. For me that wasn’t tied together very well at all. So if that was mentioned in those passages, I actually read a cleaner version of the story!

    You’re right to call it out though – I always do. Though it is rarer for INSPY stories to have stronger language as I generally see lighter words used in lieu of the strongest ones but it can happen. I have a lot of notes on my blog about where mainstream books can take language too far and how there is a limited group of novels where I felt they were well placed or used. Most of which involve stories of Mental Health (ie. PTSD) or domestic violence.

    Glad I came by your blog – it was nice to find another reader on the fence about “Starving Hearts” and had their own grievances with the content.



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