Thursday, June 23, 2016

Jilted by Varina Denman


Jilted, by Varina Denman

Lynda Turner has struggled with depression since her husband abandoned her and their young daughter fifteen years ago.

Yet unexpected hope awakens when a local ex-convict shows interest. As long-hidden secrets resurface, Lynda must fight for her emotional stability and for a life where the shadow of shame is replaced by the light of love.

Jilted tells of a woman who has lost the joy of living, a man determined to draw her back toward happiness, and a town that must---once and for all---leave the past where it belongs. It is a gentle reminder that all things can work together for good.

My Thoughts:

Jilted is the third novel in the Mended Hearts Series and it truly is a story about hearts being mended. While this is the third book in the collection the only struggle a reader might have in picking up this book is connecting the backstory of her rich cast of characters. However, if this is the first book the reader picks up Ms. Denman perfects the written art of offering enough and just-not-quite-enough to make you hurry up with this book and pick up the other two in the series.

A contemporary novel with enough tension and suspense it had me turning pages much faster than I expected as I quickly became entrenched in the story of Lynda Turner and Clyde Felton. An ex-convict and a woman "jilted" by the men in her life who have to face the secrets of their past in front of the entire town.

The topic of depression is relevant in this story and Ms. Denman does a beautiful job bringing the lonely reality of the disease to light in a way that is truthful. Suicide is touched on lightly but, again, its relevance is important to the theme of this story-which, is hope.

Hearts do mend and Ms. Denman brings offers us that truth in Jilted. This book offers a good story with delicate but strong characters who see hope through the storms of life.



*I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. You can PURCHASE your copy of Jilted here.

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2 comments :

  1. Natalie, thank you for your kind words. Much appreciated! :)

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  2. My pleasure, Varina! I enjoyed the story and characters very much. =)

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