Book Review

Jilted

26071348Lynda 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.

**I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.**

 

4 Stars

 

The books of the Mended Hearts trilogy by Varina Denman have always stood out in my mind. Mainly because they are gritty and share the hard truths of life. So many times fiction can make everything seem rosy and fine even when there is conflict. Denman’s novels capture that uncertainty of life that things can be rough and they don’t always work out. But even in those rough spots, she weaves a thread of hope through the story.

Jilted is a harsh book. There are so many things against the main character, Lynda. She has been dealt a lot of bad blows in her life that have left her a bit less than happy. She and Clyde both had events from the past drastically change the courses of their lives. Their stories intertwine and are the basis for this novel.

Overall, I enjoyed learning more about Lynda and her story. However, there were times in this story that I was a bit bored. I suppose their is an element of the story that is meant to be a bit mysterious, but I had it figured out pretty quickly. There are some moments with some good tension–at least enough to keep the story moving forward. If you’ve read Jaded and Justified, you’ll certainly want to pick this one up. But this is one of those series that you don’t want to jump in the middle of or skip a book.

“The smell of old books reminds me of memories. Of imagination. Or something like that.”

-Clyde, Jilted

About the Author:

An avid reader and blogger, Varina Denman enjoys writing fiction about Christian women and the unique struggles they face. She seems to have a knack for describing small town life, and is currently working on a three book Texas series which will soon be published by David C. Cook. The first book in the series, Jaded, won the 2013 ACFW Genesis contest for romance.

Varina attended three Texas universities over a span of five years, majoring in four subjects and earning zero degrees. However, she can now boast sixteen years as a home educator, volunteering in the local cooperative where she has taught numerous subjects including creative writing and literature.

Even though Varina has spoken at ladies’ retreats and taught women’s Bible classes, she finds the greatest fulfillment facilitating prayer groups. She lives in Burleson, Texas, where she helps with Family Ministry in her home congregation. Varina is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and North Texas Christian Writers.

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