Release Date: June 1, 2016
Publisher: David C. Cook
Genre: Fiction / General
Series: Mended Hearts, Book Three
Jilted was a beautiful conclusion to the Mended Hearts series. It was wonderful to revisit all of the folks in smalltown, Trapp, Texas.
Lynda Turner finally has her story told from her perspective. She has struggled with depression ever her husband had abandoned her and their young daughter fifteen years ago. Her character is very real that many readers will be able to relate to. She’s been through so much during her that she hasn’t truly lived it.
Well, that is until ex-convict, Clyde Felton, starts showing an interest in her. I also really enjoyed having Clyde in the story and getting to learn more about him.
However, events occur that dredge up the past that she will have to face. Lynda will have to fight for her emotional stability and trade a life of shame for 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.
This is not a light fluffy read because we do deal with topics such as depression, anxiety, and grief. However, Denman showcases a realistic story of characters going through some very real life trials while shining the hope of Jesus Christ. This story ended well.
Denman does a wonderful job of showing us small-town prejudices, a church’s unjustness, and depression, it is both entertaining while keeping it entertaining at the same time. You will cry, laugh, cheer, and all of the other feels.
I absolutely loved Lynda and Clyde. They make a wonderfully cute couple even though they both have a long road of healing ahead of them. The other characters made it special as well. They become like friends and family and they were fun to see appear throughout the book.
It’s also fast-paced. I found myself quickly flying through the pages until I found myself at the very end.
It also has a mystery feel to it. As events develop, more and more questions arise as to what really happens. I thought that was a fun added twist to the story. I loved being able to figure out what possibly happened only to find out I was wrong! Mrs. Denman definitely keeps you on your toes which is an added plus.
I highly recommend it!
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
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About Varina Denman
VARINA DENMAN is the author of the Mended Hearts series and is a native Texan. She spent her high school years in a rural town and now writes stories about the struggles women face in similar small-town settings. She and her husband live near Fort Worth, where they enjoy spending time with their five mostly grown children.