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June 23, 2016

Jilted {Varina Denman}

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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:
It is rare for me to say a book that is a part of a series cannot be read alone, but this is one of those occasions. Jilted is the third book in a series, and I have not read the first two. I felt a serious disconnect with the characters, and much like an outsider looking in on this story.

Lynda and Clyde apparently have some history that I can only assume we would have learned about in previous books in this series. This book picks up at an awkward point in their relationship with him pursuing her, and she trying to decide if she wants to give in or not.

Several other characters are involved in this book, and I have no idea how they fit into the grand scheme of things. Their stories seem to have some interest – again the first books would probably make them much more enjoyable.

However, there is a great storyline in this book. Bones are discovered, and the entire town twists into speculation on whom they belong to and how they got there. The mystery consumes the town throughout most of the book, yet the revelation of who and how seems like a let down when the identity is finally revealed.

I felt this book had the potential to be great, but reading the entire series is necessary. So please start at the beginning and give this series a try and let me know how it goes.

Varina Denman is the author of the award-winning Mended Hearts series, a compelling blend of women's fiction and inspirational romance. Varina writes stories about the unique struggles women face, and her passion is helping others make peace with their life situations. She lives in Texas with her husband and five mostly-grown children.