by Varina Denman
David C. Cook
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: I totally loved Jaded and Justified, and anxiously looked forward to reading JILTED. My friend http://cindylovenreviews.blogspot.com/2016/06/varina-denmans-jilted-50-sweet.html told me that it was depressing so I kind of dreaded starting it. But I told her how good the first two were and she said she gave this one a solid 4 stars, so I dug into this one, despite the depression warning.
Life hit and drama erupted in my own life and I put the book aside to deal with reality. I talked to my friend again and she mentioned that she read something about the bones that were found and she had no clue who they were because she hadn't read the first two books. I said bones? There were no bones mentioned in the first two books! But I made a guess who the bones belonged to, she told me I'd have to read the book to find out, and then I told her who killed that person, and she said "Wow, you're good."
Maybe. Or maybe I just know how a writer's mind works. So when I sat down to read JILTED I went in, knowing that the person I'd imagined would show up in this book, did show up, but dead. And I knew "who did it." But I didn't know why. Or how. And the events that got me there were well written, engaging, and even reduced me to tears a time or two. (Or maybe that was just because I was having a meltdown due to my real-life drama.) And I do have to admit that something about the who-dun-it moment was a complete twist that I never saw coming. I will give this book 4 stars because it made me cry--whether it was story related or real life related. And I don't like to cry when I read.
Loved these books, this series. And will definitely look for more books by Varina Denman.
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Meet the Author
Varina Denman writes stories about the unique struggles women face. She teaches creative writing and literature, volunteers in her local cooperative, and is a home educator to her five children. She resides with her family in North Texas.