Friday, June 24, 2016

Jilted Book Review

I was excited to get Jilted: A Novel (Mended Hearts Series) by Varina Denman and start reading but since this was the third book in the series, I wanted to start at the beginning.  I read the first and the second book in the series before starting on the third book.  These books are all nearly 400 pages so it was a lot of reading!!! 

Jilted is the story of a woman abandoned fifteen years ago, the man determined to rescue her heart, and a long-hidden mystery that throws their quiet west Texas community into a tailspin.  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.

Although the description on Amazon leaves a lot to be desired (the first sentence in the previous paragraph was all that was listed), the book was great.  I read the first two books in the series first before starting on the third book.  Lynda Turner was a character discussed in the previous books but a book from her perspective was unexpected.  Previously she was more one dimensional but this book really brought her to being a whole person that you were totally pulling for.  It brings to light how some people live with depression and try to have a "normal" life outside of the disease.  I hope that you check out this book for yourself and the other books in the Mended Heart series.  I know that you will enjoy it as much as I did! All of the books are a great piece of the puzzle that can be read by themselves or in series to enjoy the small Texas town and all the great characters.

**I received a copy of this book for my review and honest opinion.  All opinions here are my own.

Celebrate the release of Varina’s Jilted by entering to win a $50 gift card.
One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A copy of Jilted to kick off a summer of reading
  • A $50 Kohl’s gift card to make your summertime sweet
The giveaway ends on July 1st. The winner will be announced July 5th on Varina’s website.


  1. Thanks for reading and reviewing Jilted. I'm so glad you're enjoying the Mended Hearts series! :)

  2. Loved them all and need more!!!


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