Mended Heart Series: Jilted by Varina Denman + 2 Giveaways

Title:  Jilted
Series: Mended Heart, Book 3
Author: Varina Denman
Publisher: David C. Cook
Release Date:  June 1, 2016
Genre: Inspirational Contemporary Fiction

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.

“Tired of waving. Tired of pretending. Tired of trying.” (10) We read these 3 simple sentences early on in  Jilted by Varina Denman. We all have our shares of being depressed, but depression is something much more debilitating and harsh. This condition, is difficult to handle, to talk about and to some, hard to comprehend.  Varina tackled it head on, and beautifully. 

Prior to this series, I've not read any of Varina's books, and that's because this is her first published work.  I've heard such praise for Jade and Justified, I've promptly placed it in my TBR list, but like many on that list, sometimes it gets lost.  But I do remember this series, and I've been wanting to jump on Varina Denman's book band-wagon for some time. When I finally have the chance to, I went for it. And I read the whole series in succession.  What a series! The themes touched on were strong, and the emotions evoked - lets just say they were all over the place.  (Don't worry, my reviews of Jaded and Justified will come and scheduled as soon as I can.) With Jilted, the characters felt so real, layered with life, troubles, worries, joy, hope and so much more. There's such a sophistication in introducing us the characters, the romance, the town and the issues at hand. You honestly need not read the other ones in the series to get this one, but you'll want to read about these characters that came to life before these pages. 

From depression to forgiveness to self-doubt, and to faith, we see the eloquence in the writing of it all, even when death is involved.  How exquisite these covers are, and how they depict the tone of the town and the story, gave me a visual that didn't leave my mind easily. And with that, also my heart as I recall Jilted, of Lynda, of Clyde, Fawn and Ruthie, and their journey in Trapp, TN.  I hope you'll enjoy this series as much as I did, especially with a commendable end to a series as Jilted was. 

NOTE:  I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, through Litfuse Publicity Tours for an honest review.  All opinions expressed are my own. For my review policy, please see my Disclosure page.



Varina Denman is author of the Mended Hearts series and 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.

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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.


Head over to the Goodreads site to enter. 3 Autographed copies up for grabs!
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  1. I've been anxiously awaiting this third book as I've read and beyond loved the first two. So excited. And it sounds like I'll need to keep a box of tissue handy while reading. :-)

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


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