Jilted: A Novel - eBookVarina DenmanDavid C Cook / 2016 / ePub$9.69 Retail:4.5 out of 5 stars for Jilted: A Novel - eBook. View reviews of this product. 20 Reviews
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DianFlowW. Columbia, SCAge: 55-65Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5A Mesmerizing Read!January 2, 2017DianFlowW. Columbia, SCAge: 55-65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4Varina Denman has once again penned a gritty, raw novel of a small town in Texas, and of secrets that have lain buried for years. I didn't care for the main characters at first, and wondered if I want to continue reading a book about an ex-con and a woman who suffers from bouts of depression and seemingly has zero personality. Having remembered how good Justified was, I continued on and was glad I did. These were real people, not fake, perfect storybook characters...who needed God's redemption, inner healing, and new beginnings. The romance was captivating as was the suspense element. Jilted is a very well written novel I highly recommend!
KavRCanadaGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5AmazingDecember 12, 2016KavRCanadaGender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Raw and real and gritty. Denman has penned a deeply emotional conclusion to the Mended Hearts series. Jilted is the third book and I do think that it is wise to read the first two, Jaded and Justified before beginning this one. There are circumstances that won't be clear unless you've read the other stories.
The word vivid comes to mind when I think of this author's storytelling technique. From characters to plot to setting - her words paint pictures so vividly that it takes my breath away. I plunge right into Trapp, Texas and become an avid participant in all the small town dynamics. Elderly sisters, 'Blue' and 'Gray', queens of gossip and self-proclaimed judges, Steadfast Dixie who owns the diner and counsels Lynda even when she doesn't want it...and she never does. The complicated Blaylock family -- especially patriarch Neil -- shudder -- you have no idea how many times I pictured myself sitting at the diner and sticking my foot out when he walked by. Not that he was in the diner much but, still, it's a great video that keeps playing in my mind.
Lynda is a glass half empty kind of woman. She's battled depression most of her life and I'll be frank and say she was not a favourite character of mine in the first two books. Wasn't even sure I'd cotton to her this time round. But, oh my goodness, Denman digs deep and uncovers layers and layers of this complicated woman. And yes, sometimes it was uncomfortable but well worth the read.
And Clyde -- well, I was a Clyde fan early one. The strong, silent type with an unfortunate past that he hasn't let define him. His unwavering faith and the gentle way his actions reflect it is truly inspiring.
Jilted is an up-close and personal look at complicated, messy lives and how God works in amazing ways to turn even the most dire circumstances into something good.
Becky5 Stars Out Of 5Realistic and beautiful romanceAugust 11, 2016BeckyQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Jilted 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. Shes been through so much during her that she hasnt 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 mustonce and for allleave 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 churchs 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.
Its also fast-paced. I found myself quickly flying to 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 happen. 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.
Melissa4 Stars Out Of 5I loved meeting these characters againAugust 4, 2016MelissaQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5I have read every book in this series. The first book captured me. Varinas style of writing just speaks to my heart and her characters are so real.
I loved this series so much I purchased this book to read because I missed the chance to get a review copy, that should say a lot:)
So, this book does start a bit slow but even saying that there was something about it that pulled me in.
I really didnt like Lynda in the first book, I thought she was a horrible mother but as I read the second book I began to like her more and finally getting to this one I was ready to hear her story. It is a bit depressing but Lynda deals with depression so feeling that way while reading it makes sense, we are in her mind.
Clyde is a wonderful, strong hero. I adored him and only wanted the best of him. He is so patient with Lynda.
I love this feeling of hope I found as I read, that Lynda would eventually come to see Jesus loved her and He never left her even though these other men had.
I think if this is the first book in the series you have read you might not enjoy it as much because you dont know the other characters and what has transpired before, but if you have read the other two you will love meeting up with the people of Trapp, Texas again.
Trixi5 Stars Out Of 5A very poignant and emotionally packed story!July 14, 2016TrixiQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Trapp Texas felt like a trap to Lynda Turner & Clyde Felton's past, one that held them back from all that was good and right. A town not easily forgiving--if at all--holding onto grudges like a vise grip, and judging as harshly as any crocked courtroom. But God has more for the town and the people who call it their home, if they would but open up to it!
A very poignant & emotionally packed story of love, forgiveness (even of one's own self), the ability to face one's past & move on and lessons each member of this small town will learn--eventually. As though its reluctance to is held in deep-rooted lies and blinded eyes to the truth. Past things begin to come to light, long held misconceptions begin to clear up, and things begin to be made new--beauty for ashes as scripture says. A truly moving story, one that stirs the heart and soul deep within and leaves little room for anything other than God's love, forgiveness, grace & mercy!
Since I didn't read the first two books in this series (Jaded & Justified), I didn't have the backdrop of the towns history or of the depth of character. But I was able to figure out who was who & what was what pretty quick and had a very hard time putting this down. It gripped me, leaving me breathless at times, laughing at others and yet still pulling on my heart-strings. I could relate in a lot of ways to Lynda, which made the story more personal and real. I could see myself doing, saying or thinking the same things she did. Most importantly, God spoke to me, using the authors words to remind me of the beauty for ashes story in my own life, and making me fall in love with my Creator God even more! I'll definitely be going back to read the first two books in the Mended Hearts series and anticipating what God will speak to my heart through them!
*I received a complimentary copy from the author in exchange for my honest review which I have provided here. Thank you Varina for being the willing vessel by which God used you to speak to me through your story! I am ever grateful! *