Book Review

Jilted by Varina Denman

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.

Jilted by Varina Denman
Genre: Drama Publisher: David C. Cook; Release Date: June 1, 2016
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.

Varina Denman Mended Hearts covers

What a wonderful and fitting finish to the Mended Hearts series. In this romance, a somewhat awkward at first, romance, there is also an element of drama and mystery. Lynda’s prickly exterior proved to be a challenge for Clyde to break through. Bones are discovered near the lake and this sets the whole town talking. Whose remains can they be? I loved going along this journey of unraveling the mysteries in the town, and in Lynda’s heart. As each secret is unveiled, and understanding comes, there is also liberation and freedom from fear. I just love the gentle giant, Clyde and his struggle with PICS (You’ll have to read the book to find out what that is.)

You think at some point that you have figured out how things are going to end, but let’s just say there is a surprise little twist at the end that keeps you guessing right to the end. I love the budding romance in this book, although it is not the main focus of the book.  I enjoyed the journey to emotional freedom in Lynda and Clyde. Varina has done a wonderful job portraying these characters in a real and gritty way, while bringing in laugh out loud moments, as well as tender moments.

What I loved the most is Lynda’s growth in self esteem, without giving too much away, by the end of the book I think you will have fallen in love with Lynda and Clyde as much as I have. And the giant wind turbines take on a character of their own as seen through Lyn’s eyes.

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Note: I received this copy of Jilted as a part of the Radiant Lit Jilted blog tour. The book is available for purchase at

Melony Teague is a Freelance Writer and Columnist who lives in Richmond Hill, Ontario. The Biographer for Portraits of Giving (2014-2016), Aurora Sports Hall of Fame (2015 -2017) and teaches seniors in her community how to write their personal story.


  • Janice Moore

    I have a sister who is single. She has been engaged twice. I hate it for her how her self esteem has been affected. I hate it for all my spiritual sisters who have been hurt, so I especially reading stories of how God lets us be overcomers!

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