“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.”
Jilted is book 3 in the Mended Heart series written by Variana Denman. This is Lynda Turner’s’ story. Fifteen years ago Lynda was married to her love of life, Hoby,with a little girl, Ruthie. Hoby struggled with depression and when Lynda’s ex-boyfriend told him she had an affair, Hobby left her. Hoby had sent her a letter telling her he wanted to see her, but he never came. Now years later his vehicle is found in the lake but his body is not in it.
Lynda has had many hard situations since her husband left. She was left to raise their daughter alone. She suffered severe depression and was shunned by her church and looked down upon by members of the community. She was forced to endue years of harassment from her ex-boyfiend, one of the wealthiest and enfluentual people in Trapp, Texas. She was a lonely person who felt abondoned by everyone she loved.
This is a story of what happens when parents control their children’s lives. Parents may have lived longer and have more life experiences but they do not know the deep heart feelings their children have. In this story, several couples have had their lives and their children’s lives almost ruined by one controlling father years earlier.
I enjoyed reading this series very much. It is so well written you can envision the family pulling together to help Lynda and Ruthie. I like how this is a Christian Drama that shows the real struggles Non-Christians go through trying to understand the truth. For some it will take years. For other’s it may take a serious illness. I especially liked that the author wrote a final chapter letting us know how things turned out for Lynda and her family.
Author Bio –
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.
Series: Mended Hearts Series
Publisher: David C. Cook (June 1, 2016)