Friday, July 01, 2016

“Jilted” by Varina Denman


First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Varina Denman and her publisher for sending me a copy of "Jilted" to review for them. I am truly grateful for this generosity. I really appreciate the time, effort and expense it takes to make a reviewer copy available to me.
The third novel in the Mended Heart series, “Jilted” by Varina Denman is a thinking woman’s Christian romance novel.  This is an honest look at the life, struggles and personality of a woman who was abandoned many years ago.  Denman beautifully crafts her characters including the town of Trapp, Texas with depth and great care.  She deals with issue like depression with great sensitivity and knowledge gained from either painstaking research or experience.  This novel was so real, it took concerted effort to remember that it is a work of fiction.  And I love the thick thread of spirituality that is woven through the novel.

Lynda Turner isn’t looking for love.   After being abandoned, she has a hard time trusting.  But the most unlikely of men turns out to be the balm that her still-wounded heart needs to heal.

My take-away is that God uses the most unlikely people and circumstances (even the most painful parts of our lives) to mold us and bless us and help us to be a blessing to others.  Thank you, Ms. Denman, for telling such a beautiful story.

2 comments:

Varina Denman said...

Thank you for reading and reviewing Jilted. Your words are an encouragement to me. Much appreciated! :)

Varina Denman said...

Stacey,

Because you reviewed Jilted last year, I thought you might like to review my latest release as well. Looking Glass Lies, inspirational women's fiction, releases May 2 from Waterfall Press, and the NetGalley link will be available any day now.

Here's a blurb about Looking Glass Lies:

For most of her adult life, Cecily Ross has compared herself to other women--and come up short. After a painful divorce from her emotionally abusive husband, Cecily returns to her hometown of Canyon, Texas, looking to heal.

But coming home isn't what she expects. In a town as small as Canyon, her pain is difficult to escape--especially with her model-perfect ex-sister-in-law working at the town's popular coffee-shop hangout. With help from her father, a support group, and an old friend who guides her to see her own strengths, Cecily may have a shot at overcoming her insecurities and learning to love again.

The true test comes when tragedy strikes, opening Cecily's eyes to the harmfulness of her distorted views on beauty--and giving her the perfect opportunity to find peace at last.

A poignant and relatable novel, Looking Glass Lies captures the war women wage against themselves, and the struggle to see beauty reflected in a mirror not distorted by society's unrelenting expectations.

Thanks for considering!
Varina