Can I just say how wonderful this Mended Heart series is? I’m truly impressed because it had me hooked the whole series. I can’t say I’m one to grab a contemporary set novel in a small town, but I enjoyed each story so much and was sad when I finished the last page because no more Trapp, Texas! Plus, I really loved that Varina tackled issues and hard topics in each story. I love true to life stories like this.
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.
While this can be enjoyed all on it’s own as a stand alone, I have to say I highly recommend reading the whole series. Why? Because it makes each story more deeply felt and if there’s anything I love about a book, it’s getting completely lost in it. I also thought there was excellent character development, especially for Lynda. Plus, seeing friends from the previous novels and how they changed was an extra bonus as well.
I also really enjoyed the thread of mystery throughout and how it all turned out. I thought it was headed in one direction, but not all was exactly what it seemed. There’s such important lessons in this one too – ones of believing and trusting, especially when it’s scary, and what it looks like to live life with believers – with all of our baggage, hurts and pains.
Small town life is so different from anything I’ve lived in, so that was really interesting to see through all three novels as well. It also kinda made me want to watch Hope Floats again.
What small town story captured your heart?
(Thank you to Litfuse and David C. Cook for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)
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