BLOG BLITZ – Tuesday 20 September 2016 – BOOK REVIEW
The month of September is a special time for me:
my THIRD novel and sequel to
the final in the unsavory heritage series,
will be available 30 on September Amazon
BOOK REVIEW – JILTED
How long will the past keep Lynda Turner captive? How badly does she want to be free? And how hard is she willing to fight to get there?
When wounds to the heart have been deep, and rejection has become her companion, Lynda Turner shuts herself off from the world. From further hurt. Living in isolation, even from her young daughter, Lynda is enveloped by depression so dark it renders her helpless against it; she welcomes the dark numbness.
But when long-time friend, Clyde Felton, shows up, he overrides her elusive boundaries. Will he erase the shroud Lynda hides behind? Will they survive the onslaught of wave after wave of exposed secrets that rock their hometown? Or will her past overtake her? Will their mutual high school friend’s pride and ambition—and jealousy—destroy them?
Depression is not unfamiliar to this reviewer, and Ms. Denman has woven it poignantly into her story. The angst Lynda battles, the weight, the need to isolate herself—I felt these as Lynda strove to overcome. I felt the tug to trust, to deny the odds and let love in. And I felt her terror at the thought of allowing someone close.
Ms. Denman has created characters with flaws that are all too real, conflict that destroys. Her descriptions are vivid and delicious, and I wish Trapp was a real town so I could visit. For that matter, I wish the characters were real people so I could visit them. Lynda became my friend as she fought the invisible demon of depression, and I rooted for her every panicked step of the way. I cried with her and I cheered her on. And I was angry with her, too, when she reverted to old patterns and shut down. Angry because I am all too familiar with it.
The conclusion to this story and this series is well done, and satisfying, with some surprise twists and spiraling turns along the way. Thank you, Ms. Denman, for a beautiful story.
Varina Denman writes stories about the unique struggles women face. She teaches creative writing and literature, volunteers in her local cooperative, and is a home educator to her five children. She resides with her family in North Texas.
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