Welcome to my stop for Jilted the new release from Rachel Johns. Please be sure to check out the other tour stops, read the excerpt, and don’t forget to enter the tour-wide giveaway where you could win one of FIVE Print Copies of JILTED and $20.00 Amazon eGift Card from Rachel Johns.
There is something so comforting about a small-town romance, the fact that all of the characters know one another, the history of people and place, the caring. But those can also be the elements that have people running away as fast as they can: histories are hard to change in small towns, when everyone knows that mistake you made in grade 4, and can’t let you forget it. Rachel Johns blends the good and the bad of a small rural town to bring us this story of love reunited. You are curious, at first, to see just why Ellie would break her engagement to Flynn and dash for elsewhere, leaving the small town of Hope Springs behind.
And then, you are brought right back into the town with Ellie’s care for her godmother Matilda, and the sense of time standing still, in some respects, when Ellie returns, now with a public face and image that is ‘glossed and polished’ as a soap star. But, deep down, Ellie is genuine and caring, with a core of strength that has carried her along these past years away from Hope Springs, and given her plenty of fortitude to deal with the less-than-welcome attention and attitudes toward her regarding the break between she and Flynn
Flynn, for his part, was a bit reckless when Ellie left, and still hasn’t completely dealt with that rejection, hurt and confusion. And we have a while to wait before the reasons become clear for the broken engagement: another masterful stroke by Johns as she manages to keep many secrets that are huge twists under wraps until the characters are developed and progressed enough in their current interaction to reveal them. Really, there were hints, but nothing concrete, and you think you know what you need to feel comfortable with their interactions and then….it changes.
Not in any way a glorification of the small rural community: Johns weaves in the difficulties and dark side with the gossip, the isolation, illness, speculation and even that particular brand of “side-taking’ that is most familiar in playgrounds and small towns. These elements all manage to bring realism to the story without overburdening the reader or the characters with all of the less-positive moments. Characters that are flawed and more human for it, with a discernable growth in the characters and their interactions, this is a story that will be sure to make you a fan of Rachel Johns.
Author: Rachel Johns
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published by: Harlequin MIRA
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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She'd left him at the altar, but her heart was always his……
After more than ten years away, Australian soap opera star Ellie Hughes returns to the small town of Hope Junction, determined to fly under the radar while caring for her injured godmother, Matilda.
But word spreads fast in the tight-knit community. It isn't long before the people of Hope Junction are gossiping about the real reason for Ellie's visit and why she broke the heart of golden boy Flynn Quartermaine all those years ago.
Soon Ellie and Flynn are thrown back together, forced to deal with the unresolved emotions between them. Because Ellie is not the only one with secrets. Flynn has his own demons to battle, and Matilda is hiding something from her much-loved goddaughter.
When all is uncovered, can the ill-fated lovers overcome the wounds of their past? Or is Flynn destined to be jilted again?
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.