Harlequin HQN, Sep 30 2014, $7.99
A decade ago in Hope Junction, Australia, Elenora Hughes jilted Flynn Quartermaine at the altar to pursue an acting career. When her godmother Matilda breaks her ankle, Ellie returns home after remaining in the big city as a successful soap opera star for years to care for her beloved injured senior citizen.
Ellie and Flynn share in common two things: each fears a second chance and each remains in love with the other. The tabloids stalk the couple and other residents in the small western town; local nurse Lauren Simpson deploys a plan to finally win Flynn’s heart; and Ellie’s show producer pressures her to return to the set. However, as Mat reveals a secret and Ellie finds joy in directing and teaching drama, she explains to the two people she cherishes with all her heart why she left Hope behind ten years ago.
Jilted is an engaging second chance Australian romance due to likable leads and a colorful local cast dealing with the big city invaders. Although the storyline goes as expected, Rachel Johns provides her audience with a pleasant HEA Down Under contemporary.