First, thank you sharing a free plugin.
We were very happy with version 1.1.6.
Please allow me to share that after many years with many WordPress sites and thousands of updates, I do not recall a plugin update that silently removed a critical front-end feature.
The following feels unprofessional to me, and caused quite some trouble:
"Removed featured-content.php from plugin as it was causing conflict with Jetpack on some installs"
For right now I solved the problem by rolling-back the last update.