Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Book Review: Jaded

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
David C. Cook (March 1, 2015)
Varina Denman


An avid reader and blogger, Varina Denman enjoys writing fiction about Christian women and the unique struggles they face. She seems to have a knack for describing small town life, and is currently working on a three book Texas series which will soon be published by David C. Cook. The first book in the series, Jaded, won the 2013 ACFW Genesis contest for romance.

Varina attended three Texas universities over a span of five years, majoring in four subjects and earning zero degrees. However, she can now boast sixteen years as a home educator, volunteering in the local cooperative where she has taught numerous subjects including creative writing and literature.

Even though Varina has spoken at ladies’ retreats and taught women’s Bible classes, she finds the greatest fulfillment facilitating prayer groups. She lives in Burleson, Texas, where she helps with Family Ministry in her home congregation. Varina is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and North Texas Christian Writers.


As a child, Ruthie was shunned by the local congregation. Thirteen years later, Ruthie’s heart begins to stir when an attractive single preacher arrives. But their relationship is bitterly opposed—unearthing a string of secrets which threaten to turn the church, the town, and her world upside-down.

Jaded is the rare novel that is both love story between a woman and man ... and God and His church. Plunging deep into the waters of shame, forgiveness and restoration, it will resonate with every woman who’s experienced a loss of heart ... and a thirst for hope.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Jaded, go HERE.

This is an exceptionally good first book.  I felt as if my entire being was placed in this book right along side the characters, that's how real this story is.

Placed in a small town, these characters are so believable, you may think you've encountered them.  People of all types go to church, in this story, they are not just the good, but they are the people that may sit behind you, in front of you....people who truly cherish the church, others who are not so kindly spirited.

I loved Ruthie and Dodd's relationship....two characters you can't help but fall in love with.

A definite must read, and anxiously awaiting Varina's next book.

* I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for review from CFBA


1 comment:

  1. Lauri, thank you for your kind words. I'm glad you enjoyed Jaded. And it's good to meet you! :)


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