Sunday, March 29, 2015

Book Review: "Jaded" by Varina Denman

Rating: 5 Stars

Review: Varina Denman delivers a promising debut with "Jaded," the first novel in the three book "Mended Hearts" series. "Jaded" is full of genuine emotion that pulls at heart strings and encourages introspection. The message of faith is stronger than what is found in many novels, but it is presented in a non-preachy manner.  The town of Trapp pulled me into its community and captured my interest with its social dynamics and secrets. Denman creates a cast of characters that are reflective of real life.  We've all probably met or behaved like some of the Trapp townsfolk.  It is that level of personal relevancy that makes "Jaded" impactful.

Ruthie and Dodd's relationship is more than a simple love story.  Their interactions bring layers of complexity and depth. I definitely found their relationship to be more realistic than many that are portrayed in novels.  Ruthie and Dodd's love story goes far beyond physical attraction and delves into deeper issues and emotions.  The journey is filled with ups and downs; and along the way. I became invested in not only Ruthie, Dodd, and their families, but in all of the Trapp citizens. When I read the final page of "Jaded," I immediately downloaded the next book in the series "Justified."  There are plenty of other stories waiting to be told in more detail, and I am ready to read them.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from David C. Cook through NetGalley. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed above are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. 

Summary from David C. Cook: 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.

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