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On the surface, nothing seems to change in this dull town--yet God always works beneath the surface. As a child, Ruthie was shunned by the local congregation after a scandal involving her parents.
Thirteen years later, her interest in an attractive single minister is bitterly opposed--unearthing a string of secrets which threaten to turn the church, the town, and her world upside down.
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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 whos experienced a loss of heart ... and a thirst for hope.
Amy CVAAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5JadedApril 27, 2015Amy CVAAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Jaded a great debut. I really enjoyed this story. I loved the power of forgiveness was used. I look forward to reading the next installment in the series.
Melissa5 Stars Out Of 5Absolutely wonderfulApril 13, 2015MelissaQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I. Loved. This. Book.
From the very beginning Varina drew me into this story and I never wanted to let go. I was up so late reading and not getting tired because the book captivated me so much. This doesnt happen often but when it does it is good.
What did I love? I think Varinas writing style was one thing that pulled me in. It bounces back and forth between first person point-of-view with Ruthie to third person POV with Dodd.
The small town feel gives you a sense of being right there with the characters.
Ruthie is jaded by the church, but we dont find out exactly why for a long time. Hints are dropped but its not made clear. Even though Ruthie is rough around the edges I still liked her but I wanted her to let people in. I wanted her to see that not all Christians act the way she thinks they do and that Dodd and his family are the good guys.
Dodd is thrown into this community and is told what has always been done at the church. How many of us can relate to the what has always been done statement by will intentioned church goers? But what has always been done isnt what should always happen.
I adored Ruthies cousin, JohnScott. I am pretty sure he gets a leading role in the second book to come out, which I think will be soon from what I saw on Varinas website. Yay, cant wait.
Basically, I have found a new author I love. Her writing is clear and real, characters flawed and well-developed. This is a must read for anyone who loves contemporary romance or someone who has been hurt by the church.
A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher through the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance in exchange for an honest review.
lcjohnson1988IndianaAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5bring on the sequelApril 11, 2015lcjohnson1988IndianaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5When I first began reading Jaded, I wasnt sure which direction the author was taking her audience. I am glad to have reached the novels conclusion with what was surely a surprise ending and one filled with encouragement and hope. The characters in the book can probably be found in any local church anywhere at any time. Why? For the simple reason that all mankind has sinned and when we fellowship together in any way, shape or form, our humanity stands out.
The main characters are Lynda and her daughter Ruthie along with the Cunningham family who have just moved to town. Dodd Cunningham is going to become the churchs preacher, though Lynda and Ruthie havent walked into the church since an occurrence years ago. Ruthie was only seven at the time and couldnt fathom why her mother would crumple up the paper which was handed to all who came through the doors every Sunday morning. So Ruthie smoothed out the program sheet and hid it in her little childrens Bible and tucked it safely inside a drawer.
Without any foreknowledge by Dodd Cunningham, his preaching and seeking the truth in all areas of life is going to unearth a long buried secret. The consequences of this that no one could have foreseen make life even harder than before for a while longer, but the hope is that forgiveness and peace would finally come to the small church peoples hearts.
I think the novel was refreshing and impressive as it shows the humanness that does exist within the four walls of a building we call church. There is also reason for encouragement, hope, forgiveness, and the restoration that comes when ugliness is unveiled and dealt with in the love of Christ. While this is a fictional story, it isnt hard to imagine that the occurrences of the reality portrayed have in fact been seen over the centuries. Therefore, we can have hope when we step forth into the light, removing the veil and receiving the forgiveness that Jesus bled and died for all to receive!
Rambling Reader5 Stars Out Of 5A Powerful Start to a New SeriesMarch 29, 2015Rambling ReaderQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Varina 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 Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
Rhonda Nash-hallMadison Heights VAAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Amazing first novelMarch 24, 2015Rhonda Nash-hallMadison Heights VAAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is Varina Denman's first novel and it is such a wonderful way to enter the world of writing and fiction! I was very intrigued by the description of this novel as I was a pastor's wife in several small towns, one in Texas and two in North Carolina. I, too, have been injured by one of those churches and it caused my heart a great deal of pain until I was able to forgive the people and accept that God still loved me no matter what some of "His children" did to me and my family. I think the author handled the issues beautifully. It is about judging others, gossip and rumors and how they can hurt others. They truly do hurt others and this book also addresses an issue that I refer to as "churches shooting their wounded".
The new young pastor does not believe that it is acceptable to shoot the wounded and reaches out to the "sinners" in the small town. Many of the church leaders do not appreciate his doing so. Jesus himself ate with the sinners and tax collectors. Dodd is following in Jesus' example. He does much to lead the town and congregation to forgiveness and healing. I do not know how Ruthie and her mother stayed in the little town after being "ex-communicated" from the Christian church for rumors and gossip! I think I would have had to move away. I know that is what I did when I was hurt by the church we pastored. I simply could not remain when rumors were flying and people were reporting them to me at my job as a local teacher. It hurt me too, just as it hurt Ruthie and her mother. But there is forgiveness and that is what "Jaded" is all about.
I rate this book 5 stars and am anxious to read the second book in the series, "Justified".
I received a free ebook format of this book from netgalley in exchange for my honest review.