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Heidi MainCary, NCAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5hooked from the first sentence!April 11, 2017Heidi MainCary, NCAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I was hooked on Jaded from the first sentence. Varina Denman, debut novelist, has a way with words. Of course, it takes more than wordsmithing to take a reader through 350 pages, and Varina succeeded. The plot was very unique. A storyline that, as a Christian, made me a little uncomfortable. Yet, the story rang true. I hope the situation laid out in this novel isn't widespread in the real world, because it saddened me how a church community could shun someone for no reason.
The pacing was great ~ Ruthie and the shunning, Ruthie and the unhealthy relationship she has with her mother, and a romance round out the subplots. I highly recommend grabbing a copy of Jaded and settling down for a gripping page turner!
VicsMediaRoomIrvine, CAAge: 55-65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Small Town, Time For Healing & RomanceJuly 4, 2016VicsMediaRoomIrvine, CAAge: 55-65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Varina Denman in her new book, Jaded Book One in the Mended Hearts series published by David C. Cook introduces us to Ruthie Turner.
From the Back Cover: Their small-town church wants them apart, but God has other plans.
As a child, Ruthie was shunned by the local congregation. Thirteen years later, Ruthies heart begins to stir when an attractive single preacher arrives. But their relationship is bitterly opposedunearthing 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 whos experienced a loss of heart and a thirst for hope.
Ms. Denman knows how to introduce us to the small town of Trapp in West Texas. Ruthie and her Mom have suffered terribly from the hands of the Church but that was 13 years ago now the time has come for healing. Then there is also the romance. Ms. Denman tells a remarkable story that will capture your attention and not let you go. Ruthie is a fascinating character that you fall in love with and root for to succeed. This is one exciting book that will keep you flipping pages to keep up with the story. Start the book early because you will want to finish it that night it is that interesting. I am looking forward to the next book in this series.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from David C Cook for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed 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.
Laura HiltonHorseshoe Bend, ARAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5JadedJune 5, 2016Laura HiltonHorseshoe Bend, ARAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Okay, I'll be honest here. I kind of dreaded starting this book because for one reason, it was THICK. And for another reason, someone said it was YA. Well, I don't remember who said it or how they got that impression, but they were wrong.
Yes, JADED is thick. And even though the story is kind of slow and not really action-driven, it is very definitely character driven. Ruthie is an outcast in town and doesn't even know why. All she knows is that the church is to blame and when the new preacher shows an interest in her... well... that is not good. Not good at all.
Written in first person (Ruthie's point of view) and third person (Dodd's point of view) this is a combination I've never seen before. At first it threw me and jarred me out of the story, but then I got used to it and didn't even notice. Well, hardly notice. I fell in love with Dodd, with Ruthie, with Gradie, with JohnScott and most of the residents of this quirky little town. The author has got small towns down pat and it was so real.
I could guess some of the things that transpired, but only because I know how it works. I will not call this story predicable in any way. I highly recommend JADED and promise you that you will not notice the thickness once you get started reading it.
I have to admire Ms. Denman's ability to write a slow romance that is still so full of tension it's amazing. Absolutely loved JADED.
jsrn185 Stars Out Of 5Finding the truth!June 1, 2016jsrn18Quality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0What do you do when you fall in love with someone but because of the situation or feelings of others you are kept from that love? Ruth faces that in this amazing book! This books offers a great mixture of romance, mystery, and intrigue. Stories and rumors run rampant in a small town and finding the truth may open your eyes and mind to what really happened. God works in mysterious ways and will reveal the truth in every situation as long as you believe and trust in him.
KavRCanadaGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Stunning and complicated and so much more than just a love storyJune 24, 2015KavRCanadaGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This debut novel won the 2013 ACFW Genesis contest in the romance category. And I can totally see why. It's a decadent read. Rich in both style and emotional depth. So many words to savor. Even more thoughts to process after the read. If you only read one book this year, I think this just might have to be that book!
Denman's writing is so smooth. The story flowed off the pages and into my mind with technicolor clarity. This book consumed me. Turned me inside out and brought healing and hope I didn't know I still needed.
I lived in Ruthie's skin. Felt her pain, her fear and confusion. Her yearning for so much more. Her scenes are written in first person POV which really helped me become this heroine. She's so heartbreakingly wary of Christians.
Dodd's like this knight in shining armor, swooping in with the noble intent of healing all wounds. Only he can't. He's a glass half full kind of guy. Determined to see the best in everyone, which makes it hard for him to recognize the bad. And Ruthie so needs him to see.
Stunning and complicated and so much more than just a love story.