Jaded: A Book Review

When I had the opportunity to read Jaded by Varina Denman and review it on my blog, I was very excited at the prospect. I love helping new authors, but I was also very interested in reading the book. It deals with a sensitive subject matter, especially for those who write for the Christian market. The concept of us against the church. I was anxious to see how Varina handled the situations and the lessons learned.

Ruthie can remember exactly when she and her mother stopped going to church, but she didn’t know what happened. The circumstances surrounding their break with the church are eventually revealed along with secrets that have been kept for many, many years.

The first thing that stands out in this novel is the author’s understanding of small town life.  All of the relationships, the intertwining lives, secrets kept and held, gossip, and general slow-paced bustle that can only happen in tiny rural towns.

I enjoyed the characters, how they dealt with one another, the histories they shared and how they coped with it each and every day. That’s not to say that all of the characters are lovable. But isn’t that the way of life?

All in all, the book was an easy read. I found the pages flying by as the story of Ruthie, her mother and father, and all that happened all those years ago was revealed.

Yet Jaded is more than that. It’s the tale of the new preacher coming to town, a little unsure of his talents and a lot unsure of how he fits into the church/town dynamic. It’s the tale of a convicted felon, recently released from prison, coming back for a second chance. But more than anything, it’s about understanding and trust.

With such well-defined and well-developed characters and a touching tale of love, forgiveness, and second chances, Jaded is a story for everyone. I loved every word.

Here’s a little bit about Jaded and Varina Denman.

jadedAs 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.

Varina Denman writes stories about the unique struggles women face. She teaches creative writing and literature, volunteers in her local cooperative, and is a home educator to her five children. She resides with her family in North Texas. This is her first novel.

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It’s a BLOG RELAY!

Welcome to my Blog Relay. I’m so glad you’re here today. I thought it would be great fun to share with you one of my favorite scenes from my latest book, Courting Emily.

Now, Emily is the bishop’s daughter, a good girl who does her best to always do the right thing. But when Luke, her life-long love, leaves their home in Wells Landing to drive racecars in the English world, Emily is torn between the world she has always known and the man she always thought she would marry.

blog relay 1 (1)Then Elam steps in, using Luke’s absence to show Emily how much he cares about her. And…well, that’s all I can say about that for now. For those of you who haven’t read the book, I can’t give away all the surprises.

The scene you are about to read occurs after Emily has started going to Elam’s house to help take care of his father. Elam is prideful and hates having to have help for his family, even as deep down, he knows how badly they need it. Add in his secret feelings for Emily, and he’s barely accepting of all these changes in his life.

For now, sit back and enjoy this little glimpse into Courting Emily. There are ten blogs in all, including this one. They are all linked so never fear, as long as you click on the link at  the bottom of each site, you’ll stay  in order. Don’t forget to leave a comment on each blog to be entered into the drawing for the purple themed basket. Also, while you’re out and about, I’m sure the bloggers would appreciate it if you took a moment to check out their sites. Who knows? You might find a great new site to join.

Thanks for reading!

Amy

We’re starting off the relay with Ida Davis. Check out her site: Idasbooks.blogspot.com

Let the relay begin!