Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Jaded: A Novel by Varina Denman

About the Book:

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.

My Thoughts:

I almost missed out on reading this book.  First, I couldn't tell by the cover if it was a modern contemporary or a historical, and anyone who's been reading my reviews for any length of time knows I'm not a fan of historical fiction.

One more reason I almost didn't pick this book up:  I'm all too familiar with being wounded by the church.  In fact, I'm in the middle of a very hurtful situation right now.  But then I started seeing reviews, and I had to see for myself.

"Jaded" is one of the most spectacular novels I've read this year (and I've read over 50 thus far).  Varina taps into the heart and soul of both a woman and a man and draws out every drop of powerful emotion, lavishing the story in tenderness, fear, love and all the emotions we long to have following resolution of conflict,

Ruthie is me.  She is you.  She is every woman who's every been judge and found wanting unfairly.  And Dodd...excuse me for saying it this way, but he is Jesus in skin and bone.  Oh, he's flawed.  Oh, he's not perfect.  But for Ruthie and that little church that can't forgive...

Yeah, he's Jesus with skin and bone.  This story will capture you with its emotion and truth and longing for hope and peace.  It will speak to the broken and damaged areas of your soul.  And it just might work a miracle of healing in your tender heart.

My thanks to my friends at David C. Cook Publishing for my complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.  I cannot recommend "Jaded" highly enough.  Don't miss one of the best novels of the year.

Happy Reading!



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1 comment:

Varina Denman said...

Deena, you almost made me cry. Thank you for such kind words. You have given me encouragement right when I need it. (I'm still working on book 3 in the series, and it's killing me.)

But on a lighter note ... YOU'VE ALREADY READ 50 BOOKS THIS YEAR? I'm so jealous. What I wouldn't give to be able to read faster. I think I read just slightly faster silently than I read out loud. It's ridiculous. :)