“Jaded” by Varina Denman, book review

“Jaded” by Varina Denman, book review

She remembers it like it was yesterday. Ruthie and her mother went to church, but left before the sermon stated, never to return. They had been shunned. All those people in that church who used to be her friends now ignored her.

Thirteen years later, she works two jobs to pay the bills. And a new family comes to town. The Cunninghams are the talk of the town. But anything new is talk of this small town. Grady- will he play football? Dodd- he is the new high school history teach. Milla, their mother, is the new middle school math teacher. But when they move into the parsonage, the talk really begins. Dodd- the new preacher? He is to young, and to good looking.

And when Dodd notices Ruthie, her whole world is turned upside down.

This is a story of how Christians love others. And how they can also hurt those in their fellowship or out of it. It was an easy reading novel with lots of interesting plot twists and turns.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher, David C Cook. All opinions expressed are my own.

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing


David C. Cook (March 1, 2015)


Varina Denman


An avid reader and blogger, Varina Denman enjoys writing fiction about Christian women and the unique struggles they face. She seems to have a knack for describing small town life, and is currently working on a three book Texas series which will soon be published by David C. Cook. The first book in the series, Jaded, won the 2013 ACFW Genesis contest for romance.

Varina attended three Texas universities over a span of five years, majoring in four subjects and earning zero degrees. However, she can now boast sixteen years as a home educator, volunteering in the local cooperative where she has taught numerous subjects including creative writing and literature.

Even though Varina has spoken at ladies’ retreats and taught women’s Bible classes, she finds the greatest fulfillment facilitating prayer groups. She lives in Burleson, Texas, where she helps with Family Ministry in her home congregation. Varina is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and North Texas Christian Writers.


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.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Jaded, go HERE.


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One Response to “Jaded” by Varina Denman, book review

  1. Dee, thank you for helping to get the word out about my little book. Good to meet you!

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