by Sandy Kirby Quandt
In Varina Denman’s debut novel, Jaded, she creates memorable characters in a small town Texas setting readers care for. Characters who keep the reader turning pages until The End.
While this book is filed under romance, this isn’t your sweet, smooth-sailing read.
Through realistic dialog and honest struggles, Varina brings life to her characters. If you don’t see yourself somewhere in the story, you may find someone else among the pages who you do know.
The story begins with Ruthie Turner thinking back thirteen years to the day in church when her mother read the bulletin, grabbed Ruthie’s hand, and abruptly fled the building. Never to step foot inside again.
Gradually, the reader catches glimpses of the powerful man who led a congregation to shun Ruthie and her mother all these years. Without standing on a soap box, Varina shows the damage that can result from judging others, blind trust, and the refusal to forgive.
And the romance? Who wouldn’t root for Ruthie and Dodd to finally smooth out all the rough spots and declare their love for each other?
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and doubt I will forget it any time soon.
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Disclosure: I received a free book for a fair and honest review, which is exactly what I’ve given you.