Jaded: A Novel

Jaded: A Novel

by Varina Denman

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ISBN-13: 9781434708373
Publisher: David C Cook
Publication date: 03/01/2015
Pages: 432
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.30(d)

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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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Jaded: A Novel 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
AnnE42 More than 1 year ago
This is a very moving read that I enjoyed very much.  The author does a wonderful job of capturing the characters and the the hurts and struggles that they are going through and made me feel like I was there watching the story unfold.  It is also a beautiful story of forgiveness and hope.  I definitely look forward to reading the second book in this series.
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
Jaded a great debut. I really enjoyed this story. I loved the power of forgiveness was used. I look forward to reading the next installment in the series.  4 stars.
DKStevens119 More than 1 year ago
As a child, Ruthie  and her mother were shunned by the local congregation. With the first page I was dropped into a small town where everyone knows everyone and everything there is to know about everyone. So like a few of the small  towns I have lived in. I quickly bonded with Ruthie and could feel just what she was feeling and understand her thinking. I thought about how I've seen this in small towns and the author really portrays it perfectly. It certainly did  plunge deep  into the waters of shame, forgiveness and restoration. This can be read as a stand alone but I am really  looking forward to seeing how the people recover in the next book in this series.   I was gifted a copy by the author for my opinion and in my opinion.. I have a new favorite author!
MelissaF More than 1 year ago
I. Loved. This. Book. From the very beginning Varina drew me into this story and I never wanted to let go. I was up so late reading and not getting tired because the book captivated me so much. This doesn’t happen often but when it does it is good. What did I love? I think Varina’s writing style was one thing that pulled me in. It bounces back and forth between first person point-of-view with Ruthie to third person POV with Dodd. The small town feel gives you a sense of being right there with the characters. Ruthie is jaded by the church, but we don’t find out exactly why for a long time. Hints are dropped but it’s not made clear. Even though Ruthie is rough around the edges I still liked her but I wanted her to let people in. I wanted her to see that not all Christians act the way she thinks they do and that Dodd and his family are the good guys. Dodd is thrown into this community and is told what has always been done at the church. How many of us can relate to the “what has always been done” statement by will intentioned church goers? But what has always been done isn’t what should always happen. I adored Ruthie’s cousin, JohnScott. I am pretty sure he gets a leading role in the second book to come out, which I think will be soon from what I saw on Varina’s website. Yay, can’t wait. Basically, I have found a new author I love. Her writing is clear and real, characters flawed and well-developed. This is a must read for anyone who loves contemporary romance or someone who has been hurt by the church. A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher through the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance in exchange for an honest review.
BuckeyeAngel More than 1 year ago
**I received an ARC of this story in exchange for an honest review Ruth is a 20yr old that has two jobs: part time at the United Grocery Store and full-time attendance clerk at the high school. Her cousin was John-Scott. He's the head coach of the high school football team. Grady's the new kid, a senior from Fort Worth. Ruth seemed to be the town's matchmaking project and the United Grocery served as the town gossip. Grady's older brother, Dodd, made a three-year commitment to preach part-time at the Trapp Congregation Church. Ruth and her mom had been kicked out of the church whereas John-Scott told Ruth that the Cunninghams and the Church of God were important to him. Dodd couldn't believe that Linda, Ruth's mother, had been kicked out of the church. After Ruth's interactions with the Cunninghams, she was confused about them and God. Ruth was a good girl, hard working, but filled with bitterness and hurt from how she was treated by the people of the church and her mom. She also loves her mom and cares for her. Dodd was a man of God, very loyal and caring. He took care of his family and saw good in everyone. I enjoyed reading this but it moved slowly.
RGNHALL More than 1 year ago
 This is Varina Denman's first novel and it is such a wonderful way to enter the world of writing and fiction!   I was very intrigued by the description of this novel as I was a pastor's wife in several small towns, one in Texas and two in North Carolina.  I, too, have been injured by one of those churches and it caused my heart a great deal of pain until I was able to forgive the people and accept that God still loved me no matter what some of "His children" did to me and my family.  I think the author handled the issues beautifully.   It is about judging others, gossip and rumors and how they can hurt others.   They truly do hurt others and this book also addresses an issue that I refer to as "churches shooting their wounded".             The new young pastor does not believe that it is acceptable to shoot the wounded and reaches out to the "sinners" in the small town.   Many of the church leaders do not appreciate his doing so.    Jesus himself ate with the sinners and tax collectors.   Dodd is following in Jesus' example.  He does much to lead the town and congregation to forgiveness and healing.  I do not know how Ruthie and her mother stayed in the little town after being "ex-communicated" from the Christian church for rumors and gossip!  I think I would have had to move away.  I know that is what I did when I was hurt by the church we pastored.   I simply could not remain when rumors were flying and people were reporting them to me at my job as a local teacher.   It hurt me too, just as it hurt Ruthie and her mother. But there is forgiveness and that is what "Jaded" is all about.           I rate this book 5 stars and am anxious to read the second book in the series, "Justified".         I received a free ebook format of this book from netgalley in exchange for my honest review.  
HeidiMain More than 1 year ago
I 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!
VicG More than 1 year ago
Varina 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, 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. 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 Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
BethErin More than 1 year ago
Ruthie Parker is sick to death of being judged by the church folks in her small hometown. All she wants is a one-way ticket straight out of Trap, Texas. Ruthie has been hurting for so long that bitterness has taken root in her heart and skewed her perception. Meanwhile, the new pastor and his family move into town and Ruthie catches a glimpse of something that draws her and terrifies her all at once. Jaded is a beautiful story of finding your first Love and a subtle reminder to look beyond the flawed people in order to see the church. I won this book in a giveaway. The opinions expressed are my own.
lolly-pops More than 1 year ago
Okay, 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.
mackenzie_carol More than 1 year ago
Jaded is the first book in Varina Denman’s Mended Hearts series, and is also the first book I have ever read by her. I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect when I picked up this story, but I was hopeful that it would be one I would enjoy, and I wasn’t disappointed. I absolutely LOVED this novel! I had no idea I was going to fall in love with Ruthie’s story quite as quickly as I did, but I was sucked in from almost the first page and had such a hard time putting it down. I just wanted to know every painful, beautiful detail, and I know that I had to have sped through reading it just a little bit, but I’m so glad I’ve finished it, because I loved Ruthie’s story and I know I’ll be reading it again. Ruthie is such a—and I’m saying this on purpose here—jaded, hurting individual, even now that thirteen years have passed since the church excommunicated her and her mother. Even to this day, some of the church members avoid them like the plague, and Ruthie has no idea why. Her mother’s been closed of ever since Ruthie’s dad left, and Ruthie has learned to lean heavily on her aunt and uncle, and her cousin JohnScott. When the new preacher comes to town, Ruthie has no reason to like him; after all, she hasn’t exactly had the best experience with Christians, but she can’t help but be stirred by his presence. As long-buried secrets come to light, will Ruthie and the preacher be pushed closer together, or farther apart? I absolutely loved every single element of this story, but especially just how wonderful it was to watch Ruthie and JohnScott find healing. I loved that this book wasn’t just about Ruthie and the preacher, but it was also about Ruthie and God, and God and His church, and that added so much more meaning to this novel. I can’t even describe all of the emotions I felt as I made my way through this story, but I do know that Varina is very talented at writing books that really touch your heart and leave you longing for more. I’m already looking to buy the second book in the series so that I can read it, and I’ve added the third novel—which releases in June—to my list of books to preorder. I don’t know if you can tell, but I really loved this novel. It wasn’t difficult for me to come to the conclusion that I needed to give it all five stars, or that I needed to add it to my all-time favorites list. Varina just did a fabulous job with this story, and I know it’s one I will remember forever. Partly because I know I’ll read it again and again, but no matter. It’s still memorable. Anyway, I really enjoyed this book, and I highly recommend it, as I promise it will touch your heart and make you love it just as much as I did. (This review is from my blog, spreadinghisgrace.blogspot.com)
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MMMH More than 1 year ago
Everyone needs to read Jaded. Varina Denman's new book, Jaded keeps the reader questioning. Set in a small west Texas town, the characters are people we all know, people we are. Romance, conflict, past injustices and hope for the future blend to weave a suspenseful struggle of living in today’s world. Denman makes the reader accept truths often swept under the rug, then offers faith in friends, family and God to sooth the pain and heal the scars. Jaded, is the first book of the Mended Hearts Series. Justified will be released in June. I received an advanced reader copy in exchange for this honest review. M Hopkins
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Come venture with me to Trapp, Texas and meet Ruthie.   Ruthie’s walk has never been easy.  She has lived under the pallor of the town’s judgment for most of her life.  She finds it easier to “hide” in the shadows, than to “live” in the light.  Her experiences with “God’s Judgment”, rather than His Grace, cause her to be skeptical of those that espouse belief in the God of the church.  Until one day, when her world is turned upside down with the arrival of a new family in town.  Can she trust these new comers?  Can she trust her feelings around them?  Can she trust the God they love and serve? Varina Denman weaves this wonderful tale of a hidden dream and desire to be accepted by the town she has called home, all of her life.  She brings the readers into the mind and feelings of Ruthie, a young woman,  that has been rejected by the congregation of her childhood church and friends.  A rejection caused by a supposed sin that was not of her doing.   Through the eyes, ears and other senses of Ruthie, Varina brings not only the sights, but sounds and smells of Trapp, Texas alive. She spins a story that will keep the reader enthralled and engaged.  As I read, Jaded, I had the great pleasure of walking the streets of the small Texas town.  Once I had entered Trapp, I had no desire to leave. The next time you are searching for an escape from your daily grind, pick up a copy of Jaded and travel to Trapp, Texas.  I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.
Britney_Adams More than 1 year ago
Jaded is Varina Denman’s debut novel and the first book in her Mended Hearts series. Set in a small, West Texas town, this story shares the emotional journey of a young woman, Ruthie Turner. Thirteen years after she and her mother were shunned by the local congregation, a new preacher moves to town and stirs old feelings, as well as new ones. Ruthie’s story is one of hurt and heartache, but also one of healing and forgiveness. Varina Denman deftly expresses her characters’ experiences and emotions in this poignant narrative. The spiritual and romantic threads intertwine to create a unique love story. As the story concludes, several questions linger and leave the reader anxious to continue this series. I enjoyed Jaded and look forward to continuing the story in the sequel, Justified! My thanks to the author for the complimentary digital copy of this book. All thoughts expressed are my own and no monetary compensation was received.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok lets start with things have been umm a little hard lately so i nt know if i will have time to post my "This is me" segments to those of you i chat with i will still do tat but i dont really think i can do much more i am exteremly sorry. But please ask quesions so when i do get back to this i hv an idea of what to write about
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