BLOG BLITZ – Tuesday 6 September 2016 – BOOK REVIEW
The month of September is a special time for me:
my THIRD novel and sequel to
the final in the unsavory heritage series,
BOOK REVIEW – JADED
Is the church a house for the broken and sinners? Or an exclusive club for those who never break the rules? Or, who break them but don’t get caught?
What happens when a child is caught in the crossfire between her mother and the judgment of others?
Ruthie Turner has lived under that judgment—and the accompanying condemnation—for thirteen years. And in small town Trapp, the effects of it are magnified with every encounter she had with nearly everyone she knows.
When the little church brings in a new preacher, a younger man, an outsider, the generations-old establishment within their ranks begin to unravel. With a true heart, and nothing more than the desire to follow and honor Christ, Dodd Cunningham is that new pastor. But can he follow the dictates of the elders of his new flock, and maintain his spiritual integrity? Or will he turn the tables over and set the congregation free? And can he set Ruthie free to embrace the love that was never supposed to be denied to her?
Ms. Denman writes a painfully real story, with characters who live out the saddest of all estrangements: that of a fallen church member. A child who grows to become a cynical woman who distrusts anyone associated with the church, her mother who lives in the despair and depression from that fallout. This reviewer knows depression, and Ms. Denman nailed it. And Ruthie, not trusting because she learned not to trust. Her conflict was tangible as Dodd’s love and compassion for her begin to crack the dam around her heart. She fought valiantly to maintain her distance, and Ms. Denman conveyed that struggle vividly.
This is my first read by this author but it definitely won’t be my last!
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.
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