From the back cover:
As a child, Ruthie Turner was shunned by the local congregation. Now, thirteen years later, Ruthie’s heart begins to stir when an attractive single preacher arrives. But their relationship is bitterly opposed, and a string of secrets are unearthed that threaten to turn the church, the town, and her world upside down.
Jaded is the rare novel that is a love story between both a woman and a man … and God and His church. Plunging deep into the waters of shame, forgiveness, and restoration, this book will resonate with every woman who’s experiences a loss of heart … and a thirst for hope.
My review: (I received an advance reader copy in exchange for this honest review.) Even if I hadn’t received this book with the intention of leaving a review, I would have had to leave one. Ms. Denman’s debut novel is quite simply everything I want in a book — Her writing voice is smooth and easy and the scenes played out in my head like a movie while I read. The characters are so life-like and relatable that I felt almost sad when I closed the book because I wouldn’t get to spend time with them anymore. The romance was so very gentle and sweet and grin-inducing. 🙂 See? I even grin just thinking about it again lol. And the plot … Something we all as believers know about the church but wish weren’t true: Sometimes, churches get it wrong. And when they do, they tend to get it REALLY wrong! But then along comes someone who lives out Jesus and slowly begins making the sad things untrue again with His help and with quiet and consistent demonstrations of His love. The Cunninghams were people like this. Finally, the little bits of unanswered questions have me waiting most impatiently for the next book – Justified!!
I give it 5 out of 5 stars!