I am always on the look out for new authors. Varina Denman comes to us from David C. Cook publishers and I was drawn to her story right away. Jaded is the novel of Ruthie as she is wading threw the treacherous waters of a local congregation who has shunned both her and her mother from their church. Know this is not an Amish book, but the shunning almost works the same way, but seems even more cruel in that there is no way of defense or forgiveness.
Ruthie and her mother were shunned when Ruthie was 7 and were aloud to live in the community yet, but completely ignored by their neighbors and past friends. 13 years later when a handsome pastor comes to town, Ruthie finds herself falling in love.
But when the town gets scent of the interest between the two, those that are opposed threaten to turn the town, church and Ruthie's world upside down. As the story continues, other secrets begin to come to light and we find a different side to Ruthie, one who longs for hope and forgiveness.
In Varina's author bio it says she likes to write book about unique struggles that women face. I believe she has a great start to what I hope is a long writing career.