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Stories for His Glory

Justified by Varina Denman June 1, 2015

Filed under: Book Reviews,Monday Musings — Melissa Finnegan @ 3:25 pm
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This week, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance is introducing Justified David C. Cook (June 1, 2015) by Varina Denman


An avid reader and blogger, Varina Denman enjoys writing fiction about Christian women and the unique struggles they face. She seems to have a knack for describing small town life, and is currently working on the three-book Mended Heart Series. The first book in the series, Jaded, won the 2013 ACFW Genesis contest for romance. Varina attended three Texas universities over a span of five years, majoring in four subjects and earning zero degrees. However, she can now boast sixteen years as a home educator, volunteering in the local cooperative where she has taught numerous subjects including creative writing and literature. Even though Varina has spoken at ladies’ retreats and taught women’s Bible classes, she finds the greatest fulfillment facilitating prayer groups. She lives in Burleson, Texas, where she helps with Family Ministry in her home congregation. Varina is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and North Texas Christian Writers. ABOUT THE BOOK

In a small Texas town ruled by gossip, Fawn Blaylock believes others are justified in condemning her untimely pregnancy. Stifled by guilt, she yearns for grace while the local football coach treats her with gentle respect. Justified perfectly captures the rhythm and romance of life in a small town, telling the unforgettable story of a woman searching for renewal, a man looking beyond what others see, and a community torn between judgment and love. It is the unforgettable story of broken dreams, second chances, and relentless hope. If you would like to read the first chapter of Justified, go HERE.   My thoughts: I loved the first book in this series and couldn’t wait to get my hands on this one.  I was so excited when it released so close to the first. What do I love about this series? I’m not even sure. It could be Varina’s writing style. She makes everything come alive. It could be the characters. They are all so developed. I can picture each one and they are all so different. Even Ruthie (who was the main characters in Jaded) still had her quirky personality in Justified.  The characters are all flawed none of them are perfect and I love that because that is true to life. It could be the small town setting. Varina does a great job giving the town of Trapp its own personality and developing the story world in that town. With all that being said I thoroughly enjoyed Justified. We meet Fawn in the first book and she isn’t very likeable at first in that book. She gets pregnant and her world turns upside down. Now she is humbled because she is forced to live much differently then she is used to. She is a young girl trying to find her own identity and others are trying to take that right away from her. Her ex-boyfriend is up to no good and I cringed every time she thought about taking him back. I so wanted JohnScott and Fawn to speak up sooner about their feelings. But Verina developed that relationship beautifully. If you have ever dealt with insecurity I think we will relate to Fawn a lot and her many struggles. Another great one by Varina. Today Jaded is free. Click here to grab a copy. Grab your copy at your local book store, Amazon, Barnes and Noble,, Books-A-Million or your favorite retailer. A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


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