Friday, May 27, 2016


Mended Hearts Book 1
Varina Denman
Ruthie was only a little girl when their church rejected her family. Now she and her mother do not attend church and hate all Christians. Not a good recipe when Ruthie finds herself falling in love with the new guy in town, Dodd. Because Dodd is the new minister. Ruthie, Dodd, and the rest of the community will all learn about secrets, forgiveness, and Christian love as they navigate the uncharted waters of small town gossip and fear.

This book was a wonderful shock to me. It was written in a style I don't normally go for, had the feel of a YA novel, and could have bent towards depressing. And yet somehow this author blew me away. The writing style was captivating, the characters were raw, authentic, and engaging. The secondary characters were just as gripping as the main ones. The story was emotion and character driven, yet there was some drama woven in as well. The author did a great job of describing the scenes so that I felt pulled into the story. Some of the more negative emotions that could have made the story dark were handled well and left me feeling thankful or thoughtful instead of depressed. I sped through this book and promptly reached for the 2nd one because it was such an enjoyable read. It wasn't fast because it was fluff, it was fast because I become immersed and read it all at once. Overall, I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian fiction, small town romance, thought provoking stories.

I received this book free of charge from Litfuse in exchange for my honest review.

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