Monday, May 25, 2015

Justified by Varina Denman

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Book: Justified (Book 2 of the Mended Heart series)
Author: Varina Denman
Publisher: David C Cook
Publishing Date: June 1, 1015

Type of book: Contemporary Inspirational Romance

Why I was interested in this book: I hadn't read Varina Denman before and the back cover copy completely grabbed my spirit. I love small town stories and romance, I love compassion and when people realize that they are more than what they've believed/seen themselves to be. I was completely hooked by the first page (the dedication): "For those who try too hard," followed by the scripture Titus 3:5 ~ "He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy."

Favorite characters, quotes, lines: 1st line: "My world shattered last winter. A hairline crack formed, and my life perched on the edge of an abyss, set to topple at the slightest breeze. But instead of a breeze, I got a whirlwind." SOLD! Seriously, from the dedication to the scripture to the 1st line; I haven't seen a better beginning that all at once whispered to my soul and heart--ever. Well done Ms. Denman!

And, how can a reader not instantly love Coach and Miss Blaylock?!

Overall: There are some books that you read and you're ready to move on to the next book. Then, like Justified, there are some stories told that require you to take a day or two off as you continue to bask in the story and the community of the people you've just spent time with. Those are my favorite stories. They captivate and impact. They connect. They resonate.

I give this story a full 5 stars. Definitely bookshelf worthy! I have yet to read her debut book Jaded but this book stands incredibly well on its own. There is reference to something that happened at church involving Fawn's dad but it's not enough to distract the reader from the story nor does it tell too much that you feel like you don't need to read the story.


  1. Joleen, you just made my day! Thank you for your encouraging words. I'm so glad you enjoyed Justified, and I appreciate you reviewing it here on Breath Perfumed. :)

    1. It was my pleasure! I'm so glad to have been introduced to you and your writing. :)


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