Review of Justified by Varina Denman

Leah Courtney
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Justified is a read from a new to me author. It's the second in a series-Mended Hearts-, and I hadn't read the first. But I didn't have any problem catching on to this one. So I think that, although the books revolve around the same people in the same town, they focus on different characters.

I loved the style of the book. It's told in first person through most of the story. However the main character's ex-boyfriend, father of her child, has sections of the story that are told in third person and center around him.

There is great character development in Justified. Although most of it is in first person from Fawn's point of view, we get to know the other characters well through her eyes. And the characters are compelling and interesting.

The story has that ability of good Christian fiction to present a message that is thought-provoking without being preachy. Varina Denman has the ability to get across a message of forgiveness and hope in a way that readers can relate to.

I really enjoyed this one, and I'll be looking for the first in the series to learn more about the people in Fawn's life. I give it 5 stars and a PG rating. (There is some mention of abuse in a relationship and Fawn is a single mother.)

You can find Justified on Amazon here.

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
David C. Cook (June 1, 2015)
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.


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.

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