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Denise-Marie Martin


Debut Novel

Tangled Violets: A Novel of Redemption

Denise-Marie Martin’s debut novel exposes the greatest longings of the human heart: to belong and be loved. Tangled Violets is the shocking, heartbreaking story of an adoptee’s journey to find her biological family long before the days of the internet or consumer genetic testing made such reunions commonplace. A tale of redemption and the healing power of forgiveness, this novel demonstrates that no matter what we have done or where we have been, no one is outside the mercy of God and the healing balm of his unconditional love.

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Award-Winning Finalist in the Christian Inspirational category of the 2022 American Fiction Awards

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“ uplifting story of realistic struggle, a desperate drive for connection, and ultimately Christian redemption. ... Martin’s strength in this story comes from a refusal to shy away from life’s difficulties as Lizzie faces tough choices and desires. ... Readers eager for stories about connection and faith will find this engaging." 

BookLife Reviews

Great for fans of Josie Riviera, Francine Rivers.

"Lizzie’s heartrending and very human desire to belong and be loved leads her down a laborious, sometimes staggering, road to self-discovery, forgiveness, and the mercy of God."

            —Kaye Park Hinckley, award-winning author

...a wonderful book.

“...a moving novel, crackling with sexual volatility and emotional intelligence. An engrossing emotional drama, both shocking and thoughtful."

Kirkus Reviews

...a provocative subplot handled without a hint of prurient sensationalism.

"The characters are so real that I felt I was in the story with them. The writing is beautiful, rich in imagery, and the story is compelling. I highly recommend this incredible book!"

             —Ellen Gable, award-winning author

...beautifully written, and I could not put the book down.

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About Denise-Marie

Denise-Marie Martin is a retired research scientist, wife, mother, and grandmother. Active in her faith community, she writes about God’s relentless pursuit of humanity amidst their brokenness. She and her husband reside in the Pacific Northwest.

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