A Slow Burn, Defiance, Texas Series #2
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A gripping suspense novel, A Slow Burn is about courageous love, the burden of regret, and the bonds that never break. It is about the beauty and pain of telling the truth and letting God take over. Most of all, it is about the strength of forgiveness and what remains when shame no longer has power. Mary DeMuth's distinctive new voice in Christian fiction will keep readers enthralled as they ask soul-searching questions in this second book of the Defiance, Texas Trilogy.
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Beautifully and sensitively written, her characters realistic and well-developed. Mary DeMuth has a true gift for showing how Gods light can penetrate even the darkest of situations. Chuck Colson She touched Daisys shoulder. So cold. So hard. So unlike Daisy. Yet so much like herself it made Emory shudder. Burying her grief, Emory Chance is determined to find her daughter Daisys murderera man she saw in a flicker of a vision. But when the investigation hits every dead end, her despair escalates. As questions surrounding Daisys death continue to mount, Emorys safety is shattered by the pursuit of a stranger, and she cant shake the sickening fear that her own choices contributed to Daisys disappearance. Will she ever experience the peace her heart longs for? The second book in the Defiance, Texas Trilogy, this suspenseful novel is about courageous love, the burden of regret, and bonds that never break. It is about the beauty and the pain of telling the truth. Most of all, it is about the power of forgiveness and what remains when shame no longer holds us captive.
Mary DeMuth is the author of several southern novels, including A Slow Burn, Life in Defiance, and the Christy award finalists, Watching the Tree Limbs and Daisy Chain. Shes also written four parenting books and a memoir, Thin Places. Shes passionate about the written word, teaching, and mentoring writers. Mary lives in Texas with her husband, Patrick, and their three children.
Debbie from ChristFocusHarrison, ARAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Not really a suspense, but good bookFebruary 4, 2012Debbie from ChristFocusHarrison, ARAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5"A Slow Burn" is a Christian historical novel set in 1977 in Texas. This is the second novel in the series. You can understand and enjoy the story even if you haven't read the first novel, but I got the feeling the story would have had even more depth (and there was plenty already) if I'd read the first book before this one.
This was one of those stories that drew me in and came vividly to life in my imagination, but I think it had more to do with a few, select setting details combined with vividly drawn characters. You truly got to know Emory and Hixon's deepest thoughts, hurts, and fears--nothing held back. The characters were realistic in their reactions to the events and in their coping mechanisms.
The low-level suspense came from the mysterious break-ins at Emory's house and people's worries that the murderer might strike again. When the story ends, we still don't know the name of whodunit, but Emory has finally admitted the truth about herself to herself and started down her road of healing. It's a long, hard, and painful road for her to get to that point, and I suspect it's not going to be an easy road for her from this point on, either.
There was a Christian element--God is clearly involved in these character's lives and is pursuing a closer relationship with them. It didn't come across as one character preaching to another, though--it's more people loving each other like Christ loves us. There was a minor amount of "he swore" style and fake bad language. Emory did use drugs. There were no sex scenes. Overall, I'd recommend this book.
KellyMedford, ORAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5May 17, 2011KellyMedford, ORAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 4Great book, I do wish the next one in the series was available as an e-book.
Janett Roach4 Stars Out Of 5May 21, 2010Janett RoachAlmost as good as the first novel, but not quite. There was a time or two that I became almost depressed, but told myself that she WOULD come to know Jesus somewhere down the line. I am eagerly awaiting the third novel, which is on it's way to me.
Amy Lund5 Stars Out Of 5February 1, 2010Amy LundIn this follow-up novel to Daisy Chain, DeMuth had found her groove. Editorially sound, this gripping story set in Defiance, TX takes readers into the beauty and pain of real-life, and will touch their hearts along the way. I highly recommend this book.
blanchemead3 Stars Out Of 5January 3, 2010blanchemeadIam disappointed that the author did not reveal who killed Daisy in her second book. There was too much jumping back and forth from the past to the present, This second book A Slow Burn should have finished the story.
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