Being an avid reader for 40 years, this is clearly the saddest, most depressing book I have ever read. from start to finish one is waiting for a redeeming hope for any character and to the last word of the book; there is none.The conclusion does not leave one wanting to read book #2 of the series.
In Daisy Chain, Mary DeMuth has done an excellent job of creating "real-life" characters that touched past realities of my own life. Though at times a bit awkward editorially, this book is a great read and I recommend it highly.
Review by Gretchen HoffmanMary E. DeMuths latest book, Daisy Chain, is a coming of age story about fourteen-year-old Jed Pepper. He lives in Defiance, TX in 1977, a time of small towns where parents didnt have to worry about their children running around. At least they didnt until young Daisy Chance goes missing.Not only is Daisy Jeds best friend, but he was the last one to see her. Jed faces guilt over the disappearance of his friend and struggles with hidden hurts from his seemingly picture-perfect family. Through his pain, Jed must learn to overcome his guilt and find redemption.This novel has been compared to Harper Lees infamous book, To Kill a Mockingbird. Lets just say I can totally understand why. Its the newest coming of age story that is so well-written. Daisy Chain has beautiful prose, off-beat but very real characters, and a delicate story. Its one of those books that stays in your mind long after youve finished reading it. The story is a little sad, and I couldnt help wishing things would have turned out differently, but alas, life isnt always happily-ever-after. I would recommend it.
Rarely does a work of Christian Fiction exhibit both literary genius and masterful story telling. Daisy Chain is one of those rare and beautiful finds that touches the heart but also possess a balance of intrigue that keeps the reader turning the pages. Kudos to Mary Demouth for the courage to expose the hypocrisy that makes an intelligent child question what faith is really about. Fourteen-year old Jed Pepper is the son of a very imperfect preacher. Few outside his fathers church know the extent to which his family hurts. Except for Daisy, the love of his life. When she comes up missing, Jed feels alone. Like most young men growing up in abusive homes, feels he must become the protector for his mother and sister. Her struggles with the misperception that he failed to protect Daisy, blaming himself for whatever happened to her. We ache with the least of Defiances citizens on his journey to comprehend this faith his father preaches, a faith veiled by the hypocrisy that so permeates Jeds life. Mary Demuth takes us on an expose of a small Texas town through the eyes of an adolescent. She has crafted a beautiful window into the heart and soul of a boy trapped in rural insanity, before Amber Alerts and child protective services. Like so many small towns we drive through, picturesque and post-card perfect, Defiance hosts pain and sorrow tucked underneath a faux veneer of righteousness. This is the backdrop that haunts Jed as he deals with a family torn apart and the grief he endures from Daisys disappearance. A wonderful read and deserving of all the accolades it has received to date.
Victory through trials and tribulation is the theme of Daisy Chain by Mary E. De Muth. Thirty years ago in Defiance, Texas, the summer when Jed Pepper was fourteen, his best friend, Daisy Marie Chance, died. Jed saw Daisy last after they met in their usual meeting place. He was worried about going home early so he left Daisy alone to go home by herself. A few hours after, still worrying this time if Daisy came home safely, he decided to go back to the old abandoned church where he left her. There he found one of Daisys shoes but no Daisy. He went to her home and found that she has not come home. Filled with guilt, he spends the following days and weeks searching for her as best as he could. But Jed also had problems of his own. His father was their towns preacher. They seemed like the perfect Christian family, but nobody in their town knew what was really going on inside their home. As Jed deals with guilt over Daisy, he also has to deal with their problems at home.Ive had to constantly stop and reflect while I was reading this book. Mary de Muth writes with such poignancy and truthfulness that I was so affected with sadness and pain as I read this. The pain that abuse brings is brought to reality here. Though there is no usual happy ending to this story, there is also the reality of hope in the Lord, that even if our start in this world is so bad, God is still there and is able to change our lives. This is a beautiful, beautiful book and should be read by many. Daisy Chain is the first book in the Defiance, Texas trilogy.