Sometimes you find an author who is able to take difficult subjects, tough truths and weave a poignant story from them. It is rare, indeed, to find books of such depth that also draw you in and will not let you put them down. Every time I crack the binding of a book by Mary Demuth I know I am opening such a book. Her skill at telling stories is made more memorable by the subjects and the characters she creates. Daisy Chain is yet another example of turning trials to triumph.Jed Pepper lives in a typical small town. The time is 1977. His best friend, Daisy Chain, goes missing and Jed is convinced it is his fault. Daisy, in her sweet innocence left a trail of clues for Jed. As Jed follows the clues determined to find her, he finds other hidden things along the way. Hidden secrets within his own family that threaten to destroy his own world. At a time when he needs her the most, his best friend is gone. Jed must grow into manhood through difficult circumstances and only as he does will he find the truth of a God always present, even when no one else is.This is a beautiful, heart-wrenching story or growing up, rebuilding, and redemption. The reader will be drawn into the lives of the characters and work through each struggle with them. It takes one back to simpler days that held complicated problems and the knowledge that God is always there. Daisy Chain will challenge the reader, and touch hearts. I recommend this book for anyone, but especially those searching for God's Hand in the trials of life.
Daisy Chain is an interesting read. Its a book unlike I've read in a long, long time. Mary DeMuth weaves a haunting story of abuse into a slow-moving, but tightly written work of art. Where do abused family members go when their perpetrator is a respected small-town pastor? The truth is that there is really no recourse. There is no shelter. There is no out. Told thru the wide eyes of a 14-year old boy, Daisy Chain shares a riveting story of a lost girl, a legalistic theology, and very human characters. Its the drama of everyday people and everyday life. I read a lot of books. Most are filled with too many words. The mark of a really good writer is the economy of words. Mary Demuth has no wasted words in Daisy Chain. Each is carefully chosen like an artist who agonizes over each brush stroke. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Daisy Chain. I know you will as well.
From the moment this story launches, you are holding tight to your seat, thrust so deeply into these characters lives and the heart of their country life you feel youve become a character. Ive rarely read a book this emotionally gripping. Ive heard this book compared to Leif Engers Peace Like a River. I hold that book in very high esteem as well. And I would agree. Marys coming-of-age story, centered on her hero Jed and heroine Daisy is so well written, so gripping, prose lingering in your mind, even if youre not a highlighter of fiction phrases, you may be tempted to raise a yellow marker to the page. Fantastic novel. Highly recommended.
Mary DeMuth's Daisy Chain opens the gates of dirty family secrets while beautifully demonstrating that real freedom is experienced in "Truth." The very real characters will grip your soul and abide in your memory bank long after you've read the last page. Love, forgiveness, redemption, mystery--all within a masterpiece story. I highly recommend this excellent book to survivors of dysfunctional family relationships (and those who love them), counselors, pastors, and readers looking for an unforgettable book.
A small Texas town. A missing teenage girl. A highly dysfunctional family. A pubescent boy with a heart full of pain, a conscience pricked by guilt, and a life packed with trouble.Wheres Daisy? When Jed Peppers best friend disappears, the boy blames himself for her disappearance and for a myriad of other wrongs in his life. Its hard to find answers when everyone he knows has a passel of dark secrets and hidden vices. In his search for truth, Jed comes to question God His existence, His love, His power to change anything and just about every other authority figure in his life. But two special people, who might just be angels on earth, set out to help the young man find himself.Daisy Chain is a hauntingly beautiful soul-searcher of a novel. I find most coming-of-age books touching and tender, but Mary DeMuth brings a heart-wrenching story to amazing life in this all-too-realistic southern tale about a hurting boy who longs desperately to be a man. Children whove seen too much sorrow. Abuse and dysfunction in families and in the church. A small town reeling from a shocking act of violence that takes one of its own and leaves a gaping wound of questions and suspicions.First in the Defiance Texas Trilogy, Daisy Chain is an undeniable masterpiece. Full of grit and grace, hurting and happiness, love and longing. Packed with all-too-human faults and failures that bring to shining light those breathtaking touches of glory the author tucks away here and there for the reader to find, treasure, and never, ever forget.Beautifully done!