Ever since I read Daisy Chain, Mary Demuths first novel in the Defiance Texas Trilogy, I have waited impatiently for its sequel. So I began as soon as my copy arrived! I wasnt disappointed. As Mary continues the story of Daisy, Missy (Emory), Hap Pepper, Jed, Hixon, Ousie, Angus, Officer Spellman, and the others, I was led on an adventure of intrigue and heartbreak, but also one of hope and redemption. I felt as if I were walking with Emory Chance on her long road to repentance and eventual redemption. Hixon, a black man, portrays Christ-like love in his wooing of Missy, even to the point of risking his life. I admit to being slightly confused by some of the flashbacks to Emory (Missys) childhood and that of her daughter, Daisy, who was murdered in the first novel, Daisy Chain. But all in all, I found it a satisfying journey and a rewarding read. Carole Ledbetter, Author of Who Am I Now? Growing Through Lifes Changing Seasons.