"Life in Defiance" does not disappoint. The previous trilogy parts left the reader hungry for the next and the third satisfies the desire for closure. It's amazing how Ouisie Pepper lives in defiance while living in Defiance. Well done!
I really enjoyed this third book in the series. I do like the way she writes. It was a cliff-hanger all the way. By the way, I met a real live Hap Pepper at least part of his personality! He was truly awful!
I read all three books of the Defiance Texas Trilogy as they were released. I know the story is too long to be one book, but it was hard to wait for the next installment so to speak. New readers will not have this same situation as all three are available now.I have read mystery/suspense from a young age. And I have a knack of suspision and figuring out "who done it." But this series had me puzzled throughout. Mary DeMuth is a gripping story teller and by the end of the story the loose ends are tied up and the ending was satisfying.
The whole town of Defiance, Texas would like to know what Ouisie Pepper knows. But Ouisie is good at keeping her mouth shut. Shes done it her whole life, especially as the battered wife of Defiances minister, Hap Pepper.Her best friend, Emory Chance, once had an affair with Ouisies preacher husband. Without Emory and the bottle hidden in Ouisies bedroom, life would be unbearable for the reverends wife. Emory is one of only a few who know about Haps violent tendencies. One of the few Ouisie trusts with that knowledge. Ouisies children know. Theyve witnessed it, been on the receiving end of it. Sissy has a lisp and is growing old before shes grown. Jed, already bitter after the death of his friend Daisy, grows angrier and more belligerent as his mother refuses to protect herself or her children from Hap. But Ouisie guards her husband's reputation because, as an imperfect wife, surely his fits of temper are her fault.Life is spinning out of control. Shes on a collision course with disaster, and too afraid to take the reins and stop the headlong rush. Will she find courage before her world crashes in around herbefore her children are forever destroyed by life and Hap's cruelty?Life in Defiance is the third and final book in the Defiance, Texas trilogy. Mary DeMuth is a master at capturing human emotion and pouring it onto a written page. My heart bled as Ouisie suffered under Haps heavy hand and heartless comments. My heart cried for Jed and Sissy as they cringed beneath their fathers temper and their mothers inability to fight back. I longed to comfort Emory, who lived with not only her daughters murder, but her own failure as a mother prior to Daisys death. No one creates emotion like DeMuth. Absolutely unforgettable.
Mary DeMuth's masterful artistry of words have made their presence known in the conclusion of this trilogy once again.This story of a family has suspense mounting many times as Mary's words depict a family left out to dry as Ouisie Pepper endures the unmerciful tyrant of a husband and father that dares to call himself a preacher. Her description of the verbal and physical abuse can make a reader cry in sympathy for the victim and have revenge etched in their brain for the perpetrator.The story is set in a era of your imagination that would make a reader see what goes on behind closed doors and affects a whole town that could either bring a healing or a death.The killer of Daisy Chain must be realized in this third book and the end cannot be read until the whole is completed.LaJoyce Shrom, authorLearning About LifeRevealed Secret