Mary DeMuth has done a marvelous job painting the small town landscape of Defiance, TX and its inhabitants. The writing draws the reader into the book, and the characters take on life, it is almost as if one is watching the drama play out in front of the eyes rather than on paper. Mary tackles some hard subjects, and some challenging Christian believers. Yet, sin does exist in all of our lives, and only by God's grace and the blood of Jesus Christ are we forgiven and cleansed. Mary is not suggesting that only Christians sin, but she is exposing secrets, those that hurt and scar, those that wound the heart to the core and those that may even cause us to trip in our faith. These are tough subjects, and like all sin it is not pretty to face. As Christians we must be transparent and not try to hide our sins, but be honest about our struggles, that attracts rather than detract people. In order to grow in our faith, and the sanctification process we must not be afraid of sin, but rather be brave enough to face it straight on, deal with it, confess and repent. Otherwise, we are no better than the unbeliever. Mary does not leave the reader wallowing in sin, but rather offer redemption, forgiveness, as well as unconditional love to those who are willing. If I have one disappointment with the book it would be that the next two are not in print yet I cannot wait to read them. My copy of the book will be passed on this week it is too good to keep on the shelf.
I usually read biographies, autobiographies, history and the like but this book grabbed me from the very start. Mary's ability to use words to give you a picture that is in great detail makes it a pleasure to read. It also gives you cause to really think through life things. Good or bad, right or wrong, things happen and how does that fit with our faith? It is a challenge to walk through Jed's struggles with what has been said and done to him and what the reality of Jesus truely is. I found myself almost willing Jed to discover the true Heavenly father. I can not wait for the next book to see how Mary developes this story.
Daisy Chain by Mary DeMuth is a fast paced, suspenseful novel that keeps the reader turning pages anticipating the revelation of the whereabouts of the missing Daisy. This a book about family secrets. Thangs are not always as they seem and people are not always whom they claim to be. DeMuth takes us inside the hearts and minds of the victims of abuse and the price they pay to keep up the facade.This is the 3rd novel that I have read by DeMuth. Her stories are not about happy subjects. They bring you face-to-face with the dark side of life. I rebelled against this when I read Watching Tree Limbs, her first novel. I recognized it again when reading Wishing on Dandelions, her second novel. So I was not surprised to see the subjects of abuse and neglect come up in Daisy Chain. I must confess that it is difficult to read of these subjects. But I understand that DeMuth's goal is to bring healing, and to do this the topic of abuse must be brought from the darkness into the light.Colorful, poignant, and enigmatic characters fill the pages of this book. Jed, Sissy, and Daisy are victims, innocent victims. My heart went out to them. There are villains too, and heart longed for justice. Bald Muriel and Hixson are mysterious at first, but both exhibit the love of Jesus.Daisy Chain is an enjoyable read that takes the reader on a journey of redemption.
Daisy Chain nestled me into the heart of a hurting family and showed me the why of abuse and its impact on the innocent. I feel warmed by the hot Texas summer where Daisy goes missing and DeMuths heart-tugging prose. As I shut the book, I realize Ive fallen in love with a fractured fourteen-year-old boy and all the people he loves.
Mary DeMuths Daisy Chain kept me turning pages late into the night. I just HAD to know why the characters living in Defiant, Texas, were all so defiant! Even the golden retriever wouldnt obey. Maybe it has something to do with the scorching, toe-burning dust and the fierce storms that blow in without warning but give no relief. Maybe thats why Defiant is so full of secrets, sorrow, and sickness. I have a love-hate relationship with novels that have sequels. I love that there will be more. I hate that loose ends dangle at the end of book one! If you are the kind of reader who needs a wrapped-up-with-a-bow, satisfying and sugar-sweet ending, this story probably isnt for you. Book two in the series wont be out until October! BUTif you want heart-piercing, thought-bending, dramatic fiction that scrapes up against life and tackles the broken state of our human condition, you must read Daisy Chain. Mary writes wonderful, life-changing fiction. And although one might perceive this book (and her first two excellent novels) as YA fiction because of the ages of the main characters, I appreciate the way she uses youthful characters to appeal to my personal inner child. The struggles young Jed Pepper faces spark memories of my childhood angst, joy, fears, and the events that became foundational to both my functional and dysfunctional adulthood. Most important, Marys novels carry the strong message of redemption. Nothing is beyond Gods grace. I know that to be true in my own life. Im hoping it will be true for Jed, Hap, Sissy, Miss Emory, Hixon and Bald Muriel. Cant wait for books two and three.