Daisy Chain by Mary DeMuth
The abrupt disappearance of young Daisy Chance from a small Texas town in 1977 spins three lives out of control-Jed, whose guilt over not protecting his friend Daisy strangles him; Emory Chance, who blames her own choices for her daughter’s demise; and Ouisie Pepper, who is plagued by headaches while pierced by the shattered pieces of a family in crisis.In this first book in the Defiance, Texas Trilogy, fourteen-year-old Jed Pepper has a sickening secret: He’s convinced it’s his fault his best friend Daisy went missing. Jed’s pain sends him on a quest for answers to mysteries woven through the fabric of his own life and the lives of the families of Defiance, Texas. When he finally confronts the terrible truths he’s been denying all his life, Jed must choose between rebellion and love, anger and freedom.
Daisy Chain is an achingly beautiful southern coming-of-age story crafted by a bright new literary talent. It offers a haunting yet hopeful backdrop for human depravity and beauty, for terrible secrets and God’s surprising redemption.
About the Author:Mary DeMuth
Mary DeMuth is an expert in the field of Pioneer Parenting. She helps Christian parents plow fresh spiritual ground, especially those seeking to break destructive family patterns. Her message guides parents who don’t want to duplicate the home where they were raised or didn’t have positive parenting role models growing up.
An accomplished writer, Mary’s parenting books include Authentic Parenting in a Postmodern Culture, Building the Christian Family You Never Had, and Ordinary Mom, Extraordinary God. Her real-to-life novels inspire people to turn trials into triumphs: Watching the Tree Limbs (2007 Christy Award finalist, ACFW Book of the Year 2nd Place) and Wishing on Dandelions (2007 Retailer’s Choice Award finalist).
Mary is a frequent speaker at women’s retreats and parenting seminars, addressing audiences in both Europe and the United States. National media regularly seek Mary’s candid ability to connect with their listeners. Her radio appearances include FamilyLife Today, Moody Midday Connection, and U.S.A. Radio network. She also has articles published in Marriage Partnership, In Touch, and HomeLife.
As pioneer parents, Mary and her husband Patrick live in Texas with their three children. They recently returned from breaking new spiritual ground in Southern France where they planted a church.
Learn more about Mary at http://blog.myfamilysecrets.org/.
This novel is worth reading!!! The novel goes very deep into the ways in which secrets can destroy a family or even a town. Daisy Chains is not what I would call a light read. I forgot about sleep, dishes and all other distractions as I fell into the town and characters of Daisy Chains. From the very beginning I was riveted by the intensity of the characters. Be ready to be challenged and become so involved with the characters you will forget they aren't real. Mary does an amazing job with writing from the heart.
I have an extra copy of this book that I would love to share and Mary is also having a contest for some great prizes with the Truth and lies Meme. In following with Mary, I am going to give away one of my extra copies to a lucky reader who leaves a comment telling me which of these three statements are the truth.
- I met my husband at Skunk Camp.
- I collect salt and pepper shakers.
- I have traveled to all 50 states.
Remember you can earn extra entries for my book give away by subscribing to my blog by email or by following me, or send a friend who leaves your name in the comments. Contest will close March 25th.