ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Mary E. DeMuth is an expert in Pioneer Parenting. She enables Christian parents to navigate our changing culture when their families left no good faith examples to follow.
Her parenting books include Authentic Parenting in a Postmodern Culture (Harvest House, 2007), Building the Christian Family You Never Had (WaterBrook, 2006), and Ordinary Mom, Extraordinary God (Harvest House, 2005).
Mary also inspires people to face their trials through her real-to-life novels, Watching The Tree Limbs
(nominated for a Christy Award) and Wishing On Dandelions (NavPress, 2006).
Mary has spoken at Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference, the ACFW Conference, the Colorado Christian Writers Conference, and at various churches and church planting ministries. Mary and her husband, Patrick, reside in Texas with their three children. They recently returned from breaking new spiritual ground in Southern France, and planting a church.
ABOUT THE BOOK
The abrupt disappearance of young Daisy Chance from a small Texas town in 1973 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.
If you would like to read the first chapter of Daisy Chain, go HERE
This is the first book by Mary I have read and I found it interesting. In the first chapter we find Daisy has disappeared. Jed is the last person to see her (his best friend) and he chooses not to walk her home that night. The hunt is on... what happened to Daisy?
We follow Jed as he tries to keep his life together with a very dysfunctional family, Daisy's mom, some interesting secondary characters and his own personal demons to haunt him. In some ways we get closure, but not enough. This is the first in a trilogy and so I think some of the thread is intentionally left open so it can be woven through the next two books. I understand that, but it did leave me a little disappointed at the end. All in all it is a good book and I will read the next one in the series to get my closure.
If you would like to win a copy of Daisy Chain, then leave a comment telling me who your best friend was when you were about 14 years old. Be sure to leave an email addy as well and I will enter you in the drawing. If you are a blog follower leave a separate comment saying so and I will give you an extra entry! Good luck!