Wednesday, November 4, 2009

A Slow Burn by Mary DeMuth

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

A Slow Burn

Zondervan (October 1, 2009)


Mary DeMuth


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. She's also taught in Germany, Austria, Monaco, Italy, France, and the United States. 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.


She touched Daisy’s shoulder. So cold. So hard. So unlike Daisy.

Yet so much like herself it made Emory shudder.

Burying her grief, Emory Chance is determined to find her daughter Daisy’s murderer—a man she saw in a flicker of a vision. But when the investigation hits every dead end, her despair escalates. As questions surrounding Daisy’s death continue to mount, Emory’s safety is shattered by the pursuit of a stranger, and she can’t shake the sickening fear that her own choices contributed to Daisy’s disappearance. Will she ever experience the peace her heart longs for?

The second book in the Defiance, Texas Trilogy, this suspenseful novel is about courageous love, the burden of regret, and bonds that never break. It is about the beauty and the pain of telling the truth. Most of all, it is about the power of forgiveness and what remains when shame no longer holds us captive.

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My Comments:

A Slow Burn is the second book in the Defiance Texas Trilogy by Mary DeMuth. It follows Daisy Chain(Book One) and continues to shed light upon the stories of the people who were affected by the abduction of thirteen year old Daisy Chance.

Book Two chronicles the life of Daisy's mother Emory, who could easily have been nominated for Worst Mother Ever- at first glance, anyway. Emory was a neglectful mother,a drug addict who was stoned and passed out on the floor when her only child, Daisy, went missing. She harbors the deepest of anger, bitterness, and pain in the recesses of her very being, and delving into her story required a brutally honest approach. I had my doubts that Ms.DeMuth could pack the same intensity that hallmarked Daisy Chain in this follow-up, but she did. Not only did A Slow Burn wrap it's fingers around my heart and squeeze, but somehow, through it all I could see beauty in the life of the characters, even in one of the ugliest towns in fiction. I felt like some of my own chickens had come home to roost, and I had to deal. It's in the dealing and the relating that the truth comes in and sets you free.

These books exemplify why I love Christian Fiction.

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