I have just finished reading my first book for the spring thing 2011, The slow burn by Mary E. DeMuth. So am writing this while my feelings for the book are still fresh.
The story of a young girl called daisy who is murdered and the way it affects those around her.
The second book a slow burn is the story of her mother Emory, and her grieving process and how some of those around her in the small Texas town of Defiance, pull together to guide her to God, and get her life, which has so far been full of mistakes, back on track.
This story is heartbreaking, but really spoke to my me and reminded me of my own struggles in finding God, it and daisy chain before it are a must read.
There is a third book in this series called life in defiance which I will be reading next, and I can’t wait.
Be prepared for lots of tears, and screaming with rage, when it comes to Emory who just cannot see the destructive path she is on or her worth.
And awwww’s over sweet Hixon. This is truly an amazing read, as was the first book daisy chain and my words just cannot do it justice.
Absolutely a must read.
daisy chain from the back cover
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.
a slow burn from the back cover
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.
my sprinf thing 2011 reading list...
1) the death artist by Jonathan Santlofer
2) A slow burn by Mary E. Demuth (finished reading)
3) A life in Defiance by Mary E. Demuth
4) Men are like waffles and women are like spaghetti by Bill and Pam Farrel
5) Painless by Derek Ciccone
6) It’s no secret by Rachel Olsen
7) Insane Reno by Jossie Marie Solheim (well I gotta do a full read through now the editings complete just to make sure so why not lol)
And last but not least (the one I am most looking forward too hehe is ...
8) My beginning by Melissa Kline.