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by Mary E. DeMuth

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.
Download Daisy Chain (Defiance Texas Trilogy, Book 1) epub
ISBN: 0310278368
ISBN13: 978-0310278368
Category: Bibles
Subcategory: Literature & Fiction
Author: Mary E. DeMuth
Language: English
Publisher: Zondervan (February 24, 2009)
Pages: 361 pages
ePUB size: 1561 kb
FB2 size: 1932 kb
Rating: 4.6
Votes: 997
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I bought this book, because I first read Mary E. Demuth's memoir "Thin Places" and it was so good, so well written and inspiring, that I wanted something else by her. I started reading this book but will have to give it as a gift soon. From what I've read of it so far, I can see that it's very good. I like the images of the church and the butterfly. Interesting part about a marble being like God's eye. Eyes were a reoccurring image in this book. I liked the innocent feel of the book (not that the characters were always innocent and only 2 dimensional--they had depth) but even the bad things in the book seem to have a redeeming quality to them. I noticed that about her memoir, too, which is good. It leaves the reader with a sense of hope, rather than disappointment. I gave it 4 stars instead of 5, because some of the settings and images were repeated so much that it took away from the storyline a little bit. I felt drawn out of the story into these other things that the author reeeally want the reader to see. I would've liked more subtlety. Still, it's a heartwarming, thoughtful, and adventurous story, and really do like Demuth's style of writing. Actually, if she wrote a book on how to write, I'd probably read it, because she is one of those authors I want to emulate.
What an excellent book. Although the story is incredibly sad, the book is well written. The characters are so well developed that one easily feels empathy with their plight. The reader feels the loss on a personal level. Yet despite the sadness and unfairness of the circumstances the characters find themselves in one cannot put the book down.

The story is centered on the loss of a little girl and how her best friend comes to accept the loss and overcome his guilt for he was the last one to see her alive. But there's so much more to this story. It shows the imperfection of man, the facades people put up to match the world's expectations and the secrets we all have and refuse to admit and face.

This is an excellent book to read but it is not light reading. Expect to be engrossed and unable to put the book down.
I got this book when it was free for the Kindle since it was of the genre I usually like to read.
The story is captivating from the very beginning. The author has developed characters that immediately draw you into the story. The story of a young girl, Daisy, gone missing, and the subsequent guilt of her young friend, Jed, grabs your attention quickly, and the book becomes a real page-turner.
This is the first book in a triology, so the ending leaves you wanting more. I took the bait, and bought the second book, A Slow Burn, and I have found myself just as engrossed in the continuing story. I'm sure I will buy the third book due out May 11.
I do usually enjoy reading Christian books. However, some authors can go overboard and seem to try too hard to make it a Christian book, and every other sentence is a scripture, etc., until the book looses it's story line and becomes unnatural. However, this author has balanced the message she's trying to relate with the story line very well. You don't feel like you're being preached to, as it all comes very naturally to the characters. This kind of book is rewarding to read, and leaves you thinking, but not feeling "preached at".
I have thoroughly enjoyed both books, and look forward to the final third book.
grand star
It would be a good subtitle for this book. It's well written; there are a lot of characters; the subject is sad...and I still read the entire book and bought the 2nd in the trilogy.

This book is all too real, with so many of the horrible things that really do happen in life. It brings a new dimension to the normal books and television shows...that being, can we control or choose how the things that happen in our lives impact our beliefs about ourselves, the colors through which we see the world. In my life it's will be interesting to see how this too shall be used for good.

A young man, living in a "Christian" environment with an abusive father, a mother unable to protect or exist in the home without mentally leaving with headaches, a little sister that needs and loves her older brother, a friend that becomes a missing person in the first few pages and all the remainder of the cast of characters living in the midst of this group.

It's a good book - whether you're someone that has lived through a tough family life or you're someone that came from a loving family...the book will help you understand some of the damage that can be done and some of the ways that the damage may be limited. Like I said, I bought the second book in the trilogy.
He knew he had to get home to dinner or risk the rage of his father, Hap. Therefore, he didn't walk his friend Daisy home and she's now gone missing. For that Jed blames himself. His father the preacher doesn't waste an opportunity in telling him he's worthless. Hap is physically as well as verbally abusive to his family while being the picture of the perfect saint to his "flock." Just once Jed would like to stand up to him but finds he doesn't have the courage. For that, he mentally beats himself up over. He wants to be the protector for his mother and sister. His mother is slowly dying inside. The "headaches" might be her way of tuning out.

Jed finds acceptance in the unlikeliest of places. With Hixon and Bald Muriel. He can't believe that someone as holy as Bald Muriel could ever have done anything she now regrets. It brought tears to my eyes in the encouragement and comfort she brings to him. I love the way she stands up to Hap and invites him to eat with them despite his accusations against her.

This story is rife with real life. The characters battle within. Prayers don't always get answered and they struggle with their faith. Like a finger painting capturing reality. Like a musical instrument playing with the heart strings, this story can tug a tear from those who think they are beyond feeling.

Kudos to this author for expressing life so well.