"Daisy Chain" by Mary E. Demuth is a coming of age tale about family secrets. It is one of those books that I just could not put down! It centers around the disappearance of a little girl named Daisy. The main character is her best friend, Jed. The story unfolds and you find out the secret his family is hiding while the mystery of this little girl's disappearance is explored.
The book is very honest and hard to read at times because of it's honesty. Jed's father is the pastor of the local church but at home he is a very abusive father and husband. This aspect of the book reminded me of my Mom's childhood. She grew up in a Christian household. Her father was a preacher but her home life was very hard. They would march into church as the perfect family but at home things were very different. After my grandmother passed away we saw a very different side to my grandfather. He became more of a gentle man because of the tragedy he faced in losing the love of his life.
This book did not end in a nice little neat package and I enjoyed that because it left me wanting more. "Daisy Chain" is book 1 in the Defiance, Texas trilogy so I can not wait to read about the other characters we meet in "Daisy Chain". I also hope that Jed and his family are explored further. You can see glimpses of hope through all the pain. Will we see redemption for some of the characters in the future books? I hope so!
Here is a little more information about the book and about the author, Mary E. Demuth:
Meet the author of Daisy Chain, 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/.