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Daisy Chain: A Novel [Paperback]

Mary E Demuth
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking April 15 2009
Format:Paperback
"Jed'd been one to see the world in comic book contrasts. Bad folks and good folks. Villians and innocents. Heroes and killers. But sitting under the shade of a wide-reaching tree, eating peanut butter cookies and drinking Hixon's ice-cold lemonade, he wondered if life was really like that." (Daisy Chain)
A thought-provoking and memorable novel filled with reality - the good and the bad. The characters are wonderfully real and complex. I normally read most Christian novel's in one day, devouring them quickly like my favourite chocolate; Daisy Chain was different. It took me days to read and left me thinking long after the book had been put down, If you're looking for a quick read with predictable, stereotypical, feel-good characters, this is not the book for you. If you want a book about real people and real life, the good and the bad irrevocably mixed together, if you want a fresh perspective on God's grace to all of us, I highly recommend Mary De Muth's Daisy Chain. I look forward to reading the remaining books of this trilogy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Touching Coming-of-Age Novel June 22 2009
Format:Paperback
In Daisy Chain, author Mary Demuth takes on some big topics: abuse, grief, alcoholism, cancer, abduction. She doesn't offer pat answers, but lets the readers consider what is presented and come to conclusions themselves. Nor are those words mentioned in the story; the issues are woven neatly through the fabric of the narrative, with the reader putting together the clues.

Jed Pepper's voice is real and heart wrenching as he deals not only with the pain of losing a best friend, but also with the trials of becoming a man. Through flashbacks, we get a picture of who Daisy was and why her friendship mattered so much to Jed. In some places, the flashbacks were jarring, as it was hard to sort out what was in the past and what was in the present; but as the novel progresses, these flashbacks form the clues in the story.

Several reviewers have compared Daisy Chain to Harper Lee's novel To Kill a Mockingbird, for its coming-of-age themes, teenage narrator, and class/faith tension. It is definitely a novel that sticks with the reader and makes them think hard about the characters and their problems. Mary Demuth wove a realistic, wrenching story and I'm looking forward to seeing where the sequel goes.
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect marriage of sorrow and the healing power of faith Sept. 5 2009
By The Pampered Lamb - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I was beyond pleasantly surprised by this book.

I had never heard of this author, and was a little worried about reading a book under the category of "Religion"

This book is amazing! It marries discovering faith with a real-world painful accident. From the very start you feel the characters and go through the emotions as they are going through them. You want to reach through the pages and hug, cry, laugh, surrender and believe right along with them. All the while bringing to light the power of faith and religion.

Not one sentence in this book feels like a lecture. Instead, it uses an incident which happens in each American community at one point or another, and shows how by letting go of pre-judgements and conceptions, everything can be overcome and healed.

One note I must add is that once you read this book, you have no choice but to continue with the series. Not because of obligation, but because you get so attached to the characters, that you want to be there for them when they continue their journey. Not one character you meet in this book is a throwaway. They are all written for a reason and are integral to making the story what it is. To do that is a rare gift this author has mastered.

This first book in the Trilogy is a sure smash! The second book, "A Slow Burn" is sure to be just as enticing and well written. Please be sure to look out for it as it comes out October 1, 2009.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dancing with Daisy April 14 2009
By R. Wegner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
By Michelle Wegner

I just finished reading Daisy Chain by Mary Demuth last night. I love a good story, one that grips me and keeps my attention the entire time. This story did that for me and more. It touched parts of me in a very deep way that I hadn't thought about for a long time, causing me to think and reflect deeply on where I am and how I got here.

The way Mary tells this story set in Defiance, Texas in the 70's made me feel like I was there with each and every character she described. I could feel the Texas heat, smell the air, touch Daisy's matted hair, and see her dance and twirl in the wind. Her telling also made me feel Hap's rage and anger in a very real way. Something about the duplicity of his character, a small town preacher by day, and a wife demeaning, child abusing husband/father by night, made my skin crawl.

For real!

I loved this story.

I can't wait for the 2nd and 3rd books come out so I can put my mind to rest and find out what happens in the end...
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In A League of Its Own! Oct. 23 2009
By Cherie Hill - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Through the riveting novel "Daisy Chain," Mary E. Demuth has set a new standard for Christian fiction and few writers will ever come close to reaching it. Demuth doesn't want you to walk away from her books simply "reading a good story"... she wants you to "live" them and be transformed by their message.

You may find your heart pounding as Jed Pepper runs to check on Daisy. You will find yourself filled with anger at Jed's father who portrays a heart for God as a preacher, yet is abusive behind closed doors. You'll want to sit down with Jed's mother and let her cry on your shoulder. You might wish you could go to Defiance and rescue Jed and his sister, help look for Daisy, and pray in hope for the brokenness that has consumed the town, but there's no need to. The author introduces you to God's grace in the form of Hixon and Muriel. Demuth leaves no stitch of the story loose or undone. She has weaved a perfect tapestry of the truth of tragedy, yet the assured triumph through God's mercy and grace. Each character is as mysterious and intriguing as our Creator who has made each of us. The author brilliantly keeps you on the edge of your seat while taking you through the realities of a fallen world. She doesn't beat around the bush; she doesn't try to sugar coat pain. "Daisy Chain" will open your heart and your eyes so that you will get a glimpse of what it's like to look at others as God does.

Mary E. Demuth has a God-given talent to write that most could work towards their whole life and never even come close. Each word is carefully chosen and artfully written. You'll be up all night reading "Daisy Chain" and find yourself hoping there is no end to Mary's incredible story telling of Defiance, TX. Lucky for you, the second book in the Texas Trilogy is released and you don't have to wait to read it ("A Slow Burn"). My advice...buy them both together...you won't want to wait to go down to the book store or the time it will take for shipping!
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A breath of fresh air but not enough... Feb. 9 2010
By J. Lewis - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I have read a fair amount of Christian fiction and have become quite weary of it. The books are usually poorly written with mediocre story lines and always come off as preachy. "Daisy Chain" was a breath of fresh air to Christian fiction. The book was written very well. The author crafted her words carefully and her descriptions were vivid. Jedd was a very likable and endearing hero. The author had the guts to address a sensitive topic and I loved how all of her characters had their doubts and imperfections.

I only gave this book three stars for a couple of reasons. First off, I am a very avid reader. I usually devour a book within a few days. This book was hard for me to get into. It took me about a week to read it and I was bored at times. I'm not even sure if I will read the second one... The storyline plodded methodically along and I found it confusing when the book would randomly jump to 30 year old Jedd. I would have appreciated some kind of warning or transition that the book was going to a different time period. I loved Jedd and Sissy but I had a hard time with the adults in this book. ALL of them were completely dysfunctional and over-the-top. By the middle of the book I just wanted to scream, "Can we have one normal adult please?" I found it hard to connect with them.

Overall, this book was very thought-provoking and well written albeit boring at times.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Did I miss something? March 28 2010
By Mary A. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I have to wonder.... was I reading the same book that got the 4 plus reviews? I enjoy reading "Christian literature" so the subject matter wasn't a problem. But really, this story line was s-l-o-w to the point of redundancy. I kept reading thinking it would go somewhere. At 50 % read I found myself wondering how much more time I wanted to invest in the plot. At 69% I caved and said, "enough already!" Will Daisy ever be found? I'll never know and frankly, I don't care.....yawn!
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