Thursday, June 10, 2010

Life in Defiance

Mary DeMuth

MY THOUGHTS: This is the much awaited third and final book in the Defiance, Texas Trilogy. Mary DeMuth has a gift of making characters come alive in realistic, almost gut-wrenching ways. Her writing style is reminiscent of the masters -- she is definitely an artist and her medium is the English language. The way she crafts a sentence is magical and it draws you into the story until you find yourself praying for the characters when you put down the book.

You definitely need to read the first two books in the series before picking this third book up or you will be lost, however it will be well worth your time. These are not light summer reading -- they are meaningful books that will live on in your heart for years to come.


In a town she personifies, Ouisie Pepper wrestles with her own defiance. Desperate to become the wife and mother her husband Hap demands, Ouisie pours over a simple book about womanhood, constantly falling short, but determined to improve.

Through all that self-improvement, Ouisie carries a terrible secret: she knows who killed Daisy Chance. As her children inch closer to uncovering the killer’s identity and Hap’s rages roar louder and become increasingly violent, Ouisie has to make a decision. Will she protect her children by telling her secret? Or will Hap’s violence silence them all?

Set on the backdrop of Defiance, Texas, Ouisie’s journey typifies the choices we all face—whether to tell the truth about secrets and fight for the truth or bury them forever and live with the violent consequences.

Author and speaker Mary DeMuth helps people turn their trials to triumph. Her books include Ordinary Mom, Extraordinary God; Building the Christian Family You Never Had; Watching the Tree Limbs; Wishing on Dandelions; Authentic Parenting in a Postmodern Culture and the first two books in the Defiance, Texas Trilogy: Daisy Chain and A Slow Burn.
National media regularly seek Mary’s candid ability to connect with their listeners. Her radio appearances include FamilyLife Today, Moody Midday Connection, Point of View and U.S.A. Radio Network and is frequently featured on Chuck Colson’s BreakPoint. She has published articles in In Touch, HomeLife, Writer’s Digest and The Writer.
Mary lives with her husband Patrick and their three children in Texas.

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The book can be purchased on Amazon.

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Thank you to Zondervan Publishers for providing a copy of Life in Defiance for this review.

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