Tuesday, September 29, 2009

A Slow Burn by Mary E. DeMuth

Mary E. DeMuth renders a powerful tale of transformation and the ongoing ache of working through forgiveness in A Slow Burn. Emory Chance struggles with a grappling addiction and fights to let go of her murdered daughter and the events surrounding her death. DeMuth is unafraid to depict heart-wrenching portrayals of drug abuse, suicidal thinking, bitterness, and a threatening murderer scaring up the town of Defiance, as well as delve into other controversial topics. Her writing blooms on the page with a distinct and wonderfully authentic voice.

In this second book of the Defiance Texas Trilogy, DeMuth brings the reader through a journey, introducing the concept of hope and the impact of truth revealed throughout each and every exploration of tragedy. Key characters, including ever-forgiving Hixon Jones and loyal Ouisie Pepper infuse the story with resolve and rich personality.

DeMuth succeeds at creating memorable characters in A Slow Burn. The redemptive message weaved throughout the book, as well as periods of suspense, culminate in a fascinating and well-written story, leaving me to wonder how it will end.

17 comments:

  1. Sounds very interesting! This may have to go on my must read list :)

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  2. Mary's writing is stunning, and she's endured a long journey to publication. Her victory makes me want to stand up and praise God!

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  3. This books sounds wonderful. I recently read another review and there was nothing but glowing praise for Mary's writing. I'm definitely going to have to keep this one in mind.

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  4. Thanks for the review. More books to add to my to-read list!

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  5. I have this and can't wait to read it!

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  6. This is my second sighting of this book- it must be worth rushing out and snagging. I am convinced- thanks Wendy!

    Blessings to you...

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  7. This sound good. I will have to look out for it! :o)

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  8. Good post, Wendy. (I reviewed it too.) Her characters stay with you, don't they? It's a hard thing to write about, but thank the Lord, she does.

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  9. My "to read" pile is sooo big. I really want to read this. Thanks, Wendy.

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  10. I'm certain very few authors can pull off incorporating such heavy topics into a book with such grace and careful structuring. I appreciate Mary's work. I also appreciate her authenticity on her blog and through various websites.

    I'm going to write up a group letter today. Am hoping to get a good deal of writing done tonight.

    Meanwhile,
    "But may they who love you be like the sun when it rises in its strength." Judges 5:31b

    ~ Wendy

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  11. I have this one in my TBR pile. Glad it's a good one!

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  12. Ugh...so many good books, so little money for book buying. :) Have this one my "When-We-Can from Amazong" list by the computer...can't wait! Thanks for your review of it...now I really can't wait!

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  13. I picked up a copy of this at ACFW. Now I'm really anxious to read it! Thanks for such a thoughtful review, Wendy.

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  14. I haven't read this one yet, but I love Mary and her books. My personal favorite so far is Watching the Tree Limbs.

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  15. Thanks so much for posting your review and being an amazing influencer! I'm thankful you liked A Slow Burn.

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  16. By the way, your blog is BEAUTIFUL!

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