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Daisy Chain (Defiance, Texas Trilogy #1)

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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.
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Published May 26th 2009 by Zondervan (first published February 20th 2009)
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Delia
Apr 09, 2010 Delia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A small Texas town. A missing teenage girl. A highly dysfunctional family. A pubescent boy with a heart full of pain, a conscience pricked by guilt, and a life packed with trouble.

Where’s Daisy? When Jed Pepper’s best friend disappears, the boy blames himself – for her disappearance and for a myriad of other wrongs in his life. It’s hard to find answers when everyone he knows has a passel of dark secrets and hidden vices. In his search for truth, Jed comes to question God – His existence, His lo
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Dawna Bentley
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Ruth
Apr 24, 2009 Ruth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One reason I like Christian fiction is that the books are usually light happy reads, and everything wraps up with a bow at the end. That may not be indicative of a sophisticated reader, but it is me. I read for entertainment and generally speaking, I choose happy books. Daisy Chain is not a happy book.
Daisy Chain is the story of Daisy, the daughter of a single mother, and her best friend Jed Pepper. They live in the town of Deliverance, Texas and in 1977 they are thirteen years old. He is afrai
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Ashlee
May 27, 2011 Ashlee rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
UGH! So beyond terrible. My sister gave me this book and just raved about it- said that it was SO good and I had to read it immediately.
Probably the worst day of my life. The book's synopsis makes it sound like a great book, full of mystery and suspense. None of that. Basically, it's about two best friends (a boy and a girl) that live in Texas in the 70's. The girl goes missing and the best friend, Jed, is trying to find her (along with the entire town) but THERE IS NEVER any progression as to w
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Jill Williamson
Oct 14, 2009 Jill Williamson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Review by Gretchen Hoffman

Mary E. DeMuth’s latest book, Daisy Chain, is a coming of age story about fourteen-year-old Jed Pepper. He lives in Defiance, TX in 1977, a time of small towns where parents didn’t have to worry about their children running around. At least they didn’t until young Daisy Chance goes missing.

Not only is Daisy Jed’s best friend, but he was the last one to see her. Jed faces guilt over the disappearance of his friend and struggles with hidden hurts from his seemingly pictur
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Deanne
Jun 03, 2009 Deanne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was a good book until about 3/4 of the way through. I enjoyed the lyrical prose, but it got to be a bit much when there were at least two comparative phrases per page. I can only read that something was like something else so many times before it gets annoying. Near the end of the book, I counted the word "like" at least 5 times on 2 pages. There are so many other ways to get a point across and I felt that the author gave up near the end - which made me feel like just putting it down and no ...more
Shane
Jun 24, 2009 Shane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely LOVED this book. In fact I have pre-ordered the second book in the series from amazon due to come out in the fall. The characters are believable and not overly churchy like some Christian fiction. I met Mary recently which made the book even more interesting.
Sharon Olson
May 14, 2017 Sharon Olson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mary DeMuth is a master storyteller. The characterization and plot of this story pulled me in and compelled me to a deep empathy and compassion for what the characters experienced. It changed me. By the end of the story, I resolved to reserve judgment of people and situations because, really, what we see on the outside is a shell with so much more going on underneath. What might it be like if we all were a little slower to come to conclusions and a lot more compassionate?
Linda
May 30, 2017 Linda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Dreadful

I kept waiting for this book to move, flow, improve and make a storyline. This isn't about child neglect, abuse, poverty, or life generalizations. It's plain depressing, boring, and not worth reading. It's not my habit to get 80% through a book and stop. But I did. Not recommended.
Beth
Jun 22, 2017 Beth rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Disappointed

I kept hoping this would get better but it never did. The characters were unlike able and their motivations and emotions never really rang true. It is the 1st of a trilogy but I have no interest in reading the next
Sandra Guzman
Jul 20, 2017 Sandra Guzman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was so good! It had my feelings all over the place. Can't wait to read next book.
Rebecca
Mar 05, 2017 Rebecca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I lost myself in this book - read it in a weekend. It took me a couple pages to grasp what was current and what was flash back but once I did... whew! Fell in love (and righteous indignation!) with the characters. So many emotions felt in this book. I think I understand the world and myself a little better after having read it. Now I've got to find the rest of the series!
Tina
Dec 22, 2008 Tina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Daisy Chain is Mary E. DeMuth's masterpiece so far. Where her first two novels were lyrical in style, I found the prose in Daisy Chain to be quietly haunting and sophisticated. While I could hardly put it down, Daisy Chain isn't a book a reader wants to plunge through in one day. This is a book to savor. There is too much to learn and explore for a quick read and I found I wanted to take my time with the characters.

As in her earlier works, DeMuth's characters are youthful with a sort of wisdom
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Keiki Hendrix
Jan 05, 2010 Keiki Hendrix rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Bright, engaging, often sad and heartbreaking - all woven together with the elements of Christian life. Don't miss out on this one!"

Perhaps I loved this book because I live in the south. Perhaps I loved it because it provoked my memory to my early Christian walk. Perhaps I loved it because it just read like home to me. Whatever the reason, Mary E. DeMuth's `Daisy Chain` is forever etched into my memory as one of my favorite books.

In the summer of his fourteenth year, Jed Pepper's best friend, D
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Sheila
I had to read this. It’s the first book in Mary E. DeMuth’s Defiance Texas trilogy, and I’ve already read and reviewed books two and three. It’s a tribute to the author’s excellent writing and characterization that I was so eager to read the beginning even though I already knew the conclusion of the story’s mystery.

Daisy Chain introduces Daisy Marie Chance, whose disappearance haunts the trilogy. She’s seen through the eyes of fourteen-year-old Jed, almost the boy-next-door—her best friend and t
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Carla Stewart
Jun 20, 2009 Carla Stewart rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jed Pepper, a 14-year-old preacher’s son, has one thing in common with Daisy Chance—their families are not normal. Aberrant would be a better description. In the opening pages, Daisy disappears, throwing Jed into despair and guilt because he didn’t walk her home from their daily explorations.

With a cast of quirky and troubled characters, the book is about Jed’s search for Daisy while praying for courage to stand up to his father’s rants and frequent abuse.

It’s difficult to read at times with raw
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Dailycheapreads
Daisy Chain by Mary E. DeMuth was a captivating book that I read while on a recent trip and had plenty of travel time to read.

The book is set in a small Texas town in 1977. The author paints a vivid setting that draws the reader in. While feeling at home in 14-year-old Jed Pepper’s world, you also get the sense that things are not quite right and you’re eager to find out what things aren’t quite as they seem.

The story is told through Jed’s point of view and begins with the disappearance of his b
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Edwina Cowgill
May 25, 2010 Edwina Cowgill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When one is a published author, each succeeding published book is expected to be better—greater—than the last one. Mary E. DeMuth has not only exceeded that expectation, she has soared above all expectations in Life in Defiance.

I have read Book One, Daisy Chain, and Book Two, A Slow Burn, in the Defiance Texas Trilogy. Both books were well-written, insightful and thought-provoking. Both books had that “stick-to-your-ribs” quality – the characters, theme and learned lessons stayed with me long af
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Elaine
May 18, 2009 Elaine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, abuse
I have this in Kindle and in book format.

First in the Defiance Texas 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
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Melissa
Sep 05, 2009 Melissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 fai
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Joyce
Daisy Chain tells the story of a 14 year old boy's struggles after his best friend, 13 year-old, Daisy disappears. Her last request of him had been for him to walk her home and he had refused to do so because he was late getting home already and feared his father's punishment. He blames himself for her disappearance right after he left her at the ruins of a church. His struggles with her disappearance are portrayed against the problems he faces in his own home with an abusive father who is also ...more
Donna Shepherd
Feb 09, 2009 Donna Shepherd rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I heard one time that from the first page, a good writer grabs you by the throat and doesn't let the reader go. Mary DeMuth does this effectively in Daisy Chain. Right from the start when a little girl goes missing, the tension builds. The mystery of her disappearance intertwines with the coming-of-age story about Jed, a 14-year old boy who saw Daisy last. To say Mary writes multi-dimensional characters would be an understatement. No person is ever painted black or white, good or evil, but with ...more
Lisa
Jan 07, 2011 Lisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is told from a perspective of fourteen year old Jed Pepper. Jed's father is a highly respected preacher who in his quest to "discipline" his children and keep his wife "submissive" resorts to violence, keeping them in constant fear. On top of that, his best friend Daisy goes missing after he failed to walk her home one evening. Jed feels guilt over Daisy's disappearance and his inability to protect his mother and sister.

The first third of this book, though interesting was rough gettin
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Jessica Gonzalez


"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
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Catha
Last June I was given a kindle for my birthday. It was an unexpected gift that I have used almost every single day since. I heart my kindle.

The ownership and use of my kindle has resulted in me trying out many FREE reads that I have discovered on Amazon. Most of them are not things I would choose if I were a paying customer, but since they cost me nothing I hit that download button and read away.

I have yet to give 5 stars to any free kindle download, but I did give 4 stars to Daisy Chain. I find
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LeAnne
Good, but I'm not as enthusiastic as I was for her memoir, Thin Places. The characters are definitely complex. Even the abusive father has times when he speaks spiritual truth or does something loving, and the character who is "almost Jesus" is capable of lying to save face. This is adult fiction with a young adult protagonist. Young adult readers will probably pick it up although to me the young characters felt younger than the ages they were given. That might have been the more innocent (if yo ...more
Cathy Bryant
Mar 09, 2009 Cathy Bryant rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Imagine the horror of learning a child in your community is missing. Now pretend that you are the best friend of the child that's missing. Go one step further: How would you feel if, as the best friend, you believed you were somehow to blame?

The book, Daisy Chain by Mary DeMuth, tells the story of fourteen-year-old Jed Pepper, whose best friend, Daisy Chance, disappears one summer evening in 1977.

The first chapter is a poignant scene between Jed and Daisy, and takes place right before she goes m
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Virginia
Mar 15, 2009 Virginia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the story of Jed, a boy living in an abusive household. His father is a fanatical pastor who preaches hellfire and damnation with passion, then goes home and abuses his family - primarily Jed. Jed's mom disconnects from reality by taking to her bed with "headaches," brought on by her closet drinking. The story centers around the disappearance of Jed's best friend, Daisy, and his deep feelings of guilt.

Mary deMuth's writing style is hauntingly beautiful, her characters realistic, and her
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Jessica
This was even better than I expected, although different. Even though the title, the description and the beginning led me to believe it was a book about the girl, Daisy, it isn't. It is about Jed. And it takes place in a somewhat typical small Texas town found smack dab in the middle of the Bible belt.
What bothered me the most was the relationship between Jed and his father. It was abusive sure, but to make it worse, he was a pastor. Aren't there enough books out there making Christians and pas
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Aimie
Apr 07, 2010 Aimie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had been trying to get hold of this book for such a long time, I can't actually remember where I first heard about it. But it finally became available on kindle in Australia and I snapped it up.

During this story we follow Jed a 14 year old boy, whose best friend Daisy goes missing. We feel his guilt for not walking her home and we suffer with him every time his father loses his temper. As he wishes all the way through the book that he could protect Daisy, his Mama and his sister Sissy, I felt
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Mary E. DeMuth loves to help readers turn their trials into triumphs. Her books include Ordinary Mom, Extraordinary God (Harvest House, 2005), Building the Christian Family You Never Had (WaterBrook, 2006), Watching the Tree Limbs, Wishing on Dandelions (NavPress, 2006), and Authentic Parenting in a Postmodern Culture (Harvest House 2007). A mother of three, Mary lives with her husband Patrick and ...more
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