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A Slow Burn: A Novel (Defiance, Texas Trilogy #2)

4.03  ·  Rating Details ·  269 Ratings  ·  54 Reviews
'I will punish you as your deeds deserve...' Emory Chance knows the cross-stitched warning points directly to her motherly neglect. Burying her grief, she's determined to find her daughter Daisy's murderer. But when the investigation hits a dead end, her anger escalates. Not even the kindness of her persistent suitor Hixon can soften her heart towards the community of frie ...more
Kindle Edition, 369 pages
Published September 22nd 2009 by Zondervan (first published 2009)
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Apr 09, 2010 Delia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
1973. Defiance, Texas.

Emory Chance’s 13-year-old daughter, Daisy, was kidnapped and murdered. After her funeral, Emory’s sorrow is made more acute by feelings of self-recrimination. She hadn’t been a model mother. She’s never been a model anything — woman, wife, daughter, mother, or employee, and the whole town knows it. When the investigation into Daisy’s death closes before a perpetrator can be found and made to pay, Emory sinks further into overwhelming despair and addiction.

Then someone begi
**I received this book from Amazon Vine**

This is the second book in a trilogy following Daisy Chain where a 13-year-old girl, Daisy Chance , disappears. This second books focuses on her mother's story dealing with her loss. I did not read the first book in the trilogy.

I found A Slow Burn to be just that...slow. Even though the writing was well done and the story telling descriptive, I found the plot to be slow. It was also very dark and a little depressing for me. I was a good 200 pages into the
I have mixed feelings about this book -- second in a trilogy. "The Slow Burn" was slow going. It just seemed to go on and on about Emory's problems. At times, I considered not finishing the book. Hixon, as a type of Christ (similarities to Hosea in the Old Testament also crossed my mind), was obvious from early on. There were no surprises and it took much too long to tell this piece of the trilogy.

Having said all of that, I still intend to read part 3 of the trilogy. That means, despite my rest
Mar 29, 2010 Molly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
I didn't think I wanted to read this book, because I just didn't see how anything could have been better than Daisy Chain. Boy was I wrong.

What a fantastic book.

Captures how our guilt over sin and past mistakes can trick us into running to the wrong things and people. Great illustration for why it is so hard for some people to see how faith and trust can be hard things to develop.

Just Wow.

Looking forward to the last book in this series and I will be reading more of DeMuth's work!
Edwina Cowgill
Jun 12, 2010 Edwina Cowgill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
She touched Daisy’s shoulder. So cold. So hard. So unlike Daisy.
Yet so much like herself it made Emory shudder.

Burying her grief, Emory Chance is determined to find her daughter Daisy’s murderer-a man she saw in a flicker of a vision. But when the investigation hits every dead end, her despair escalates. As questions surrounding Daisy’s death continue to mount, Emory’s safety is shattered by the pursuit of a stranger, and she can’t shake the sickening fear that her own choic
Fiction Addict
Oct 22, 2016 Fiction Addict rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Slow Burn, the second book in the Defiance Texas Trilogy is by no means a sagging sequel. The intensity keeps the reader absorbed until the very last page. I love the people in this story and their struggle to both give and receive God’s grace. Unlike Daisy Chain, the first book in the series, A Slow Burn is narrated by Emory Chance, Daisy’s troubled and enigmatic mother.

If you loved Daisy Chain, A Slow Burn won’t disappoint. If you haven’t read Daisy Chain and you enjoy women’s fiction go bac
Glenda Bixler
A Slow Burn
By Mary E. DeMuth
ISBN: 9780310278375
362 Pages

There are some books, like A Slow Burn by Mary E. DeMuth, that speak directly to you. When that happens, it becomes memorable and is one that will be placed on your “keep” shelf, possibly to reread or refer to special friends. A Slow Burn has a number of lessons to be learned, or perhaps, as He is prone to do, God’s particular message for “you” will be what you find.

While Emory Chance is the main character, I was drawn most to Hix
Oct 01, 2009 Linda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Linda by: author
In Daisy Chain, Daisy Chance had been kidnapped when left alone in an old abandoned church by her friend, Jed. She was 13, he was 14, the best of friends. Jed had blamed himself for her going missing.

In A Slow Burn, Daisy had been missing for two months when Emory, Daisy’s mother, got word that Daisy’s body was found. Following her identification at the morgue and funeral, Emory tried to escape the loneliness and guilt by abusing drugs she got through Angus, wondering if her behaviors throughout
Amanda G. Stevens
Emory is a deadbeat mom whose teenage daughter was found murdered. Hixon believes God is calling him to marry Emory and sets out to obey. Set in small-town Texas in the 1970's (though the latter isn't very clear beyond racial attitudes), this is the sequel to Daisy Chain and alternates between Emory and Hixon's third-person perspectives. She plunges into apathy, self-blame, and despair; he wavers between dedication to his calling and frustration at Emory's distance. As for the plot ... well. See ...more
Sep 23, 2009 Cindy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Slow Burn
Defiance Texas Trilogy
Mary E. DeMuth

Reviewed by Cindy Loven

The second book of a trilogy, A Slow Burn, is a book that was a bit hard for me to read, having recently lost a child myself. It was a dark book. That being said it was a book that held my interest. And it left me wondering how the third book of the trilogy will play out.

Emory Chance lives in the small town of Defiance Texas. A single mother, her thirteen year old daughter Daisy has been missing for two months an
Sep 30, 2009 Carly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It’s a funny thing, when I watch a movie I usually stay fairly detached. Movies don’t usually get inside my head and stir my emotions. Books on the other hand, they are a different story. Some books have more effect on me than others, but once in a blue moon there is a book that pulls me in and does not let go even after the last page is turned. A Slow Burn is one of those books.

There is sadness and heartache to be found in the pages of A Slow Burn. So much so, there were a couple parts of the b
I read an un-put-down-able book last night, and the strange thing is, I’m not even sure if I was meant to have picked it up yet. It’s called “A Slow Burn,” by Mary E. DeMuth, and according to the publisher’s website (Zondervan) it doesn’t come out until October. But Mary was kind enough to allow me to be an “influencer,” so I received my copy early, and once I’d opened it—well, like I said—I couldn’t put it down.

The story and characters drew me in right from the start. The protagonist, Emory Cha
Donna Collins
Oct 02, 2009 Donna Collins rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I finished A Slow Burn by Mary E. DeMuth and loved it so much I didn’t want it to end.

A song from Todd Agnew has the words,
"Cause we are all broken here,
We are all ashamed
I couldn’t fool you if I wanted to
Our stories are too much the same"

I thought of that song as I wrote a letter to my granddaughter, Aubrey, about the book "A Slow Burn," by Mary E. DeMuth, the 2nd book in the Defiance, Texas trilogy. Words from the book weren't always a slow burn, but scorching hot and searing with love and th
Sep 07, 2016 Debbie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"A Slow Burn" is a Christian historical novel set in 1977 in Texas. This is the second novel in the series. You can understand and enjoy the story even if you haven't read the first novel, but I got the feeling the story would have had even more depth (and there was plenty already) if I'd read the first book before this one.

This was one of those stories that drew me in and came vividly to life in my imagination, but I think it had more to do with a few, select setting details combined with vivid
Carla Stewart
Nov 08, 2009 Carla Stewart rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This second course in the Defiance Texas Trilogy was a bit of a surprise to me. Instead of continuing with Jed Pepper’s story, Mary takes us deep into the lives of Daisy Chance’s fragile, drug-addicted mother, Emory, and Jed’s warm-hearted friend, Hixon, whose own life is marked by uncertainty and grief. From the story’s opening with the discovery of Daisy’s body until the very last page, Mary paints a heart-wrenching picture of the colors of grief, the depths of regret and guilt, and the strang ...more
Kathleen L. Maher
Nov 13, 2009 Kathleen L. Maher rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I have not had the benefit of reading Daisy Chain, the first book in the Defiance, Texas trilogy, but even so, the unique story of Emory Chance and her lost daughter captivated me. DeMuth’s prose sang with a casual ease that was so easy to plunge into, evoking the conflicted world of a drug addicted woman full of regrets. Emory’s worst mistakes and secrets unfold in a sympathetic glimpse into generational dysfunction, somehow escaping the tendency of some self-indulgent tales from the sordid. Wh
Clockstein Lockstein
A Slow Burn by Mary DeMuth is the second book in the Defiance, Texas trilogy. Emory Chance is "perfect in every way, but flawed to her marrow." Devastated after the disappearance and murder of her daughter Daisy, Emory can't forgive herself for not being the mother her daughter needed and deserved. Hixon Jones has determined to show Emory the love of God no matter how hard she pushes him away, eventually falling in love with her. Emory's spirit was broken again and again from childhood throughou ...more
Karen Rabbitt
Sep 21, 2009 Karen Rabbitt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mary DeMuth has a heart for the lost, the least, and the last. Emory Chance, drug addict, neglectful mother of Daisy, and the object of small-town Defiance, Texas gossip, is rendered in colorful detail in Mary's distinctive prose. Readers will understand more about what drives a mother to neglect a child.

They'll enter into the heart and mind of someone who's been neglected and now feels deep regret and shame about neglecting her own child. Daisy's murder intensifies Emory's emotions and sets her
This book is a sequel to the novel Daisy Chain. The writing style seemed easier to follow in this novel than in Daisy Chain or perhaps I was familiar with it after reading the first novel. In the previous novel, the story centered around Jed, an adolescent boy, who is close friends with Daisy Chase, a 15 year old girl who disappears. In this book, the story is centered around Daisy's mother, Emory Chase. The author once again has done an awesome job of describing the inner thoughts and struggles ...more
Myra Johnson
I have to begin by saying this book did NOT end as expected! That's not a bad thing--in fact, Mary DeMuth's heart-wrenching story riveted my attention to the very last page. She is a master at digging deep into her characters' lives and pulling out every emotional nuance.

A Slow Burn continues the mystery begun in Daisy Chain, which relates a young girl's abduction and murder and the devastating effects on her family and friends. In this second book of Mary's trilogy, the murdered Daisy's mother,
Nov 17, 2009 Amydeanne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Don’t let the title series fool you. You don’t have to be a Texan to enjoy this book! I will admit I first misread the date; I was thinking it was a historical novel set in Texas, but it was set in 1977. A very fickled era of inter-racial situations, a lot of darkness with addictions and such. A very heavy read BUT I loved it! You can really feel the passion in this book — the heart wrenching struggles of addictions and the joy of letting God take hold of your life. I think Mary did a great job ...more
Lauralee Bliss
Mar 05, 2010 Lauralee Bliss rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was anxious to read this book by Mary as I had heard of her excellence in writing. And this book did not disappoint. I was interested to read literary fiction, as I had not done so in the past. I found her writing well done, drawing one into the story. My only qualm about the book is that it is so dark. And rather depressing. Everywhere. There was little semblance of joy and peace found in Christ. Or if it was there, it was so overshadowed by the darkness that it did not shine through. Even wi ...more
Mar 28, 2010 Elaine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Book 2 in the Defiance Texas Trilogy focuses on Emory (Daisy's mother) and Hixon - their lives and pursuits.

A story of pain and betrayal. Love and forgiveness. Anger, stubbornness, loss. Kindness, rejection.

A woman doesn't want to go on living; feels she has to pay for her sins -- in a deeper way than she already does. She's trying to run away from it all but finds she has friends who care about her. There's a man who doesn't know what to make of her. He cares about her and wants to obey God but
Sep 07, 2009 Melissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

The second part of the Trilogy, this book gives us the same heart pounding action and heart wrenching emotion we have come to expect from Mary DeMuth.

The acts of forgiveness, denial, betrayal, love, humility and hatred are expertly examined in this Defiance, Texas sequel. It's almost as if Mary know just what to write on paper to touch each of our souls, and then does so as if she is speaking to us as individuals. Her words make you feel what each of her characters are feeling and say
Heather Zuber-Harshman
Mary DeMuth was on fire with this book (no pun intended - you'll understand when you read it!). Her descriptions were phenomenal: unique, flowing, perfectly placed, just the right amount. I found her scenes to be captivating, her story to be just complicated enough, her characters to be real, engaging.

I learned many great techniques for my own writing from reading her work. Although my fiction novel is a different genre, the basics of good writing remain the same, and she nails them. So I took t
Michelle Johnson
I like this series pretty well. I loved the development of the characters and the plot. I adored the redeeming qualities set forth. Because that really is how Jesus works. And that really is the way of addiction.

However, except for the person who committed the murder (whom I am unsure of) the book is pretty predictable. Don't get me wrong, it's a nice Sunday afternoon read; clean with a deeper meaning.

I will read the third book as I just can't be left hanging on who did this.

As far as Christi
Mar 02, 2012 Heidi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
2nd book in the Defiance Texas Trilogy by Mary E. Demuth. This series is not lighthearted or humorous in any way. But they are very very good. This book is about Emory whose daughter Daisy was murdered in the first book. Emory has had a hard-scrabble life, raised by a mother who refused to love her and eventually died of cancer while refusing to apologize for anything. Emory is an addict who has turned into her mother and only realizes after Daisy dies how much so. She turns anyone away that may ...more
Donna G
Jul 26, 2011 Donna G rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book in the Texas Trilogy series about a young girl named Daisy who was murdered in the small town of Defiance, Texas. This book focuses on the girls mother Emory Chance, a drug addict who is dealing with her guilt over the death of her daughter. The subject matter of this book was a little dark, but the characters were very likable and the story line kept me interested and guessing the whole time. I am anxiously awaiting the third and final book in this series and like the wr ...more
Sep 20, 2009 christina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
'A Slow Burn is a second novel in the trilogy about Emory Chance, a drug addict, that seeks revenge on her life for all the misdeeds of the past. Her daughter Daisy has been killed and she is hell bent on finding the killer no matter what it takes to end her life. God's mercy is at work big time in this novel. Mary DeMuth depicts the characters in an all out array of her artful descriptions. This novel keeps you on the edge of your seat and the grace of God is at work in her character Hixon to s ...more
Stronger than the first book (which was good), perhaps because the author could better identify with an adult woman than a 14-year-old boy. This is much more than the mystery of who killed Emory's daughter Daisy. In fact, it would have been just as good a book if Daisy had died in an accident and there was no murderer to discover. It is the characters and their internal struggles that matter most. Although there is a love story, it is almost more the romance of Jesus loving and wooing a sinner. ...more
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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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