This week the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance book tour is introducing A Slow Burn by Mary E. DeMuth
This is the 2nd book in the Defiance Texas Trilogy.
Emory Chance is a mother who is filled with regret. Her daughter, Daisy has been murdered and her killer is still out there. Emory is a woman who allows no one in her life or her heart. She lives life on her terms, trying to escape feeling any sort of emotion or owning up to the fact that she was a very neglectful mother. She has a drug dealer, Angus who keeps her stocked with marijuana or pills to help her forget. Even though in her mind she thinks that these pills are an escape, they prove to be visions of her sweet daughter or even worse ~ her own rejection day after day of not spending time with her daughter, sharing even a simple hug.
Hixon, an uneducated black man has been given a word from the Lord ~ Marry Emory Chance. Hixon does everything he can think of to woo Miss Emory and is rejected each and everytime. Hixon loves Jesus and it shows in everything he does. He cares for an elderly woman Muriel, who is suffering with cancer. Muriel and Hixon have a sweet friendship and Muriel is the only one who knows of this call from the Lord. Hixon is a precious man and his character will make you want to be a better person, to love as he loves and draw nearer and nearer to Jesus no matter what life throws at you.
Jed Pepper, the son of Hap, the towns pastor, was Daisy's best friend and also the one to find her body (in a clearing) after 2 months of searching. Jed carries guilt for being the last to see his friend alive and longs for Emory's forgiveness.
These characters along with others will take you on a journey. A journey of forgiveness. A journey of grace. A journey of perseverance.
I did not read the first book in the trilogy but I plan on it and look forward to reading the final book when it is released. I recommend Slow Burn to anyone. Slow Burn reaches into your heart and you will be surprised at all the layers it will touch.
Disclosure: Christian Fiction Blog Alliance sent me this book for free and asked that I give an honest review of this book. I receive no other compensation and the opinion is my humble but honest review.
Outside my window... raining. cold. just makes you want to snuggle up with some books!
I am thinking.....how very blessed I am
I am thankful for... The love of the Lord. The hope that is in HIM. Family who love unconditionally. Friends who care and show an example of Jesus!
I am wearing..pj bottoms and a hoodie
I am remembering...pressing leaves in wax paper as a child in my Nanas glassed in porch in Missouri in the Fall. So many trees and soo many colors....what precious times those were!
I am going... to begin walking and watching my calories. I have done nothing but sit it seems for the last 6 months and oh my!
I am reading...Shades of Blue-Karen Kingsbury, Finding Purpose Beyond our Pain- Paul Meier My Thomas Nelson review book The Proper Care and Feeding of our Husbands- Dr Laura and Tell Me Something True -Leila Cobo
I am hoping... things work out for me to work a couple of days for my husband doing inventory and that my Dad starts feeling stronger.
On my mind... Dad. As you all know he is always positive and encouraged. When I spoke with him this morning he sounded weak and frustrated at not knowing what was causing his weakness. He had chemo last week and each one is 3 weeks apart so he isn't due until 2 more Mondays.
Noticing that... we are getting back to the simpleness of Life.
Pondering these words... God discover Himself to the "babes" and hides himself in thick darkness from the wise and the prudent. We must simplify our approach to HIM. We must strip down to essentials (and they will be found to be blessedly few) We must put away all effort to impress, and come with the guileless candor of childhood. If we do this, without doubt God will quickly responds. T.W.Tozer ~ The Pursuit of God
From the kitchen... Working together with my husband....low calorie salads, grilled chicken, steamed veggies
Around the house...quiet evenings reading together with a warm crackling fire
One of my favorite things~ planning, anticipating the Holidays ahead :)
From my picture journal
Today is Nerd day at school ~ did pretty good didn't he....LOL