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Mary DeMuth is the author of several southern novels, including A Slow Burn, Life in Defiance, and the Christy award finalists, Watching the Tree Limbs and Daisy Chain.  She’s also written four parenting books and a memoir, Thin Places. She’s passionate about the written word, teaching, and mentoring writers. Mary lives in Texas with her husband, Patrick, and their three children.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (July 9, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310330335
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310330332
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,494,685 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A vague memory - a ring - a secret from what seems to be a lifetime ago . . .
I was as anxious to learn the secret as Willa was. Each chapter seems to provide another clue that just whets your appetite for yet another. I wanted to keep reading until I knew everything.
The characters were believable - I liked and disliked aspects of each player. Each one emerged as a real person.
And the characters are developed subtly. How many times have you felt your intelligence insulted because the author spells out the character's nature for you instead of allowing each one to evolve naturally?

I also received a free copy of this book and did not promise to write a good review.
But I loved this book and loved the characters so much they invaded my dreams the first night.
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I enjoyed parts of this book, but it became tedious. I am not a fan of very needy main characters, and Willa is certainly that.

Her relationship with Hale was confusing and strange. I liked him. I didn't like him with her. I didn't like her dependence on him over the Lord. In one scene, she is in a wooded area and speaks aloud to Hale. But when she doesn't get a response, she says "Jesus, then." like Jesus is a poor second choice.

When Willa goes back home, looking for answers, and almost immediately falls prey to her old flame, I tuned out in frustration. She had major issues with this man before, and is seriously involved with Hale, and yet she goes prancing off with Blake like Hale doesn't exist. I don't get that. Was it supposed to add drama to the story? It just annoyed me. And it happened more than once.

There are other elements about the story that I didn't like. When secrets in a book are revealed to me, and not the character, I can handle it because I know what is going on. When I am just as in the dark as the character, it is frustrating. I didn't like all the secrecy. A lot of it seemed unnecessary. Hale's secrecy in his letters, mentioning a female name but not giving details, Rheus and his knowing everything but being unwilling to share his knowledge, Genie and everyone else bowing to the wishes of a hurtful and selfish man.

There were elements I did enjoy. Some of the writing was beautiful. Some of Willa's thoughts resonated with me, and I think they will with anyone who has experienced hurt and loss, betrayal. I liked Hale's commitment to the Lord (even if I found him a bit odd in general), and his trying to do right and give Willa her space to find the truth.
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Secrets... Secrets... Many people have them, most people do their best to keep them that way, secrets are supposed to stay that way, until they don't anymore.

But this story is not only about the secrets, even that, you will hunt the secret with Willa for a long time during the novel, but more to find home, the real home.

There was one thing I really enjoy about Willa, her determination, after she decided that she need it to discover the truth, uncover the secret, fill the void, she did not stop, she look for it, and hunt it down. That's most likely the most important lesson of this book, and one of the reasons I enjoy this very much.

I enjoy reading this book, the story allow you to move forward, to hope that Willa answer all those questions, make you think, laugh and cry. Each chapter give you a clue, and make you feel one step closer.

This is one of those books, that will make you think about your life, while I don't had Willa's life, it make me think on my own, on the good things, on the things I miss, and the secrets that were kept from me over the years.
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A wonderful tale, of redemption, of faithfulness, of love in the journey of life as it navigates through hurt, through rejection, through loss and misunderstanding. Beautifully written, complex and compelling. Don't read this one in a hurry it is worth taking your time.
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I read this book in less than 24 hours. I was captivated and couldn't put it down. While I don't share the same history with Willa, I shared some of the struggles in my heart. I related to her story and fell in love with her boyfriend, Hale too. This story is rich and deep. It seeps into the soul and intertwines Jesus in a way that tugs at you, reminds you who you truly belong to. Where your home truly lies.

Mary did an excellent job in winding this story just right. The words of wisdom through out kept me highlighting the book. Words to live by. Words of truth. She enraptured me and made me think. My favorite kind of story. I also enjoyed the Seattle references :) So close to home!

One of the best books I've read in a while!
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Although the story line was intriguing, I was disappointed in the style of writing. For me it just did not flow smoothly. The author jumped back and forth between time periods and settings without any warning. To me this was a real disadvantage and took away from the integrity of the story. Otherwise it would have been a 5 star rating from me.
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The Muir House by Mary DeMuth is about a young, determined woman named Willa Muir who is looking for home and a missing year, a missing memory. She turns down a marriage proposal believing her life is too unstable with missing memories. Willa was starting to piece together some fragments when the house she was staying at in Seattle burns to the ground. She feels driven back to where she grew up--Rockwall, Texas. There she tries to sort through her feelings about her deceased father, her dying mother, her old boyfriend, the caretaker of Muir funeral home turned Bed and Breakfast, and the fractured memories that come back to her as she uncovers answers.

I appreciate that Willa is a strong-willing woman, undeterred by those who think the past should be left hidden, buried, or forgotten. There were moments when I wanted to keep turning pages to discover what happened next, but I had to put it down to chew on the concepts Demuth creatively wove into the storyline.

The Muir House includes mystery, suspense, romance, and healing in an order I did not expect. I would definitely recommend this book.

I received this complimentary copy from Zondervan to read and give an honest review.
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