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The Muir House Paperback – July 9, 2011
In Twenty Years: A Novel
When five college roommates gather after twenty years, can the rifts between them be repaired? Learn More
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About the Author
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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
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!
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Mary draws you into her stories and doesn't let go. Excellent character developmentPublished 23 months ago by Linda Kennedy - Author of Brooke's Miracle - Harris Family Series
I absolutely loved this book...and the topper whoosh it was here so quickly. Thanks. I will shop you first in the future. Jerre..Rockwall ExpressPublished on June 14, 2014 by Jerre L.
Really loved the story... touched on so many things personal. But beyond that it is well told, well written, and is realistic in handling many aspects of life. Read morePublished on March 4, 2014 by GMS
It's a good book. I was a little disappointed in the storyline. I thought at times it could have been more developed.
We read it in my Book Club.
This book was a page turner. Willa's past won't let her move forward into her future. When her boyfriend proposes, she goes home to find out what happened in the missing year of... Read morePublished on December 11, 2011 by Ashley Wintters
Do you ever have a childhood memory but can only remember parts of it? That's exactly what happens to Willa Muir. Read morePublished on December 1, 2011 by Mara Kim
We all have secrets. But what if dreams and vague memories haunt you, but clarity eludes? You know something epic hides in your past, but what? Read morePublished on November 16, 2011 by Donna Pyle