Saturday, June 17, 2006
In the pages of Watching the Tree Limbs, Mary DeMuth threads mystery throughout the book. Who is nine-year old Mara? Why won’t the people in her life answer her many questions to her satisfaction? And why does she always feel so out of place?
Mary’s well-developed and multi-faceted main character will tug at your heart, while the actions of people in Mara’s life make you want to reach into the pages to pull Mara into your arms to save her. But you can’t. So, even though the first chapter leaves you heartbroken and horrified, you must read on. Surely redemption can be found.
With a sure hand, DeMuth guides her reader through several touchy issues with acute sensitivity. When you conclude the book, you’ll be saddened to leave Mara. I wanted to continue to read to see where Mara’s path in life would lead. To my delight, Mary DeMuth has graced us with a few pages from her follow-up novel, Wishing on Dandelions, set to release late 2006.
I picked up this book intending to read a couple chapters before bedtime. I read about a third before I knew it. I have no doubt you’ll do the same. An engrossing and inspiring read. Highly recommended.
Paperback: 369 pages
Publisher: Navpress Publishing Group (March 5, 2006)
Mary E. DeMuth's Website: Relevant Prose
Note: I received this book from NavPress to review.