Welcome to those of you stopping in after reading Mary’s devotion at Proverb’s 31 Ministries. You picked a very special day to join here on She Reads. Two years ago today we launched this site and our first book club selection was Daisy Chain by Mary DeMuth. In honor of both Mary and our second anniversary, we have chosen her latest novel, The Muir House, as our August book club pick!
Anniversaries don’t happen every day – especially in the blogging world – so we wanted to celebrate in a big way. Two years. Two prizes. That sounded like a great idea at first. But then we decided to throw in a third prize for good measure. You ladies are worth it.
Clearly it’s the year of the e-reader, if not in the world at large, then certainly here on She Reads (ironic since neither Marybeth nor I own one). Since we couldn’t choose between the Nook and the Kindle, we decided to give away both, along with a Starbucks mug and gift card. Here’s how to enter: for the Nook, leave a comment on this post; for the Kindle join our online forum and participate in this month’s discussion of The Muir House (every comment you leave is another entry!), and for the coffee gift set, sign up for our free monthly e-newsletter. And yes, you can enter to win all three prizes! Winners will be randomly drawn and announced at the end of the month.
And now, a little about our guest of honor and her latest creation:
Willa Muir can’t say yes to the love of her life … until she explores her past and solves the mystery of a haunting dream. But when Willa’s desperate search unearths unthinkable secrets, her heart collapses. Can Willa shake her past to embrace a love that could finally lead her home?
“You’ll find home one day. Sure as sweet tea on a hot afternoon.”
Words from Willa Muir’s sketchy childhood haunt her dreams and color her days with longing, regret, and fear. What do the words mean? Willa is far from sure.
When Hale Landon places a ring on her finger, Willa panics, feeling she can’t possibly say yes when so much in her past is a mystery. Bent on sorting out her history, Willa returns to Rockwall, Texas, to the Muir House Bed & Breakfast, a former funeral home.
But the old place holds her empty memory close to itself. Willa’s mother utters unintelligible clues from her deathbed, and the caretaker of the house keeps coveted answers carefully protected. Throw in an old flame, and Willa careens farther away from ever knowing the truth.
Set in a growing suburb of Texas, The Muir House explores trauma, healing, love new and old, and the life-changing choices people make to keep their reputations intact.
You can read the first chapter here.
Mary DeMuth is a chef wanna-be, a sometimes tri-athlete (note emphasis on sometimes), and a passionate follower of Jesus. She’s in love with her husband and kids and is zealous about writing and speaking. (She promised her family she wouldn’t talk about her nose ring.) Her deepest dream is to see stories—hers and others—change lives as they’ve changed hers.
Although she writes both non-fiction and fiction, she’s especially fond of the latter because of the power of story. Stories saved her. From the parables of Jesus, to novels like To Kill a Mockingbird and The Book of the Dun Cow, stories swept her away into a world of hope and possibilities.
She hopes this month’s selection sweeps you away as well!