There is hope for a battered wife
In a town she personifies, Ouisie Pepper wrestles with her own defiance.
Desperate to become the wife and mother her husband Hap demands, Ouisie pours over a simple book about womanhood, constantly falling short, but determined to improve. Through all that self-improvement, Ouisie carries a terrible secret: she knows who killed Daisy Chance.
As her children inch closer to uncovering the killer’s identity and Hap’s rages roar louder and become increasingly violent, Ouisie has to make a decision.
Will she protect her children by telling her secret? Or will Hap’s violence silence them all? Set on the backdrop of Defiance, Texas, Ouisie’s journey typifies the choices we all face―whether to tell the truth about secrets and fight for the truth or bury them forever and live with the violent consequences.
“Mary DeMuth is an evocative, beautiful storyteller. She will move you emotionally, she will impact you spiritually.” — Tosca Lee
“With uncanny precision, Mary DeMuth has become a master at beautifully exposing ugly truth. Life in Defiance is completely compelling.” — Allison Bottke
“Mary DeMuth is a stunningly talented storyteller and wordsmith. Life in Defiance—a compelling read on so many levels—is pure DeMuthian artistry.” — Susan Meissner
“Life in Defiance will stir up emotions of anger…and forgiveness. It will disturb you. It will enthrall you. It will draw you out and pull you in. And it will fill you with hope. Beautifully written, it’s proof that Mary E. DeMuth is one of our finest novelists.” — James L. Rubart, Author