Jul 28, 2011

The Muir House by Mary DeMuth

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.

Visit the author's website at http://www.marydemuth.com/

MY THOUGHTS

The Muir House is an amazing story of one woman's quest to finally find out where she belongs.  Willa is certain there is a gap in her childhood memories, and she is determined to find answers no matter how painful they may be.

Willa never felt that her mother loved her, and she almost idolized her father. A journey back to her childhood home brings back memories, one by one. But sometimes the memories were too much for her to handle, and she is tempted to run, just like she ran from her boyfriend who proposed to her.

She says she wants the truth, and she believes that the truth will finally set her free. The questions she asks are tough ones, and the answers are even tougher. 

The Muir House is so much more than a fiction novel.  It is a story of Willa's search for truth, her struggle to love herself and others, finally forgiving her parents, and accepting the love of her Heavenly Father.

What really impressed me about this story is how sometimes our memories are distorted, and the truth might be right in front of us, but we refuse to accept or acknowledge it.

I truly enjoyed this book and will definitely be looking for other titles by Mary DeMuth.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book courtesy of Zondervan, in exchange for my honest review.

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