Watching the Tree Limbs

Watching the Tree Limbs

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by Mary DeMuth
     
 

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Watching the tree limbs keeps resilient nine-year-old Mara Weatherall from the pain of General's daily attacks--attacks he warns her to keep secret, or else. In the small world of 1979 Burl, Texas, all Mara really has are the tree limbs, a lumbering Aunt Elma, her boyfriend Officer Gus, the bully General, and her new best friend Camilla who rhymes maddening snatches…  See more details below

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Watching the tree limbs keeps resilient nine-year-old Mara Weatherall from the pain of General's daily attacks--attacks he warns her to keep secret, or else. In the small world of 1979 Burl, Texas, all Mara really has are the tree limbs, a lumbering Aunt Elma, her boyfriend Officer Gus, the bully General, and her new best friend Camilla who rhymes maddening snatches of truth. Mara needs to escape General's advances and find out who her real parents are before those who would want to destroy her succeed. Will she recognize redemption through Zady the Jesus-loving housekeeper, Denim the clandestine town prophet, or Mr. Winningham her new guardian whose quiet rage masks even deeper secrets?

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http://www.publishersweekly.com/978-1-57683-926-3 - Publishers Weekly
DeMuth captures the horrific situation from Mara's inability to keep her body from shaking to her determination to watch the tree limbs to keep her mind off of what is going on, while providing hope of redemption and healing. Her characters are expertly drawn, and encompass meanness, evil, great kindness and the confusion of generally good people who don't know how to handle what life has given them. Christian themes are woven throughout as a natural expression of the characters and situation. R

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780983436744
Publisher:
Mary E. DeMuth, Incorporated
Publication date:
12/13/2011
Pages:
274
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.58(d)
Age Range:
14 Years

Meet the Author

Mary DeMuth is the author of 12 traditionally published books. She speaks around the world and loves to help her listeners and readers live uncaged lives. Find out more at MaryDeMuth.com

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Watching the Tree Limbs 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a full length novel. I am sorry, but I can not remember how many pages it has. It is a coming of age novel for a young girl, who has experienced many heart breaking events in her life. It is well edited and very well written. There are adult topics in this book, including child sexual abuse and race discrimination. This is chick lit and is for adults, due to some of the subject matter. There is religion in this book also. The author paints a very realistic picture of small town life. This is one of the best books, I have read in 2015 and I highly recommend it. AD
Guest More than 1 year ago
Way to go, Demuth! You've taken away a whole Saturday from me. All I wanted to do was to begin this book, so I picked it up yesterday around 2:00. I finished the thing around 6:00. Crimoney! I'm a pastor. I'm supposed to spend my Saturday preparing for Sunday. I was just going to read a chapter or two to pass some time. Now I've neglected my wife, my kids and the church! Folks, I just couldn't put this thing down. It's a good read on a tough and uncomfy subject. Every good story has a good villain and and an underdog in need of justice. Such is the case with this one. My heart's cry for resolution, salvation and justice would not let me drop this book 'til I'd polished it off. Hats off to Mary DeMuth. She knows how to make a book not only mysterious but meaningful. The subtle reference to the book of Ruth near the end of the story is masterful. Gotta go. The honey-do list has grown.
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MrsBooks More than 1 year ago
Mary E. DeMuth is an amazing writer. I just finished "Watching Under the Tree Limbs," and I was touched deeply by this beautiful story. She captures a child's heart and perspective beautifully. I loved the characters who were drawn realistically. Mary is a very talented writer. The only drawback to the novel is the ending. A little bit too tidely tied up. Yes, there was justice, which I appreciate. But in my life experience, Jesus saves & he provides peace, love, etc. But when it comes to sexual abuse, neglect, abandonment, etc., children often need more help. Growing in Christ is a lifelong process that isn't neatly wrapped up in the ending of a novel by a salvation experience (it may happen to some, but not all). Maybe Wishing On Dandelions will clear this up. Overall, I highly recommend this book, if you enjoy well-written Southern fiction with Xtian overtones.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was moved by the title to begin with, and wondered how that came to be. Once I began the journey into Watching the Tree Limbs, and Maranatha's life, I knew I could never turn back. DeMuth opens your heart to the tragic life of a little girl with no one to love her, and many who hurt her. But as lost as she is, she is never alone, and she is able to find God in the nooks and crannies of her life. Watching the Tree Limbs is a journey you will not soon forget into all the why's of our faith, and the pain life can bring. I found myself re-discovering answers to my own questions, and can't wait to read book #2 in this series, Wishing on Dandelions
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mara Weatherall doesn¿t know she doesn¿t belong anywhere. She thinks her parents are dead and that Aunt Elma is her aunt. What nine-year-old wouldn¿t? But after Aunt Elma¿s mysterious death and the unwanted appointments with the bully, General, Mara learns she doesn¿t belong anywhere¿not even in the big white house with silent Mr. Winningham. Or does she? Mary DeMuth weaves a heartrending story of Mara¿s search for family¿and the unusual place in which she finds it. By the time all the threads are neatly tied together and Zady relates Mara¿s history to her, the reader is hard put not to cry along. Secrets and lies almost destroy Mara, but truth-telling sets her on a path toward freedom. It was a genuine delight to experience this story, even through the hard parts. The redemptive ending rang true, allowing the reader¿s heart to mend along with Mara¿s.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Burl, Texas has secrets and one of its biggest is the secret of Mara and her past. In this poignant novel, nine-year-old Mara longs to belong to someone, but not to the bully down the street. Watching the Tree Limbs will take readers on a heart-rending journey that will inspire them to stand up for those who can't do so for themselves. With well-drawn characters who readers will care about and intricate threads that weave together perfectly, this novel is one to watch, and definitely to read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
`Watching the Tree Limbs¿ is responsible for the circles under my eyes this week. I just couldn¿t put it down. This story of this young girl touched me deeply, and even though I knew it was fiction, I rode the roller coaster of emotions with young Mara. It is amazing how true-to-life first time novelist Mary E. DeMuth, portrays Mara¿s reactions to abuse and neglect. I highly recommend you run, not walk to your nearest bookstore (brick and mortar or on-line) and get your copy. Don¿t be surprised if you have to special order it, but if you do, it will be well worth the wait.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I received a copy of this book I made the mistake of starting it before I had met some of my most pressing deadlines. I am now playing ¿catch-up¿ with those deadlines because once I started reading WATCHING THE TREE LIMBS I couldn¿t stop until I was done. Not only is this a captivating and moving story, but the writing is exquisite. In this modern age of publishing where selling platforms often take precedence over writing ability, it¿s exciting to find someone who is a writer first, an author second. Mary¿s heart so obviously ¿feels¿ her words before she pens them that reading her work is akin to listening to a perfectly orchestrated symphony. Thank you, Mary, for one of the best reads I¿ve had in a very long time!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I got hold of a copy of Mary DeMuth¿s new novel Watching the Tree Limbs the other day and made the mistake of starting it before I had met some of my more pressing deadlines. I am now playing ¿catch-up¿ with those deadlines because once I started reading I couldn¿t stop until I was done. Not only is this a captivating and moving story, but the writing is exquisite. In this modern age of publishing where selling platforms often take precedence over writing ability, it¿s exciting to find someone who is a writer first, an author second. Mary¿s heart so obviously ¿feels¿ her words before she pens them that reading her work is akin to listening to a perfectly orchestrated symphony. Thank you, Mary, for one of the best reads I¿ve had in a very long time!
MichelleSutton More than 1 year ago
Wow! This story gripped me from page one. At first, you wonder how anything good could come from something so bad. And though good things (per se) didn't come, Mara did find love in this world. She learned to trust, found strength despite her traumatic past, and discovered who she was by novel's end. This story will make you think more, want to love more, seek God more and most of all, will leave you with a sense of completion and satisfaction. I was sad when the story ended, but am ecstatic that a sequel is coming out called Wishing on Dandelions. If it's half as good as the first, it's still superior to many books on the market today. In my mind this story is a classic just like To Kill A Mockingbird and is a must read for someone who wants to escape to another time and place. Since I grew up in the 1970's it was especially nostalgic for me. I kept picturing myself as Mara at her age. I felt for her and wanted someone to come to her rescue and fill the void in her life. Beautiful story. Wonderfully written. Life-changing. A must read!
harstan More than 1 year ago
She has no idea who her biological parents are and up to three months ago nine years old Mara was raised by her Nanny Lynn on the family farm by Little Pine, Texas. When Nanny Lynn died, Mara moved to nearby Aurora to live with her only other known living relative Aunt Elma, who is dying from cancer.------ Unlike Nanny Lynn who enjoyed doing things with her granddaughter, Aunt Elma expects Mara to find things to do. The preadolescent makes friends with Camilla and enjoys pretending she is Nancy Drew investigating her own past. Camilla warns her to beware of the bad people and soon the bitter Mara observes first hand what her pal means when the thirteen year old malevolent General steals her childhood by raping her.------- The child¿s life twists again when Aunt Elma dies forcing Mara to move into an old mansion run by Mr. Winningham. She now knows that in spite of God¿s teachings, people do bad things she also concludes as she learns more about her parents that sometimes good can come out of bad as Maranatha finds solace with the Lord and with him at her side, she finds the courage to confront her past and her present.---- This is a powerful inspirational character study that takes the audience inside the souls of several residents of a small town Texas in the late 1970s, but especially the beleaguered heroine whose lament and subsequent ¿redemption¿ will touch the hearts of the audience. Mara believes she caused the deaths of her family members including her mom and feels she has no adult to turn to even when bruises on her body prove someone is abusing her instead she finds Jesus who gives her the inspiration to live. Mary DeMuth provides a deep puissant Inspirational fiction of salvation.------ Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What ages is it good for