Maggie  -     By: Charles Martin
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Maggie

WestBow Press / 2006 / Paperback

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In this emotionally powerful sequel to the Christy Award finalist The Dead Don't Dance, Maggie wakes up from a coma, and she and Dylan must struggle to put the pieces of their lives back together. Will their love and faith in God be enough to sustain them in the midst of bewildering loss? 320 pages, softcover from WestBow.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: WestBow Press
Publication Date: 2006
Dimensions: 8.37 X 5.43 (inches)
ISBN: 1595540555
ISBN-13: 9781595540553
UPC: 020049130414
Availability: In Stock

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Publisher's Description

"When Maggie opened her eyes that New Year's Day some seventeen months ago, I felt like I could see again. The fog lifted off my soul, and for the first time since our son had died and she had gone to sleep—some four months, sixteen days, eighteen hours, and nineteen minutes earlier—I took a breath deep enough to fill both my lungs."

Life began again for Dylan Styles when his beloved wife Maggie awoke from a coma. A coma brought on by the intense two-day labor that resulted in heartbreaking loss. In this poignant love story that is redolent with Southern atmosphere, Dylan and Maggie must come to terms with their past before they can embrace their future.

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Fans of Martin's Christy-nominated debut novel, The Dead Don't Dance (2004), will be delighted to see this somewhat uneven sequel in which Martin picks up the story of Dylan Styles, a farmer and junior college instructor. His long vigil at his comatose wife Maggie's bedside following the stillbirth of their son has ended with her awakening. Now, life in Digger, S.C., is beginning to return to normal or so it seems. Together, Dylan and Maggie try to rebuild a life interrupted, grieve the loss of their son and ponder trying for another baby. But as the couple pick up the pieces of their relationship, tragedies perhaps an overabundance of them are just around the corner. "What makes the broken whole?" Dylan wonders. "How does deep-down pain, interwoven like sinew, come untangled?" Martin's plot twists, including one involving Pastor John's past that comes back to haunt him and the people he cares for, may seem like a distraction from the stronger theme of Maggie and Dylan's own struggles in taking their marriage forward. One of Martin's many strengths is in his rich portrayals of people, but he has a penchant for overusing similes, and his often beautiful writing sometimes needs to be tightened. The ending laudably offers hope and redemption without too-neat resolution. (Sept. 12) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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  1. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    March 26, 2010
    Laura
    While I loved the book The Dead Don't Dance, I found the sequel to be a little disjointed. Although still a good story, I thought all the action and misfortune of the main characters too unusual to be realistic. However I would still recommend it as a follow-up to the original story, The Dead Don't Dance.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    October 20, 2009
    Claire Rogers
    Charles Martin has done it again!!! A great book to read and a real tear jerker. I loved it!
  3. 3 Stars Out Of 5
    February 10, 2009
    Galilee Weldon
    This is a strong emotional tale, and very well told. As in the earlier book, and now this sequel I find myself very annoyed with the behavior of the main character - he continually makes wild and even dangerous, selfish and stupid choices - and yet, I cannot stop reading sometimes with tears even. I have a very mixed feeling. But, if you buy it you will enjoy the read.
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    November 13, 2006
    Narelle Mollet
    Maggie continues the poignant journey of Dylan and Maggie Styles introduced in Charles Martin's excellent debut novel The Dead Don't Dance. Maggie has awoken from the coma into which she fell after the traumatic labour that ended in the stillbirth of her firstborn son. Dylan, forever grateful for her restoration believes, "All the world was right.". As with all tragedy those it strikes are permanently changed and life never returns to what it once was. Dylan and Maggie struggle to adjust to the emotional and physical fallout from their trauma and as life becomes complicated and their hopes for a family diminish rapidly they need to find a way to hope again.Parallel to their story, Martin develops the intriguing yet damaged character of Bryce Kai McGregor, whose penchant for playing the bagpipes naked added so much humour to The Dead Don't Dance. In Maggie, his eccentricities are highlighted and explained, as Dylan discovers the horrors through which he has lived, survived but scarred in deepest places of his heart. Dylan and Bryce's friendship is one of the many treasures to be discovered in this novel. Dylan's childhood friend, Amos and his wife, Amanda Lovatt also return as part of the tapestry which connects this sequel so seamlessly to The Dead Don't Dance.Charles Martin's characters tug at your heartstrings due to their authenticity and his ability to convey the inner workings of their hearts and minds. His secondary characters are of the same quality and substance as his main characters being one of the many factors that set Charles' writing apart. While the number of tragedies befalling the young couple and their friends escalate at an alarming rate, the story is saved by Charles' unique literary style and unequalled character development. Charles use of symbolism throughout his novels is beautifully done and his avoidance of tying up all the loose ends neatly is a credit to him and a compliment to his readers.
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