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Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2006
"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 sleepsome four months, sixteen days, eighteen hours, and nineteen minutes earlierI 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.
Charles Martin is a New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of 12 novels. He and his wife, Christy, live in Jacksonville, Florida. Learn more about him at charlesmartinbooks.com. Facebook: Author.Charles.Martin Twitter: @storiedcareer
Laura4 Stars Out Of 5March 26, 2010LauraWhile 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.
Claire Rogers5 Stars Out Of 5October 20, 2009Claire RogersCharles Martin has done it again!!! A great book to read and a real tear jerker. I loved it!
Galilee Weldon3 Stars Out Of 5February 10, 2009Galilee WeldonThis 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.
Narelle Mollet5 Stars Out Of 5November 13, 2006Narelle MolletMaggie 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.