This is perhaps one of my favorite novels ever. Absolutely riveting, but it was so emotional I couldn't read it in one sitting. I had to keep taking breaks because I'd get too worked up. Lyrical writing, beautiful imagery, and soulful characters.
I was immediately caught in this book. It captures your attention quickly, and has good messages along with it. The characters were great, and very like how I view the south. I loved the interaction between his students and himself. Plus, his heartache brought together a great story. Looking forward to "Maggie", the sequel of this novel.
A wonderful storyline that has you crying, smiling(albeit somewhat sadly) and feeling wistful. Mr Martin has a very distinctive style of writing that captures the attitudes and speech of the South and small town living perfectly. He writes with a style that can be heart-rendingly stark one moment and lushly beautiful in another. His characters come to life on the pages and you find yourself wanting the book not to end.
This is one of my favorite novels of all time. I am afraid I may never again read another one this good. This is a strongly character-driven novel in the voice of a man waiting for his wife to awake from a coma. I was hooked from the very first page and finished it in two days. Dillan's love for his wife is heartwrenching and so pure. This is Charles Martin's first book, and in my opinion, his best. Have the tissues ready for this one! I can't wait to read it again.
Kim G. reviewed The Dead Don't Dance (Awakening, Bk 1) on
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Wonderful story of love and Christian renewal. The title kind of discouraged me a little from reading this book. It is about a husband whose struggling because his wife has become unexpectedly ill (in a coma). He is struggling with his faith and with his ability to figure out how to live his life in the possiblility of losing his wife. Triumphant ending makes the read all worthwhile for me.
Ardis M. reviewed The Dead Don't Dance (Awakening, Bk 1) on
Helpful Score: 2
This book is Charles Martin's first, not as good as the later several. I've loved his most recent books "When Crickets Cry", "Wrapped in Rain" and "Chasing Fireflies". A Christian author whose writing style is excellent.
Fantastic book that captured me from the first paragraph. Charles Martin has a unique way of writing that seems so simple, yet makes me feel like I'm right there living the story. This story will make you cry and ask yourself "what would I do?" Highly recommend this book!
This is billed as a novel of awakening and I would have to totally agree in so many ways. I found myself crying 2/3 through as it touched me in a sweet and magical way. (I rarely cry.) I throughly recommend this book and can't wait to read more by him.
A tale of loss, as we watch one man work through the pain of losing his wife in childbirth. The setting of a sleepy Southern town, with his lifelong friends and his connections with other more recent arrivals, helps us see how a community can reach out in love and caring in difficult times.
This is a lovely, lyrical book with wonderful imagery. It draws emotion out of you and gives you a glimpse of your inner self that is rarely shared or acknowledged. I highly recommend this book and can hardly wait to read his other novels.
Its about dealing with the blows of life and how we feel when we go thru them. A new baby is about to be born when the unthinkable happens. The baby doesn't make and the mother is in a coma. The husband doesn't know what to do or how to make it with this loss. Excellent read from a man's point of view of tragedy.
A poignant page-turner filled with loss, hope, and redemption. With passages that shine as bright as the South Carolina moon, Charles Martin captures the heart of the land and its people.
Michael Morris, author of A Place Called Wiregrass
This was my first book bt Charles Martin but I have ordered more! What a touching story, an emotional read that doesnt leave you feeling drained.
This is the author's first book and wow! I thought about it when I wasn't reading it and had a hard time putting it down till I finished it! Fast read because it's so good! Gotta get the next one by Charles Martin!