Item description for Down Where My Love Lives by Charles Martin...
Overview When a sudden tragedy affects a young couple in South Carolina, Dylan Styles must come to terms with his loss and find the courage to resume his life and career.
Collected together for the first time-Dylan and Maggie's love story.
Down Where My Love Lives is a bittersweet yet triumphant love story-a tale of one man's spiritual journey through the darkness of despair into the light of hope.
The Dead Don't Dance was New York Times best-selling author Charles Martin's debut novel. Even then, the deep characters and emotional power for which he has become so well-known were apparent in his writing. Now, this story-and its sequel-are together in one volume.
The Dead Don't Dance-A sleepy rural town in South Carolina. The end of summer and a baby about to be born. But in the midst of hope and celebration comes unexpected tragedy, and Dylan Styles must come to terms with both love and loss. Will the music of his heart be stilled forever-or will he choose to dance with life once more?
Maggie-Life began again for Dylan Styles when his beloved wife Maggie awoke from a coma. In this poignant love story that is redolent with Southern atmosphere, Dylan and Maggie must accept their past before they can embrace their future.
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Studio: Thomas Nelson
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.4" Width: 5.7" Height: 1.4" Weight: 1.5 lbs.
Release Date Dec 30, 2008
Publisher Thomas Nelson
ISBN 159554609X ISBN13 9781595546098 UPC 020049135228
Availability 0 units.
More About Charles Martin
Charles Martin is the author of seven novels. He and his family live in Jacksonville, Florida.
Reviews - What do customers think about Down Where My Love Lives?
Charles Martin Book Jan 7, 2010
The book was in excellent condition, and arrived very quickly! Thank you for the great service.
A touching story the love of a man and wife and the struggles they face Aug 17, 2009
First of all, fans of Charles Martin and everyone else should realize that DOWN WHERE MY LOVE LIVES is not an original novel. It is a compilation of the two novels, THE DEAD DON'T DANCE and MAGGIE. This is not an original work, but it does include to incredibly touching and moving novels.
The two novels follow Maggie and Dillon as they face heartbreaking tragedy and loss all the while living out the essense true love and devotion through sickness and in health and for better or worse.
This is very much a Nicholas Sparks type book. Just like Sparks, the Christian themes are subtle but there. There are also excellent supporting characters and I can't wait to read more of his books.
Corny yarns, trumped up drama, no sense of continuity---a mess Aug 6, 2009
This two-fer book intrigued me for some unknown reason. Now I wish I could give it back to this site Vine. I pay attention to the best-seller lists, but I have never heard of Charles Martin before; now I'll know to stay away from him.
People keep saying what a marvelous writer he is, but he commits so many writer's sins I can hardly keep track of them. The most egregious is the way he flip-flops back and forth in time. One minute protagonist Dylan Stiles is in the hospital with his wife, the next he's on a raft on the river with his pal Amos. What's happening when? Sometimes he's teaching. Sometimes farming. Then he's at a revivalist church meeting. Can this guy stay still long enough for the reader to figure him out? Meanwhile wife Maggie, who's gone into a coma during childbirth just lies there in the hospital--a blank canvass to paint memories on. She comes alive in the second book, but readers may have given up on her by the time the first book, "Dead Don't Dance" is finished.
All the homespun stories and downhome homilies didn't go down well with me. I may be city dweller, but I'm not immune to rural charms. I lived in Iowa for several years, so cornfields don't turn me off. Martin's material was just cloying. Perhaps the worst downhome story of all was the story of the main character's love for his old truck, which he somehow related to the love of his wife. It was as much baffling as it was laughable.
The basic romantic story about a man and woman who lose both a baby and fertility could have worked in the hands of an abler storyteller, but I found myself gritting my teeth to get from one chapter to another.
There's an old saying, as Martin would say. People who like this sort of thing, like this sort of thing. I did not like this sort of thing.
GOOD READ Jul 12, 2009
I have read most of Charles Martin's books. He is a wonderful author who has a way of sucking you into the characters and plot within a few chapters. The "Awakening Series" of books does just that. Within a few chapters you are wondering what will happen next. What I can't comprehend is how Martin can put so much effort into plot and character development only to make you feel like he is just tired of writing towards the end of the books. It was o.k. when he did this with the first book of the series because the second book was included and you could just keep reading. The second book really needs a third. I hope that is what he is intending, but I doubt it. The sudden ending seems to be a pattern of Martin's. "When Crickets Cry" also followed this pattern. All that aside, this is a genuine good read. Martin is a wonderful author. It reads very fast and makes you feel like you are the luckiest person in the world.
From the depths of despair Mar 15, 2009
If it weren't for bad luck Maggie and DL wouldn't have any luck at all. At least that's how it seems through both of these books. Happiness, sadness, friendship, love, life. These two books will touch the reader. I laughed, I cried, I loved this book, couldn't put it down. Spiritual without being too much, in fact just right. A wonderful read with a wonderful message. READ THIS BOOK!