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Overview In this sequel to "The Dead Don't Dance," Maggie has awakened from her coma and she and her husband try to put their lives back together. They pursue the possibility of adoption and continue to try to get pregnant. As the months pass, pain drives them further apart and they search for a reason to hope and to love.
""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.
From Publishers Weekly 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.
Citations And Professional Reviews Maggie: The Sequel to the Dead Don't Dance by Charles Martin has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Publishers Weekly - 07/31/2006 page 50
Christian Retailing - 09/04/2006 page 22
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Studio: Thomas Nelson
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.3" Width: 5.6" Height: 1" Weight: 0.75 lbs.
Release Date Sep 19, 2006
Publisher Thomas Nelson
ISBN 1595540555 ISBN13 9781595540553 UPC 020049130414
Availability 0 units.
More About Charles Martin
Charles Martin is a New York Times bestselling author of eight previous novels, including his recent novel Thunder and Rain. His work has been translated into seventeen languages. When not writing, his hobbies include bow hunting, working out (a blend of old school stuff and martial arts, called Fight Fit), and Tae Kwon Do, in which he currently has a black belt, though he notes he is "the least flexible person you've ever met." He lives with his wife, Christy, and their three sons in Jacksonville, Florida.
maggie of course is the follow up to THE DEAD DON'T DANCE and like it, it is very well written and very hard to put down...another winner in my book, pun intended...jr
Maggie Sep 17, 2008
Charles Martin is such a realistic writer. His stories are so "human", in that things happen in his books that actually happen to "real people". In "Maggie", his sequel to "The Dead Don't Dance", he writes in such a way you can enjoy this book, even if you didn't read the first one. I had read the first one, which made the second one very exciting! Mary Lee Howard, Andalusia, Alabama
Powerful Aug 1, 2008
This book is not what you expect in a series. It picks up and tells a very different story than the first book. Martin writes by painting with many different colors and textures, and presents places and images with a unique and fresh talent of expression. Distinctive among many excellent Christian Fiction novels, Martin uses memorable characters that readers can relate to, which are everyday people feeling the pain and struggles of everyday life and celebrate in the simple pleasures of living.
Maggie Jul 12, 2008
Maggie was the second book in a two part series by Charles Martin. The series was great and Maggie particularly compelling. Charles Martin is a young author who needs far more recognition in my estimation. His books are compelling, thoughtful, inspirational, and well written. I have read all of his works, and have ordered the new one which will come out this month. Hope he goes far and writes for a long time.
Great Book Apr 29, 2008
This book is a great sequel to The Dead Don't Dance. Charles Martin is a talented author who really gets deep into his characters' lives. His stories are riveting and uplifting.