When Crickets Cry

When Crickets Cry

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From the author of The Mountain Between Us and the New York Times bestseller Where the River Ends.

". . . charming characters and twists that keep the pages turning." --Southern Living

A man with a painful past. A child with a doubtful future. And a shared journey toward healing for both their hearts.

It begins on the shaded town square in a sleepy Southern town. A spirited seven-year-old has a brisk business at her lemonade stand. But the little girl's pretty yellow dress can't quite hide the ugly scar on her chest.

Her latest customer, a bearded stranger, drains his cup and heads to his car, his mind on a boat he's restoring at a nearby lake. The stranger understands more about the scar than he wants to admit. And the beat-up bread truck careening around the corner with its radio blaring is about to change the trajectory of both their lives.

Before it's over, they'll both know there are painful reasons why crickets cry . . . and that miracles lurk around unexpected corners.

"If you read any book this year, this is the one." --Coffee Time Romance

"Martin's writing is gifted and blessed and insightful. His prose captures the essence of the story with beauty and sensitivity. I look forward to reading more of his work, past and future." --onceuponaromance.net

"[O]ne of the best books I've been asked to review, and certainly the best one this year!" --bestfiction.tripod.com

"How is Charles Martin able to take mere words and breathe such vibrant life into them? Each character is drawn with an artist's attention to detail, beauty and purpose. Readers won't want the story to end because that means leaving these lovable people who have become so much more than just a name in a book." --inthelibraryreviews.net

Published: Nashville, Tenn. :, WestBow Press
Copyright Date: ©2006
ISBN: 9781418526726
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Oct 28, 2018

I have added Charles Martin to my favorite authors list because this book is one of the best I have read in my reading years at Olathe (20 yrs), and because of the immediacy, I feel it to be so for my whole life (probably because I am so forgetful now). Not only does he write well, but his ability as a man to put feelings into words and to describe people, events is superb. I also admire his inclusion of Biblical truth and wisdom seamlessly, unobtrusively and naturally. There is no preaching or agenda-message; the story is the star, and one that hooks you immediately and drives you to its unexpectedly good ending.

May 26, 2018

If I could,I would give this book a 20 star rating! The "heart" is powerful on so many levels.

Sep 17, 2017

My favorite of all C Martin's books! What's not to love? His character's lives are woven together beautifully as we take this journey with them. It's about failing hearts and broken hearts and the heart of a town for it's own. I actually read this twice and would recommend the audibook on Hoopla. The river, the town, and the characters are all part of this masterfully told story!!

Dec 28, 2016

I enjoyed Mr. Martin's detailed description of his surroundings. The characters were fully alive and I was remiss when the story was over, because I wanted to find out what happened to them next! A wonderful story of healing and triumph.

Booktraveler Aug 30, 2011

This book was a decent read but followed a pretty set formula and got a little too preachy for me. I did enjoy the characters and the medical backdrop was interesting as well.


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