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When Crickets Cry by Charles Martin
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When Crickets Cry (edition 2006)

by Charles Martin

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Title:When Crickets Cry
Authors:Charles Martin
Info:Thomas Nelson (2006), Paperback, 320 pages
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SECOND REVIEW:

Definitely going to be writing an updated review for this second read. Have patience. :)



FIRST REVIEW:

*picks heart up out of the dust* Oh. My. Word. I just don't even know how to write this review!

I had pretty high expectations when I read this book, and in some ways, it didn't disappoint, but in others, it did.

I *loved* all of the medical details. This guy clearly did his research! I mean, I guess I can't speak to how accurate it is, but it is so detailed, I can't help but think it is accurate. It was really eye-opening about how dangerous, risky, painful - emotionally and physically - and nigh upon impossible heart transplants are. It gives me a greater respect for the people who go through them and the doctors.

The emotion . . . *holds heart* This book ripped my heart out, wrung it out, stomped on it, and just *barely* put it back in by the last page of the book. It was painful. I sobbed throughout a lot of it. It was just beautifully heart wrenching!

The writing style was in 1st person narrative, which I didn't like that much, but it did work in this book. There were just a LOT of times where I was skimming as Mr. Martin gave soooooo many details about unnecessary stuff, like building his house, dock, boathouse, etc etc. Some of it was to set up stuff later in the story, but there was still a A LOT that could have been cut out for a more enjoyable read. So, that was really frustrating. Also, the Christianity part of the book felt rather tacked on more as an afterthought. I think the book could have been that much more impactful if that was more natural.

There was also some crude contentinappropriateness I wasn't thrilled with. It relatively lightly dealt with the subject of pornography. And while I totally agree with what he said about it, it was too detailed for me. There were also a few references to being gay, and other such crude stuff, that made me uncomfortable. It's mostly all in one chapter, that I would probably rip out if I bought the book, as it didn't have a story-necessary content in that particular chapter.

The characters were all absolutely beautiful. Reese, and his baggage. Such an amazing character. I can't go into more about him without spoiling things. ;) And Annie - sweet, brave Annie! Sensitive, emotional Cindy, kindhearted, supportive, tells-it-to-you-straight Charlie, and the good doctor Sal. And don't forget Royer! He was so sweet! I loved his fatherly character.

All in all, I loved this story, but wish there were less unnecessary details and way less content. I am definitely interested to read more by this author, as despite my qualms with this book, I think he really is a talented author. Recommended for ages 16 , due to the above-mentioned content and pretty graphic depictions of medical situations. If you are sensitive to blood, and graphic medical details, you definitely don't want to read this!
  SarahGraceGrzy | Oct 2, 2018 |
It was years ago when I read this book. Fortunately, there are other reviews that describe in detail how great this novel is. It was one of the initial books I read by Charles Martin, which led me to others - but this is still my favorite!! ( )
  DanNimak | Jan 22, 2018 |
When Crickets Cry by Charles Martin; (5*)

I love inspirational books but I do not being preached at. When I began this book I expected it to be a good story but I got much more than I bargained for.
This book is one of the finer pieces of fiction I have read this year. It was so compellingly and beautifully written that I found it difficult to put down. This one will tug at your heart strings and make you look a little deeper into yourself; look at your life a bit differently. Perhaps make you count your blessings a bit more. I know I have.
The story is about Reese, a man with trying to get away from his past. And it is about a little girl who needs a new heart. Reece meets her as she is selling lemonade at a street stand to earn money to help pay for her new heart. The people of the community know her and her story and are good to come and buy her lemonade. They become friends. It starts out so innocent and sweetly that you are taken for a ride along through this southern community and and before you realize it you are so deep into the story that you want to remain immersed in it.
Reese lost his wife tragically and hasn't been able to find his way back to life's mainstream. His budding relationship with this little girl helps him to find his way out of the darkness in which he has been living and reminds him that life does continue on ever so sweetly and tartly just like a lemonade.
When Crickets Cry is a beautiful testimony to one man's return to the faith that things can again be good and beautiful. I am happy to have found another author to read and recommend. ( )
3 vote rainpebble | Oct 12, 2017 |
I like this book of love, life, mistakes and a big dose of God. I didn't realize it was Christian fiction until I got to the library and found it under "I" for inspirational. It was not down-your-throat, but the theme of Christianity was unmistakable. While the plot was predictable, the characters were well-developed and the writing drew me in. By the end, there were tears in my eyes, and an honest surprise at the end. ( )
  CarmenMilligan | Jan 18, 2016 |
This was a true page turner. I LOVED this book. It is about relationships and the trust in God of a little girl. I had a hard time putting this book down. I am ready to go out and get another book by Charles Martin. I would recommend this book to everyone! ( )
  ChildofGod | Dec 11, 2015 |
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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. Her latest customer, a bearded stranger, drains his cup and heads to his car. But the little girl's pretty yellow dress can't quite hide the ugly scar on her chest. The stranger understands more about it 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.… (more)

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