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Maggie (Awakening #2)

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"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 h
Paperback, 322 pages
Published September 17th 2006 by Thomas Nelson
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Apr 22, 2016 Kamilla rated it liked it
It is undeniable that Charles Martin has a way with words. The book is well written, the characters are well drawn and are distinctly different. The story flows well, there are no interruptions. And it is an emotional read. There's no denying that.
The book is written in the husband's, Dylan's POV. This way we see his tremendous love for his wife, his unbelievably kind persona, his ethics and moral standing. All of which are above average. He is truly a good man. And despite all the awful, heart
Janet W.
Jan 26, 2015 Janet W. rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adult, fiction
Love Charles Martin's way with words, although I don't like the horrid things that happen to his characters.
Lolita Hayes
Jun 13, 2012 Lolita Hayes rated it it was amazing
This is the sequel to Martin's book, The Dead Don't Dance.

I beleive that Charles Martin is a powerful voice in today's literary market.
He possesses the ability to add such depth and emotion to his stories, and in that respect makes his characters come alive.

You feel the joys, the sadness, the grief as if you were right there in the tight knit community where his family live. He takes you on an emotional ride of the personal trials of a loving couple who do everything right, and yet life takes t
Ann Miller
Jul 08, 2013 Ann Miller rated it it was amazing
Martin's writing is delicious on so many levels--his literary voice, Van Gogh-brilliantly colored and constructed characters, stories that warm the reader's soul. Maggie, the sequel to The Dead Don't Dance, ushers the reader back into Maggie and Dylan's world as they piece together their lives after her coma and the death of their child. I was delighted their eccentric neighbor got a bigger share of the spotlight in Maggie. This book sets the stage for Martin's mastery of memorable secondary cha ...more
Jul 08, 2014 Melissa rated it it was amazing
Becki Mullen
Oct 03, 2013 Becki Mullen rated it it was amazing
All the books by Charles Martin that I have read so far have been great. Another recommendation from Grandma that I questioned, but I'm so glad she introduced me to him.
Dec 19, 2013 Dana rated it really liked it
This is the story of Dylan and Maggie...the story of a marriage, of a life together, of two human beings and their world. Charles Martin is brilliant.
Nov 17, 2008 Kelle rated it it was ok
Too unrealistic for my taste...i need a break from this author.
Nikita Johnson-taylor
Feb 19, 2014 Nikita Johnson-taylor rated it really liked it
I truly enjoyed this book.
May 06, 2011 Amie rated it liked it
(ever-so-slight spoilers)

I'm having a hard time reviewing this for several reasons. 1st, it is no where near as good as "When Crickets Cry" or it's prequel, "The Dead Don't Dance."

2nd, I had a hard time believing that so very much tragedy (coma, loss of baby, car accident, near-drowning, rape, arson, kidnapping, and repeated assault) could happen to the same few characters in such a tiny town. I almost think that "The Dead Don't Dance" and "Maggie" should have been two completely separate stori
Kathy McC
Sep 02, 2013 Kathy McC rated it it was amazing
This is the sequel to The Dead Don't Dance, so I was already invested in the characters. Martin maintains the integrity of each of the major characters and the emotional impact of various conflict is powerfully done. Everyone should be lucky enough to find the friendships and love that these characters shared. I will say, this is my least favorite of all Msrtin's books because it was fraught with violence, and I just prefer not to read descriptive violence. But it was a terrific read!
"Love has
Jul 29, 2009 Lisa rated it it was ok
This is a sequel to another book. The first book was much better. I don't think the author should have tried to write a sequel.

Both books are the story of a young couple and how they struggle through various situations. However, in this book, the situations they encounter are quite difficult to believe, and I found it hard to enjoy a story that was so unbelievable.

I also found the author wrote too much to a male audience, though I think he intended the book for a female audience. And in this bo
Aug 23, 2014 Teresa rated it it was amazing
I don't have any words to describe how moving this book was. Charles Martin pulls out all the stops with the sequel to The Dead Don't Dance. I literally cried from page 1 to the end. It was heart wrenching, uplifting, anger-creating, and filled with the best of the best and worst of the worst. You need to spend a few days curled up with this book. It will drain you dry. But you'll be a better person for getting lost in the beautiful words and emotional roller coaster that is Maggie.
Mar 31, 2009 Staci rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2009
Ever found a book - other than the Book of Mormon or Bible - that gives you peace? This one and its predecessor did that for me. I'm amazed at Charles Martin's ability to provide such depth into Dylan's love for his wife, Maggie.

This book and the previous one have strong violent scenes that allow Dylan to find additional things to love about his wife.

I suppose the peace comes from knowing that a man could feel this way about his wife and that if it can happen with one man (even if he is fictitio
Rena Ackley
Feb 17, 2016 Rena Ackley rated it it was amazing
This is the sequel to "The Dead Don't Dance". It is very intense and deals with more topics than the previous book. Well written, characters are further developed and new ones added. Brings forth many emotions in the reader, certainly tears, but also anger. How far will we go to save those we love?
Melissa Consedine
May 11, 2015 Melissa Consedine rated it really liked it
This book kept me wanting to stay up and finish it. For me that is always a sign of a good book. There were some rough things but I did appreciate the questions at the back of the book to think through what the author was thinking and focusing on. Will recommend to friends.
Jun 22, 2015 Marianne rated it really liked it
Sequel to The Dead Don't Dance. Martin is such a skilled writer of emotions. I laughed, I cried, and I simply loved this book. It's about friendship, love, loss and good and evil.
That about covers it.
Highly recommend this book.
Linda Manley
Jan 16, 2015 Linda Manley rated it it was amazing
What an amazing job Charles Martin did with this novel. I really enjoyed reading it. The characters are so real, it would be hard not to relate to them. I loved Maggie and Dylan and Amos and Amanda. I couldn't put the book down until I knew how the story would end.
Irl Newham
Jul 04, 2015 Irl Newham rated it it was amazing
Martin can really write. His characters are very real, his descriptions of the environment are right on. He can make a tragic story end with hope. I will read anything that he writes.
Apr 09, 2015 Abigail rated it it was amazing
LOVED the ending. Or, pretty much everything about it. The middle was extremely depressing, but still really good. Liked how they wrapped everything up. ON TO THE NEXT ONE!!!
Jul 10, 2008 Loretta rated it really liked it
I know sequels don't always get good reviews but I really liked this one because I could relate alot to her situations. The depression was right on the money in description and understanding. Maggie's dealing with her fertility problems seemed very real. I had a little trouble with the young girl's pregnancy and having no emotions toward the whole rape ordeal. She took it too much in stride with her religion. The story of the rich person posing as recluse was not something unheard of and in fact ...more
Anne Burt
Feb 13, 2015 Anne Burt rated it really liked it
I had a hard time following the story ! It was disjointed and way too many unrealistic experiences it was a push to believe!
Metra Weaver
Mar 04, 2014 Metra Weaver rated it liked it
Good continuation of The Dead Don't Dance. The road to healing can be a long and arduous one, but in the end love endures!
Aug 23, 2014 Pk rated it it was amazing
Good read... I think the end left me hanging... So either there is a sequel or, I'm left hanging...
LOVE Charles Martin's books!!! Maggie is the sequel to "The Dead Don't Dance". Full of excitement, love, and heartbreak. All of his books are very uplifting.
Jan 16, 2016 Jen rated it it was amazing
While I throughly enjoyed The Dead Don't Dance, I couldn't put down Maggie.
Aug 06, 2014 Donna rated it it was ok
Maybe if I'd read the first book, this one would have beet more enjoyable.
Kathleen Anderson
Sep 09, 2011 Kathleen Anderson rated it it was amazing
Wow! What a book! Though it's basically a love story, it has great depth and lots of suspense. I think Charles Martin needs to write a sequel to this book as well. There are many lines that are quotable. I really liked that Martin wrote in the back about his first attempts at getting published, and how he describes his wife's support. When I finish a book like this I usually worry about finding the next book to read that I'll like as much. No problem this time, I have all the Charles Martin book ...more
Jun 30, 2012 Marliss rated it it was amazing
I almost didn't read this book because I expected it to be about before The Dead Don't Dance, to which it is a sequel, or about the couple successfully having a baby. But since I want to read all Charles Martin's books, not only because he's one of my favorite authors but because I want to improve my own writing, I went ahead and read it.

What a surprise! Intensely exciting, with lots of action and some mystery. Charles Martin really fleshes out the characters from The Dead Don't Dance. I especi
Aug 23, 2015 Heather rated it it was amazing
Loved this even more than the first book. Get your Kleenex you're gonna need them!
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“Love has its own communication. It's the language of the heart, while it has never been transcribed, has no alphabet, and can't be heard or spoken by voice, it is used by every human on the planet. It is written on our souls, scripted by the finger of God, and we can hear, understand, and speak it with perfection long before we open our eyes for the first time.” 52 likes
“I watched her—the way her shoulders moved with the tilt of her head, how her smile lit up the six people around her, how her hair, tucked behind her ears, framed her face like baby’s breath. I thought about how the sound of her heart beating sounded the rhythm for our dance atop the magnolia floor. I wanted to tell her all this, but didn’t know how. Just because something is broken doesn’t mean it’s no good. Doesn’t mean you throw it away. It just means it’s broken, and broken is okay. I wanted to tell her that broken is still beautiful, still works, still wakes me in the morning, and at the end of every day past and those to come, I can love broken.” 6 likes
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