The Dead Don't Dance (Awakening Series #1)
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 how much he's lost. Will the music of his heart be stilled forever--or will he choose to dance with life once more, in spite of sorrow and heartbreak?
The Dead Don't Dance is a bitte...more
I discovered Martin when I read Chasing Fireflies. This is his first novel. I didn't find the character development quite as perfect at Fireflies, but they are a realistic and heart-touching. The story is full of joy and heartbr...more
Teachers and professors: This book reminds us why we do what we do. It reminds us how b...more
I also really liked the fact that while the main character is experiencing so much pain in his personal life, he still reaches out and...more
I've enjoyed some of his others much better, but I guess that would be expected since writing usually improves overtime. Now I'm mo...more
I read this book in a day (an unheard of speed for me, where books typically languish for years on the shelf). I couldn't put it down.
The author writes characters that are interesting and that I grow to love and want to know better. But the very best thing about his books is that he always ends with hope. Life should always be like that.
An interesting story about a man looking for God in the midst of trouble, a best friend who won't let him give up, and the English class that gives him a reason to live.
It's set in South Carolina and really feels like a true southern story with characters and "locations" (buildings, restaurants) that I "recognize" as being true, even if t...more
I just felt like there were a lot of unanswered questions and loose ends. I do plan to read the sequel, Maggie, and hopefully I will get some of...more
5 starts all a...more
It’s a complete love story – the love of two life partners, the love of a father for his son he had dreams for but never got to know, the love of a best friend, the love of neighbours and community, the love of teaching, the love of life and the love of a power higher than ourselves.
I really liked Dylan Styles...more
During childbirth Maggie hemorrhages, they lose their son and she is in a coma. How the town and friends rally is the heart of the story along with the authors deep Christian beliefs. I could read to the end because those beliefs are not overdone in the story and only partially the core of the story for the outcome.
The sequel has to do with Maggie so we know she wakes up.
P.S. Wish we all had an Amos and a Bryce in our life...more
While it was a nice and quick read, unfortunately the book didn't do what the protagonist expected from his students' work- it didn't move me. A bit. I felt being outside of the story and couldn't completely feel it. It still was enjoyable and I won't deny I might have liked it more if I didn't admire his previous works so much. The book is good, but he w...more
The symbolism and description is so well done. Like "Crickets" there are a couple of "HOLY COW" chapters that left me literally near-breathless. Martin is a fabulous writer. Though I didn't enjoy this as much, it's really well done and I look forward to starting the follow-up...more
This book is an enthralling tale of grief and friendship. It will make you laugh, cry, and leap for joy.
I'm anxious to read it's sequel.
Probably not one I'll read again- not even sure I'd recommend it.
**Very good book. I'm not going to into specifics or it will spoil it. It was much "Goddyer" than I remember "When Crickets Cry" being, but it wasn't distracting for me. This is a book that causes you to question what you're made of.