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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 s
Paperback, 352 pages
Published April 4th 2006 by Thomas Nelson (first published 2006)
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Carrie
Aug 11, 2008 Carrie rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Rita, Barb, Christina
Recommended to Carrie by: Amazon
I can see this as a Hallmark presents film at Christmas.... but still really enjoyed it. Be prepared with a BOX of tissues to accompany you on the reading journey, i WEPT the last 100 pages.

The story is centered around a man born with incredible talents to a unique calling, and a Pollyanna-ish southern girl battling a heart defect that makes each day a fight, and a treasure. The author brings to life some really endearing characters and I love his use of quotes from literature... ranging from Lo...more
Patti Bethea
Jun 17, 2008 Patti Bethea rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Patti by: Suzanne Skaff
My first Charles Martin book so far. I really like this author and I plan to read more of his books. I really like the fact that he is from this part of Florida, and his books incorporate places I am familiar with. (Much more in Wrapped in Rain than in this book, but this book is still close to home) I learned so much about the physical heart, and I loved the passionate main character and the little girl. Very emotional book that will make you want to read straight through to the end.
Chick
Wow, another terrific book about the heart (literally), emotional healing and the power of redemption and love. How refreshing to read a mainstream book that speaks of God, is squeaky clean, even gives a powerful sermon (without being preachy) about the evils of pornography, an unspoken sermon about the evils of drugs, and a storyline that lifts the soul. Being interested in medicine, I also enjoyed what I learned on that front. I highly recommend this book.
Glenna
Even though this book is a little predictable, it is a pleasant read and good for the "heart". It is a story of faith and a story of despair and a story of healing. Some great characters and some great quotes.
Edward Lorn
The thing about literary fiction, Christian or otherwise, is you have to love the language. To be done right, an author needs to value things like sentence structure, placement of words, and economy of prose. In WHEN CRICKETS CRY, Charles Martin gets two out of three right. His sentence structure is perfect. He manages to build scenes so startlingly real that you can remember them as if they're your own memories. His word placement is brilliant. You can tell he's honed this story down to the mos...more
Deb
Feb 28, 2008 Deb rated it 1 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Rainman, anyone who reads parts lists for enjoyment in their spare time.
I can't finish this book. Normally I will persevere to the end to finish a book club book, assuming there was SOMETHING good that caused the committee to choose it for us, but this is intolerable.

I began to suspect that this book was not for me while reading a dry recounting of what the main character puts in his juicer in the morning. Suspicion mounted when I found myself reading a long boring technical description of rowing a scull across a lake.

The last straw was the page long list of tools t...more
Melissa
Jan 29, 2009 Melissa rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Youth and adults alike
Recommended to Melissa by: Rachelle Phillips
I really enjoyed this book. It is well written and I loved the passages/quotes from other books. It's interesting what we choose to read and when. I have been reading this book as Boston struggles with his health; it was a soothing way to release and deal with the stress of Boston's episodes. It's a great book; I even gained a little anatomy refresher course. :) Although it did take awhile to get into this book, it was definitely worth the time.

For Rachelle, I'm still a little confused with the...more
Annette McMahon
I am very disappointed with the author, his editor, and the publisher of this novel. He did not take the time to properly research the subject matter (heart disorders and transplants). I'm very surprised that the editor and publisher didn't bother to check his facts. The story is not bad, but I couldn't get past the author's complete disregard for accurate information. Many writers take a bit of creative license, but seriously isn't there some sort of code for writers to make a respectable amoun...more
Christy
I was excited to read this book because it came highly recomended. I really wanted to like it but I couldn't get into it. There were some good things about this book. It was a sweet story. It was nice to read a book that had morals, it had some exciting parts but I didn't get emotionally involved. Call me a Hard Hearted Hannah, but the only tears I shed were of boredom.
Maybe I am being too harsh, the book was okay but I was dissapointed in it.
Christi
This is the sweetest, SWEETEST book I have ever read! Thank you Linda for giving it to me. I have never cried so much, or smiled so much when reading a book. It's the story of the heart-literally and metaphorically. The author, Charles Martin, has created a story of death, rebirth and redemption all centering around a little angel of a girl-Annie. I loved nearly word of this story. I can't wait to read all his other stories.
Heidi Arkebauer Peters
My twin sis recommended this book and mailed it to me with high praise. Once I got into, I was captured. I wept and I laughed out loud. But it was EXTREMELY hard to get into. Literally, it took at least 10 chapters to get good. The author had a way of keeping me out of the loop with every step of the book. I hate that. Even in the very last chapter, I honestly thought that I missed the climatic sentence that told me what the heck was going on. The subject material was awesome, but I would have p...more
Tracie
Without exaggeration, this is one of the best works of contemporary fiction that I have ever read. The story is gripping, "heart-wrenching", filled with insights and literary quotes that will move your soul in ways that not many books do. I thought that I would get lost in the medical technicalities, but I found them fascinating--especially b/c my mother had open heart surgery in 2001. The characters are complex, rich, and make you wish you lived in the lakehouse next door! I can't say enough, b...more
Suzanne
Jun 02, 2008 Suzanne rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Suzanne by: Carol
This is my favorite Charles Martin book that I've read so far. The amount of research and the attention to detail were impressive. I started reading this book in the car on the way to Orlando, and couldn't stop reading or crying for the rest of the day. It was an extremely emotional book, both happy and sad. I like the fact that the author keeps the romance mostly in the background, and focuses on the little girl and the doctor.
Catherine
I didn't hate this book, but I didn't enjoy it either. I read Where the River Ends by Martin a couple of weeks ago and really enjoyed, so I expected to like this book.

Martin writes great characters and the characters in this book are well written. He also writes relationships between people well. I loved Stitch's brother in law and how they interacted. His descriptions make the scenery come alive, but this book is filled with holes and unreliable narration - so much so that I felt angry at the...more
Jenna
I loved this book. It took me a bit to get used to the writing style, but the story was just so moving. Definitely worth reading. Be sure to have a box of tissues!
Patti
I picked this story because the reviews were glowing, plus I wanted to see if it captured my attention enough to order “Unwritten”. I did really like "When Crickets Cry", even though it is different than my usual fare. This is my first book by Charles Martin.

It is a tender story of a gifted heart surgeon that has run away from his career due to the guilt he felt for the loss of his beloved childhood friend, who also became his wife. Enter a special 7 yr. old girl, with a serious heart problem, t...more
Kristy
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. 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. But the little girl's pretty yellow dress can't quite hide the ugly scar on her chest. The stranger understands more abo...more
Lori
This is a novel about the heart - one of the things I have a bit of a fascination with. Reese and Annie both have broken hearts. Reese's because of the loss of his wife and Annie because she has a heart defect. I absolutely loved the quotes from famous authors, scripture and well known people that were sprinkled throughout the book. Martin had a fabulous way of painting a beautiful picture - from the miracle of the most unselfish organ in our body to the detriment of pornography - his words touc...more
Angela
Wow! This book needs an EDITOR! From the first page where the description of the sky sounds like it was written by a 6th grade boy (yikes!), to pages upon pages that I had to read and re-read because the scene didn't make a bit of sense (first you're on one side of the room and then you're tackled and sliding across the floor to the other side of the room and then you're back where you were when you were tackled?! Did ANYONE read this before it was published?!), to the recurring dream that I sti...more
Laura
Apr 05, 2013 Laura rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: high school and up
Recommended to Laura by: Kathy Riches
"Beautiful" the best word to describe this novel. Beautiful language, allusions, quotes, characters, story - all beautiful. You feel like a better person after reading this book. I suspect that if a heart surgeon read it he/she would say it's far-fetched, but I'm not a heart surgeon so I loved it! If you do buy the book, part of the proceeds go towards saving children with heart disease.

Along with helping a great cause, there are so many quotable quotes, that I will probably buy the book just so...more
Mary Kruft
May 01, 2010 Mary Kruft rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: anyone
Rarely has a book of fiction held my attention and meant so much to me. It may be partly because I was able to read it on vacation & truly READ it, not just have 10 minutes at night until I fall asleep scatered over a month:) I have a "PFO" - patent foramen ovale, the much-less serious version of a "hole in the heart" - similar to but not growing like the atrial septal defect in Annie's heart. My husband has detatched both retinas, as had Charlie. Luckily we were able to seek immediate atten...more
Anna
May 18, 2008 Anna rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Anna by: Karin
Shelves: blog-book-club
Overall, the book was enjoyable. However, I am eternally the picky reader and sometimes it seems that my fact-checking will drive me to dislike books. There were a couple of things that I felt were inaccurate but written as fact and after I did a little research, I discovered that I was correct in my assumption. Of course, that is just the skeptic in me. So despite those little things, the book was overall a good read. It was clean which is always a plus for me because I can recommend it without...more
Damecatoe
"I want to get in the business of making God-shaped cheeseburgers."

I'm so glad my coworker Sarah lent me this book, and what timing... the book opens on the 4th of July and I read it while staycationing for the 4th.

Amazon bills the book as "Religion & Spirituality › Fiction" and I'm glad I didn't know that when I started reading, because I'm averse to Christian fiction. (My baggage, not the book's fault.) There were a couple times when I felt a little preached at, but mostly I liked the Go...more
Ryan
I liked Chasing Fireflies alot - I am something of a sucker for stories of fathers and children, and it was well done.

This was...well, I can't say I didn't like it. I did. I do like the way he writes about being in love, about loving and cherishing, and I enjoy when people are building things, or engaging in their passion, like rowing or doctoring.

The story was well told and I definitely cried in all the right places. When I was done, though, I felt as though I'd eaten one of those amazing cupca...more
Traci Larson
I became deeply invested in this book and its characters mainly through my personal experience of trying to deal with my heart issues around the same time as reading this one. I was intrigued with the mechanics of the heart which would probably have revolted me any other time, although the author did a good job of presenting the dry information in a digestible way. Great research too.
A widowed heart surgeon, who has left his practice almost entirely, helps a young heart patient who has been hit...more
Andrea
Some friends and I just started a book club. If this first book is any indication of how awesome this club will be, then we are in for good times.

When Crickets Cry was a very touching story about a man hiding from his past, a young girl full of hope in spite of her limited chances for survival, and a small town with loving people.

There are a lot of medical details in this story. Typically the amount included would lead me to quite a bit of skimming, but it was fascinating.

The characters were e...more
Janet Arbuckle
Was very surprised to LOVE this book! Not my usual genre. I picked it up at my daughter's house...she had it on her bookshelf of "to reads". I had finished the book I was reading and was looking for a fill in until I could choose another one. Much to my complete surprise, I really couldn't put the book down. Finished it the next day and ordered another one of Charles Martin's books for my nook. Loved that one too! (The Mountain Between Us). I will be looking for more books by this author. Incide...more
Cjsonntag
this book was slow to grab my attention, but the second half of the book kept my attention and made me want to read quickly to solve the dilemmas in the story. I was especially interested in the authors treatise on"Hope". Quoting from p. 235; "Hope is a flower that sprouts and grows when others pour water upon it. I think sometimes that I spent so much time worrying about how to protect and strengthen the flower--even going so far as to graft in a new stem and root system--that I forgot to simpl...more
Amy
Reese is a cardio-thoracic surgeon hiding out from the world because he could not save his wife. He meets Annie, a spunky 7-year-old with a bad heart who is trying to raise money for a new one by selling lemonade. The two become fast friends you will have to read to find out the rest.

I love Charles Martin. He is from the south so there is always a lot of southern flavor in his stories. His metaphors are thought-provoking and his characters are well developed. Every story is a sort of "spiritual"...more
Amy S
Fabulous book. I bought this in North Carolina, and really enjoyed the fact that I knew the town this is set in very well. In fact, the beginning action of the book takes place on Savannah Street in Clayton, Ga, and just a few weeks ago I ate lunch at Savannah Street Cafe. Fun stuff.

Not a light, fluffy read, it packs an emotional punch. But it is well worth it. I wish I could give it 4 and 1/2 stars, but I can't, so I'd rather give it 5 than 4. Beautiful and engrossing, and spiritual. Few books...more
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“People marvel at the genius of Mozart because he supposedly wrote "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" at the age of three and composed his first symphony at the age of twelve. And yes, of course he was a genius, but another way to look at it is that he just discovered early what it was God made him to do. That's all. For some reason, God gave him a little extra, or a little something different, and Mozart found out what that was and then got a head start on using it. Of course he was brilliant, but that's not the point. The point is he knew, and then he got to work.” 16 likes
“Termite, you're young, and I'm not sure if you're going to understand what I'm about to say, but here's the nugget: Without the heart, nothing else matters. She could be the Goddess of Love, you could have all the mind-blowing sex you could physically handle, but when the shooting is over, and you're starting to think about getting a bite to eat, smoking a cigarette, or what you do with her now, you're just lying in bed with a woman who means little more to you than the remote control for your TV. Love is not tool; neither is a woman's heart. What I'm talking about, you won't find in that magazine."

"How would you know? You just said you've only loved one woman. I think you need to test-drive a few cars before you buy one."

"You can buy that lie if you want, but if you're working for a bank, you don't study the counterfeit to know the real thing. You study the real thing to know the counterfeit."

Reese talking to Termite, pg. 109-110”
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