They have one summer to find what was lost long ago.
"Never settle for less than the truth," she told him.
But when you don't even know your real name, the truth gets a little complicated. It can nestle so close to home it's hard to see. It can even flourish inside a lie. And as Chase Walker discovered, learning the truth about who you are can be as elusive--and as magical...more
OK, stop right there. The police are too busy to bother with figuring out...more
Some reviewers have noted that Martin did not include many mentions of God or Christianity througho...more
I like books about people who are flawed, people who have quirks, people who live contradictions, people who try to be good but sometimes fail, honest people doing the best they can with what life dishes out, people who sometimes can't resist temptations and people who maybe don't understand themselves fully. Those are books I can relate...more
So many themes and issues are dealt with, almost too many to keep track of (which accounts for the book's length). There are themes of abandonment, acceptance, fatherhood, abuse, death, integrity, communication, adoption, purpose, sickness, and family, along with the more symbolic themes of baseball, fishing, chess, drawing, fireflies, and orchids. It's an excellent, meaningful piece of literature,...more
This story is told by a small town reporter who was shuffled from one foster home to another and finally adopted by this Georgi...more
Inside you is a thing worth putting on a pedestal--worth putting out there for all the world to see. That piece of rock might been knocked around, roughed up a bit, conside...more
It seems Charles Martin is one of those authors you are left with no adjectives for. Chasing Fireflies was a very clever book, but above it, it was definitely a very moving book.
The story jogged comfortable back and forth between the past and the present and drew me in right from the first chapter. I knew right from the start that this was a book I had to finish reading.
What I really enjoyed was the book'...more
I didn't love the ending and felt that the author often creates too many twists and rabbit-trails in his storylines that don't always get resolved in the end. This book was a...more
I particularly loved the relationship between Chase and Unc and the picture it paints of what the father-child relationship should look like, juxtaposed with that of Jack and Tommye--the ultimate "what not to do." This lends cred...more
I believe that Charles Martin is a truly gifted writer and I'm just at a loss for words right now as to how to even review this book.
Just know that the blurb does it no justice. I almost passed it up because of the part about baseball and fishing, thinking it would not interest me, too much boy stuff. I was wrong, so wholly w...more
My only qualm about Fireflies was some back story he interjected. I know it was necessary per the character's motives,but it just kept going and going and going... I eventual...more
Adding this to my favorites—it’s why I read—a book of healing, and hope t...more