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The Dead Don't Dance by Charles Martin
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Feb 10, 2012

really liked it
Read in January, 2012

My sister-in-law gave me this book for my birthday two years ago and now that I am done with school, I enlisted Burke in reading it with me. Being new parents, this story hit close to home with the preparation, excitement and anticipation of a new baby. I had to pass the book to Burke to read numerous times as I found myself in tears over the death of the baby and the heartache Dillan experiences as Maggie's fate is left uncertain. Being an English teacher, I of course related with and loved Dillan's character and the way he handles himself in the classroom. I have actually starred and bookmarked the section where he deals with plagiarism in his classroom. I wish I had read that before I dealt with my own plagiarizing students! We loved the small, southern, farm town and the characters that Martin did such a lovely job portraying. Burke had to explain some of the references to hunting, farming and trucks that I would not have caught on my own. You get the sense that the author knows each and every one of these characters in his own life and has done a fantastic job introducing them to his readers. There are a few mature elements that are briefly touched upon; rape, abortion, and alcoholism, but they are tastefully handled. I thoroughly enjoyed this story with its message of faith, hope and love and would recommend it.

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