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Maggie: The Sequel to the Dead Don't Dance (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
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Published September 1st 2006 by Thomas Nelson Publishers
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Dale Harcombe
Three and a half stars.
I feel like I could write and rate this book according to two halves. For the first half of the book I was right there with Dylan and Maggie who has come out of her coma. They are trying to piece together their lives. I love the various ways Dylan shows his love for his wife. Both Dylan and Maggie try to come to terms which what has happened in their lives and to look toward the future and hopefully a family. But again life doesn’t go according to plan. It seems life has
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 Ferguson
Jan 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Nikita Johnson-taylor
I truly enjoyed this book.
Nov 17, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Too unrealistic for my taste...i need a break from this author.
Becki Mullen
Jul 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jul 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
SUCH an amazing sequel to its predecessor! This book is as goooood as the first one. Mr. Martin just continues his awesome story of Dylan and Maggie Styles, and their neighbors, and friends that share in their heartache and turmoil, as their REAL LIFE continues in this journey of loving, forgiving, hoping, healing, sharing, and growing.

"When I get to heaven, I hope God lets me drive a truck like that."

Just read it! You will cry, and cheer, and fall in love with these wonderful people that belo
May 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Why is it not possible to give a book more than 5 stars? If it were, this book would definitely deserve it. I honestly can't even put into words how absolutely amazing this book was. The emotions, suspense, characters' struggles, the real life turmoil that you feel throughout the's all so very deep and moving. Absolutely loved it from beginning to end!
Oct 13, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not as good as Martin's other books I have read. There battles and disasters this couple encounter were just to much drama for me. The fact that they survive with their lives and their marriage intact was great.
Judy Constance
May 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mesmerizing sequel to The Dead Don't Dance. I can't put down Charles Martin books once started and this was no exception. This one was particularly full of heart-wrenching emotion, intrigue, mystery and action. Highly recommend!
Jul 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maggie is out of her coma and wants things to get back to normal and have a baby, seems they need to adopt with all she has been through. A lot happens in this little town!
Jun 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jun 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own
Just as well written as the 1st.
Quick, enjoyable read that pulls at the heart
Jun 23, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
First book was much better.
Beverly Short
Wonderful continuation of this series.
Mark Evans
Sep 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
About Charles: Christy and I married in 1993. If you include dating, I’ve known and loved her for more than half my life. She is and always will be the home for my heart. We have three boys. Charlie, John T. and Rives. Folks often ask me, which of my books do I like the best. You might as well line up my sons and ask me who I love the most.

My hobbies are bow hunting, working out (a blend of old school stuff and martial arts, called Fight Fit) and Tae Kwon Do. In October 2012 I earned my black be
Apr 19, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
(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
Jul 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 26, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 12, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the novel Maggie: The Sequel to The Dead Don't Dance, the world Dylan Styles knew before has changed, as tragedy again strikes him and Maggie again. Charles Martin's writing, to me in the sequel, is even more descriptive and soulful, as he depicts Maggie's broken state. His written words convey such feeling through his characters, it is easy to get wrapped up in the story, and to feel what the characters are emitting. Only talented writers are able to do that, as I am not easily manipulated.

Jul 01, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 19, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I don't know if this book wasn't as good as Charles Martin's other books, or if I've just changed so much since I last read him. Probably both. These days I rarely read books written by and about straight white men.

I found it hard to connect with or care about any of the characters in this book, though it certainly didn't help that I couldn't really remember the happenings of the previous book. (I read The Dead Don't Dance over 5 years ago.) However, I can say with clarity that all the drama br
Mar 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Buz Mayo
Aug 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a nighttime story reader. Charles Martin is a favorite author of mine. This book fit my purpose: to go to bed, wrapped in the classic components of a great story; rich in complexity; multiple, unseen plot twists; believeable villains; authentic heroes w/ feet of clay; impossible odds to overcome; genuine faith in the middle of terror;

Truer than so many attempts by so many writers of fiction when I often feel they are straining & stretching to score a "hit". While many similar novels reg
Jan 03, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I struggled to finish this book. I've read Charles Martin's books in the past but this one rang false to me. His prose didn't seem natural or realistic, and both the central and several supporting characters just weren't believable to me. I found it difficult to even like Maggie and therefore that her husband would idolize the person that she was. But I got through it blaming myself for any biases I might have that a husband would love and accept a woman that to me seemed largely very self-absor ...more
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