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Fans of Martin's Christy-nominated debut novel, The Dead Don't Dance (2004), will be delighted to see this somewhat uneven sequel in which Martin picks up the story of Dylan Styles, a farmer and junior college instructor. His long vigil at his comatose wife Maggie's bedside following the stillbirth of their son has ended with her awakening. Now, life in Digger, S.C., is beginning to return to normal—or so it seems. Together, Dylan and Maggie try to rebuild a life interrupted, grieve the loss of their son and ponder trying for another baby. But as the couple pick up the pieces of their relationship, tragedies—perhaps an overabundance of them—are just around the corner. "What makes the broken whole?" Dylan wonders. "How does deep-down pain, interwoven like sinew, come untangled?" Martin's plot twists, including one involving Pastor John's past that comes back to haunt him and the people he cares for, may seem like a distraction from the stronger theme of Maggie and Dylan's own struggles in taking their marriage forward. One of Martin's many strengths is in his rich portrayals of people, but he has a penchant for overusing similes, and his often beautiful writing sometimes needs to be tightened. The ending laudably offers hope and redemption without too-neat resolution. (Sept. 12)
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 311 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (September 17, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595540555
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595540553
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #144,621 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Karen Potts on January 25, 2007
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The "Dead Don't Dance" ends with Maggie Styles waking up from a coma after a traumatic labor and this book continues the story of Maggie and Dylan. Their problems are far from over and they struggle with many issues which begin to drive a wedge into their once-wonderful relationship. They are surrounded by an interesting array of characters from the first book and these characters are further developed and explained in "Maggie". Dylan and Maggie go through many frightening experiences, perhaps TOO many, but Charles Martin always seems to find a way out of seemingly hopeless circumstances without making his solutions too easy or too black and white in a gray world. Perhaps his biggest accomplishment is creating characters who, while certainly not perfect, are usually loveable and very human.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Rel Mollet on November 12, 2006
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Maggie continues the poignant journey of Dylan and Maggie Styles introduced in Charles Martin's excellent debut novel The Dead Don't Dance. Martin did not intend to write a sequel when he completed The Dead Don't Dance but his readers will be grateful he changed his mind!

Maggie has awoken from the coma into which she fell after the traumatic labour that ended in the stillbirth of her firstborn son. Dylan, forever grateful for her restoration believes, "All the world was right.". As with all tragedy those it strikes are permanently changed and life never returns to what it once was. Dylan and Maggie struggle to adjust to the emotional and physical fallout from their trauma and as life becomes complicated and their hopes for a family diminish rapidly they need to find a way to hope again.

Parallel to their story, Martin develops the intriguing yet damaged character of Bryce Kai McGregor, whose penchant for playing the bagpipes naked added so much humour to The Dead Don't Dance. In Maggie, his eccentricities are highlighted and explained, as Dylan discovers the horrors through which he has lived, survived but scarred in deepest places of his heart.

Dylan and Bryce's friendship is one of the many treasures to be discovered in this novel. Dylan's childhood friend, Amos and his wife, Amanda Lovatt also return as part of the tapestry which connects this sequel so seamlessly to The Dead Don't Dance.

Charles Martin's characters tug at your heartstrings due to their authenticity and his ability to convey the inner workings of their hearts and minds. His secondary characters are of the same quality and substance as his main characters being one of the many factors that set Charles' writing apart.
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Fans of Charles Martin's THE DEAD DON'T DANCE happily will receive this moving sequel. Beginning where Martin's tale of husband and wife Dylan and Maggie Styles's loss of their newborn son and Maggie's subsequent slip into a coma left off, this follow-up opens with a brief explanation of the couple's horrendous experience. Dylan's voice speaks throughout the text with a raw edged candor, the kind born of grief. Though still suffering from the aftereffects of having held watch over his beloved Maggie during her four-month-plus coma, Dylan can't help but be awed by every move his wife now makes. Whether sleeping, eating or working in the garden, Dylan doesn't miss a beat if it concerns Maggie. His alertness to her movements is so beautifully depicted, readers instinctively understand how deep and abiding Dylan's commitment is to his wife and her full recovery.

As Maggie gains strength again, the yearning for another child becomes the topic around which their lives revolve. In both fear and wonder Dylan is greeted with the news that Maggie has conceived again. He can't help but trace his thoughts back to the results of her first pregnancy, the death of their baby and the coma. Dylan is preoccupied with the "what ifs" and Maggie takes note. Day by day, Dylan gives it his all to ensure Maggie's continued progress both physically and emotionally. Just when he starts to relax somewhat, the inconceivable occurs --- Maggie is assaulted and loses the baby. Another loss, coming so closely on the heels of the previous one, feels like a bombardment from every vantage point. After grief, tears and some physical mending, Maggie seems to rally at first. Then mounting despair pulls her down and away from Dylan.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Roberts on April 22, 2008
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I had read all of Charles Martin's books but had put off reading Dylan and Maggie's story because I knew that the story was traumatic and sometimes violent and wasn't sure I really wanted to go there. I finally decided to brave it and take it on. As always Mr. Martin shows a tremendous gift and insight in developing his characters. The secondary characters are unforgettable people you will think about for some time. The relationship between Amos and Dylan (Ebony and Ivory)was touching and deep felt passing all racial barriers. Also Dylan's relationship with Bryce (an unusual character)a damaged man who Dylan accepts without question.

There is as with all of his books, the right amount of humor to off set the traumatic events. I couldn't help but think the tragic events were just a bit much for the space of time the story takes place in which is about 2 years. Maggie and Dylan's baby is still born and Maggie goes into a coma for 4 months, she is expecting again and is beat up and loses what turns out to be twins, their house is burned (I never did get why these men went after Dylan and Maggie), Maggie shuts Dylan out and their dog is killed (that last one just did it for me-too much already). I don't think I'm giving anything away as the synopsis of the books tell this much. You have to read it to see how Mr. Martin weaves the story around all the characters and tragic events.

Dylan and Maggie's story is not for the faint of heart and there are times when I would have found it too depressing to read. As always Mr. Martin does not tie up the ending in a neat package. He leaves you with your own idea of how all the characters will go on (somewhat happily you hope). Mr.
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