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When Crickets Cry
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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 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 about it than he wants to admit. And the beat-up bread truck careening around the corner with its radio blaring is about to change the trajectory of both their lives.

Before it's over, they'll both know there are painful reasons why crickets cry...and that miracles lurk around unexpected corners.

Customer Reviews:

  • Amazing Storyteller
    Charles Martin is probably one of the best story tellers I have read in the last few years. ...more info
  • When Crickets Cry
    The book truly was one of the best written ones I've read~ I've never read one of his books before, but definetely will again~...more info
  • What a Story!!!
    REVIEW:Annie Stephens is a 6 year old child who lives near a small town square in a slow paced Georgia town. She is a little girl on a mission. Annie runs a lemonade stand the same time of day. The sign on her stand reads 50 cents a glass Refills Free. Annie's stand sits on the same corner everyday raising funds for her new heart. All the towns people know this and stop by for lemonade. They pay for refills and take the time to enjoy this little one.

    Reese is new in town and meets Annie at her lemonade stand one day. Annie is full of questions for him. She is like a detective. Reese answers the Annie's questions. He enjoys this girl. She reminds him of someone he use to know. Someone who had this girls same vibrant spirit, same zest for life, same kind of heart that could love and the same sick heart.

    Soon after meeting Annie tradgedy occurs! Reese is thrust into trying to save Annie's life. The choices that Reese makes will change both of their lives forever.

    Charles Martin tells a story like no other. You'll laugh, cry, and enjoy this cozy town. The characters will stay with you long after you finish reading this book. This story made me reflect on my life, and what God has called me to do. It made me reflect on how to find the joy in this life. Reading this was definately an experience I will not forget and something I really enjoyed.
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  • Great book
    I enjoyed this book so much I have ordered a couple more of his. I have loaned it to 3 of my friends and they could not put it down.
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  • If you can't end a book don't start one
    This book was an interesting, captivating page turner and I could hardly wait to find out the ending. Unfortunately the ending was a confusing,
    unrewarding, empty let down that pretty much turned reading the book
    into a exercise in futility. I would not recommend this book to anyone
    who does a lot of reading. The best book I've read this year is Peace Like a River. Outstanding!...more info
  • Good, but cliche character spoiled it a bit
    This author is obviously very talented. The book was dark and depressing so I can't exactly say that I enjoyed reading it, but it had it's moments of beauty. The only thing I absolutely hated about it was that the character of Annie was very poorly done. She was just too unrealistic to be believable. Small children in real life are not perfectly angelic, trusting, perceptive, thoughtful, unselfish, empathetic and wise. It's annoyingly cliche when authors pull out a child character named "Timmy" or "Annie" who is there for the sole purpose of pulling on our heartstrings with their angelic innocence. You just can't love a character who is so fake. That being said, the character of Reese and Charlie were fantastic and I loved the dynamic between them. The medical detail was also outstanding and made the book a fascinating read. If only that darn Annie hadn't ruined it. ...more info
  • A renewal of the heart
    Reece and Emma become close friends when they are children. Because Emma
    has a diseased heart, Reece is determined to learn everything he can about hearts and heart surgery so that he can perform a life-saving operation on her when they grow up. When things do not turn out the way he expects, Reece turns away from his old life and retreats from the world. His new world is interrupted when Annie, a small child with a big heart problem, comes his way. This is a story of restoration, redemption, and forgiveness. As with all of Charles Martin's books, the reader is touched at an emotional level and is also challenged to think about the issues which Martin presents. This author can be counted on to provide a memorable and satisfying read....more info
  • Great read!
    This one is hard to put down. The narrative is engaging, and the characters act with decency and morality. You might want to keep a box of tissues handy, because it is very touching at times....more info
  • One of the best books I have ever read!
    Charles Martin has become my favorite author! His writing talent is just amazing. Once you are done with this one, you will immediately want to chat with someone about it....perfect ending....more info
  • The long arm of God
    Outstanding story and told in a very believable way. This is a book that I will recommend to all my friends because along with the beautiful love story that leads the main character into a high profile career, it is also of the losses one can suffer that impacts and derails us from life. To weave this story into something so believable captured my interest from the moment I picked it up and to see events unfold that would eventually heal a wounded heart is remarkable of God's mercy and grace for us! He is a God of 2nd chances! ...more info
  • This is now #1 on my book list!
    I started it Weds and I finished it Thursday. I couldn't wait to get to the end but now I am sad that I did. This is a story written with so much emotion and heart. I am making my husband read it and when my kids get a little older I want them to read it too. Great, great, great book!...more info
  • Crying with Them Crickets
    Published three years ago, "When Crickets Cry" is the story of Reese Mitch, a guy doing carpentry and contruction work who buys a glass of lemonade on a street corner from a little girl named Annie. Annie parents are dead, and she lives with her aunt, Cindy McReedy. Some of Annie's lemonade money blows into the street, she runs to get it, and is hit by a truck. And Reese's life is never the same.

    Gradually, Martin tells two stories. One is Annie's. She's 11 years old and needs a new heart. The other story is Reese's. Gradually the reader learns that Reese is something far more than what he appears to be. And he's never recovered from the loss of his wife Emma, who died waiting for a heart transplant. Reese lives near Emma's brother Charlie; Charlie is blind for reasons that only eventually become clear.

    When Crickets Cry is fully recognizable as a Charles Martin book. His writing is about place, and place is almost always a main character in itself in his stories. His novels are about broken people, people seeking healing and redemption. There are always surprises, twists and turns. There's usually a child in there somewhere. And often physical illness.

    But for all of the recognizable signs, his novels are not formulaic. "The Dead Don't Dance" and "Maggie" are about a couple trying to have a child. "Wrapped in Rain" is a story of two brothers, half-brothers, actually, each dealing and trying to overcome a childhood of abuse. "Chasing Fireflies" is about family secrets and a man's awful longing for a father he never knew. And then there's this novel, "When Crickets Cry."

    The writing is powerful, achingly so. The reader feels Reese's pain and Annie's desire for life. The characters, all of them, are drawn true -- you recognize and know these people, and more than that, you care about them. And while you learn a lot about the human heart as a physical entity, you also understand that it is far more than that.

    Yes, I cried with the crickets. ...more info
  • When Crickets Cry
    When Cricket Cry was a wonderful book! lt was very well written. I will try to find more books by this author. ...more info
    "She craned her neck, stretched high on her tiptoes, and cupped her hands to her mouth. Lemonaaade! Lemonaaaaade, fifty cents.
    The Lemonade stand was sturdy and well worn, but hastily made."

    This novel was written from the heart and soul of this brilliant writer. A page-turner, which does not let you go, this is a passionate work that will bring a tear to your eye from time to time.
    Will be highly recommending When Crickets Cry to my friends and all other bookworms. This is indeed a keepsake and will be a wonderful gift for any occasion.
    Reviewed by Heather Marshall Negahdar (SUGAR CANE 13/05/09)
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  • when crickets cry
    Charles Martin is a bright new flame on the horizon. I plan to read many more of his books. His character studies are excellent. The book was an inspiration to me, and I have purchased additional copies as gifts....more info
  • a warm, touching story of two people that heal each other.
    Two unlikely people are drawn together by a common problem, both have a broken heart. As the young girl begins to thaw the man who will save her, his heart also begins to heal. I cried for the last 100 pages both in happiness and in sorrow. ...more info
  • My new favorite author
    Without a doubt, "When Crickets Cry", is now my number one favorite fiction book. Rarely do characters get under my skin and into my heart like the ones in this fascinating story. This amazing tale of redemption, forgiveness and pure love will inspire and touch you. After reading this story, I also read "Wrapped in Rain". Charles Martin is an incredible story-teller.
    Audrey B. Crawford...more info
    Our church librarian asked me to read this, because it was a new addition to the library and she hadn't had a chance to read it yet. I couldn't put it down, and as soon as I finished it, I wanted to start reading it all over again-----rarely does a story capture me that way. I can't wait to read some of his other works!...more info
  • Three Questions
    I agree with most of the reviewers who enjoyed the book. I did, too. But at the end I was still bothered by three questions: (1) When Reese went to the aid of Annie after she was hit by the truck, why was he wearing a heart monitor? His physical heart was perfectly OK. (2) When the transplant had been completed and the heart didn't start, what was done that made it start beating? (2) Reese had trained for most of his life to be a heart surgeon; he had not trained as a general practitioner. Why would anyone think he could have been fulfilled serving as a family doctor in a little town where there were neither facilities nor the need for a highly trained heart surgeon?...more info
  • Good writing but boring
    Sure the writing is good, but I can't get into this book. I keep wanting to skip chapters, but since I paid for it I feel guilty. So instead it's been sitting on the floor next to my bed for weeks.

    If you're not really into plot - and some people aren't, they're more into character - this may be perfect for you. But it's driving me crazy! And I certainly won't be buying anything else by this author.

    I am also completely turned off by the back cover, where Charles has a photograph of himself that takes up two thirds of the page. Click into the book - the publisher won't even show the back cover on Amazon. It just says loads about his character - perhaps incorrectly - which makes me want to smack the arrogance out of him. I can't imagine why he thinks I'd rather stare at his face than get information about his book. It stretches my creativity to imagine him as a nice person. ...more info
  • when crickets cry
    I was very disappointed in several factors on this book: First it was too stretched out...went on and on to the point of bordom. second: the ending was too short and unexplained. How the last minute finding was unrealistic. He spent all his life studying for his wife's benefit and then making the decision he did when he constantly stated she was serious. and finally the very end was "that's all folks". Did he have a deadline to keep? Just can't figure out the end. Doesn't make sense.
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  • When Crickets Cry
    Good book and story. Received my order on the date I expected. Thanks....more info