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. 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.
Ok, so this another non-fantasy book that I'll be reviewing - sorry about that - it wasn't intentional but after thoroughly enjoying 'Send Down Rain' by the same author, I just couldn't help myself and read another of his books.
The story follows, Reece, who used to be a brilliant heart surgeon, but after having suffered an emotional heartbreak, he now lives the life as a semi-hermit carpenter (I say semi, as he's not totally isolated and lives with his brother in-law). However, one day whilst he's visiting his local town he meets a young girl selling lemonade, the encounter changes the course of both of their lives.
This is the second book I've read from this author and I have to applaud his storytelling, Charles Martin writes with so much depth and feeling that he makes you actually care for the characters. He paints such a vivid picture that you feel like you're there with the characters.
There is a religious or should I say spiritual undercurrent throughout the book, I'm not someone who enjoys a religious theme in their books, however saying that, I honestly didn't feel it detracted from the story, but I would understand if others felt differently.
A slight criticism from me would be that at times the author tended to over elaborate, particularly with the medical information, but was not a major issue for me, as the book was about heart surgery.
A beautifully written story that depicts what life is all about - joy, sadness, pain, regret, redemption, love - this book had it all.
Out of 10 Stars:
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