Charles Martin

 

My daughter (Have Pen, Will Travel) loves the books Charles Martin has written. I’ve now read two of them, the most recent being When Crickets Cry.

When Crickets Cry by Charles MartinWhat a powerful book! The basic story line is fairly predictable from the first two or three chapters. But the process of getting there is the tale. It is written in both the present and the past, because it is the past events that ultimately affect the present ones for someone totally disconnected from the narrator’s past.

A seven-year-old hopeful, Pollyanna-type girl, Annie, needs a heart transplant. Her parents have died. She lives with her aunt who works three or four jobs to pay for Annie’s medical bills. Reese, the late-30’s year-old man, helps Annie in the beginning when she is hit by a car. He’s the narrator and the reader quickly learns he he hiding a secret and hiding from life. Currently he restore boats, is a widower, lives next door to his blind brother-in-law, and hangs out at the local Christian bar (yes, you read that right).

Wrapped in Rain by Charles MartinMartin then tells Reese’ and Annie’s stories in a tone reminiscent of Nicholas Sparks but not as schmaltzy. It wrenches the emotions, though. Wrapped in Rain, the other novel by Charles Martin I’ve read, is similar in writing style and tone. Again, it’s a strong book the hooks the reader right in.

His work falls into Christian fiction, but it’s not preachy fiction. Martin portrays our imperfect world with all its flaws and doesn’t hit the reader over the head on how to fix things. Instead, he concentrates on what his characters need rather than what the reader may need.

I think I’d better not wait two more years before I read another book by this author.

One Comment

  1. Comment by -lindy:

    Hmm…does that mean you want me to bring his other ones down with me next time I come visit?