When Crickets Cry by Charles Martin

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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. But the little girl’s pretty yellow dress can’t quite hide the ugly scar on her chest.

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. The stranger understands more about the scar 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.


About Charles Martin

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New York Times bestselling author Charles Martin has written eight novels, including The Mountain Between Us. His work has been translated into seventeen languages. When not writing, his hobbies include bow hunting, working out (a blend of old school stuff and martial arts, called Fight Fit), and Tae Kwon Do, in which he currently has a blue belt, though he notes he is "the least flexible person you've ever met." He lives with his wife, Christy, and their three sons in Jacksonville, Florida.
Published April 4, 2006 by Thomas Nelson. 340 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Five years ago in Atlanta, Reese could not save his beloved wife Emma from heart failure, even though the Harvard-trained surgeon became a physician so that he could find a way to fix his childhood sweetheart’s congenitally faulty ticker.

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Little Annie Stephens is in the second grade, but if she doesn't find a donor heart --- and a surgeon with a specific set of "miracle" skills to do the transplant work --- she'll never see third.

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The author does an excellent job of making the reader feel Annie's passion to raise enough money for her own heart transplant.

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