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WHEN CRICKETS CRY
CHARLES MARTIN
ISBN: 1-5955-4054-7
April 4, 2006
WestBow Press, Thomas Nelson, Inc
PO Box 141000, Nashville, TN 37214
Paperback
$14.99
320 Pages
Inspirational
Rating: 5 Cups

Reese Mitchell lost his dear Emma and wishes to be alone, except for brief contact with his brother-in-law. When he sees an accident about to happen, it causes him to come out of his hermit state and rejoin civilization.

Seven-year-old Annie needs to sell enough lemonade so she will have money for her heart transplant. Her Aunt Cindy has no means for the surgery, and is emotionally drained over the circumstances.

Reese notices Annie selling the lemonade as he sips on his cup of coffee. When her money blows into the street scattering the same time a bread truck heads around the bend, Reese knows that Annie is in danger and hurries to her aid, risking his own life. After the rescue, he and Annie form a bond as she takes Reese to meet her Aunt Cindy. He learns the heartache that Annie and her aunt have been through and feels a closeness to them since he, too, suffers heartbreak with a painful past. Annie does not wish him to leave. Reese is torn as they all search a way to fill the emptiness in their hearts. Now Reese must decide if there is promise in their future to heal, or is it too much for him to bear?

When Crickets Cry is an extremely poignant read that touches the heart and puts the reader in the setting of the story. I could feel the actions and emotions of the well-developed characters as if I was right in the center of town. Mr. Martin delivers a graceful love story with wonderful characters that keep the reader's interest. This is one rare read with twists that truly delivers. If you read any book this year, this is the one not to be missed in this rare read with impeccable writing.

Cherokee
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