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.
You know when you pick a new show on Netflix, watch the first episode, it ends with something dramatic, you become obsessed and must know what happens in the next episode, and before you know it, you never leave your couch for the rest of the season?
I will admit that I am going to have a hard time writing this review as I do not want to give away too much information, meaning that I highly recommend reading this book so that we can further discuss it!
At the end of the first chapter, the main character is a bit mysterious and leaves a lot of questions unanswered. How did he know what to do? How did he recognize what the girl needed? Who is he? Throughout the novel, you learn more about the character, who he is, and why he is the way he is. The chapters go back and forth between the past and the present, unfolding the traits of each character and you finally gain a better understanding towards the end of the book. All the characters had their charming qualities: Reese, and his baggage, Annie, young and brave, Cindy who is supportive, logical and kind, Termite the troubled teen, and Charlie (my favorite) tells-it-to-you-straight.
Along with the past and present writing, Martin writes about the health in multiple ways. One way of writing about the heart is from a medical standpoint and how it is the central organ for keeping the body alive, and then he flips to writing about the heart and its emotional. There is a lot of very interesting information about the complexity of the human heart and how such a strong muscle can be so volatile in both physical and metaphysical ways. The dichotomy in which he writes about a central human organ is so interesting and really gets your mind thinking how vital it is to take care of your body.
I laughed. I cried. I was angry. I was shocked, but at the end, I was happy. This book tugs on every emotion possible, and makes you relive experiences that you didn’t even know you lived.
I hope you enjoy, and thanks Sarah for the recommendation!
PS – Binge reading is a real thing.
“I just love this book and have read it many times. sometimes when I’m feeling emotionally constipated I give it a read with a glass of wine (or three) it always gives me relief when I can get in a quality sob fest. Keep the kleenex close!”