Maggie – Charles Martin

Thankfully I read the last few chapters of this book on my own, considering how much I wept!

Packed with emotion, this sequel to The Dead Don’t Dance continues the story of Dylan and Maggie, focusing especially on the immense love that binds them.

Their lives, and those of the people around them, take on a series of major incidents and traumas that create a fast paced and exciting read. It has believable characters, displaying the truth that despite our flaws and despite the life events that have got us to be where we are today, that we are loved, protected and upheld by those around us. The love of God working out through others.

It is so well written, with a deep understanding of the emotional roller-coaster that the main characters, Dylan and Maggie, go through.

It may not have as much overt Christian content as the first book, but this was a reality check – when life is chaotic, faith is there but it may not be quite so obvious or pro-actively lived out!

However, faith is inherent to the story, the characters’ lives and their attitudes. Whilst I was reading it the verse from Romans 8:28 that says “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” was echoing through my mind. Partly in hope that things would work out for them, and partly because the characters in this story show resilience, integrity, faith and love for each other through all the trials. They show that good does overcome evil.

There is also a theme of deep, sacrificial love that Dylan has for his wife, Maggie, reflecting the love of Christ.

I would advise reading The Dead Don’t Dance first, rather than jumping straight in to this one – it will help put context to this next part of the story, but also why wouldn’t you? Both are such an excellent read.

Maggie, by Charles Martin, is available here.