Several weeks ago a friend recommended two books that she thought I would enjoy. I jotted them down on my to read list and tackled my current reads. When I was ready to start a new book or two, I discovered that the libraries I frequent did not have either book. Thankfully Inter-Library Loan came to the rescue. One of the books, When Crickets Cry (Charles Martin), arrived a week or so ago.
I generally bump ILL books to the top of my reading list so they can be quickly returned to their home library systems. Pushing the other books aside, I dived right into When Crickets Cry. In hindsight, I should have prepared myself better. My reading selections consists of a variety of styles and genres. It was a trusted friend who recommended the book so I was not concerned over offensive content.So after a casual glance at the book synopsis,I began reading. What I wasn’t prepared for was how this book was going to touch my heart and yes, make me cry. It might have even brought out the ugly cry once or twice.
A man with a painful past. A child with a doubtful future. And a shared journey toward healing for both their hearts.
When Crickets Cry shares the story of Reese, Emma, Charlie, Annie, and Cindy. One afternoon in a small town in Georgia, lives are forever changed when the unexpected happens. There is so much more I could share but I really don’t want to give away the beauty of this story. I will say that it is a beautiful, bittersweet story of love, friendship, loss, grief, forgiveness, and redemption. While the story does share much about the technical workings of the heart, it serves only to highlight the capacity of our hearts to love and heal. And hope that God so graciously gives to us. There is always a thread of hope woven throughout When Crickets Cry.
This is a story of lives changed, sacrifices made, gifts used, and joy restored. From the first pages, I knew that the characters and their stories were going to be powerful.
What books make you cry?