Christy finalist Charles Martin writes faith-based novels that engage believers and non-believers alike with their realistic and touching stories of Southern living. In a quiet rural town in South Carolina, the end of summer is bittersweet for Dylan Styles. Faced with a terrible tragedy, he must struggle to understand the dramatic change that has come over him. Life will never be the same for Dylan, but will his soul be darkened by heartbreak or galvanized through hope?
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"When Dylan and Maggie Styles's son dies at birth, Maggie slips into a coma, and Dylan begins a dark spiritual journey. His best friend, Amos, a bald, black deputy with a deep Southern drawl, encourages him to return to teaching. When Dylan does, he finds students who deal with their own problems, such as rape, and overcome them with God's grace. Tom Stechschulte narrates this bittersweet love story with poignancy, capturing the breadth of emotion Dylan experiences. He characterizes quirky characters like Amos and a strange Vietnam veteran with skill. Although this title was a finalist for the Christy, an award for Christian fiction, the pace is slow. An abridgment might have been better. G.D.W. (c) AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine"
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