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Shade of the Maple [Paperback]

Kirk Martin
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)

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Book Description

February 2002
Anna Matthews left home at eighteen, a young woman rooted in small-town virtues, seeking adventure in the Green Mountains of Vermont. She found a free-spirited young man whose boundless imagination captivated her heart. Forced apart, Anna tries to build a new life. A decade later, a series of gripping novels awaken Anna’s veiled dreams, illuminating a striking disparity within her marriage. She seeks the author, but the truth she discovers will change her life. Anna is confronted with a clear choice--continue living the comfortable, but hollow American Dream or pursue her dream.

In his auspicious debut, Kirk Martin paints a love story that is at once soaring and bittersweet. Shade of the Maple captures the subtle, yet powerful nuances that distinguish mere romance from intimacy. An intimacy that is powerful, moving and unforgettable.

Kirk Martin is donating $1.00 from every purchase of Shade of the Maple to Friends You Can Count On to develop an earlier detection blood test for breast cancer.

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"...masterfully written...the impressive, highly recommended debut novel of Kirk Martin." -- Midwest Book Review

"...masterfully written...the impressive, highly recommended debut novel of Kirk Martin." -- Midwest Book Review

"...the most intimate novel since The Bridges of Madison County." -- Southampton Book Club

"Captivating and touching, with the emotional impact of The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks" -- Austin Book Club

"Captivating and touching, with the emotional impact of The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks." -- Austin Book Club

"This work will move the reader in a way that few novels have the power to do" -- Romantic Times (Top pick 4 1/2 stars out of 5)

"What sets Martin apart is the measure of the soul he puts into words, the earthy spirituality too few encounter." -- Baltimore Book Reviewer

...the most intimate novel since The Bridges of Madison County. -- Southampton Book Club

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5.0 out of 5 stars Blew Me Away! Aug. 10 2003
Every now and then a book and an author come along that blow me away. I just read both SHADE OF THE MAPLE and THE GRAVEL DRIVE...and I can't stop thinking about the characters and their stories. I searched through kirkmartinbooks.com, hoping he had another book coming soon..and he has signed copies available of GIFTED.
"Gifted is a timeless story of love, courage and redemption. In the shadow of New Hampshire's granite hills, three people with little in common find their lives indelibly intertwined.Devan McAllister is a misunderstood seventeen-year-old, a thorn to those frustrated by his ADD, yet content within. Devan lives life on the fringes of high school by choice, but suddenly finds himself at the center of a life-changing struggle. He begins to hear classmates' thoughts and feel their emotions. Devan must choose whether to embrace his gift or run from it. An intricately woven story with richly drawn characters, Gifted reminds us that true love is selfless, and that our weaknesses are often our greatest gifts."
Can't wait to read it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Unique Gift Nov. 27 2002
By A Customer
Kirk Martin is one of those rare authors who digs beneath the surface of the human heart and reaches down to that place inside where your soul resides. Shade of the Maple is one of those rare books that lived up to the promise of the first few words and will be read often. I experience new depths of wisdom every time I reread it. There were several lines that made me wonder if Kirk Martin was inside my head---one in particular that made me catch my breath to have my feelings articulated so clearly. I read the excerpt for his new book at thegraveldrive.com and felt absorbed into the drama of this father and his son. I applaud Kirk Martin for having the courage to venture into a new genre and capture the transformation of a father's relationship with his son. THE GRAVEL DRIVE is even more compelling than his first work, which I thought impossible to achieve. But he somehow reached deep inside to reveal a measure of his soul that will leave you absolutely stunned upon reading this story. Every parent should read The Gravel Drive. I agree with other reviewers. Kirk Martin has a unique gift to lift the human spirit and make hearts better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing journey of love and hope... Nov. 20 2002
When I first heard of Kirk Martin and Shade of the Maple, I was a little skeptical. I had read so many reviews of how wonderful the book was that I actually felt that it couldn't possibly stand up to my expectations or my scrutiny. Within a few days, I found myself reading the last page with a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes. Kirk has done what so many others have tried - come close to, and more times than not, failed at. He has brought a believable story of true love to his readers. Most of us fancy ourselves to be as strong as the characters in Maple, but when we watch these remarkable people come to life, we realize we are witnessing something remarkable. I have been blessed to have once experienced a love similar to what Mr. Martin writes about, and with it, a devastating loss. As the days came and went since, hope disappeared with them - until I read Shade of the Maple. Thank you to Kirk Martin for reminding me why we experience love and show me that as long as there is hope in your heart, there is always a chance of finding ones soul.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Novel! The Gravel Drive Is Coming Soon! July 24 2002
By A Customer
I absolutely loved Shade of the Maple and could not put it down! Anna was very real to me, and I became totally absorbed into her story as if it were my own. Kirk Martin has a gift for writing such moving, inspiring stories with great depth. Fortunately, I just found out he has a new novel on the way soon called The Gravel Drive, which sounds very powerful:
The Gravel Drive is a metaphor for the connection between a father and his son. Nightmare becomes reality when the boy is discovered missing. At a detective's urging, the father keeps a journal to record thoughts that may provide clues to finding his son. In these pages we witness a man's transformation, as introspection exposes pretense and truth yields understanding of what it is to be a father. Penetrating insight into human nature (and the thoughts that plague the parents of missing children) under girds the drama of the search for a little boy... last seen walking down the gravel drive. It is this search that ultimately leads to discovery of life's greatest truth: there can be no love without sacrifice, no redemption without loss.
I can't wait to read this, too!
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5.0 out of 5 stars He Sees Your Soul! July 14 2002
By A Customer
Read the Prologue. If you like this author's sweeping, poetic style and a story told with that rare touch of idealistic innocence and belief in pure love...you will absolutely love Shade of the Maple. If you are cynical that such wholesome and wonderfully innocent love remains, then you should probably skip this novel. It has been likened on the cover to Brides of Madison County. It is, in fact, much better. The characters are eminently real, a reflection of most of us who struggle to make our good relationships great, who search for that special conection because we know it exists. Shade of the Maple captures that connection like no one I have read before. This is not the story of some romantic weekend fling between a bored housewife and roving photographer--this is a story of timeless love, of commitment, of a devotion that lasts a lifetime and is as deep as one's soul can go. For those who know that this kind of love exists, who have tasted of it, Kirk Martin will look deep into your soul and reach you in places you have not felt emotion before.
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5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE THIS AUTHOR
I have a new favorite author and I am writing a review for every one of his books on every site that I can! Read more
Published on March 2 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific author and person!
Having read all of Kirk Martin's books (now numbering 3), I can tell you that each of Kirk Martin's books offers a different view into the human soul. Read more
Published on Dec 8 2003 by C. A. Boykin
5.0 out of 5 stars Book Club Favorite
Our Book Club read Shade of the Maple for our October selection since the author donates proceeds to breast cancer research. We loved this book!! Read more
Published on Dec 3 2003 by Stephanie Rondone
5.0 out of 5 stars Deep Insight
Deeply moving. I first read The Gravel Drive by Kirk Martin and was amazed by the depth of insight and emotion he lets bleed onto the pages of his books. Read more
Published on Nov. 25 2003 by Kim Woodward
5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful, Beautiful Story
Shade of the Maple is beautiful in every way. I opened this book and was drawn to the characters immediately, I couldn't put it down and missed them when it was over. Read more
Published on Nov. 16 2003 by Andrea Burnham
5.0 out of 5 stars A new favorite...
I can't say enough great things about this book, these characters or this author.
The story had me hooked right from the start. Read more
Published on Nov. 10 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars I Felt this Deeply
I absolutely loved this book. From the very first word, I was drawn into the story, and before I knew it I had turned the last page. Then I wished it hadn't ended. Read more
Published on Oct. 26 2003 by Suzanna Ellison
1.0 out of 5 stars What great love story?
I agree that this book was a major disappointment. I didn't feel any great connection, and felt this was not a great love story. Read more
Published on Oct. 25 2003 by Monica Petersen
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Endures All
What a beautiful, compelling story. From the opening pages through the heartwrenching end this book captivated me and wouldn't release me. Read more
Published on Oct. 20 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars A true love story...
This story got me from the very first page. The writing style is so descriptive, I love that. Kirk Martin has a way of writing that makes you feel like you are actually there,... Read more
Published on Oct. 20 2003
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