November 25, 2014

Proof of Angels Blog Tour: Review

Welcome to my stop on the Proof of Angels blog tour! Today I'm sharing my review of the book with you! Be sure to check out the other stops on the tour - the schedule is at the end of the post.

Proof of Angels
Author: Mary Curran Hackett
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Release Date: November 4, 2014
Publisher: William Morrow


From the critically acclaimed author of Proof of Heaven comes an unforgettable novel about hope, renewal, and the gift of angels among us—friends, family, lovers . . . and even mystical others—sure to touch your heart.

Sean Magee is a firefighter—a hero who risks his own life to save others, running into dangerous situations few have the courage to dare. While fighting a horrific blaze, Sean becomes trapped by flames and is nearly overcome by smoke. Just when it seems that all is lost, he’s led to a window—by what he swears is divine intervention. And then he jumps . . .

. . . into a new life. For years, Sean has shut down his feelings, existing in a state of emotional numbness. Coming through that fire, he knows that he can no longer be that man whose his heart is closed to the world. But before he can face his future, he must confront his past and everyone in it: the family, the friends, the woman—and the love—he carelessly left behind.

Proof of Angels is a beautifully written story about one man's revelation and the ensuing journey he takes to fix the messes he made in the past, in order to have a chance at happiness in the future. Sean Magee, our main character, is a modern-day hero - a firefighter who willingly risks his own life in order to save others. He's a great main character for the story. In most contemporary fiction like this, the lead role is usually a woman. By having a man at the center of such an emotional and touching book was a great idea by the author - it gives a new spin to the genre. Sean is, of course, flawed - yet he has fantastic strengths and a definitive personality that makes him realistic and easy to identify with, even though he's a man. We see a lot of Sean's life throughout the book, from the present day and also his past. By putting both parts of his life side by side in the story, we are able to notice all the different ways his character grows and changes in the span of the book. I liked watching Sean own up to his mistakes and then attempt to fix them. It shows a huge amount of character growth, which is basically what the book is about. The rest of the story - from the settings and other characters, to the memories and detailed descriptions - is incredibly well written. The imagery and emotions that the author is able to evoke is wonderfully done, with an absorbing narrative and easy flow that had me swept up in the story from the very beginning. The novel deals with some topics that are both deep and hard to talk about, such as family, love, loss, friendship, mistakes, and the idea of angels - whether they appear as supernatural beings or in the form of friends, family, and lovers. I found this to be a lovely contemporary fiction novel that fans of the genre are sure to fall in love with.

Mary Curran Hackett lives with her husband and children in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Find out more about Mary on her website, like her onFacebook, and connect with her on Twitter.

Here's the tour schedule

Tuesday, November 4th: Kritters Ramblings
Wednesday, November 5th: Fuelled by Fiction
Thursday, November 6th: From the TBR Pile
Monday, November 10th: Chronicles of a Country Girl
Tuesday, November 11th: Mom in Love With Fiction
Wednesday, November 12th: Peeking Between the Pages
Thursday, November 13th: Book by Book
Monday, November 17th: A Novel Review
Tuesday, November 18th: A Night’s Dream of Books
Wednesday, November 19th: A Chick Who Reads
Thursday, November 20th: Walking With Nora
Thursday, November 20th: Cruising Susan Reviews
Friday, November 21st: Jorie Loves a Story
Monday, November 24th: Why Girls Are Weird
Tuesday, November 25th: A Dream Within a Dream

1 comment:

  1. This sounds like such a feel-good read! I'm glad you enjoyed it.

    Thanks for being a part of the tour.