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 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.
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About the Author
Mary Curran Hackett lives with her husband and children in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Okay. High score indicate free copies to read. I paid...and glad i paid only $1.99. This book is really bad. Good idea but badly composed. No man i know speaks this way so written from "man's point of view"... not so much. Too preachy. Too long winded. Too slow and draggy. I will not read this author again. Lately, when i read books like this, i ask myself, is this the best publishers can do? Go back to the slush piles and discover new writers. Should you take a chance, good luck.
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings Written from a man's point of view, Sean Magee is a firefighter who right at the beginning is faced with tragedy and decides to take this opportunity to turn his life into a second chance. He has things in his past that he wants to make right, but must get through both physical and emotional therapy to be able to successfully confront his things from the past. As mentioned above, told from a male's point of view, I loved it. It was different and I liked different. Although weird to read from a male who would tend to get a little emotional at times, I appreciated reading it. I loved seeing the people that surrounded him during his tragedy and after and how he was able to help them heal in ways as they were helping him heal.
Will this book make you cry? Probably not, but it will touch your heart and move you to think about your life. Will this book make you believe in Angels? Maybe, I already believe in them but this book reiterated that even those who may not outright believe can still be touched by angels and made to believe. When I started this book, I was so ready for a touching story, without all the fluff and goo. Proof of Angels is a touching story, but it also has some fluff and goo. It has romance, tender love, strength, and belief. It also has some strong males that think they know what they want and how to get there, until they don’t. I enjoyed how the men seemed to take the leads and show each other how to make their lives better and what was missing from their respective lives. The women were almost secondary characters in that they did not have huge parts in changing the story. They were still important and necessary to the story. Whether you believe or not, this is a great book. I recommend it to anyone looking for a relaxing read that will touch your heart.
"Life is not just a bunch of disconnected events and people. It's not just a random stream of coincidences. There are reasons, and we may not know them or recognize them and we may not understand them, but we have to trust that there are reasons beyond us, because I've seen it work out enough. It doesn't mean we will all live forever. It doesn't mean bad things won't happen or we won't feel sad sometimes, but it does mean that we can't discount the miraculous in the mundane." (209). Firefight Sean Magee never believed in angels before even as he watched his nephew Colm die after numerous attempts to try and save him from his heart defect. As Colm slowly passed from this world to the next, Sean knew that despite all the claims Colm had that heaven was real, he still doubted. He doubted until he saw what he believed was an angel at Colm's side that night. He wouldn't remember it was the very same until Sean found himself trapped in a burning building. Unable to locate his way out in the black smoke, Sean uttered a prayer to God that if he saved him, he would spend the rest of his life being a better man, and just like that the angel appeared to lead him to the third floor window. Sean's only issue was jump from this height or risk being burned further from the flames following him out. So he jumped, not knowing if he would die in the process or be forever crippled and unable to walk. When he woke up, he was neither. Against all the odds, Sean lived even though it would take months of rehabilitation to restore his shattered legs and back and recover from the burns. Now as he spends time thinking about how he can make good on his promises, he can't help but wonder if angels are real or if he was just imagining that had happened. He would eventually discover that" the secret to happiness is not wanting. It's not getting what you've always hoped for or imagined. It's managing your expectations." (275). Perhaps, just perhaps, there are angels after all in the unlikeliest of places, just when we need them the most. I received Proof of Angels by Mary Curran Hackett compliments of William Morrow, a division of Harper Collins Publishers for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review and the opinions contained here are strictly my own unless otherwise notated. I loved this novel, especially after being familiar with Sean Magee where readers were introduced to him in Proof of Heaven. This is his story, "about finding second chances, about failure and forgiveness, about doubt and faith, and about all the angels who touch us along the way. The ones who might just bump into us long enough to nudge us on our way and the ones who stay in our lives forever and guide us indefatigably toward the light."(24). I give this one a 4.5 out of 5 stars and truly believe that there are angels around us, and some happen to be the people we need in our lives who are inspired and encouraged to help make us all better people. There is also Reading Group Discussion Questions at the conclusion of this novel.