Review & Contest: Proof of Heaven by Mary Curran Hackett


Proof of Heaven by Mary Curran Hackett
Release Date:  November 1, 2011
Publisher: William Morrow
Page Count: 297
Source: contest win at BookTrib

A mother’s faith, a child’s courage, a doctor’s dedication—a moving and thought-provoking tale of hope, love, and family

He might be young, but Colm already recognizes the truth: that he’s sick and not getting better. His mother, Cathleen, fiercely believes her faith will protect her ailing son, but Colm is not so sure. With a wisdom far beyond his years, Colm has come to terms with his probable fate, but he does have one special wish. He wants to meet his father who abandoned his beloved mother before Colm was born.

But the quest to find the dying boy’s missing parent soon becomes a powerful journey of emotional discovery—a test of belief and an anxious search for proof of heaven.

A magnificent debut novel, Mary Curran Hackett’s Proof of Heaven is a beautiful and unforgettable exploration of the power of love and the monumental questions of life, death, and the afterlife.


Review: Cathleen Magee is a single mother with a strained relationship with her only sibling Sean. Cathleen’s only desire is for her son Colm Magee to live a healthy life and she believes her faith will save her son. Colm struggles not only with his disease but with the knowledge his father abandoned his mother before his birth. Sean questions his sister’s faith and his own ability to keep his personal demons in check. Dr. Basu, Colm’s doctor, doubts his ability to help Colm when his judgment begins waiver by his love for the boy and his mother.

Mary Curran Hackett’s beautiful debut novel Proof of Heaven explores family, faith, love and death. She writes so eloquently about the frailty of the human condition. Each character has their own journey of self-discovery that leads them to this form this tight knit group. As the story begins to unfold and she peels back the layers of each character’s personality, there is one common trait, to belong to something that is bigger than one’s self. The characters are written with depth, richness and sensitivity. The relationship that develops between Colm and Dr. Basu is heartwarming and very touching. As the characters grapple with the seriousness of Colm’s illness, they each question their own faith.

Proof of Heaven is a well-written and touching story that flows at a good pace. Elements of faith, love and hope as well as some plots twists make for an engaging read. It is thought provoking and honestly depicts the power of a mother’s love for her child. Lose yourself in Cathleen and Colm’s journey as they search for proof of heaven.

**There is a section for author insight and extras at the back of the book for additional reading.

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Lisa has generously offered her review copy of Proof of Heaven to one lucky commenter today.  Answer the following question in the comments and be sure to leave your email address to enter.  Due to shipping costs, the contest is only open to US residents.  The winner will be chosen on Sunday, April 1.

What is your “proof of heaven”?