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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Proof of Heaven - Giveaway and Review

"Faith is the recognition of what is hoped for and evidence of things not seen." - Hebrews 11:1

Colm Francis Magee had died seven times before his seventh birthday. Cardiac arrest. Not to be mistaken for a heart attack in which clogged arteries prevent blood from reaching the heart and then the muscle withers. There was nothing wrong with Colm's strength of heart. No, Colm Francis Magee's heart simply and inexplicably stopped beating at the most inopportune moments.

And that is the beginning of Mary Curran Hackett's latest novel, Proof of Heaven. Wow! What does a parent do when faced with those overwhelming situations? You do what Cathleen Magee does as a single mom, you do whatever it takes to find the answers to what you son, suddenly with very little warning, has his heart stop beating and dies until they can revive him. After visiting so many doctors and compiling a massive medical file, no one has been able to successfully diagnosis the reason why this happens. Cathleen fears that if she doesn't find an answer soon, one of these times, Colm may never wake up again.

When she is referring to Dr. Gaspar Basu, she immediately notices quite a few things are different about him. For one, he is very young, mid thirties at least, well dressed and above all speaks very little to her but mostly to Colm. He is very tuned in to what he has to say, how he feels before his attacks happen and what he feels upon waking up. He immediately suggests that Colm receive a pacemaker to help keep his heart beating when his body refuses to do so on its own. Confused and bitter after making this suggestion after just a few minutes, Cathleen is doubtful that he knows what he is talking about especially when he has ordered no tests like all the others.

Asking for time to consider this option, she heads to talk to her brother Sean. Being able to offer very little as far as advice goes, Sean suggests that she do it, at least it may help keep him alive and offer a sense of normalcy that neither of them have now. It's only when Colm has another attack that leaves him "dead" for 10 minutes, Cathleen is willing to do whatever it takes to keep him alive, only she's not sure is Colm will have much brain function after being clinically dead that long.

I received this book compliments of TLC Book Tours for my honest review and LOVED it. This book will completely grab the reader by the heart strings and never let go. You are caught between a mother's unconditional love to do whatever it takes to make sure her son doesn't die and Colm's strange notion that he understands more than he can tell his mom. He knows he isn't getting any better and is fearful of what will happen to him "after." Hands down this one rates a 5 out of 5 stars in my personal opinion but a word of caution, once you begin this one, you'll be committed til the very end.

For more information about this book, the author and where you can purchase a copy of this book, please click on the links below:

You can also find out more reviews on this book tour by clicking here.

Thanks to the generous folks at TLC Book Tours, they are offering a giveaway copy to one lucky reader of my blog, Reviews From The Heart. Here are your guidelines:

1. Be a follower of my blog, Reviews From The Heart.

2. Be a resident of the US or have a US shipping address. Please No P.O. Boxes.

3. Leave a comment telling me why you would love to win a copy along with your email address. You can use the words (at) and (dot) instead of the symbols.

The giveaway will end on November 25th and I will notify the winner at that time.


  1. What a gorgeous cover this book has! I love it!

    Megan @ Storybook Love Affair

  2. I would love to know more of Colm's story and more about his Mom.
    I follow via GFC.
    I live in US.

    lag110 at mchsi dot com

  3. Anxious to find out the ending of this one.

    email subscriber
    GFC follower -amhengst

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  4. I am a GFC follower

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  5. This book sounds amazing. Having just gotten out of the hospital today with heart problems, I'd love to read it.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  6. Wow! Just your review had me teared up a little! Sounds like a very moving story. Would love to have the chance to read it.
    lisa.otis6 at gmail dot com

  7. gfc follower as Lisa Otis

  8. I think everyone needs to be grabbed by the heart strings every once in a while - it's good for the soul. :)

    Thanks for being a part of the tour!

  9. this sounds like a beautiful story...thanks for the opportunity to read it :)

    i'm a follower, too :D

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  10. I ant a new book
    I am a follower

  11. I want to read it because you say "This book will completely grab the reader by the heart strings and never let go." That's enough for me!

    I follow

    nfmgirl AT gmail DOT com

  12. I am a follower via GFC.
    Thank you for the chance at such a fantastic looking book.

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  14. I would love to win this book! It sounds very interesting! Thanks for the chance.

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net


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