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“Hackett here blends faith with reality in a novel that is uplifting
as it faces hard facts.”
New York Journal of Books
“Ms. Curran Hackett offers remarkable insight into the human
psyche as Proof of Angels is an intimate search into one’s soul to
perceive what truly matters in life.”
Kirkus Reviews - September 30, 2014
An angel saves a firefighter from a burning building, but his
spiritual recovery requires some mortal intervention.Hackett's
sophomore novel gives Sean Magee from Proof of Heaven (2011) his own
story. Having fled Massachusetts in the wake of his nephew's death
and his sister's marriage, Sean has constructed a new life for
himself in LA, of course, the City of Angels. A firefighter on long
shifts, he numbs his grief by risking his life each day and avoids
calling home. But his luck runs out when a sudden eruption of flames
traps him in a house, unable to find an exit. About to give up hope,
he prays. He promises God that he'll right a wrong, a wrong that has
something to do with a certain Ciara in Italy. And with that prayer,
an angel directs Sean to the only escape route and a fall that
leaves him burned and broken but mercifully not paralyzed. In
addition to his physical injuries, Sean panics that his hard-won
sobriety may be at stake. But in short order, a flight of real-life
angels gathers to see him through recovery, including fellow
firefighter James, a food addict. Brother-in-law Gaspar arrives to
set up home-based care with nurse-and-physical-therapist Tom, an
exercise fanatic and veteran recovering from his own wounds.
Service-dog trainer Libby, a recovering heroin addict, rounds out
the team with Chief, the instantly smitten yellow Labrador. Driven
to repair his body as soon as possible, Sean relies on his friends,
little realizing how much they will depend upon him, as well.
Hackett employs the angel metaphor to mind-numbing effect: Everyone
who helps another becomes an angel; everyone who doubts the
existence of angels is proven wrong; everyone who needs an angel in
turn becomes an angel to help someone else. A warm but heavy-handed
tale of love and faith.