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Proof of Angels

A Novel

Mary Curran Hackett


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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. 

Praise For Proof of Angels: A Novel

“Hackett here blends faith with reality in a novel that is uplifting as it faces hard facts.”

“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.”
New York Journal of Books

William Morrow Paperbacks, 9780062279958, 320pp.

Publication Date: November 4, 2014

About the Author

Mary Curran Hackett lives with her husband and children in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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