By Mary Curran Hackett
Published: November 1, 2011

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.

I received this book as an ARC and was very intrigued by the storyline. As a mom, this book was at times, very difficult to read. I can’t imagine watching my child collapse time after time and struggle the way Colm did in this story and feel so helpless. The author was able to put into words those desparate feelings a mother has for her suffering child. Cathleen and Colm had such a unique relationship in this story due to her being a single parent and due to Colm’s rare illness. I was fascinated by the lengths Cathleen went to help heal her son and wondered, if I was in that situation, would I do the same?

Even though I was drawn in to the story, I wasn’t rushing to finish it. I had an assumption of how it was likely to end and didn’t want to get to that point of the story. This isn’t the type of story to perk you up but it is one that will remind you of the love of your family, the wonder of life in heaven, and how important it is to have hope.
This is Mary Curran Hacketts first novel.  To find out more about her visit her website at  I enjoyed the author insights in the back of the book.  The author used multiple personal experiences to write this story and it makes it all the more interesting to the reader.  Thanks to Librarything for sending me a copy of PROOF OF HEAVEN.  I give this 3 out of 5 stars.

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