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Wednesday, June 11th 2014

1:10 AM

Book Review: The Proof by Cheryl Colwell

  An artist travels to the home of the Italian grandfather he has never met, and becomes embroiled in a family secret that endangers them all. Weaving present day stories with medieval ones, Cheryl Colwell has produced a mystery that draws readers into the characters’ inner turmoil and the moral dilemmas they face. The suspense raises  interesting questions for a Christian, in the relevance of ancient artifacts and their importance to the faith. It also highlights the role of greed, in altering the course of history, and the struggle for power, even within the walls of the church.

The author makes good use of dialogue and descriptions to propel the story forward. You experience the hairpin curves of a mountainside in Italy from the passenger’s seat of a Fiat, and observe the vibrant colors and shapes of the pastoral countryside through the eyes of an art connoisseur. We’re shown, “Lining both sides of the long driveway, Italian cypress stood tall like sentinels assembled to assist Gabe on his quest.” (p. 171) And we cringe, when seemingly, he reaches another dead end. As protagonists fight each other in search of clues, details are pulled out that complicate relationships. Are they family, or are they competitors for the lost treasure?

I picked this book for its medieval settings, but any reader will be drawn into the connection of history with the present. It has exciting twists, clear to the end!

Disclosure of Material: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookCrash.com book review program, which requires an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s CFR Title 16, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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