Reviewed by Joanne Reynolds

Colm (pronounced Colum) has died seven times is his seven years of life. Cathleen (Cate) Magee is a single mother trying to raise Colm on her own and has been through a lot of heartache. Thankfully, she at least has her brother, Sean, to be the father-figure in Colm’s life. Cate is desperately trying to hold on to her career  while also trying to find the reasons behind her son’s medical condition.

Cate was brought up very Catholic  – her mother attended church every day – and attends church every Sunday with Colm and Sean in tow. She seems to be holding on to her faith like a life preserver. There are times when it makes her feel hopeful and times when it just seems to be routine.

Cate brings Colm to many doctors who don’t seem to have any answers about his medical condition. She is referred to Dr. Gaspar Basu, who immediately seems to recognize the condition that Colm suffers from. Dr. Basu has had the opportunity to read his medical records and tells Cate immediately that Colm should have a pacemaker installed. His plan is to stop Colm’s heart from stopping, as there seems to be a disconnection between Colm’s brain and heart.

Cate is a little taken aback at such a quick diagnosis by one doctor, but feels a strong connection between Dr. Basu and Colm and heeds his advice. Dr. Basu lost his wife and son in India and instantly feels a pull toward Colm. Colm also fees the connection and instantly bonds with Dr. Basu.

The relationship between Dr. Basu, Cate, Sean and Colm quickly grows. There is an attraction between Cate and Dr. Basu that is not really addressed by either. Cate’s church offers her the opportunity to take Colm to Italy to see if there are miracles that can be performed to save him, and Cate invites Dr. Basu to come along on the trip. Dr. Basu wants very badly to make Cate understand that travel might not be the best for Colm, but he acknowledges that Cate is again trying everything to save her son. It always comes down to her faith and wanting Colm to have every chance that she can give him for life. Colm, on the other hand, is a very wise child and knows that his life is to be short-lived, irregardless of his mother’s endless means of finding any way to prevent that from happening.

Proof of Heaven is such an eye-opening and thought-pondering mix of faith and non-faith. There are many takes on what people believe and the clash between those beliefs. The young boy seems to keep the faith going because his mom needs it to be that way, but then declares his real feelings and really makes her question her own position.

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Joanne has always been an avid reader and loves the ability to lose herself in someone else’s life for the time that it takes to read about it. She has a huge admiration for authors and the worlds that they create for us. She enjoys reading to her granddaughters and hopes that they take up the love of reading.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by William Morrow Paperbacks. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.