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The Proof Paperback – January 25, 2014
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About the Author
Passionate about all things creative, Cheryl Colwell finds inspiration in the countryside, the perfect venue for her interests in gardening, art and writing fiction. Following the theme, "Stunning Suspense," her characters visit stunning locations while they pursue adventurous quests peppered with mystery and romance. Some would classify her first two novels as "cozy" suspense, yet each story builds in intensity for a satisfying read. Her husband, best friend, and chiropractor, keeps her in shape for gardening and writing long into the night. They are delighted to have four unique and talented children. A smart and playful English Shepherd makes their empty nest a happy place. Books: -December, 2014: The second book in the Montebelli series, "Adriana's Secret," was published by Inspired Fiction Books. -March, 2014: "The Proof," contemporary suspense, was published by Inspired Fiction Books. -December, 2013: The first chapter of "The Secrets of the Montebellis," was included in the anthology, "Taste and See, Vol 2." -August, 2013: "The Secrets of the Montebellis," a contemporary suspense novel, was published by Inspired Fiction Books. -Early in 2013: A story Cheryl wrote about the healing of a family member was included in, "I Believe in Healing" by Cecil Murphey, published by Regal. -Numerous wellness articles written by Cheryl have been published in The Silver Pages and the Local's Guide.
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When Gabe arrives in Italy he realizes that his grandfather has more on his mind than just getting to know his estranged grandson. He is embroiled in an adventure that can prove to be dangerous to both of them. It involves a map, letters dating back to the days of the Knights of Templar and Christ and a religious relic called Il Testamonte, the proof. There are many twists and turns and unsuspecting villains that kept this story moving at a fast pace.
The Proof was a thoroughly enjoyable read that touched my heart and left me feeling emotional to say the least. It was a lovely story by a creative and talented author. I look forward to reading more from Cheryl Colwell.
My congrats to you for supplying your readers with such a pleasure !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
A good "inspirational" story does not start or become preachy and this story doesn't. The main character's test of faith is believable. He needs a miracle but he has to work hard to get it. The author also wove into the story a hint of what may be happening in the world's religions today.
I enjoyed the author's lovely descriptions of the Italian countryside and here understanding of the culture.
I would definitely read more from this author.
Gabriel Dolcini is a tortured artist in debt. Haunted by the memories of his sister's death he accepts an invitation from his wealthy grandfather in Italy. A man he has never met.
But his grandfather is the keeper of a precious relic known as Il Testamento, or The Proof, circulated among the early Christians for centuries. Before their deaths, its guardians hid it from their adversaries, leaving only a crude map of its location.
But now reports of its existence have resurfaced, inciting an ancient rivalry between a ruthless group that seeks to destroy it, and a secret association that lusts for its power.
Now, Gabriel is thrust into a dark maze of danger. And into his divine destiny.
The Proof is a well-written novel despite twists and turns that at times had me wondering how the author figured it all out, because I was frequently lost. Still, she did a very good job of keeping me interested and there were only a few things that threw me off.
At the beginning of the book there is a list of the characters which at first I found strange because you don't often find that in novels. But then I realized the wisdom in it. The cast of characters was long - too long, making the book confusing and hard to follow. Just when I thought I had a handle on things, someone else was introduced. However, to be fair, this book needed that large cast of characters. It wouldn't have worked otherwise. But this, combined with the mystery surrounding the relic, had me frequently re-reading pages to keep track of everything. Not an easy thing to do with an eBook. However, the author still managed to weave a tale full of excitement and suspense.
It was unfortunate that she did not invest in a good proofreader, as quotation marks were often missing around dialogue making an already confusing book even more so. In addition, the love story between Gabriel and Livia seemed a bit contrived. Perhaps it was because of the mystery of Livia. You never really get to know who she is or trust her, therefore her interaction with Gabriel isn't really believable. Or perhaps because at that point in the story, there was just too much going on already. However, despite that, she still managed to keep me glued to the pages until the very end.
The book reminded me of Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code, full of twists, turns, murders and puzzles to solve. With one very different aspect - the author brilliantly manages to include the importance of faith in Christ.
If you love mysteries with a lot of action you will appreciate this book. I give it 4/5 stars.
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I truly enjoyed this book! I would recommend it to anyone.