I purchased and read a Christmas book written by Dan Walsh this past year and loved it. I loved it so much, that when the opportunity came up to review his latest book ‘The Discovery’ I could NOT pass it up. The new book did not disappoint! In this book, the protagonist (Michael Warner) is an aspiring novelist who has inherited the grand estate of his beloved grandfather – a grandfather who was also a writer, and whose work sold in the millions – but no one ever knew anything about his personal life; not even his family. When Michael finds an unpublished manuscript in his grandfather’s house, he is tempted to succumb to the pressures of his late grandfather’s agent and get it published … but that’s before he decides to read it. What he reads will change his life forever.
Full of suspense and intrigue, this book is also about sacrifice and the limits of what you will do for those you love. Dan Walsh has successfully taken a little known factoid from the WWII era and woven it into a beautiful love story; with a main character everyone can relate to. I believe men and women alike will equally enjoy this story. It is extremely well done.
Book Cover Review
Thought the cover is beautiful … I don’t believe it tells the reader anything about the story within? A gorgeous photo of a swampy southern area, it hints at being a photo of the painting described in the early pages of the book, but not quite. You have too look extremely closely to notice the crackled edges at the lower part of the photograph – and it would be completely overlooked by most potential readers. I did not see the cover when I chose the book. The back cover description and the author’s name were what secured my decision to read and review it. I realize that they don’t want to give any secrets away, but I’m not sure this cover will attract the wide array of readers this book would appeal to. A suspenseful photo of the estate, or possibly one of an aged manuscript in a dusty box would be more mysterious … perhaps with a photo in the background showing his grandparents from around WWII to give it a place in time? A harder cover to create, but one that would show intrigue, mystery and a love element to draw in the right readership … where this cover really does nothing but ground it in the south and makes it seem entirely contemporary.
Though a beautiful cover, I feel this one will not be as successful as it could have been if it matched the story better within.
*“Available April 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”
Press Release from the publisher