Book & Cover Review of ‘The Discovery’ by Dan Walsh

Book Review

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 When Michael finds an unpublished manuscript in his grandfather’s house, he is tempted to succumb to the pressures of his late grandfather’s agent and get it published … but that’s before he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.”

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Press Release from the publisher

The Discovery
By Dan Walsh
Laced with suspense and intrigue, The Discovery is a richly woven novel that explores the incredible sacrifices that must be made to forge the love of a lifetime. Author Dan Walsh delivers yet another unique and heartfelt story that will stick with readers long after they turn the last page.
The Discovery tells the story of Michael Warner, whose grandfather, literary giant Gerard Warner, leaves him his Charleston estate. An aspiring writer himself, Michael settles in to write his own first novel and discovers an unpublished manuscript his grandfather had written, something he’d kept hidden from everyone but clearly intended Michael to find. Michael begins to read an exciting tale about Nazi spies and sabotage, but something about this story is different from all of Gerard Warner’s other books. It’s actually a love story.
As Michael delves deeper into the story he discovers something that has the power to change not only his future but his past as well.
Dan Walsh is the award-winning author of The Unfinished Gift, The Homecoming, The Deepest Waters and Remembering Christmas. He lives with his family in the Daytona Beach area, where he’s busy researching and writing his next novel. Visit www.danwalshbooks.comfor more information.
Endorsements for Dan Walsh
“The Discovery is a masterful bit of storytelling. It is, above all else, a love story for the ages, one of sacrifice and devotion that will leave readers with a renewed passion for their loved ones.”
          New York Journal of Books
“Walsh demonstrates that, like Nicholas Sparks, men are capable of writing romantic fiction.”
          RT Book Reviews
Thrilling, romantic and intriguing. In The Discovery, Dan Walsh takes a fascinating sidebar of World War II history and crafts a suspenseful, beautifully written, and deeply satisfying story. This is his best novel yet!”
          Sarah Sundin, award-winning author of the Wings of Glory series
“You don’t often find a novel that appeals to men and women alike–but Walsh delivers one here! Taking you on a scavenger hunt leading to mystery, romance and intrigue, this book-within-a-book will tug at your heart and keep you in suspense. You’ll get so caught up in the WW2 thriller you’ll forget it’s also a contemporary story. A feel-good read that commemorates the courage, integrity and sacrifice of the ‘greatest generation.”

Christianbook.com

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About Suzanne Wesley

Suzanne lives in Indiana with her husband and their two girls. In May of 2009 she began freelancing from her home office, using a combination of writing and graphic design skills to create professional-level, marketing materials for individuals and businesses at affordable rates. She has a BS degree from Indiana State University (1996); and completed majors in both English, Liberal Art and Fine Art, Graphic Design. Suzanne also completed the Apprenticeship writing program of the Christian Writer's Guild and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW). View all posts by Suzanne Wesley

One response to “Book & Cover Review of ‘The Discovery’ by Dan Walsh

  • Melanie N. Brasher

    That is a beautiful cover. Thanks for introducing me to new authors. :)Thanks also for visiting my blog today and leaving such an encouraging comment. I needed that reminder today. 🙂 Thanks for your friendship!

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