A beautifully written romance: My review of "The Discovery" by Dan Walsh

Discovery, The, Dan Walsh, 978-0-8007-1981-4


An Engrossing Story of Family Secrets and a Love for the Ages

When aspiring writer Michael Warner inherits his grandfather's venerable Charleston estate, he settles in to write his first novel. But within the confines of the stately home, he discovers an unpublished manuscript that his grandfather, a literary giant whose novels sold in the millions, had kept hidden from everyone--but which he clearly intended Michael to find. As he delves deep into the exciting tale about spies and sabotage, Michael discovers something that has the power to change not only his future but his past as well.

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 you long after you've turned the last page.


The Discovery is a beautifully written romance, with plenty of action to keep the drama moving along, fascinating scenes of suspense, and a love story that will appeal to both female and male readers. Reading novels written by Dan Walsh is a treat, as he has a strong command of the English language, with the right mix of detail and action to provide a thoroughly satisfying read. My one caution about the novel is that some of the elements of the plot required me to suspend my belief somewhat, as I wondered whether something would actually happen that way, and whether the characters would make the choices they did (I won't say more for fear of giving away the book). I was pleased to read the after-ward that explained the inspiration for the book, and marvel at how history itself can be stranger than fiction! Walsh, as always, does a fine job of creating likeable and realistic characters, and I wish that this were not a stand-alone novel so that I might visit them again.

I strongly recommend this novel to those who enjoy novels that blend contemporary and historical elements, with a theme of sacrificial love running throughout. The Discovery is sure to please on many different levels, and I give this book a solid recommendation and a rating of 4 out of 5 stars.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.


Dan Walsh is the award-winning author of The Unfinished Gift, The Homecoming, The Deepest Waters, Remembering Christmas, and The Discovery. A member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Dan served as a pastor for 25 years. He lives with his wife in the Daytona Beach area, where he's busy researching and writing his next novel.