The Discovery is a unique combination of two stories woven in one book. The main story tells of Michael Warner who has inherited a great deal of money and a home in South Carolina from his famous author grandfather. During the reading of the will, Michael's sister is upset to still not know the family secrets she feel her grandfather has been keeping. Michael moves into his new home while his wife ties up loose ends at her job in Florida. Michael is approached to write a biography of his grandfather and begins to look for pictures that might assist in the venture. During his search, Michael discovers an unpublished manuscript.
The manuscript is the second plot in The Discovery. "An Impossible Love" tells of the life of a German born in the US and then as a high school student brought to Germany by his parents in pre-WWII. It is the story of how he comes to be back in the US, fall in love and the difficulties he encounters. To say much more would give away spoilers.
I loved how the author intertwined the two stories. Each was distinct visually so that the reader instantly knew which plot was being read. Although marketed as contemporary romance, it is very much so historical fiction as well. I was also pleased to see Walsh's positive portrayal of the priest. Father Flanagan showed compassion and understanding for the young man's dilemma but didn't condone his behavior. In addition, Confession was shown in a positive light.
Available April 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group