Michael V. Smith’s second novel, Progress, is a stirring tale of a woman, Helen, who, while still confronting the death of her fiancé, must face the impending destruction of her town due to the construction of an enormous dam. Meanwhile Helen must also cope with the surprise arrival of her long-absent brother Robbie and the secrets he has arrived to reveal. Cris Dukehart’s compassionate performance compellingly relates the deep emotional struggles Helen must grapple with as she ponders the role of family and the value of honesty.
In the lonely years following the death of her fiancé, Helen is unable to move on with her life. But life itself is moving on around her literally: The building of a dam is forcing her small town and her family home to relocate. But the construction project means more than the loss of a home. Helens brother, Robbie, who disappeared without a trace 15 years earlier, suddenly resurfaces. As he re-enters his sisters life, he reveals the secret of why he left in the first place: a secret that tore their family apart, and affected Helens life in more ways than she ever realized.
The second novel by Michael V. Smith, Progress is a stirring story of lives lost and found.