Monday, March 1, 2010

Screen Play (Christian Fiction review)

Jacket description:
"Sometimes the person farthest away from you is the one closest to your heart . . .

At thirty, Harper fears her chances for a thriving career and tru love are both fading fast.  But when Harper is offered an unexpected role in a Broadway play - as understudy to New York's biggest diva-she wonders if everything is about to change.

Hoping to find love in NYC, Harper reluctantly signs up for an online dating site-but the only match Harper is even remotely interested in lives thousands of miles away.  An actress who doesn't act, searching for love with someone she's never seen, Harper longs for God to show her He's still listening.

Through the contemporary text-message world of Internet dating, Harper learns it's possible to care for someone outside her own universe.  And as she reaches out through the impersonal world of cyberspace, she becomes more aware than ever of god reaching out to her . . ."

Ok, I have to be honest with you all and say that I did not have the highest hopes for this book. I was really expecting the story to come off as cheesy and unrealistically positive, as so many Christian fiction titles do. And really, it was quite the opposite. Bright, likable characters, a great faith basis without being over-the-top, and a nice romance.

An engaging plot with the faith aspects sewn in subtly, but effectively. A main character in Harper that readers can believe, both in her actions throughout the novel and in her dialogue and emotions. I found myself engrossed in the story and continuing to want to know what happens to these people (uh...sequel please?). It's inspirational and somewhat romantic, though not overly so. Someone else's review compared author Chris Coppernoll to Nicholas Sparks. Uhhh no. Sappy and weepy this is not. Beautifully written, it is.

Even if you aren't typically one to pick up a Christian fiction novel, but enjoy a good contemporary story, I would give Screen Play a shot. God definitely plays a large role in the character's lives, but it's not "in-your-face" at all. I think Coppernoll is a fantastic writer and look forward to reading more from him.

Overall rating: 4 out of 5

Screen Play: A Novel
Chris Coppernoll
352 pages
Christian Fiction
David C. Cook
January 2010
Review copy received from TBB Media

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