Item description for Breach Of Promise by James Scott Bell...
Overview Mark Gillen's world changes when his daughter, Maddie, is born. Formerly a self-obsessed struggling actor, Mark sees in his daughter a vision of greater things. But his wife soon asks for a divorce--and for Maddie. And so begins Mark's fight to keep his daughter in the face of betrayal, and a legal system that looks askance at any father who wants to keep a young daughter.
Publishers Description How far will a father go to get back his only daughter? And how will he survive in a legal system that crushes those who can't afford to fight back? Mark Gillen has the storybook life other men dream of, complete with a beautiful wife and an adoring five-year-old daughter. Then his wife announces she s leaving him. And taking their daughter with her. The other man is a famous film director with unlimited funds and the keys to stardom and wealth for Paula. How can Mark begin to compete? But the most bitter blow comes when he is kept from seeing his daughter because of false charges . . . and a legal system ill-suited for finding the truth. Forged in the darkest valley Mark has ever walked through, his faith in God may ultimately cost him everything in the eyes of the family law system. But it is the one thing that can keep him sane---and give him the strength to fight against all odds for what matters most."
Citations And Professional Reviews Breach Of Promise by James Scott Bell has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Booklist - 06/01/2004 page 1698
Library Journal - 04/01/2004 page 82
Romantic Times - 04/01/2004 page 67
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.42" Width: 5.52" Height: 0.91" Weight: 0.7 lbs.
Release Date Feb 15, 2004
Publisher Zondervan Publishing
ISBN 0310243874 ISBN13 9780310243878 UPC 025986243876
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More About James Scott Bell
James Scott Bell is the author of the Write Great Fiction: Plot & Structure, a top-selling WDB title, as well as the recently released Write Great Fiction: Revision & Self-Editing. He is also the author of more than fifteen novels and a Christy Award winner. His fiction has been reviewed in Publishers Weekly, Booklist, Library Journal, and the Library Review. His recent and forthcoming novels include Try Darkness (July 30, 2008, from Center Street), Deceived (Feb 2009), and Try Fear (July 2009). He currently teaches fiction writing courses at Pepperdine University and is a regular on the conference circuit, speaking at such conferences as the Mid-Atlantic Writers Conference, Glorieta Christian Writers Conference, and the Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild Conference. His Website is www.jamesscottbell.com.
James Scott Bell currently resides in the state of California.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Breach Of Promise?
James Scott Bell's "Breach of Promise"...An excellent story, written with knowledge and passion. Apr 28, 2006
"Breach of Promise" is the first James Scott Bell book I've read...it won't be the last! Mr. Bell's background makes this excellent story credible, with knowledge and passion. The creation of interesting books and characters--combining suspense within a theme of a strong Christian faith--is a very positive direction, I believe. While, in my opinion, Terri Blackstock remains No. 1 in this special genre, Mr. Bell (who lends a "male view") and others are right on track. I highly recommend his "Breach of Promise." --Ron Howe (aka Toby Martin) Erskine, MN
A powerful book about love and forgiveness Feb 7, 2006
When Paula, the famous actress, leaves Mark, the struggling actor, for a famous director, it seems like a story straight out of Hollywood, because we see it all the time. James Scott Bell takes us behind the scenes in Breach of Promise to see the story from the distraught husband.
Mark still loves Paula and can't comprehend why she would destroy their family. To make matters worse, Paula will resort to any method to gain custody of their daughter. This is a powerful book on many levels, but for me, the most powerful is the forgiveness that Mark displays toward Paula. It seems like an entire book could be written on the subject of a jilted husband forgiving an adulterous wife. That kind of forgiveness is easy to talk about but next to impossible to practice.
A great book, can Mark save his marriage and his daughter? Dec 14, 2005
Paula and Mark have a five year old daughter and seem to have a perfect marriage. Yet they live in Hollywood, a land where bigger dreams and aspirations have crushed many marriages. James Scott Bell tackles the subject of marriage, adultery, divorce and child custody in the novel A Breach of Promice.
Paula gets the break of a lifetime, a chance to work with world famous director Tony Troncati. She is gone for four months while Mark is at home taking care of their daughter. Paula returns and tells Mark she wants a divorce and that she is now going to live with Tony. Then she takes Maddie, the daughter, too. Breach of Promise is powerful because it is easy to relate too for most people. I'm the same age as Mark and I have 2 kids and it tore me apart to see his wife leaving him and taking his daugther because I knew how mad/angry/sad I would be if the same thing happened to me.
Mark is devestated that Paula has left him, and even more crushed when she takes Maddie from him and then battles him for custody. Of course, Paula can afford the best lawyers money can buy, and soon Paul is overwhelmed with legal problems. Bell keeps the bad news piling on Mark, forcing Mark to turn half-heartedly to God and a group of friends at a church for help. To give the reader hope that Mark has a chance, Bell throws in bits and pieces that Mark could potentially use to get his daughter back and possibly even save his family.
The entire story is from Mark's point of view, so one key thing left out is the how Paula was able to justify tearing up her family to be with the famous director. But it is believable to see how she got caught up in the typical Hollywood romance. Because of the point of view, the reader also never gets a good insight into why Paula allowed her daughter to be manipulated in order to destroy Mark. However, knowing what one knows about the seductive powers of fame, the reader can infer that Paula would do anything to please her new flame. Breach of Promise is a great book by Bell. The ending is sweet, as some reviewers have said, but it also left me wondering if I would have the strength to do what Mark did. Hopefully I'll never have to find out.
"Page-Turner" doesn't begin to say it... Apr 14, 2005
Breach of Promise is one of the best books I've read in a long while. It was a page-turner from the start, a book I couldn't put down, but one I hated to get to the end of. I laughed, I cried, I got right into the protagonist's skin. I really didn't know how it would end right up to the final pages...and I love that! This has been added to my list of favorites. Don't pass this up.
"Breach of Promise" definitely worth reading again Apr 7, 2005
I am not a huge fan of contemporary fiction of any kind, but James Scott Bell's book gripped me right from the beginning. I appreciated the realness of the story -- the main character's emotions are just what any other human being could identify with. The writing is fresh and witty. This is definitely a read again book for me.