A Father's Love: One Man's Unrelenting Battle to Bring His Abducted Son Home

A Father's Love: One Man's Unrelenting Battle to Bring His Abducted Son Home

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by David Goldman
     
 

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What would you do if your four-year-old son was abducted—by your spouse? In June 2004, David Goldman took his Brazilian wife, Bruna, and their son, Sean, to the airport. She told him that they would be returning to New Jersey after a two-week vacation. Once there, however, Bruna informed Goldman that she was staying in Brazil—and keeping Sean.

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What would you do if your four-year-old son was abducted—by your spouse? In June 2004, David Goldman took his Brazilian wife, Bruna, and their son, Sean, to the airport. She told him that they would be returning to New Jersey after a two-week vacation. Once there, however, Bruna informed Goldman that she was staying in Brazil—and keeping Sean.

In the courts, Goldman found himself outmaneuvered by the legal machinations of Bruna’s new husband, a member of one of Brazil’s most powerful families. But Goldman never gave up, appealing to the media and the highest levels of the U.S. government for help. A Father’s Love is the story of Goldman’s incredible five-year battle to reunite with his abducted child – and an inspiring celebration of an ordinary man’s love for his son.

Editorial Reviews

BookPage

“Gut-wrenching . . . a journey of unimaginable heartbreak and loss.”

New Jersey Monthly

“One engaging and bittersweet volume.”

-BookPage

“Gut-wrenching . . . a journey of unimaginable heartbreak and loss.”
-New Jersey Monthly

“One engaging and bittersweet volume.”
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“Gut-wrenching . . . a journey of unimaginable heartbreak and loss.” — BookPage

“A riveting tale of an unusual abduction.” — Kirkus Reviews

“One engaging and bittersweet volume.” — New Jersey Monthly

Kirkus Reviews

With the assistance of veteran co-author Abraham (Billy: The Untold Story of a Young Billy Graham and the Test of Faith that Almost Changed Everything, 2008, etc.), Goldman tells the story of his six-year battle to regain custody of his son Sean.

While working in Milan in 1997, the author met his future wife Bruna. Although she was Brazilian, they decided to marry and make their home in the New Jersey beach community where he was raised. Sean was born in 2000. In 2004, Bruna and Sean traveled to Brazil to visit her parents. Goldman planned to join them in a week, but four days after her departure, she phoned to inform him that she was leaving him and demanded sole custody of their son. The author writes that Bruna threatened him and pressured him to sign legal documents granting her custody. Seeking legal advice, he learned that this was not just a custody case. According to the Hague Convention, which had been ratified by both the United States and Brazilian, his wife had kidnapped their son. Despite the fact that U.S. courts ordered the immediate return of the Sean to the United States—where a custody hearing would be held in accordance with the Convention—Goldman was thwarted continually by the Brazilian judicial system. In 2008, having no other recourse, Goldman decided to seek publicity for his case. Featured on NBC, he attracted the attention of New Jersey Representative Chris Smith, who became a determined advocate on his behalf and enlisted support from fellow congressmen, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Obama. Sean became a poster child for thousands of other abducted children, and finally, in December 2009, he was released to the custody of his father.

A riveting tale of an unusual abduction and a father's determination to regain rightful custody of his son.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780452297913
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/24/2012
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
1,363,773
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

David Goldman now runs a charter boat business and does advocacy work on international child abduction. He has appeared on Dateline, Today, and NPR's The Diane Rehm Show, and on Fox and CNN . He and Sean live in Tinton Falls, New Jersey.

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A Father's Love 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you are not familiar with this story, this is a must read. Even if you are I highly recommend it. I know the story and was still riveted to the book. You will not believe the impossible odds that David had against him and still he perservered until he won the battle. He is a father to be admired and a model of what a father should be. This book also brings to light the terrible tragedy that is going on and the heartbreak of thousands of parents like David. It will bring tears to your eyes and joy when they are reunited. You won't be disappointed!
lovellboys More than 1 year ago
David Goldman has written a factual yet emotional account of what he and Sean went through beginning in June 2004. This is not about a custody battle, this is about a child who was illegally abducted and retained in Brazil for more than five years, and kept from his father and paternal relatives. The injustice of Sean's retention and the disgust with which David was treated by a well connected and wealthy Brazilian family is detailed to the extent that I wept for what they both endured. David takes you behind-the-scenes, to everything he felt and suffered while doing everything humanly possible to have his son returned to him. Sean is now a happy, healthy and well adapted boy who is most definitely home where he belongs. This was a great read!
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"Yes. Lets find a book, ill tell you one over reccomondation."
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My first track meetbis today. Wish me luck!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good book must read
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CTucker12 More than 1 year ago
This book was awesome- I couldn't put it down!! I had followed this story from David's first interview with Meredith Viera to the follow-up special with her a few weeks ago. It's unbelievable what this father unjustly endured to ensure the rightful return of his son. Knowing how many others are in his position, most of which will not likely have this outcome, is absolutely heart-breaking.
CarolD More than 1 year ago
This is the true story of David Goldman's love for his only child, Sean, and of the great lengths he went to get his abducted son returned to him. It is a story of a Father's love, his faith, his trust that in doing things the legal way/ working though the proper channels, he would get his son returned to him. It is the story of a "David fighting Goliath," and just like the biblical version, David wins! This book takes the reader through the agonizing years and hard work, as well as the self discipline, it took to work within the law to regain custody of a son who was abducted by his mother to Brazil. It is truly the story of "A Father's Love."
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Kelly Davis More than 1 year ago
A must read. Soooo good. You will not want to put it down.
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RadiantRobin More than 1 year ago
This book is one of the best of I have ever read! I loved every minute of it. I read it in less than 48 hours and would have read it quicker if it wasn't for life getting in the way!!! David Goldman is a victor in every way! He never gave up and I commend him to the fullest for not giving up, even when it seemed so hopeless. He is proving that he is the better parent and Sean will have a much better life with him than in the negative and nasty enviroment he was in. So sad that people can be that way. Way to go David! God bless you and Sean! Thank you for telling us your story.
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