Screen Play: A Novel

Screen Play: A Novel

by Chris Coppernoll
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Screen Play 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
MichelleSutton More than 1 year ago
Chris Coppernoll's contemporary romance "Screen Play" was thoroughly entertaining. And like any good romance, it made my heart pitter-patter and soar on more than one occasion. Add a little suspense, and the captivating effect was perfect. I adored this story because I got lost in it's pages and lived in an entertaining alternate reality while I was reading. The character development was impeccable and the faith element was perfectly done. I said this before, but the romance literally took my breath away. Seriously. I can see why this novel got such a high rating from Romantic Times. It was a perfect novel in many respects. Several times I'd even forgotten it was written by a man because the author clearly understands a woman's heart. That, in and of itself, is impressive. I also loved the setting. The various details in each portion of the book were so well developed and researched that I felt like I was in the story. I was Harper and I thoroughly enjoyed the ride. She was one of the most believable and lovable modern era heroines I've found in a book in a long time. I also loved the secondary characters. Their drama gripped my heart and I loved how everything played out with it's highs and lows. Harper was such a good friend, but it went both ways. Avril was also there for Harper when she needed support. Did I mention that I was enthralled with this story? The plot, the characters, everything about this story reeks of a novel that should be nominated for an award of some kind. If I had a chance to vote on a nomination, "Screen Play" would get mine...hands down.
cherryblossommj More than 1 year ago
I have been meaning to read a book by Chris for more than a year. I just never have a craving for contemporary fiction. Whenever I have free time I am always reaching for the historicals. After reading "Screen Play" by Chris, I am sorry that I waited so long before introducing myself to his storytelling voice. The entire time I was looking forward to what was coming next. Already, partially read I would recommend it. After finishing it, I highly recommend it. There is not just one story in there but several. The character voice of female Harper Gray is incredibly well developed by Chris. There were many little things that showed her personality and I am very impressed from a male point of view how well she came together on the page. While enjoying the story I was expecting it to wrap up right after the New York play, but it continued and it was as enjoyable as reading a sequel of character's lives that you are not quite ready to let go of as a reader. After a short trip to London with my SisterB where we saw a play a day, except one day two I recall our performance of "The Woman in White" that was saw. This show sticks out in my mind specifically because the staring roll was played by the understudy. I remember being curious about what goes on in the mind of someone that plays the roll of an understudy and thanks to the first half of this fabulous treasure of a novel now I have a better plausible picture. However, just this fact was not the only part of the story that I could relate to. I met my Enginerd online. Long story short, neither was looking and it all happened upon a fluke some would say, or rather God's design that we did not expect. Know how wonderful it was and at the same time how people are still uncertain if that is an okay way to meet people I could completely relate to the characters as they impatiently waited for the next email, IM or text message. This was a story that was enjoyable to read and the characters were truly brought of the page to me. I can imagine them as palpable persons and that is to me an extremely valuable talent in an author. Once again, I repeat, I am sorry that I have not delved into the imagination on the page from Chris before, but I am so glad that I have found his writing now. I cannot wait for more.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Thirty something Harper Gray has wanted to make it in theater for years, but her break never occurred. Financially broke and depressed, she becomes excited when she is offered the understudy role to TV superstar Helen Payne in the Broadway revival of Arthur Mouldain's classic play Apartment 19. At the same time as her career seems to survive, Harper decides to try on-line dating as she has not had a man in her life almost as long as she has not had a part. However, she finds no one in the New York metropolitan area or for that matter the East Coast of any interest. The best prospect is a zillion miles away, but that means choosing between a chance for love and a chance to perform on stage. This is a warm inspirational romance starring a wonderful lead character, her best friend Avril, other players involved in the play, and Luke. With a first name mindful of author Harper Lee, which may be coincidence but I'd rather believe otherwise; the story line is driven by the heroine who must make monumental life altering decisions one way or another between love and fame. Fans will enjoy Chris Coppernoll's fine tale of free will to choose while also look forward apparently to Averill in sandy eggo. Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Every now and then a book comes your way that you aren't sure you will enjoy. Then the surprise happens as you discover an author that is unknown to you who simply blows you away with their writing ability. This is what I experienced as I started to read and could not put down this book. The story opens as the main character, Harper, a new Christian and believer, is preparing to leave behind a bad year and fly to New York. She has been given the opportunity as the understudy for the lead role in a theatrical production of a play that has not seen the stage in 30 years. From there the story takes on a life of its own as Harper begins to accept how God works in our lives and to trust in Him. Harper joins an online dating group based on the input from her best friend Avril. In surprise she meets James and Luke, both are Christian men. James is a widower with 2 small children who lives in San Diego. Luke is a pilot/logger in Alaska. Harper finds herself drawn to Luke and decides to maintain contact as friends as there is so much distance between New York and Alaska. She feels the same way about James. The lead actor, Helen Payne, is fired by the Director Ben Hughes. Harper suddenly finds herself playing the lead role. Harper puts her trust in God and gives the play and role a whole new and fresh perspective. The play receives high acclaim in the theatrical reviews that hits all the papers. At a party given by the New York Theatrical Society Harper is introduced to Joseph Haggen, a Hollywood Director. Harper is contacted by her Agent asking her to come to California as the offers are pouring in. Harper leaves New York after the play closes and flies to California. When she arrives, her agent informs her that she has received an offer to play the lead female role in a movie that Joseph Haggen is producing. This story is truly exceptional as it takes all the fears and worries Christians experience each and every day. There is such a level a realism and fiction weaved together to provide the reader with an interesting and well written faith-based story. If Christian-based is your genre, then pick up a copy of this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful book! Couldn't put it down.
JCM523 More than 1 year ago
Great read and good for bedtime!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was surprised that this book was interesting and a good read because so many Christian fiction books have a character in show business. Unexpected story line, a main character that shares her faith and a surprising ending. I enjoyed that the author skipped over potential rabbit trails like the ex- boyfriend. I gave it 4 stars because the first chapter was not captivating but I am pleased I continued reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is not often that a work of fiction can teach me and inspire me and remind me to turn to God in all things..... This story did all three. Excellent!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this read. Not what I expected, MUCH MORE?
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TBCN More than 1 year ago
I Loved, Loved, Loved this book! Chris Coppernoll has captured the magic of theatre, from idea to rehearsals and finally to the excitement and joy of a play ready for opening night on Broadway! Chris captures the electrifying wonder and family atmosphere of life in the theatre. Readers will experience this through Harper's eyes, on and off stage and everything an internet dating site where her friend has found love; Harper thinks you should meet people the old fashion way, face-to-face. I felt a connection to the main character, Harper Gray, a thirty year old girl who's been unemployed, unloved, isolated and wondering where life is headed. Harper meets Bella and life as she's known it starts to change. On her way to the airport, Harper discovers a note Bella tucked into her paperback book that says, "I believe in you. God has a purpose and plan for your life.-Bella" Did He really? It was easy to believe in God when Bella was near, but Harper was headed to New York for a role on Broadway! She's left to walk this unfamiliar journey with God alone! Or so she thinks. Harper struggles with her new faith in an atmosphere that is social in nature and a place she's never walked with God before. She says this about herself, "I was sure I was getting a reputation as the oddball cast member who prays." I loved Chris's humor woven in-between the drama. Screen Play will pull at your heart strings and make you shake your head as you marvel at how this gifted male author could pen the heart and soul of Harper Gray, a female character, so well! I found myself so absorbed into this story; I was up until the wee hours reading about this believable and compelling world Chris created! Thanks to David C. Cook publishers for my review copy. Thanks to Chris Coppernoll for your honest and heartfelt portrayal of a young woman and her search for God and all that is true...all this packaged within a theatrical environment! I know you'll enjoy these characters as much as I did. This book is a keeper! Nora St.Laurent Finding Hope Through Fiction
JanetRuth More than 1 year ago
What a great story! After spending a year in almost complete isolation, Harper finally gets her big break as an actress. But she still isn't happy, as she longs for a meaningful relationship in her life. In desperation and loneliness, she rather skeptically registers for an online dating service. Even Harper is surprised by the outcome. The most amazing thing that I found about this story was the typical Hollywood setting and how it was mixed with an incredible woman of strong faith in God. Her witness and lifestyle was a clear and honest testimony to everyone that she came in contact with. This story is an inspiration to anyone who might struggle with being honest with our co-workers and friends about what we believe.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Smilingsally More than 1 year ago
Thank you to Audra Jennings at B & B Media for my review copy of this most interesting Christian fiction romance story.This is the first book I've read by this author who enjoys using metaphors and similes. When the story begins, the protagonist, a thirty-year-old wanna-be actress, is at the bottom of her barrel. We watch her struggle and see her story unfold. Intertwined with all of the backstage politics is an internet romance. I learned a good bit about both the career of an actor and online dating.Just when I felt that I had the plot all figured out, the author throws in a twist and then another, until I gave up and just enjoyed the read. Truly, I did not guess the ending. I predict you'll enjoy this one too.
ChristysBookBlog More than 1 year ago
Screen Play by Chris Coppernoll is a refreshing romance full of faith and hope. Harper Gray has had a rough year: dumped by her boyfriend, a too-long dry spell of no acting jobs, and feeling like she has no purpose, nothing left to live for. The only reason she survived financially was because of residuals from a cold medicine commercial. After giving her heart to the Lord, everything starts to change. She's hired to be the understudy in a play on Broadway working along with her best friend Avril. Then Harper gives online dating a try and finds a couple of men who spark her interest. Things get even better when she ends up in the lead role and astounds the critics and the theatrical world, but she may discover that she'd give it all up for love. Coppernoll does a terrific job of writing Harper's voice, a skill not many male authors possess. Her meteoric rise to fame along with falling in love makes her story a compelling peek into Hollywood and Broadway. (Oddly enough, I had just read a biography of Amelia Earhart to my daughter before finishing up this novel last night. Readers will catch the reference.) Coppernoll is an emerging writer in the Christian romance field, and this may just be his best work yet.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
haven't received it yet