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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 . . .


About the Author

Chris Coppernoll has authored six books, including A Beautiful Fall and Providence.  A national speaker to singles, Chris is also the founder of Soul2Soul, a syndicated radio program airing on eight hundred outlets in twenty countries.  Chris holds a master's degree from Rocbridge Seminary and resides outside Nasvhville, Tennessee with his wife.  


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 342 pages
  • Publisher: David C. Cook (January 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1434764826
  • ISBN-13: 978-1434764829
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 6.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,940,340 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Stacey VINE VOICE on December 25, 2009
Format: Paperback
How did this author know just what to put on the page to capture the dreams of my youth? "Screen Play" by Chris Coppernoll is a story of a woman's dream to be an actress and in love. When I first began reading, I wondered how a male author would be able to get inside the head of this character. But as the story progressed, I realized that Chris Coppernoll is so in touch with Harper, the 30 year-old actress who hasn't had an acting job in a year and just landed the part of an understudy to the lead in a Broadway show, that I could close my eyes and see the theater. I could feel the crushed velvet upholstery in the seats and the texture of the thick curtains that hide the stage from view until the performance begins.

Coppernoll KNOWS theater and has captured the pursuit of a stage career with a healthy dose of realism. I'm a bit more skeptical about the idea of finding love through online dating services even though I know a couple of people who have done just that. But I am thoroughly enjoying reading this book! I am willing to take it on faith that the author is credible in his story about love online. And speaking of faith, the pursuit of God is prominent and important to this story. Harper wants to see God moving in her life and sets a very good example in this for the reader. If taken to heart, it will make you look for where God is working in your own circumstances.

Overall, this is a wonderfully entertaining and completely inspiring novel. Thank you, Chris Coppernoll, for putting this story to paper and pursuing its release to us readers. This book has touched me, taught me, and permitted me to reminisce in the loveliest ways. Because of your work, I will also be less skeptical about a man's ability to write romance. Although you and Nicholas Sparks have set the bar extremely high in that department.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Deena Peterson on December 21, 2009
Format: Paperback
Captivating. Engaging. Intriguing.

These are all words I'd use to describe the newest novel by one of my favorite authors, Chris Coppernoll. His story has renewed my love of reading, and sparked something in my heart that I've been praying for...


"Screen Play" is special because it's written from the perspective of the female character, and yet written by a male author. Chris seamlessly dives into the persona of Harper Gray, plunging her into one of those nightmare days we all have.

Needing to be somewhere and it would appear that everything and the kitchen sink will keep us from arriving! The emotions I felt during the course of this story ran the full spectrum. I fell in love with Harper, from her name to her innocent and fresh faith to her desire to find one thing...

And to share love as well. A budding actress who is facing life alone, unemployed and without hope, and God reaches down and picks her up through...oh, can't give that away, now can I?

Let's just say that the events in Harper's life are so exquisite that you can see the hand of the Father all over them. And you just can't help but go along on the journey with her.

You'll feel what Harper feels, see what she sees, and want to live a life of faith like she does...although, not in the same setting! Oh, wouldn't THAT be something!! You'll have to read it to know what I'm talking about!

Chris is clever, witty, and charming in his writing. He even finds a way to get an acknowledgment to his lovely wife and author Christa Parrish (two of my favorite authors deeply in love, married to one another--how cool is that??)...rock on, Chris!

I am in love with this novel. Can't wait for you to read it for yourself.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Joann Carter on September 10, 2010
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Have you ever questioned God's will for your life? Then you will be able to relate to the main character in Screen Play. Hurt by her past--with no where to look but up--she wonders what God has in store for her future. This story, written first person, takes you along her journey as well that of her best friend, Arvil.

This is neither negative nor positive, just an observation--although this story is listed under the romance genre, I personally feel it fits more along the lines of a general women's fiction. There is a small thread of romance, but it's not the main focus of this story. Rather, its about how Harper grows in her trust, friendships, and ultimately her faith.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andrea Schultz on March 2, 2010
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I had heard lots of raves about Chris Coppernoll and his latest novel, `Screen Play.' So I was excited about the opportunity to read it.

This book tells the story of Harper Gray, an actress who was selected to be an understudy on Broadway to a very famous actress by the play's director, who was a former college mate at Northwestern University in Chicago. In the previous year, she struggled mightily, both personally and professionally, and was introduced to Jesus Christ by a lovely lady named Bella. I was fascinated by the fact that Chris, a man, wrote this novel in the first person point of view. As a female myself, I did not detect any incongruities in Chris's style. Harper is a lady, through and through!
It was truly miraculous to see how Harper's life changed when she placed her faith in Jesus. She continued to lean on Him (and His Holy Spirit) for guidance and direction, and her life became more and more full of His blessings.

A neat element of the story is how the characters, although they lived in New York City, the most populous city in the United States (and highly ranked in the world), they relied on the internet (i.e., online dating services, texting, etc...) to make connections with other people. The title is a clever play on words for the interplay online and the occupation of the title character.

The storyline in this book was fast-paced and exciting. I have never visited NYC, but was able to catch the pulse of the city. And I was thrilled to see how a new believer, as Harper was, so readily and easily shared her faith, particularly in an industry like show business, which often berates and ridicules Christ-followers.
There are many twists and turns in this book.
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