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3.72  ·  Rating Details  ·  228 Ratings  ·  40 Reviews
After struggling for years to make it as an actress, Harper finally gets her big break—but will she have to sacrifice the love of her life to take it?

At thirty, Harper fears her chances for a thriving acting career and finding true love are both fading fast. When she's handed an unexpected role on Broadway—understudy to New York’s biggest diva––everything changes. She lon
Paperback, 352 pages
Published January 1st 2010 by David C. Cook
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Paula Vince
Aug 05, 2013 Paula Vince rated it it was amazing
Harper Gray is an actress who has been unemployed and broke for some time. She jumps at the opportunity to move to New York to be the understudy of Helen Payne, a famous diva.

The writing is beautiful and evocative. I found myself drawn in to the power struggles, changes of fortune and sudden turns of events (Oh boy, director Ben Hughes sure took a risk. You'll see if you read the book.) Harper is one of the nicest heroines I've come across, truly thoughtful and gracious. When Helen says that Har
Jun 23, 2013 Cathleen rated it it was amazing
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
Tamara Tilley
Jan 23, 2016 Tamara Tilley rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
I’ve decided that Chris Coppernoll is a risk taker. I say that, because I feel his writing style is like that of a whispered song that slowly builds into a resounding crescendo. At first, nothing in his writing stands out to me. He does not drop you into the middle of a quick moving scene, or use hooks to keep you reading. He just writes in a simplistic manner without highs or low, monotone if you will. I found it easy to put down SCREEN PLAY and only picked it up when I had time to commit to it ...more
Jun 07, 2013 Kaitlin rated it liked it
Finish Time: 4 days. I’m going to keep this review short and sweet, just like this book. It was again an easy read (I’m on a bit of a streak with those type of books) and the word that keeps popping in my head is sweet. It may be the jelly beans I’m eating or all the sweets this time of year for Easter, but it was a good book to reflect the season (the candy side of it at least!)

Harper is a very likable main character. Realistic? Maybe, I’m not a Hollywood actress, nor would I want to be, but I
Amanda Snow
Mar 03, 2010 Amanda Snow rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult-fiction
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 actio
Sylvia Martinez
Sep 30, 2013 Sylvia Martinez rated it it was amazing
Loved this story. I love to read and I received this book for free from Screenplay is about a young actress Harper Gray. Harper is facing a low point in her life. Her boyfriend leaves her, she has been an out of work actress and her money has dried up. Our character finds herself in New York playing a stand in for the star of the show. When things take a turn and she finds herself leading in different directions. See how Harper Gray handles the bumps in her road, and how her relatio ...more
May 09, 2013 Tinamari rated it really liked it

This was a refreshing read: the style of writing, the story - it was truly enjoyable. I really appreciated that the author was able to portray characters who had real relationships with God without making it seem forced. The characters were believable and the descriptions of a nature that allowed the reader to immerse themselves in the settings.

There were some issues of personal morality in the characters which I disagreed with, but in general, I came away from the book with the feeling of sati

Ane Mulligan
Feb 16, 2014 Ane Mulligan rated it really liked it
Chris Coppernoll has reached authorial maturity with his third novel, Screen Play. It's an inspirational tale with rich descriptions, memorable characters, and a thoroughly satisfying ending that reminds us that God delights in giving His children the desires of their hearts. Novel Journey and I give Screen Play a high recommendation.
In her 30's, Harper Grey's career and love life is in no light. Due to her belief in God, everything suddenly turned around. She got a job at broadway as a lead actor, then after, hollywood. As for her love life, she tried this online dating site then boom- she's inlove!

To me Screen Play started off good, the ending? Surreal.

I'll give it 2.5 stars!

There could have been more. I was expecting sometg more. The author did a good job writing, I am just not so impressed with how the story wend latte
Apr 23, 2015 Allyson rated it liked it
This was a sweet, fun, faith filled novel with a strong Christian vibe.
May 16, 2011 Doreen rated it really liked it
My first overtly Christian book I've read since attending a Christian HS, years ago. Thought provoking. VERY well-written by a man, in a woman's voice - I was quite surprised, and was even able to forget that the author was a man, writing a Christian romance! LOL Good book.
Margaret Fraleigh
This was an awesome story. Harper goes through a troublesome year, where nothing is working
out the way she thought it would be when she completed school. Her love and faith in God
brings her to a new chapter in her life. Her faith is tested. A good read for all.
Robbi Freeman
Aug 20, 2013 Robbi Freeman rated it it was amazing

Worth the read, April 10, 2013

This review is from: Screen Play: A Novel (Kindle Edition)
Great story, very entertaining always wanting to know what will happen next. Reminds you to put your faith in God

Terri Haynes
May 14, 2013 Terri Haynes rated it it was amazing
Loved. This. Book. I read it in 24 hours. So refreshing. I'm mad this book has been on my Kindle for over a year and I'm just reading it.
Sue Mauersberg
Feb 03, 2012 Sue Mauersberg rated it really liked it
I started and finished the book within a few days. It was a wonderful, light book that was a great read!
Aug 13, 2010 Jenny rated it it was amazing
Very captivating story, felt like I could relate with it, which made it so good.
Adele Ratzlaff
Apr 25, 2013 Adele Ratzlaff rated it really liked it
romance story filled with faith, hope and love
Apr 05, 2011 Brigitte rated it it was amazing
This book was over the top but loved it!
Feb 10, 2013 Jenny rated it really liked it
A cute romance, with a fun plot.
Apr 07, 2013 Cheryl added it
Great story of faith
Dec 14, 2009 Tina rated it it was amazing
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I LOVE this new book. :-)
Jan 17, 2010 Crystal rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Chris Coppernoll has magic with his plot, characters and writing. Harper is a very likable and realistic character. I loved getting to know her in this book. I also liked her friend Avril and hope there is a book about her in the future. The events of the book are magical. They didn't feel too contrived or unrealistic. I went through all of my emotions reading this one, happiness, sadness, anger and so much more. This book makes you feel and relate to the characte ...more
Jan 17, 2010 Molly rated it it was amazing
I truly loved this book! Chris Coppernoll has brought Broadway to our hearts in this book. He shows us an experience of a lifetime through actress Harper ray's eyes. Coppernoll also shows us what life is like in the world of internet dating. Harper believes in the meeting face to face and dating the old fashioned way, not through cyberspace. But when she is feeling lonely and like love isn't meant for her, she prays to God about it, and decides to follow her friend and join an online dating site ...more
Jan 19, 2010 Cindy rated it it was amazing
Harper Gray is down on her luck and has been for a year. An actress with no work for a year, she is at the bottom, and barely looking up, even considering ending her life. Then she makes a friend who introduces her to the Lord, and guides her and teaches her how to serve the Lord. However that doesn't change how desperately she needs a job, so when old friend Ben Hughes called and offered her an understudy position in a play on Broadway, she jumps at the chance. Never dreaming this would catapul ...more
Clockstein Lockstein
Jan 18, 2010 Clockstein Lockstein rated it really liked it

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 Avri
May 10, 2010 Cafelilybookreviews rated it liked it

Screen Play (David C. Cook 2010), the third novel from author Chris Coppernoll is an inspiring story of friendship and faith set amidst the complexities of Hollywood and cleverly combined with an uplifting love story reminiscent of Sleepless in Seattle.

At thirty, Harper fears her chances for a thriving acting career and finding true love are both fading fast. After a devastating year of unemployment and isolation in Chicago, Harper is offered an unexpected role in a Broadway play—as understudy
Feb 02, 2010 Cheryl rated it really liked it
Harper Gray is going to New York. Her friend Avril LaCorria is starring along side the famous, Helen Payne in a Broadway play. Helen’s understudy had left to purpose a movie career. Avril suggested Harper would be perfect as Helen’s understudy. Harper has dreamed of being a star and can’t believe this great opportunity.

All Avril can talk about is her man. His name is Jon and he is an attorney. Avril met Jon on an online dating site called Harper logs onto the site. Harper is m
Nora St Laurent
Jul 09, 2015 Nora St Laurent rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
Feb 26, 2010 Holly (2 Kids and Tired) rated it it was amazing
Loved it. I've seen Chris Coppernoll's name and books around, and have them on my Goodreads to-read list. I'm sorry it's taken me so long to discover him. I thoroughly enjoyed Screen Play.

I'm not normally a big fan of first person narrative, but I loved Harper's voice. She's just someone with whom you can connect and relate. I liked her. Her faith and desire to serve God and follow His path for her is strong, but she's not perfect. Her regret at her inability to apologize after confronting Tabby
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 bre
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Chris Coppernoll is the founder of Soul2Soul Ministries International. His interviews on faith with personalities such as Amy Grant, Max Lucado, and Michael W. Smith are heard in 600 outlets in twenty countries. He is the author of six books including his novels Providence, A Beautiful Fall, and Screen Play. He is married to novelist, Christa Parrish, and lives in upstate New York.
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“What's the best part of acting? It's the indescribable feeling of being someone you are and someone your not, all at the same time. Acting is finding a character that's in you, forgetting yourself, and then bringing out this whole other person. Character is all that matters when you're on a stage.” 1 likes
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