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Breach of Promise

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  361 Ratings  ·  36 Reviews
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
Paperback, 345 pages
Published February 15th 2004 by Zondervan (first published February 1st 2004)
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Randy Tramp
Jul 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Mark Gillen loves his wife, Paula, and their five-year-old daughter.

When Paula gets an actress position in Europe, everything changes. She tells him she's leaving.

Had it not been for the hope sprinkled in this story, I'd shut the book, never to return.

This was a difficult book to read, in the sense of emotions, not style. Mark and the reader were plunged into the deepest valley, then slipped lower.

I found myself inner screaming to Mark, "Stop. Don't do that." Yet, a man with deep pain doesn't a
Apr 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars rounded up. A somewhat fast-paced read from author james Scott Bell. Mark and paula are married struggling actors. Paula gets a break and flies to Rome to shoot a movie with a top notch director. Mark stays home with their young daughter Maddie. Paula has fling with hotshot directer and decides she wants out of the marriage. Mark wants to stay married. Paula wants full custody of maddie. Mark is angry and feels betrayed and starts going to church. this is when the crap hits the fan. A ...more
Kate Hooper
Jun 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Good book that explores an emotive situation in a gentle, yet to the point manner. It will leave you feeling all sorts of different emotions and wishing it didn't end. Good book but rushed finish I felt
C.J. Darlington
With scenes that move, dialogue that cuts, and nostalgic references to classic movies and actors, expect to be drawn into the world of Mark Gillen from the first sentence. A struggling actor and father, here's a man who doesn't have it all together. He has doubts. He makes mistakes. He's even tempted to hit the bottle. A real-life guy, thrust into the fight of his life.

BREACH OF PROMISE features some of Bell's best writing. There's enough action in the nasty custody battle Mark faces to please J
Jeni Enjaian
My opinion of Bell's writing continues to trend downwards. Back in 2006, this was the first book I read of his after being introduced to him through the Kit Shannon series. I remember really liking it.
Out of the three I've read recently, this is the best. That's not saying much.
While several things seem plausible (and I like the fact that Mark's lawyer is an Armenian woman) everything else is just too hyper-stereotyped and far-fetched. The fact that this story is set in Hollywood doesn't help
Oct 02, 2009 rated it it was amazing
From the moment I picked up this book, I couldn't put it down. It's the story of a struggling actor who loses everything due the lies and deceit of others but finally finds peace and hope in Christ. The trial lawyer author skillfully relates interviews and courtroom scenes. So seemingly hopeless was the plight of the main character, Mark, that I found myself praying for his life to come together and his halting prayers to be answered. The only thing not true to form about this book was Mark's pl ...more
First, I was expecting more out of this book: more hands-on Christian dialogue, more excitement, and more interesting reading. And after reading his book, "Final Witness," before I read another three, including this one, none came close to comparison.

What I really, really disliked about this book was the premise that the married couple were both actors. I absolutely despised the author writing the dream sequences whereas Mark is imagining he and his daughter and sometimes his wife as they would
Jul 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
This was one of those books I am glad I picked up. I try to read Christian books due to the fact being a Christian, but so many fail to entertain me or speak to me. Sure, there are parts in every Christian book that will have a verse or line or two that hits me, but nothing that stays with me.
I love that the main character doesn't know much about Christ and becomes a Christian through his ordeal is such an example of real-life. When we have reached the end of our rope, and possibly think there
Oct 17, 2009 rated it really liked it
Good read that captures your interest immediately and holds you till the end which has a great message of God’s forgiveness and reconciliation. I felt myself going through a lot of emotions as the father, a striving Hollywood actor struggles to gain custody of his daughter and digs a himself a deeper hole at each turn of the page. The father is a very real guy with lots of anger issues who is his own worst enemy. You root for him and I found myself constantly trying to imagine what I’d do in his ...more
Mar 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
So, I got this book in a "trade" at a laundromat at a Florida RV Park. It's my first (and accidental) foray into "Christian Literature". James Scott Bell constructs a fine tale with well developed characters and an interesting plot reminding us of the hellish fight many parents endure in seemingly senseless child custody battles, the shallow intrigue of Hollywood and the power of the spirit, faith and prayer. Being somewhat a cynic, it might surprise some who know me that I stayed with it and di ...more
Jul 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobook
I saw this book, in audio format in Oregon's digital library, checked it out based on review rating of 4 stars, and I'm so glad I did. The narrator/voice talent, Patrick Lawlor, did an excellent job and brought the story to life. It was an engrossing story of a young couple with a little girl, their choices, so-called success, struggles, failures, heartbreak, change, and more. There were times that I laughed out loud and times when I shed some tears. I highly recommend!
Janette Mapes
Jan 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I had no idea what this book was about when I started reading. The story line sucked me in right away & I couldn't put it down. I kept waiting for the main character to come to faith & just when I thought the story line couldn't get worse for this guy it did and still he didn't quite turn to God!! I was just beginning to think he wasn't gonna get when he did. Of course by then it was almost the end. Made me realize no matter how bleak the situation looks God really can turn it around.
Jan 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Definitely worth the read. Whatever can go wrong, does, in this story, which paints a telling picture of courtroom shenanigans, shady deals, the envy and pride that typify Hollywood, and the life of a struggling actor. The most revealing and disappointing part, though, is the bias against fathers in custody battles and struggles for visitation rights. Of course Bell weaves it beautifully together. I always enjoy his books.
May 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
I liked the book and how it dealt with religion and also the issues of a man losing his marrige and family. So often you read about the woman not the man and this was a nice turn. I also like the first person way it was wrote. It makes you feel like it was a diary almost and you ar reading a real persons life. Because a lot of what goes on in the book may hit home to a lot of people.
Dec 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
A Quickie Review

James Scott Bell has written a great legal thriller that is edgier than usual for Christian fiction. The themes are very adult, but the novel felt like a well-made telefilm, one that keeps you in your recliner the whole time. It was slightly slow at times, but still enjoyable.
Linda Paul
I Didn't Connect with the Characters

I have enjoyed every book by James Scott Bell that I have read...except this one. I kept reading expecting it to get better but it never did. I will still read JSB books-I just hope they are like the other books by him.
Jul 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Definitely a must read! Gives you the inside view of a father fighting for his rights to his child. Gives you the view point of how the father must deal with someone who has power and connections and tries to take away his child. Very well written book with some Christian aspects thrown in.
Sep 18, 2007 rated it it was amazing
One father's struggle to gain custody of his daughter.
Nancy Johnson
Really enjoy his books
Jul 07, 2016 rated it liked it
Okay, a bit Preachy.
Aug 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: timeless-tales
This is my favorite book when I was in high school. I gave this book to one of my best friends, Chemberni =)
Dawn Varney
This was an incredible book that I couldn't put down. It was full of Gods message of grace and forgivness. The father became everything a good christian father and husband should aspire to be.
Jun 29, 2011 rated it liked it
The premise is good and the characters well written. The second half gets a little wordy and then the end is wrapped up rather quickly, but an interesting story of faith and love.
Mar 29, 2008 rated it really liked it
Wonderful story of a father's love for his daughter. T
Dec 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book was really difficult to read because of the frustration and injustice for the main character. the ending is hopeful and uplifting.
Jan 04, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2013
OK, wordy and preachy at times.
Mandi Johnson markel
Nov 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Pretty good. Easy read
Karen Lamb
Jan 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! Could not put it down once I started!
Christian Tuininga
Jul 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
I liked the ending...and the book totally kept my interest..but it was HARD to read...emotionally. But I'm signing up at the library RIGHT now for another
one of his books. :-)
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Jim is a former trial lawyer who now writes and speaks full time. He is the bestselling author of Try Dying, No Legal Grounds, Presumed Guilty, Glimpses of Paradise, Breach of Promise and several other thrillers. He is a winner of the Christy Award for Excellence in Inspirational Fiction, and was a fiction columnist for Writers Digest magazine. He has written two books in the Writers' Digest serie ...more
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