Monday, September 17, 2007

Chris Coppernoll's Providence ~ Reviewed

Chris Coppernoll
Paperback: 317 pages
Publisher: David C. Cook Distribution (August 2007)
ISBN-10: 0781445647
ISBN-13: 978-0781445641
Visit Novel Journey (9-17-07) for Chris's interview.

More than twenty years ago a drunk driver shattered Jack Clayton's life. Angry, confused, and as naïve as any college freshman, he trades his small Midwestern town for another, only to find that it's too small to contain his dreams. Or is it? Now an instrumental part of the Campus Missions Office and a New York Times nest-selling author, he makes his home in that very college town, where the past and "the one that got away" relentlessly haunt him and the future becomes increasingly uncertain thanks to a big city reporter with a malicious agenda.

Will he have to walk away from the ministry that he spent decades building? Or can he find a way to confront the rumors and set the record straight? In a race against the clock, Jack throws caution to the wind and finds that even he may deserve a second chance.


In a braid of past and present, Chris Coppernoll weaves the coming of age of a young man and the unraveling of the grown man who now lives with the consequences of his past. Not often does there come along a book this powerful and haunting.
I met Chris at our local book club where he came as a guest of a member. We hadn't read his book, but he told us about it. Fascinated by his synopsis and wondering if he could pull it off as a writer, I took a copy.

He pulled it off, all right. In spades. Providence is a book you'll long remember, even after you've turned the last page. A master of first person narration, Chris digs deep into his characters' psyches and gives you the full depth of their emotions, all without leaving Jack's point of view.
Providence is one of the best books I've read—ever. Powerful, poignant and utterly satisfying. This reviewer gives it her highest recommendation. It's a 5-star read.

Reviewed by Ane Mulligan

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