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 film director with unlimited funds and the keys to stardom and wealth for Paula. How can Mark begin to compete? But the most bitter blow comes when he is kept from seeing his daughter because of false charges . . . and a legal system ill-suited for finding the truth.
Forged in the darkest valley Mark has ever walked through, his faith in God may ultimately cost him everything in the eyes of the family law system. But it is the one thing that can keep him sane--and give him the strength to fight against all odds for what matters most.
Still reeling after his wife, actress Paula Montgomery, leaves him for another man, Mark Gillen is devastated when she and her lawyer try to force him out of daughter Maddie's life. Falsely accused of being an unfit father, Mark is dragged through the mud as he fights for his parental rights every step of the way. His chances of getting even partial custody of his daughter grow dimmer with each new assault launched by the opposing side. When he is tempted to drink away his troubles, Mark chooses a different way for Maddie's sake and instead turns to God. The U.S. legal system's treatment of fathers' rights in custody battles is as much on trial as Mark is in this agonizing account of the lengths a father will go to preserve his relationship with his child. Bell, a lawyer himself, is a master of legal suspense (Deadlock; Blind Justice; "The Trials of Kit Shannon" series), and this new offering may be his finest. Highly recommended for all collections, this work should hold crossover appeal for John Grisham fans. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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January 31, 2004
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