Kidnapped son and a father’s battle

DolceDolce’s Alice Farnsworth reviews this true headline-making story — A Father’s Love: One Man’s Unrelenting Battle to Bring His Abducted Son Home, by David Goldman. David Goldman thought he had a happy life and marriage until June, 2004, when his Brazilian wife Bruna, along with their four-year-old son Sean, went on what was supposed to be a two-week Brazilian vacation. Once there with her family, she informed David that she was staying, and keeping Sean with her.

 
Despite an international controversy that reached the highest levels of the U.S. and Brazilian governments, it would be five years before David saw Sean again.
 
Quoting a report published in 2002, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children says the number of children abducted by family members in the U.S. alone numbers about 200,000 annually, while about 800,000 children are reported missing each year.
 
When others might have given up, hopeless from the overwhelming odd against him, David refused any thought that he might never see his son again. Finally, on Christmas Eve, 2009, father and son were reunited, and Sean was returned to the U.S.
 
It really doesn’t matter that you know how this real-life story turns out because A Father’s Love is a thrilling page-turner and a wrenching read.
 
David Goldman grew up in New Jersey, the son of a charter boat captain. He graduated from Virginia WesleyanCollege and found a career in modeling. He now runs his own charter boat business and does advocacy work on international child abduction. He lives with his son in Tinton Falls, New Jersey.

 

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