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The Chance: A Novel | [Karen Kingsbury]

The Chance: A Novel

Years ago, the day before Ellie moved from Georgia to California, she and her best friend, Nolan, sat beneath the Spanish moss of an ancient oak tree where they wrote letters to each other, and sealed them in a rusty old metal box. The plan was to return 11 years later and read them. But now, as that date arrives, much has changed. Ellie, bereft of the faith she grew up with, is a single mom living in a tired apartment trying to make ends meet. Sometimes she watches television to catch a glimpse of her old friend - Nolan, now an NBA star, whose terrible personal tragedies fueled his faith and athletic drive in equal measure.
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Publisher's Summary

From number-one New York Times best-selling author Karen Kingsbury comes a heartwarming story about childhood friends, broken lives, and a long ago promise that just might offer the hope of love for today.

Dubbed the "Queen of Christian Fiction" by Time magazine, number-one New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Karen Kingsbury is arguably America's favorite inspirational novelist with a dozen best sellers to her credit. In The Chance, she delves deeply into a theme that resonates with us all: It's never too late for those willing to take a chance.

Years ago, the day before Ellie moved from Georgia to California, she and her best friend, Nolan, sat beneath the Spanish moss of an ancient oak tree where they wrote letters to each other, and sealed them in a rusty old metal box. The plan was to return 11 years later and read them. But now, as that date arrives, much has changed. Ellie, bereft of the faith she grew up with, is a single mom living in a tired apartment trying to make ends meet. Sometimes she watches television to catch a glimpse of her old friend - Nolan, now an NBA star, whose terrible personal tragedies fueled his faith and athletic drive in equal measure. But Nolan also suffers from a transcendent loneliness that nothing has ever eased.

In their separate lives, as Ellie and Nolan move toward the possibility of a reunion at the oak tree, Kingsbury weaves a tale of heart-wrenching loss, the power of faith, and the wounds that only love can heal.

©2013 Karen Kingsbury (P)2013 Simon & Schuster, Inc.

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    Diane Clio, MI, United States 03-24-13
    Diane Clio, MI, United States 03-24-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Fairly predictable but wonderful story!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Chance the most enjoyable?

    This was a real "feel good story" and I was ready for that. I read a varied subject matter and I needed an uplifting story. The characters had thier issues too.....


    What does January LaVoy bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She has a calming voice, and handled the characterizations well. Even the small child. She cried, she laughed. Who gets that from a printed page? I love to close my eyes and listen. If I can "see it", I know the narrator is doing a great job, and she did.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes, when Al wrote in his letter to Caroline that he had not been forwarding her letters to Ellie for all those years. He was truly confessing. That was a big step for him and it's proof that God had finally been let into his heart....for real.


    Any additional comments?

    Sometimes we all need a book like this stuck in between all the thrillers and other kinds of books to know that there is still a lot of good in all of us.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    keasha 05-22-13
    keasha 05-22-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Good read, heavy handed at times......"

    Story was good but very heavy on christian messages and bible scripture. Enjoyable characters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Alvin, TX, United States 05-06-13
    Amazon Customer Alvin, TX, United States 05-06-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Deeply emotional, well worth listening to again!!!"
    What did you love best about The Chance?

    This was a beautifully crafted book based on the miracle of restoration. In the weakest moments, God showed Himself strong on the characters behalf. Deeply emotional and well worth listening to again and again!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Nolan was my favorite character due to his strong moral conviction and his determination to follow through with the vision God planted in his heart as a child.


    What does January LaVoy bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    January did a great job with her narration, however, I wish she could have given the male characters their own distinct voice. I sometimes felt as she narrated the males, that they all sounded the same. I will say that she has a rather pleasant voice. She gives life to the story as her voice isn't monotone. Overall she did a fantastic job!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    A MOMENT? There were several moments, and some moments that ran into the next moment. As stated above, this is a highly emotional book that really engages the reader to feel beyond themselves. You get attached to the characters and you go through all the various emotions they experience throughout the story. Karen is gifted in making her stories true to life.


    Any additional comments?

    This is my favorite Karen Kingsbury novel thus far. I would recommend it to any book lover, no matter their preferred genre! If it were possible to rate it above 5 stars, this girl would be doing it! :)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cecilia McNeil 01-27-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent Christian Novel!"

    A story of young love, hope, and triumph through God! A must read on my list! 5 Stars+ Excellent performance

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Readsforfun Texas, USA 01-01-15
    Readsforfun Texas, USA 01-01-15 Member Since 2012
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    "To darn predictable and unbelievable to be good"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Yes. There is no way any of this would happen in real life. No way this girl would not look up this guy. No way this guy could not find this girl. No way this woman would be with a star, just so far off from real life I can't say. I would make it more believable and less of a ridiculous fairy tale.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    No reaction, but huh.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Not a chance. Would be great for the Hallmark or Lifetime channel. Predictable.


    Any additional comments?

    It is unreal that first time writers can't get a book published, but seasoned writers can role any piece of junk off the shelf like this one. Just because it has their name people will buy it not expecting it to be disappointing, just like this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tim Stevens 09-20-14
    Tim Stevens 09-20-14
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    "Great book by Kingsbury!"
    Would you listen to The Chance again? Why?

    I would definitely listen to this book again. It was interesting and inspiring. Great character development and it kept me intrigued.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I loved the moments when forgiveness was offered


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    S. Pomrening STockton, CA 07-19-13
    S. Pomrening STockton, CA 07-19-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Loved it!"
    If you could sum up The Chance in three words, what would they be?

    Loved the story! Kept me listening, wanted to find out what happened!! Very likeable characters.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rachel Fullerton, CA, United States 07-11-13
    Rachel Fullerton, CA, United States 07-11-13 Member Since 2014

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    "Great Reminder"
    What did you love best about The Chance?

    I love the emotions that unfolds in great detail of every single character. It has presented the suspense of each story very well.


    Any additional comments?

    I love the emotions that unfolds in great detail of every single character. It has presented the suspense of each story very well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Miriam Venice, Fl, United States 07-09-13
    Miriam Venice, Fl, United States 07-09-13 Member Since 2013
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    "A great audio book, you'll love this one as always"
    What did you love best about The Chance?

    The way Karen Kingsbury addresses " the CHANCE"


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All of them, I really, really liked this book, even though it gave me a good cry!


    What about January LaVoy’s performance did you like?

    Great--perfect for this book


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed and really cried on this one. Could not stop listening to it Superb


    Any additional comments?

    I have re-read it and it is still just as great the second time. I never re-read a audio but this definitely needs time to absorb all the worth of it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Vereeniging, South Africa 07-02-13
    Amazon Customer Vereeniging, South Africa 07-02-13 Member Since 2013

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    "Great story"
    What made the experience of listening to The Chance the most enjoyable?

    A very uplifting story of hope, and how a family can heal all the hurt at the old end


    What did you like best about this story?

    The tenacity of Nolan, waiting with patience


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When ellie finally meet nolan at the park


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Definately


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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