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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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    Amazon Customer Vereeniging, South Africa 07-02-13
    Amazon Customer Vereeniging, South Africa 07-02-13 Member Since 2013

    Say something about yourself!

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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


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    Sarah Adelaide, Australia 06-11-13
    Sarah Adelaide, Australia 06-11-13 Member Since 2015
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    "A satisfying read"

    I loved this book. Despite the predictability of the plot line, it was very well written and I found myself not wanting to stop listening, so I read it in 2 sittings.

    It does have some twists and turns throughout the story, allowing the reader to glimpse into more than just the main character's lives.

    For those who want a story they can enjoy on a lazy weekend or something to entertain for a long drive, this is perfect. However it does have some strong christian themes and is very neatly wrapped up by the end of the story, so it wont be everybody's cup-of-tea.

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    Wendy 04-18-13
    Wendy 04-18-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Not real believable"

    There were too many things that happened in this book that were far from realistic. I like a good ending and all that but this one is, as if God were Santa Claus: Ask Him for what you want and voila! You get it! With fancy wrapping and the whole Christmas morning. My faith doesn't work that way. Lots of praying out loud. I like Karen Kingsbury. The most recent ones I've read or listened to of hers it was hard to decide whether it was present day or back in the 50s. At one point they don't have internet and cell phones then 11 years later they have it all!

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    Dana Surprise, AZ, United States 03-15-13
    Dana Surprise, AZ, United States 03-15-13 Member Since 2012

    I'm a busy mom who loves to listen to books. Mostly I listen on my way to and from work.

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    "Sweet Love Story- A True Favorite of Mine"
    Where does The Chance rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was definitely one of my favorites if not my favortie.


    What other book might you compare The Chance to and why?

    I can't think of one off the top of my head, but this was one of my new favorites. I love the story of love, God, and how things can truly work out for the better with faith. I had a hard time turning it off and was sad when it ended.


    Have you listened to any of January LaVoy’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    She is great! She is probably my new favorite narrator. I loved the way she read the story and it made me feel like I was watching a movie.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The same, "The Chance"


    Any additional comments?

    Highly Recommend if you are looking for a sweet love story with a great ending. Not dissapointed one bit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Val 04-20-13
    Val 04-20-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Could not get past the second chapter"
    Would you try another book from Karen Kingsbury and/or January LaVoy?

    No.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Karen Kingsbury again?

    No.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment... the reviews and promos were misleading. This book should be categorized as Christian Lit-- not a genre I enjoy reading unless I'm focused on Bible study.


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