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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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    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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    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 2013

    Say something about yourself!

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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 2011
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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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    Sarah Adelaide, Australia 06-11-13
    Sarah Adelaide, Australia 06-11-13
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    keasha Texas 05-22-13
    keasha Texas 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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Wendy Anchorage, AK, United States 04-18-13
    Wendy Anchorage, AK, United States 04-18-13 Member Since 2007
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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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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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