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.
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.....
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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! :)
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!
It was definitely one of my favorites if not my favortie.
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.
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.
The same, "The Chance"
Highly Recommend if you are looking for a sweet love story with a great ending. Not dissapointed one bit.
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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