It was a very good read with a rather predictable ending. I enjoy all of Karen Kingsbury's books but lately they have been a little unbelieable with their "star" characters. This said, I will continue to read her books and enjoy them.
This is another great book by author Karen Kingsbury. She is known for her series about the Baxter family. If you have not read any of her other books though this one would be a great one to start with. It does have a couple characters from one of her books called The Bridge. You do not have to read that book to enjoy this one.
I gave this book 4/5 stars as I had positives as well as negatives about this book. On the positive side the two main characters, Ellie and Nolan, were well written and their relationship was believable. I also thought the story of how they part and reunite was interesting. On the negative side there was a bit of jumping around between what was happening now and what had happened over the past years. There was also a few other characters that played important parts and reading their thoughts made for a lot of introspection and not enough conversation. There is also the relationship of Ellie and her daughter. How Ellie talks to her and opens up about her life just was not believable. I thought the author should have given Ellie a friend to talk to about the issues not a very young girl. It just was not something I think you would see in real life. All that said I felt the ending was perfect for the situation and all will enjoy the story!
I would like to thank the publisher for the copy of this book I enjoyed reading. I gave an honest review based on my opinion of what I read.
Karen Kingsbury in her new book, "The Chance" published by Howard Books takes us into the lives of Ellie Tucker and Nolan Cook.
From the back cover: The day before a teenage 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 buried them in a rusty old metal box. The plan was to return eleven years later, dig the box up, and read the letters. But now, as that date approaches, much has changed. Ellie has abandoned the faith she grew up with, her days consumed with loving her little girl and trying to make ends meet. Sometimes she watches TV to catch a glimpse of her old friend Nolan, now an NBA star, whose faith is known by the entire nation. But few know that Nolan's own personal tragedies have fueled both his faith and athletic drive. Despite his success, Nolan is isolated and lonely, plagued by a void in his heart that has remained since that night beneath the old oak tree with Ellie. For both Ellie and Nolan, the coming date is more than just a childhood promise. It's the chance to make sense of it all--the chance to find out if it's ever too late to find love again.
Karen Kingsbury weaves a moving tale of heart-wrenching loss, the power of faith, and the wounds that only a forever kind of love can heal. She delves deeply into a theme that resonates within us all: Hope lives for those willing to take a chance.
It is not that often that we get to have a do-over, a second chance when we blew the first chance completely. Karen Kingsbury has given us a story where Ellie and Nolan get just that; a second chance. But it is more than that. Ellie has changed, given up her very beliefs because of the trauma that life has given her. Nolan is a superstar but he is lonely. Now God gives them one more opportunity to replace that which they have given up and have this one do-over. "The Chance" is one inspiring, romantic book. Issues of faith, emotional healing, dealing with trauma and loss and love fill the pages. Ms. Kingsbury has given us a great ride in this book and she has provided us with wonderful characters that we rally around and root for.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Howard Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
Ah, the second chance. Why is it that novels that stress that theme just seem to resonate for so many of us? Maybe it's because we all know that we need them, right- a second chance, or in my case, third and fourth chances as well. You know what I mean- a second chance on a relationship that you thought was long over, or a chance to have a do-over on a job you messed up pretty well the first time. We are human, we are fallible and we all need a second chance. So if you take the concept of the second chance, throw in a large measure of forgiveness, grace and faith in God, you have the story line for The Chance - Karen Kingsbury's latest offering from Howard Books.
As the novel opens we meet the 2 main characters Nolan Cook and Ellie Tucker living in Savannah, Georgia-. Two 15 year old best friends, on the verge of being something more, are torn apart by the broken relationship of Ellies' parents Alan and Caroline. Because of this broken relationship, Alan takes Ellie away to San Diego to a new job and what he is hoping for is a new life away from his wife. That doesn't go so well as when we try to run away, our troubles usually follow us. On the night before Ellie is whisked away from Nolan and her mother, Nolan and Ellie meet in the park, their usual place to go and talk and decide to write each other a letter telling each other how they really feel about one another and bury it in an old tackle box. The plan was to return in 11 years, dig up the box and read what the other person wrote. Neither one thought that they would be separated from each other for that time period. Even with Ellie's move, they could write each other, call each other, etc. Unfortunately through some unforeseen circumstances, they were separated for that long, but still in the back of their minds was returning to that tree as promised all those years ago.
Their lives each took very different directions- Nolan's in the world of professional basketball living out the dream he had had for himself for many, many years. And Ellie, her journey was the complete opposite- she didn't reach the dreams that she had for herself, which included writing the perfect novel and being a part of Nolan's life. His faith had grown, hers had shrunk. How could this work out?
This story, as most of Karen Kingsbury's stories do, resonated with me. I love the second chance- the beauty from ashes story lines. They just always make me want to stand up and cheer. This one did as well. The heart string pull was pretty strong for me and I appreciated the journey this novel takes you on. When God is allowed in the middle of relationships, there is forgiveness, grace and restoration. And this is portrayed beautifully in several of the story lines. So if you feel like reading a novel that makes you stand up and cheer both at the basketball portions as well as the relationship journeys, I recommend you pick up Karen Kingsbury's novel The Chance.
I was provided a complimentary copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.