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Number of Pages: 368
Vendor: Howard Books
Publication Date: 2013
|Dimensions: 8.38 X 5.50 X 0.00 (inches)|
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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 and wrote letters to each other, sealing them in a rusty old metal box. The plan was to return eleven years later and read them in 2013, the year Nolan’s time traveling books say all the mysteries of the world will be understood.
Now, as that date approaches, much has changed. Ellie, bereft of the faith she grew up with, is a single mom living in a tired apartment and trying to make ends meet. Nolan, now an NBA star, has dealt with terrible personal tragedies that fueled his faith and athletic drive in equal measure. Ever since his father and coach succumbed to a heart attack, Nolan has suffered from a transcendent loneliness. Drowning in an ocean of grief, he often thinks about Ellie and the innocence of their childhood days together.
As Ellie and Nolan move toward the possibility of a reunion at the oak tree, Molly and Ryan, the central characters from author Karen Kingsbury’s previous novel The Bridge, return in their own ongoing story. Written by the “Queen of Christian Fiction” (Time) with eloquence and grace, The Chance is a beautiful tale of heart-wrenching loss, the power of faith, and the wounds that only love can heal.
"In The Chance, Kingsbury (The Bridge, 2012) delivers another excellent novel filled with heart, adventure, and second chances. . . . Kingsbury is one of the most dependable names in inspirational fiction, and The Chance may be her best yet. She infuses such real emotion into her characters, readers will find themselves in tears multiple times throughout the novel. A beautiful balance of human fragility and the power of God’s grace makes this is a must-read."
"At age 15, Ellie finds her world turned upside down when her parents separate and her father moves them from Georgia to California. A devastated Ellie and her best friend, Nolan, write letters to each other and bury them beneath an oak tree. The two agree that in 11 years, no matter what surprises life brings, they will return and dig up the letters together. VERDICT Reminiscent of Nicholas Spark's The Notebook and Richard Paul Evan's The Walk, Kingsbury's (Coming Home) latest novel offers her characters forgiveness and love without an expiration date. Her many fans, and readers who like to escape their daily cares with a gentle Christian romance with elements of women's fiction, will enjoy the reappearances of Molly and Ryan, familiar characters from The Bridge, as well as a likable cast of fresh protagonists."
Kingsbury knows how to get down to business; readers start worrying from the opening sentence about 15-year-old Ellie Tucker and her family: "Her mom didn't come home for dinner, the third time that week." Family troubles prompt Ellie's abrupt move from Georgia to California, but before that happens she and her best friend Nolan write letters to one another that they bury and agree to unearth in 11 years. During that time, Ellie and Nolan naturally change, their paths diverging; he becomes an NBA star, she a single mother. Reckoning with loss and forgiveness for bad choices are required for healing. Kingsbury's themes are familiar, and her writing has benefited from a change of publisher. The action clips along, and readers root for the main characters. The fan-fic element of her writing remains— there's not only an NBA star but another celebrity affecting the action. But the author pours a fervent message about love and reconciliation into a novel that makes the lesson of hope go down much more easily than it would via sermon.
Jennie WrenRoyalton, MNAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5It's never too late to return to GodMay 25, 2014Jennie WrenRoyalton, MNAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5
I just started reading Karen Kingsbury's book in 2013 and have grown to appreciate her writing. In The Chance, she tells a story about two best friends who are about to be separated by a continent, and make a promise to meet in 11 years. They lose contact but never forget. Kingsbury weaves the thread of prayer and turning to God throughout the story and it's the power of prayer that brings several broken people back together in a divinely-planned set of circumstances.
StacyFlorence, SCAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Excellent read!August 2, 2013StacyFlorence, SCAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5
I loved this book! Karen Kingsbury never disappoints, and this book was no exception! Always love to hear fiction with God's message of grace and forgiveness!
Merridy FriederichMetamora, Il.Age: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5easy readAugust 2, 2013Merridy FriederichMetamora, Il.Age: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5
As always Karen Kingsbury did a excellent job. Her books are easy to read and they keep your interest so you want to keep reading. She has a story line that is down to earth and shows the human factor of life. I think I had read all of her books and can't wait for more.
Mary TerryAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5This was a beautiful story Loved it.June 4, 2013Mary TerryAge: Over 65Gender: female
I love how Karen Kingsbury uses the scriptures in her story content. It is so down to earth and can apply to so many life situations. The books are the kind that you have a hard time putting down.
LoisHanover, Mi.Age: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A very good readMay 31, 2013LoisHanover, Mi.Age: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5
The Chance is one of the best books written by Karen Kingsbury that I've read in one setting. Just could not put the book down. It was so loving, so heartfelt, just such a good book. Knowing they loved each other for all that time, and when the 11yrs came due, they didn't forget. Oh, so very touching. I love these kind of books and only Karen can write them....thank you Karen.....
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