Thursday, March 14, 2013

The Chance

Author: Karen Kingsbury
Publisher: Howard Books
March 2013
ISBN:  978-1451647037
Genre: Contemporary Romance

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.

THE CHANCE is almost classic Karen Kingsbury. I enjoyed getting to know Ellie and Nolan, and reading this book. Karen Kingsbury had lost me as a reader during her family saga series about the Flannigans and the Baxters. I hesitated before taking this book to review, but it is good to know she’s back. THE CHANCE is a book you’ll want to read with a box of tissues beside you. Not the best Karen Kingsbury book I’ve ever read, but far from the worst. An excerpt from her up-coming novel Fifteen Minutes is included at the end of the book. $22.99 hardcover. 352 pages. 4 stars. 

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