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The Chance
     

The Chance

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by Karen Kingsbury
 

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From #1 New York Times bestselling 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, #1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Karen

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From #1 New York Times bestselling 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, #1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Karen Kingsbury is arguably America’s favorite inspirational novelist with a dozen bestsellers 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 eleven 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.

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"Leaving is about families and relationships and the different kinds of 'leaving' that occur in life. Well-drawn characters and hometown stories make this another Kingsbury hit.
Library Journal
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.—Julia M. Reffner, Fairport, NY
Kirkus Reviews
Another weeper from Christian-fiction diva Kingsbury, this time featuring a prayerful NBA star and his long-lost first love. Kingsbury appears to concede that a slavish adherence to the sterner side of Christianity can subvert that religion's founding principles, as happens when Alan Tucker, a Marine drill instructor, casts off his wife, Caroline, after discovering she is pregnant with a lover's child. Righteous though it may be, his implacable anger has ruinous long-term consequences. He immediately moves from Savannah to Camp Pendleton, San Diego, ostensibly to save teenage daughter Ellie from the shame of growing up near her disgraced mother and her illegitimate half sibling. (Abortion, of course, is never brought up, nor is the question of contraception.) Ellie is devastated: She'll leave behind Nolan, her closest childhood friend, a promising basketball player whose moves are described with a sportswriter's skill. The teenagers, both 15, are chastely awakening to love, and before Ellie departs, they bury letters confessing their true feelings under a favorite tree. They make a pact to return on June 1st, 11 years hence, to dig up the box and read the letters. Cut to the present. Caroline is raising her son, John, and writing weekly letters to Ellie, which go unanswered. Long estranged from Alan, Ellie has forsworn college, has an illegitimate child of her own, daughter Kinzie, and works as a beautician. Nolan, a superstar with the Atlanta Hawks, is far out of her league: There are paparazzi-perpetrated rumors of girlfriends galore. When Alan shows up to beg forgiveness for a shocking transgression, it's only Kinzie's faith that causes Ellie to relent. But as June 1st approaches, can she undo 11 years of miscommunication and bad luck? Since deus ex machina is Kingsbury's go-to plot device, nothing, particularly redemption, is left to chance. Unfortunately, putting everything in the Almighty's hands leaves mere mortals with little to do, which makes for tedious reading. Will appeal mainly to Kingsbury devotees, as well as lovers of religious tracts…and basketball.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781594137174
Publisher:
Gale Group
Publication date:
09/24/2013
Edition description:
Large Print
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
1,392,524
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.70(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

#1 New York Times bestselling novelist Karen Kingsbury is America’s favorite inspirational storyteller, with more than 20 million copies of her award-winning books in print. Her last dozen books have topped bestseller charts and many of her novels are under development as major motion pictures. Karen lives in Tennessee with her husband Don and their five sons, three of whom are adopted from Haiti. Their actress daughter Kelsey is married to Christian recording artist Kyle Kupecky.

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The Chance: A Novel 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 116 reviews.
lucieparis2011 More than 1 year ago
A nice, chaste novel and makes you want to believe in a better future. Having browsed only the summary, and being in the mood for a love story, I did not notice it was a "Christian novel". Honestly, this is not a genre I read spontaneously. Often, the moral lessons taught disturb my reading and make it less fluid. Why? Because in France, we are less accustomed to speaking openly about religion, politics and money than across the Atlantic. Everyone's beliefs are a private matter. In this type of novel, I am led to think and compare my views, my education and my cultural differences at the same time I read. Attention, I took great pleasure in the messages full of hope that the author sprinkled in her adventure. And as the end is happy, it gives a fairy tale of modern times dimension. This is very nice, very chaste and makes you want to believe in a better future. Thus, Ellie and Nolan are separated by life. Adolescents, they can not go against the obstacles that fate puts on their way up and even though they love each other deeply, they lose sight for eleven years.  In the background, the author tells of the difficulties of being a married couple and the daily involvement of the choices that reflected on an entire family. Anyway, Ellie does not have all the cards in her hands to continue to believe. Moreover the decisions taken by her parents have a direct impact on her adult hapiness. As for Nolan, a tragedy has deeply marked him but also gives him the strength to pursue his dreams. After eleven years of separation and lives diametrically opposed, fate is knocking miraculously on their doors. Much hope is putting in this romance. The author also discusses the importance of forgiveness and continue to believe despite the difficulties. Karen Kingsbury has a way to make the reader turn the pages eagerly and makes you want to hope ... Lucie newbooksonmyselves.blogspot.fr
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this story!! I honestly felt for awhile that karen's books were missing something but i never gave up.. the bridge and the chance i feel more god than in her past series... so glad that she seems to have listened to what her readers were saying and the story god truly wanted her to write... This is a story about a young girl of fifteen and her best friend nolan who loved one another so much .. then one day her parents split up and ellie had to move far awy frim savannah but before doing so nolan and ellie go to the park and write letters to one another that must nit be opened for 11 years..... find out what god has planned for them in this new release by karen kingsbury
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story will touch your heart and soul. Reminds you that God has a special person for each of us maybe as a dear friend or as a spouse.
Louise37 More than 1 year ago
I have read most of Karen Kingsbury books. What a blessing to read without all that bad language that seems to have no meaning in a novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read this book in a day. You just can't but it down, I love Karen Kingsbury she has a heart of gold and pours into all of her books. She makes you walk with the lord in this books and all of her books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I recomend this book to fellow christians, and others that wonder what it is like in the footsteps of god.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read two of her stand alone books and cried my eyes out. So i was looking forward to this one. As the wife of a retired Marine, I was very disappointed to see that she obviously did no research. It's very unrealistic. Nothing adds up. By the time he's working at the brig, he'd have been in for 28 years. Most retire at 20. And none that senior would be doing such menial work. Regular hours on drill instructor duty?! My kids moved four times between 3rd grade and high school. I realize she's writing to a general audience, but if you're going to include the military, make it more realistic. One more thing, members of the Marine Corps are not soldiers, they are marines!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Karen Kingsbury is one of the best Christian writers of our time. She is clear and very easy to understand and a delight to read. You will love her books as well as respect the writer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Karen Kingsbury has once again written a book that touches the heart in ways that can be applied to our own lives. Love her books and can hardly wait for the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love all of Karen Kingsbury's books, and this one was no acception! It was a bit slow starting out, but got to a point where I just couldn't put it down. I've read all of Karen's books to date, and can't wait for the next one to come out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finished this book and had a hard time putting it down to sleep or work. It was compelling.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have never been so hooked on a book until I read The Chance. In this Christian love story, two best friends plan on spending the rest of their loves together. Things turn for the worst when a shocking incident sends the two of them on different sides of United States. The two make a plan to meet up in eleven years no matter what. After eleven years of maturing and experiencing hardships, meeting again seems impossible. This book gave a little reminder that God does not give up on you even you lose faith in him. I was able to develop a strong bond with the characters to the point where I wanted to meet them, and to where I wanted to throw my book, due to being mad at one of the characters. I would recommend this book to anyone, no matter the gender or what they believe in.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First, and foremost the book is beautifully written. The story is captivating and has you flipping the pages even through the wee hours of the morning. Secondly, this book gives the glory to God and shows you how God is in control of everything. It's a reminder of how strong our prayer life should be. Put God first in everything you do and you will not be disappointed!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My favorite book of hers. The title says it all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finished this book. If you love a true spiritual read this is one you will enjoy. I have read almost every book written by Karen Kingsbury and i have never been disappointed.
MariaEH More than 1 year ago
A nice story but way too preachy. I'm a Christian too but after a while, I just couldn't take all of the Bible Banging.
bethrobyn More than 1 year ago
My first Karen Kingsbury novel and it was amazing! The characters had depth and the story was compelling. It was refreshing to read a book that shared many honest challenges and struggles that people of faith experience. My seventeen year-old daughter is now reading the book and can't put it down either, I would recommend it for readers of all ages. Enjoy!
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Really loved the story and the characters. Well done.
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tenntango More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the story very much.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It kept my interest through out.