Take a Chance

Take a Chance

by Shelley Shepard Gray

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BN ID: 2940159088666
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
Publication date: 09/18/2018
Series: The Bridgeport Social Club Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 423
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Shelley Shepard Gray is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of numerous romantic fiction series and mystery novels, including the Seasons of Sugarcreek series, the Sisters of the Heart series, the Families of Honor series, and others. She is a recipient of RT Book Reviews Reviewers’ Choice Award.

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Take a Chance 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
JustCommonly 24 days ago
Have you ever took a chance? Well, if yes, you'll definitely understand the characters in New York Times Bestselling Author, Shelley Shepard Gray's Take a Chance, the first book in the Bridgeport Social Club series. Unlike her Amish or historical fiction I'm familiar with, this will be my first contemporary romance from the author. So, you can say I took a chance there too. I'm glad I did. Take a Chance is about life and the unexpected, and how the characters journey through. A story that asks readers to dig deeper and think about what they would do if they were put in the same situation. Though not inspirational or categorize as Christian Fiction, the author did not deviate from putting a purpose and theme in Take a Chance. From relationships between family to community and aspects of bullying, this is one story that takes a chance, and I think you should too. Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.
RomanticReadsandSuch 4 months ago
I feel a little bad for the reviews this book is getting.  A lot of the negative comments are based on what the readers expected from the book, which is for it to be like the author's previous religious love stories.  They are understandably a bit upset that instead they got a "clean" contemporary romance that included cursing and more amorous moments than her previous books.  I'm there with them that when a book is not what you thought it would be, it will usually lower the enjoyment of it.  And I can even see why they would expect a certain thing if that is what the author always delivered before.  (Who doesn't get a little thrown when a favorite author changes things up significantly?)  Fortunately for me, I didn't come in with any expectations and I really enjoyed it.   Gray's writing is very smooth, which made for an easy read, and I found myself engrossed in the characters and everyone's lives.  There are actually 4 POVs for this story - Kurt, Emily, Sam, and his classmate Kay.  They all come across as super realistic and have to deal with some pretty difficult situations.  Take a Chance is as much about the Holland boys as it is a love story between Kurt and Emily ... and is all the better for it.    I found myself rooting so much for those two as they try to get their footing in a new situation & a new town, finding love and friendship as well as the hope for something better.  Things aren't easy for them but they deal the best they can, giving readers a wonderfully heartwarming tale.  I'm really looking forward to what Gray has in store for us next.     **Review given honestly and freely after receipt of a reader copy. This opinion is completely my own and was not influenced in any way.**
KMorgan73 7 months ago
I was excited to see that Shelley Shepard Gray had begun writing contemporary romance books. A longtime fan of hers I was even more excited to receive an advance copy of the book. I mean, who really wants to wait on a book from one of their favorite authors? Anyhow, as soon as I began reading this book I knew I was going to enjoy it. Shelley Shepard Gray was meant to write in this genre. I'm happy that SSG decided to break into the genre with a story about two brothers trying to start new lives in a new state. The story, about ordinary people just living their lives, was so easy to relate to and easy to read. I liked the supporting cast of characters (for the most part) and can't wait to see what happens in their lives. One of my favorite parts of the story was the quotes and book excerpts that began each chapter. Although these weren't critical to the story I found them entertaining and a bit of a clue as to what was going to happen in the chapter. I hope this is something that is included in the other books in the series. This book is a great beginning to a series from one of my favorite authors and I highly recommend it to fans of contemporary fiction/romance. It is a fast, easy read and one I can see myself reading again. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher and was not required to write a review. All opinions are mine.
MKWD52 7 months ago
I have read all of Shelley Shepard Gray's Amish books and all of her western series which are in the Christian category. When I saw Take a Chance the first book in the Bridgeport Social Club series on Netgalley I knew I wanted to read it because of the author. It was not listed in the Christian category and the reason was the book had quite a bit of profanity in it by the main male hero in the story. The heroine did not curse any. Normally I would give this book a four star rating but because of the profanity I will have to ding it and give the rating a 3 star. I was at least happy that the hero did not take God's name in vain or use the F word. This story involved two love stories. There is recently moved to town landscaper Kurt Holland and school teacher Emily Springer. Also there is the story of Kurt's teen brother Sam and his girlfriend Kayla. I really like Sam and Kayla's story. I love how he stood up for her and protected her when some bullies tooks some pictures of her in the locker room and spread them all over the school. I loved how she was able to cry on his shoulder. I really enjoyed this story but would have enjoyed it better had it not been for the cussing that was not necessary in this story. Thanks to Netgalley and Blackstone Publishers for allowing me to read the digital copy of this book. The opinions are my own and I was not compensated at all. This book will be released September 18, 2018.
Wait-What 7 months ago
This is my first time reading a book written by Shelley Shepard Gray so I wasn't sure what to expect. What I found was an excellent story about characters who felt real and seemed to have real problems and real emotions. The characters and setting are absolutely charming and I especially enjoyed Sam and Kayla's connection. The poker tips were also a nice touch. I will definitely be checking out the next book in the Bridgeport Social Club.. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you to the publisher and to NetGalley for the opportunity to review this book.
FHlady 7 months ago
This the the first in a new series by Gray and is also from a new publisher. I have read many of her previous books which all focus on the Amish. With this book, Gray has switched to contemporary romance. I enjoyed the storyline in this book which focuses on Kurt Holland and his younger brother, Sam, as well as Sam's high school English teacher and senior advisor, Emily Springer. Kurt has moved his brother from West Virginia to Ohio with him and has become his guardian. Sam is very intelligent and Kurt feels he will received better schooling in Ohio which will increase his chances of getting into a good college and receiving a good scholarship. But Sam makes some wrong choices for the right reasons, and Kurt has to deal with parenting issues he has no idea how to solve. I did appreciate that Gray dealt with a topic that is invading lots of our high schools and that is inappropriate pictures of young women being sent around the internet. But my problem with this book was that Gray obviously has switched from clean fiction to very secular. The book included foul language, a lot of beer drinking, and a lot of intimate kissing between Kurt and Emily. Sorry to see that Gray has headed in a different direction with her writing. I will not be reading any more books from this series. **I received a complimentary copy of this book from Blackstone Publishing through NetGalley. Opinions are mine
ConR 7 months ago
This was a very different venue for Shelley Shepard Gray, and I admire her for pulling it off well! Good story with strong characters and a modern, fresh appeal. What I liked about it was the theme of doing more than is expected of you because you are capable of it...you have a right to live up to your own potential without letting others tell you that you can't do it. I was given a digital copy of the book without expectation of a review, but I give the review gladly and it is my own opinion.
LizD1 7 months ago
Take a Chance ( Bridgeport Social Club #1 ) By: Shelley Shepard Gray Take a Chance is book one in Bridgeport Social Club new series. The author is very talented and I have read some of her other books and loved them. I like to call the main character a hero. He is the guardian to his brother. The heroine was a school teacher and loves what she does. I would have to say it does have some curse words in it that I didn’t like and was surprised by them. This book is filled with love , warmth, and belief. I would say that I would read book two in this new series. I received an ARC copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher, but was not told that I had to give a positive review. All opinions are my own.
Ellen-oceanside 7 months ago
TAKE A CHANCE by Shelley Gray. Sept. 18. Black Stone Pub Kurt now guardian of his brother.Sam, 17, a good kid, friendly, smart, clean cut, and now holding ice pack to his face. Bigger town, better high school, he wanted for Sam so they moved. Fight was over Kayla, the other kid had taken a photo of heron a bra, and passing it around. 1day suspension would it be on his record, and against a scholorship for college, he asks.?? Emily , Sam teacher, and advisor, was impressed by Kurt in looks and what he said. For Sam he is telling his brother to back off supervising him, and go have some fun,. Like he did before they moved, fishing, bike riding.. Life and changes , on some things you can’t stay in the middle, other’s you know are right and get punishment from. A friend now feeling embarrassed, doesn’t want anything to do with you, .A good plot of choices, and standing up for what is right. Readers will enjoy, and how the author handled the different issues.Given ARC by Net Galley and Blackstone Publishers for my voluntary review and my honest opinion.
KindleKat64 7 months ago
This was a beautiful heartwarming story that flowed so nicely. It was a fun and easy read and I really enjoyed it. The characters were so great and likable.
Bette313 7 months ago
I really enjoyed this story. It's written from four different POVs but I never found myself confused. The story had a nice easy flow to it and I really liked these characters. Kurt and Sam Holland are brothers that are just looking for a better life. What they find is friends, love, and the opportunity to go after all the good life has to offer. This is a wonderful heartwarming story that I highly recommend.
ytcruz 7 months ago
This was a sweet, touching story about family , relationships and life. Kurt Holland has left the home he’s known all his life, so his younger brother, Sam, can get a chance at a better school and hopefully, a scholarship to get into college. Kurt wants Sam to have all the opportunities he didn’t . When he is called to the principal’s office of Sam’s school, Kurt meets his English teacher Emily. Throughout the story we get a chance to see how these characters deal with relationships, obstacles and life in general. As the author tells the reader, “life is a lot like playing poker” . It’s about taking chances because not taking them might hinder us from achiever greatness. It would have been a 5 star if it had not ended so abruptly. I went back a few pages to see if I had missed something. A lot of unanswered questions were left up in the air. An epilogue would that tied up all the lose ends should have been written. I was entrusted this copy by Netgalley . The opinions expressed are solely my own.
MaureenST 7 months ago
I could see the title of this book resonating with so many of the characters presented, and it sure applied. The author shows us that there are so many ways that you have to take a chance, and it isn’t always the right decision. While I may not agree with all choices that are made we are shown a lot of different characters, both likeable and unfortunately bullies. I did like the manners that these southern boys showed. This is a story that made me think that part could have come from the local headlines, especially with the coal mines. I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Blackstone, and was not required to give a positive review