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Howard Books / 2013 / Paperback

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When Ellie and Nolan were kids, they put letters they had written to each other in a metal box, buried it beneath an oak tree, and vowed to return 11 years later. Now Ellie is a struggling single mom, and Nolan is an NBA star. Will their reunion heal their hearts---and restore their faith? 368 pages, softcover from Howard.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 368
Vendor: Howard Books
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 8.38 X 5.50 X 0.00 (inches)
ISBN: 1451672985
ISBN-13: 9781451672985
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Publisher's Description

#1 New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury proves it’s never too late for love in this heartwarming story about childhood friends, broken lives, and an age-old promise.

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.

Author Bio

#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.

Editorial Reviews

"Another weeper from Christian-fiction diva Kingsbury, this time featuring a prayerful NBA star and his long-lost first love."
"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.

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  1. Jennie Wren
    Royalton, MN
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    It's never too late to return to God
    May 25, 2014
    Jennie Wren
    Royalton, MN
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets 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.
  2. Stacy
    Florence, SC
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent read!
    August 2, 2013
    Stacy
    Florence, SC
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for The Chance - eBook.
    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!
  3. Merridy Friederich
    Metamora, Il.
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    easy read
    August 2, 2013
    Merridy Friederich
    Metamora, Il.
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for The Chance.
    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.
  4. Mary Terry
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    This was a beautiful story Loved it.
    June 4, 2013
    Mary Terry
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    This review was written for The Chance.
    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.
  5. Lois
    Hanover, Mi.
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A very good read
    May 31, 2013
    Lois
    Hanover, Mi.
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for The Chance.
    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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