The Chance is a heartwarming story about childhood friends, broken lives, and a long ago promise that just might offer the hope of love for today. In The Chance, Karen 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.
Review by Deena F., January 28, 2015
My husband and I love to listen to good Christian fiction via audiobooks. We have listened to many but The Chance still emerges as my favorite. The Bridge is very good too, laying the groundwork for The Chance, so it's good to read (or listento) it first. I have become a big Karen Kingsbury fan. She is truly a gifted author and her stories truly go straight to the heart. I love to read, but in an absence of time to do so, the audiobooks are great for on the go and the readers of Karen Kinsgbury fiction are always very talented. Incidentally, on a recent long trip with our two teenage grandsons, I put in The Chance audiobook, not knowing what their reaction would be and they were absolutely spellbound with it. They said it made our 27 hour drive much more enjoyable. I was so happy they were exposed to this wonderful godly story! Appreciate Karen Kingsbury's books and look forward to listening to many more.