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 Maureen, July 19, 2014
I cried throughout reading The Chance!! What wonderful letters Nolan and Ellie wrote to one another!! How great that Nolan waited for Ellie on their day in June!! I wanted Nolan to find Ellie so badly and am so glad he did even though it took soul searching on Ellie's part to believe Nolan loved her and waited for her!! Such an amazing and heartfelt story!! I love how Kenzie is named after the street Nolan and Ellie always met at!! Be prepared to cry!!!