The day before a teenage 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 buried them in a rusty old metal box. The plan was to return eleven years later, dig the box up, and read the letters. But now, as that date approaches, much has changed. Ellie has abandoned the faith she grew up with, her days consumed with loving her little girl and trying to make ends meet. Sometimes she watches TV to catch a glimpse of her old friend Nolan, now an NBA star, whose faith is known by the entire nation. But few know that Nolan's own personal tragedies have fueled both his faith and athletic drive. Despite his success, Nolan is isolated and lonely, plagued by a void in his heart that has remained since that night beneath the old oak tree with Ellie. For both Ellie and Nolan, the coming date is more than just a childhood promise. It's the chance to make sense of it all -- the chance to find out if it's ever too late to find love again.
published in 2013
My thanks to my public library for supplying me with this retro read in a truly awesome audio format.
Another blockbuster literary event from Karen Kingsbury! I always feel like making popcorn before settling into one of her books because it's like watching a movie rather than just reading. That might have something to do with the fact that I listened to the audio book read by January Lavoy. Honestly, that woman could read the phone book and I'd be riveted. She has an uncanny ability to create identifiable voices for each character with just a subtle shift of tone. It's truly amazing! And addictive. I binged listened to The Chance because the combination of Lavoy's dulcet tones and Kingsbury's stellar storytelling was irresistable.
This is classic Kingsbury. Told from multiple points of view, she depicts real life struggles with a twist of grace. Ellie and Nolan's love story is also a God love story. I am thrilled at the way this author celebrates faith in her novels. Lots of tears shed -- from heartache and from joy as the author deftly weaves diverse plot threads into an inspirational tale of love and loss and second chances.
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