Title: The Chance
Author: Karen Kingsbury
Publisher: Howard Books
Publication Date: 03.09.2013
The blurb says:
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.
I’ve never read a Karen Kingsbury book before The Chance, which a friend lent to me. I’m positive it won’t be my last.
Karen Kingsbury writes very emotionally, transporting the reader right into the story. I could really identify with many of the various characters‘ feelings. I actually kept welling up – a lot – while reading The Chance. You’d be wise to have a box of tissues handy when reading this book.
I didn’t think the story line was very realistic though. Or rather there were a few…hmm, let’s say there were a few rather convenient turns too many for my liking. I know it’s a book of fiction and it probably wasn’t even intended to be overly realistic. It’s just that I like to think events could be real when I read a book. I’m not even sure why that is but there you go.
However, having said that, I have to admit that I didn’t mind too much in this case. After all, as unrealistic as it all may seem, the events could still have occurred because „…with God all things are possible“ (Matt 19:26). In human terms, the incredibly happy end isn’t very likely but by God’s grace it is possible. And that’s good enough for me.
The Chance is encouraging and heart-warming. It leaves you feeling happy and warm and encouraged. So on that note, enjoy!