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The Chance: A Novel (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

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

"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." (Booklist)

"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." (Library Journal)

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. (Publishers Weekly)


From #1 New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury comes a heartwarming story about childhood friends, broken lives, and a long-ago promise that just might offer the hope of love for today.

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.

Karen Kingsbury weaves a moving tale of heart-wrenching loss, the power of faith, and the wounds that only a forever kind of love can heal. She delves deeply into a theme that resonates within us all: Hope lives for those willing to take a chance.


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4.0 von 5 Sternen A heart-warming read 21. Juli 2014
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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!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen wie immer....toll geschrieben 30. September 2013
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Ich liebe ihre Romane und dieses hier folgt den anderen in Tiefgang und und tollem Schreibstil. Sehr zu empfehlen und ein Muss für Karen kKngsbury Fans
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The Chance 15. März 2013
Von Jennifer C - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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After being disappointed (and having a hard time admitting to myself that disappoint) with Karen's last book, The Bridge, I was hesitant to pick up The Chance. I'm glad I did though! Karen was back in this book with the writing style that I'd fallen in love with!

I immediately loved Ellie and Nolan. While most of our mothers probably won't have an affair with a famous country singer and break up our families and most boys won't realize the dream to become a NBA star and make millions - I still found this story very believable and heart felt. Life happens, not all good, but God can use these circumstances to grow us in our faith. That's what I've always loved about Karen's books - real life happens....the good, the bad and the ugly. Most of Karen's books do end with the happily ever after, but the characters have to struggle to find their faith and love of God to get there. God is always there. We forget that sometimes. Molly and Ryan (from The Bridge) also make an appearance in this book and I felt more connected to them in The Chance then I did throughout the entire previous book.

I just don't know how else to express my feelings for this book! I loved it! I cried several times and to me that's the sign of a good book :)
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Recycled Plots & Famous Rich People 12. März 2013
Von Dr. D - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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OK, first the good: This is Kingsbury's best book in awhile. I'd almost given up after having my money stolen for "The Bridge," the oddly boring-and-then-depressing "Coming Home," and the horrible Bailey Flanigan series. With "The Chance," Karen returns to the types of characters and stories that made her popular.

But the recycled plot line is getting ridiculous: Young couple is brutally separated by cruel parents who keep their letters and otherwise thwart their desperate attempts to get back in touch. Let's see: "Even Now," "A Moment of Weakness," and her even her most recent book, "The Bridge"! Oh, and there's always the adorable, perfect, beautiful child who came out of the wreckage. Same story over and over and over.

Now the famous rich people: We've had NFL stars and coaches (Ryan Taylor, Jim Flanigan, etc.) and now the NBA version of Tim Tebow. We have movie stars and Broadway performers, and I take it the next book is about an American Idol-type winner. Karen's early books were about teachers and lawyers and firemen and pilots. Real people, not rich people always in the limelight. What's up with that, anyway? (But I really like baseball. Can we have one about a baseball player?)

It's gotten old and tired and kind of silly. Karen is running on fumes. It's too bad.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen rich and famous 6. März 2013
Von Amazon Customer - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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The thing I don't like is that the past few books of Karen's is that they are all about somebody rich. It just seems that she has let her fame and fortune go to her head. In real life most people aren't going to have somebody rich come into their lives. I just wish Karen would come back down to earth. I know I am not the only one that feels this way. Life isn't all about the rich and famous like she has been writing lately.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Better than The Bridge, but I'm done with Kingsbury 6. Juli 2013
Von Sasha - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Okay, so I just read and reviewed "The Bridge"--my introduction to Karen Kingsbury's work. I hated it. But at the end of the book, she included an excerpt from her next novel "The Chance" which actually sounded interesting. The excerpt only covered two chapters, but already I could tell the writing and character development was better than her previous work. So I thought, in honor of the title, I would give her another chance to win me as a literary fan.
This was a fairly well-written novel. One thing I disliked immensely about "The Bridge" was its brevity, implausibility, and lack of narrative depth. In "The Chance" the plot and characters are much better developed. Kingsbury does a fine job of weaving together the stories of so many different people and their complicated lives. I even liked most of the characters--they were flawed and interesting. With the exception of Nolan and Ellie's daughter Kenzie, the characters were mostly believable. Nolan is depicted as way too perfect. He's a Tebow clone who apparently possesses the spiritual faith of a priest, the adoring loyalty of a cocker spaniel, and the athletic skill of Michael Jordan. And he's handsome. And rich. Of course. (This seems to be a recurring theme in her work.)
Also, Kenzie plays the stereotyped role of the angelic, ethereal child who figures prominently in the pages of classic literature like "Silas Marner" and "Uncle Tom's Cabin" --a blonde, perfect cherub whose simple faith, mature wisdom, and uncanny perception extend far beyond her six years. I have never, ever met a real child like this yet we're supposed to believe this perfect kid exists? Many of the characters here are polarizing as either impossibly perfect or rotten to the core (Dad, Peyton). Add this to the too-neat,fairy-tale conclusion where everyone lives happily ever after (championships are won, lovers are reunited, trespasses are forgiven, all fractured relationships are restored)and you have a recipe for fluffy fantasy piece that will thrill readers who crave this kind of "sanctified romance" but frustrate those of us looking for something with a bit more realism and substance.

That's what concerns me about books like this. Oddly enough, I worry about the message it sends to young Christians. What is clearly meant as a well-meaning lesson in faith and God's omnipotence can actually be misleading to some naive readers--especially teen girls. Don't get me wrong, I firmly believe that you may be prayerfully led to a spouse by God, but girls, if you are expecting God to drop a Nolan Cook or a Ryan Kelley in your lap, you will be sorely, tragically disappointed. Men (and women, for that matter)like that are rare, virtually non-existent creatures. No one is that perfect--except for Christ, and he's not the marrying kind. I have a wonderful, Christian husband who is a published Christian author and blogger but he doesn't demonstrate half of the perfect qualities that Nolan displays. I display even less. Perfection like that is simply unattainable. And you know something else? Perfect endings are rare, too. God doesn't always give us the championship win or the fairy tale ending. That's not why He created us. Sometimes relationships can't be mended. Sometimes the people we love don't love us in return. Sometimes the other team wins, no matter how hard you play (or pray). Sometimes bad things happen to good people. That is reality. Christians know that our true "happily ever after" is not here on earth but rather with our Heavenly Father. So why the perfect, Hallmark, fairy-tale conclusion, Mrs. Kingsbury? The story would be just as meaningful, touching, and inspirational if you had left the end a little messy. Just like real life.
That said, if blithe, Christian escapism is what you're looking for, this is a decent book. But I truly think that young readers (especially girls) should be cautioned about the lessons taught here. I'm not saying they shouldn't expect great things and great men in their lives, but there's a fine like between impossibly high expectations and normative reality. And there's danger in believing that God will always grant our requests if we just pray hard enough. Our prayers are NOT always answered the way we want them. God's plan may not be ours, and if we are praying with the intent for our own gain, we will be set for a lifetime of disappointed hopes.

On a related note, I think this is a bit overly didactic at times. I realize this is Christian fiction, and I think the messages about redemption and forgiveness are terrific, but some of the other elements are almost too much. Listen, I'm a great believer in prayer, but I've never met anyone--pastors and priests included--who pray as much as these characters do! These people pray about everything, everyone, and everywhere. The estranged wife calls her abusive ex to pray about their daughter after 11 years of no communication. Caroline prays with Nolan in her office despite their awkward, uncomfortable meeting. And the prayers always are answered in the affirmative. It all just seems a bit too forced and gratuitous for me. Any seasoned Christian will tell you that while we know we are commanded to "pray without ceasing," few of us practice that as we should. I have prayed for the people I love and for random strangers. I have even prayed with strangers who were visibly hurting. But in this story, literally EVERYONE in Ellie's life (including her 6-year-old daughter) seems to be a bona fide prayer warrior who has no problem "stopping and dropping" in fervent prayer regardless of the situation or circumstance. Perhaps we should be that way, but unfortunately that's just not reality for a vast number of Christians.

All in all,this book was a pretty good read--not great literature but a sweet, if unrealistic and predictable story. However, if this book is reflective of Kingsbury's other works (and other reviewers indicate it is), then I think this is my last book by Karen Kingsbury.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Breathtaking 6. März 2013
Von The Firm foundation Daycare - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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The first book I've read by this author. Couldn't put it down, read it in a day and enjoyed every line. The characters come alive on the pages and the story line could be anyone's life. I'm not one for suspense, but couldn't ruin this one by jumping ahead. Wonderful read!
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