The Chance by Karen Kingsbury
A Novel


6 Critic Reviews

Will appeal mainly to Kingsbury devotees, as well as lovers of religious tracts…and basketball.


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.

About Karen Kingsbury

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New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury is America's favorite inspirational novelist, with nearly 20 million books in print. Her Life-Changing Fiction has produced multiple bestsellers, including Unlocked, Leaving, Take One, Between Sundays, Even Now, One Tuesday Morning, Beyond Tuesday Morning, and Ever After, which was named the 2007 Christian Book of the Year. An award-winning author and newly published songwriter, Karen has several movies optioned for production, and her novel Like Dandelion Dust was made into a major motion picture, now available on DVD. Karen is also a nationally known speaker with several women's groups including Women of Faith. She lives in Tennessee with her husband, Don, their daughter and five sons, three of whom are adopted from Haiti. SPANISH BIO: Karen Kingsbury es autora de mas de treinta titulos, incluyendo algunos EXITOS de venta, uno de los cuales se uso para la pelicula de la semana de CBS. Es una de las atoras favoritas de novelas inspiradoras.Se han impreso mas de dos millones de ejemplares de sus libros. Kingsbury reside en el estado de Washington con Don, su esposo, y sus seis hijos, tres de los cuales los adotatron en Haiti.
Published March 5, 2013 by Howard Books. 353 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
Bestseller Status:
Peak Rank on Mar 24 2013
Weeks as Bestseller
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Above average
on Jan 20 2013

Will appeal mainly to Kingsbury devotees, as well as lovers of religious tracts…and basketball.

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Publishers Weekly

on Feb 25 2013

...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.

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Reviewed by Christin Dicker on Apr 11 2013

I loved this book! Kingsbury is one of my favorite authors and this is one of my favorite of her books. I have not cried at one of her books since Unlocked, but I cried at the end of this one.

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Above average
on May 28 2013

Kingsbury’s latest is a sweet, yet fairly predictable, story. The portions of the story featuring a reunion of parents and children after coming back to the Lord is incredibly moving, but the love story is less effective and unrealistic.

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Reviewed by Shondra Brown on Mar 27 2013

I cannot say enough positive things about The Chance! There was even a couple that showed up in the story from Kingsbury’s previous novel, The Bridge!

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Above average
on Feb 19 2013

The Chance may not be a groundbreaking work, but it does illustrate excellent lessons on forgiveness.

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