The Chance Paperback

A new story of love, loss and reunion

by Karen Kingsbury;

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Bestselling fiction author Karen Kingsbury returns with a heartwarming tale of friendship, love and broken promises

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The Chance

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Karen Kingsbury’s Savannah based novel opens in Summer 2002, with hints of family trouble that look set to change the life of 15 year old Ellie. Despite the tensions between her parents – for just what she could only guess, the family did not neglect their mealtime prayers. But this time there was an unexpected prayer from her mother’s lips; a prayer for truth.

When the truth comes, it’s more devastating that Ellie could ever imagine and it’s the beginning of a disrupted life that cannot be healed until she can bring herself to forgive all that happened and was revealed on that fateful day.

But it will be more than a decade before what was wrong can be put right – if it all. In the intervening years both Ellie and her high school love, the emerging naional sports star, Nolan, will suffer the heartache of separation and divergent life plans.

The only point of connection remaining to their past hopes and lives; a tin box buried beneath an ancient oak tree some eleven years before. But before the box can resurface, there are other hopes that must be brought back into the light of day, and other pains and fears that must be buried. Is reunion even possible after so long and so much emptiness?

The Chance by Karen Kingsbury was published by Simon and Schuster in March 2013 and is our 14676th best seller. The ISBN for The Chance is 9781849839648.

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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 mum 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.


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

"Kingsbury delivers another excellent novel filled with heart, adventure, and second chances. . . . Kingsbury is one of the most dependable names in inspirational fiction." –    Booklist.

"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..." – Publishers Weekly.

"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 old oak tree." – Library Journal.

Karen Kingsbury: Words of Redemption

There’s a school of thought that, no matter how many books an author might write, they only have one story to tell. Whether or not that can be said of New York Times bestselling novelist, Karen Kingsbury, is a question for someone who has read all, or at least most, of her sixty or so of novels and books for adults and younger readers.

If she does have only one story, you can be sure it’s a good one. Christian fiction’s favourite inspirational storyteller, has more than 20 million copies of her award-winning books in print worldwide and her last dozen books have all topped bestseller charts. Many of her novels are under development with movie companies for release in cinemas and on DVD.

Karen, while clearly not a one-story author, certainly has a consistent theme through all her stand alone and multi-book series. The theme is close to her own heart and lived out in her own life; Karen and her husband Don share their Tennessee home with their five sons, three of whom are adopted from Haiti.

Karen’s books and life are about one thing: redemption, with its accompanying facets of restoration and reunion. Her writing is most often described as romance. True, romantic relationships – made and broken feature in her novels, but these are merely the vehicles by which she takes her readers on a journey into redemption.

The best way to prove the value and worth of a quality is often to paint a picture of life in its absence. ‘The Chance’ paints just such a picture. Two lives are hurt and suffering and look and look set to stay that way. There is no earthly reason why they should be healed. But Karen’s books aren’t about earthly reasons; they’re about something much higher and more enduring. That’s where individual restoration leading to reunion and the conclusion of all good stories: redemption.

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Details for The Chance

Page last updated 27th February 2017
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherSimon and Schuster (March 2013)
Number of Pages352
Thickness21 mm
Height234 mm
Width153 mm
Product Code4077539
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