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Author: Karen Kingsbury Narrator: January LaVoy Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2013 ISBN: 9781442358201
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It was over a decade ago when Ellie moved to California. Back in Georgia, she and her confidant Nolan wrote letters to one another under the shade of an old oak tree. Safely kept in a metal case, Ellie and Nolan were meant to reopen and read their letters to one another in eleven years.

Now that the time quickly approaches for this reunion, the changes of their life paths cannot be greater. Ellie has lost the faith of her youth and lives in a rundown home, as a mom, alone. Only occasionally does she catch a glimpse of Nolan on t.v.

Nolan, a star basketball player has been driven to the heights of success in athletics and in his connection to his faith, all because of some very difficult personal losses; though he has soared to the top, Nolan has always felt an unrelenting sense of absence.

Will faith, loss, and the wounds that love can salve finally unite Nolan and Ellie? Find out in Kingsbury's The Chance.

Karen Kingsbury was born in 1963. She writes Christian novels. Her career in writing began with the Los Angeles Times and the Los Angeles Daily News where she kept a sports column. She has been published in People Magazine, and her first novel Missy's Murder was based on a murder story she had covered as a journalist in Los Angeles. Over forty novels later, Kingsbury is a number one New York Times bestselling author and has over thirteen million copies of her books in print.

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.

Dubbed the “Queen of Christian Fiction” by Time magazine, #1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Karen Kingsbury is arguably America’s favorite inspirational novelist with a dozen bestsellers to her credit. In The Chance, she delves deeply into a theme that resonates with us all: It’s never too late for those willing to take a chance.

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. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Kingsbury, a CBA bestselling author, delivers her signature mix of melodrama, formula, and genuine emotional punch in this novel. Kingsbury fans will undoubtedly be pleased by more of the inspirational fiction for which this author has become beloved.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Reminiscent of Nicholas Sparks’ The Notebook and Richard Paul Evans’ The Walk, Kingsbury’s 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

  • “In The Chance, Kingsbury 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.”


  • “Another weeper from Christian-fiction diva Kingsbury, this time featuring a prayerful NBA star and his long-lost first love.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tony R | 9/9/2013

    " Rather than review each of Karen's books, let me just say Karen's books are consistently excellent, and this one is no exception. She deals with all kinds of subjects and is not afraid to address life's serious issues directly. All uphold high ideals and Christian viewpoint but I will say I think anyone with any viewpoint would enjoy and stand to learn something from her stories. Each stands as a literary masterpiece on its own merits. But unlike so many masterpieces, this is just a totally good read, just for the joy of it. If you are tired of the second rate variety that is definitely out there, I would recommend that you try any of her stories for yourself. My wife and I preorder each new book she writes and listen in the car when possible. I think we have collected most of her stories and have listened to most of them several times, always enjoying them as much as re-runs as we did the first time. My wife's friend at work has also listened to most of them and shares our sentiments about them. The characters are developed very well and the stories keep you on the edge of your seat. I have also learned a lot about many aspects of life that I was never taught and I didn't know anyone who had experienced that. I think it has helped me understand people a little better than I did before. I always enjoy learning something of value whenever I can. What a good way to build that into a trip to the store! "

About the Author

Karen Kingsbury is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than fifty inspirational novels. She has written many successful series and standalone books, including the 9/11 series, Oceans Apart, Between Sundays, the Women of Faith series, and a number of children’s books. Her book Like Dandelion Dust was made into an award-winning movie in 2009, receiving awards from the Las Vegas International Film Festival, the San Diego Film Festival, New York VisionFest, and others. Dubbed by Time magazine as the “Queen of Christian Fiction,” she has been a featured guest on the Today show and appeared in many publications, including USA Today. As well as being an author, she is also a songwriter; in 2009, she cowrote the song “Walls” with Richie McDonald and has written a song for Marie Osmond called “Tell Me to Breathe.”

About the Narrator

January LaVoy, winner of numerous Earphones Awards for narration, is an American actress best known for her character Noelle Ortiz on the ABC daytime drama One Life to Live. In addition to working extensively in narration and television, including roles on Law & Order and All My Children, she has worked on and off Broadway as well as in regional theater.