“Karen Kingsbury proves it’s never too late for love in this heartwarming story about childhood friends, broken lives, and an age-old promise.” — Publisher’s Weekly
“Written by the 'Queen of Christian Fiction' (Time) with eloquence and grace, The Chance is a beautiful tale of heart-wrenching loss, the power of faith, and the wounds that only love can heal." — Amazon
A heartwarming story about childhood friends, broken lives, and a long ago promise that just might offer the hope of love for today.
Years ago, on the night before Ellie moved from Georgia to California, she and her best friend Nolan sat beneath the Spanish moss of an ancient oak tree and wrote letters to each other, sealing them in a rusty old metal box. The plan was to read them eleven years later on that date, the year Nolan’s time traveling books said all the mysteries of the world would be understood.
Now, as that date approaches, the two have completely lost touch and much has changed. Ellie, distant from the faith she grew up with, is a single mom living in a run-down apartment and trying to make ends meet. Nolan, an NBA star now coaching a college team, has dealt with terrible personal tragedies that fueled his faith and athletic drive, in equal measure. But what no one knows about Nolan is this: Ever since his father and coach succumbed to a heart attack, Nolan has suffered from a transcendent loneliness. Drowning in an ocean of grief, he often thinks about Ellie and the innocence of their childhood days together.
As Ellie and Nolan separately consider the possibility of a reunion at the oak tree, questions arise. How could Nolan care for Ellie now that her heart has grown cold? And why would Nolan walk away from a happy dating relationship for the chance to find his childhood friend?
Most importantly, is it worth taking the chance that real love and forgiveness might be found in the shadows of a child-like yesterday?