Ellie Tucker and Nolan Cook grew up to together and were best friends.
When Ellie's dad announces they are moving the next morning from
Savanna, Georgia to San Diego, California, Ellie races to Nolan's house
for comfort. He takes her to the familiar park, under 'their' tree,
where they wrote each other a letter. They put the letters in a metal
box and buried it under the tree and agreed that whatever happened, they
would meet back there in eleven years to read each others letters. As
time passed Nolan was realizing his dream of becoming an NBA star and
his faith strengthened. For Ellie, life was one heart break after
another to the point that she even lost her faith. As the day grows
close to when they should meet, they each know that this might be the
only chance to make sense of all the pain and loss and perhaps it might
also be t*he chance to find love once again.
This was definitely
an emotional and heart-wrenching story. It was kinda tough to read
because it was so very sad. Real life can be like that way though and
only God's grace will get you through those times which this author
beautifully illustrates. The story keeps the reader very involved with
how it will all turn out, although sometimes I grew a bit weary because
of all the trauma. I loved Nolan and what he represented. His
steadfastness in his faith and his love for Ellie was a great example of
real love. Ellie felt very real to me and I think she was a great
example of what can happen when you let go of God. Although you could
totally understand why she felt the way she did. But with God, all
things are possible and The Chance certainly brings that verse to life
through it pages. Kinzie is a sweet little girl who has such a sweet spirit and strong faith, you can't help but love her. At the end of all the sadness, there is hope through
the Savior, that He will work out all things according to His purpose
and glory. I really liked the ending but found myself wanting an
epilogue. One thing I thoroughly enjoyed, was seeing Molly and Ryan
again from The Bridge. I'm so glad the author made them apart of this story. The Chance is a journey I would recommend but remember to fasten
your emotional seat-belts, you're in for a bumpy ride.
Print Length: 352 pages Publisher: Howard Books (March 5, 2013) Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc ASIN: B008J2B6V8 *This complimentary copy was provided by Howard Books through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
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