Reading for Me

The Books I Have Read…..Just for Me

#17: The Chance (Karen Kingsbury)

on April 14, 2013

I tend to avoid Christian fiction. It’s not that I don’t like the morality and presence of God. Generally I just find that the books are poorly written. I have discovered that I can LISTEN to these books with greater appreciation.

The Chance tells the story of two teenagers growing up in Christian homes in Savannah, Georgia. The two have fallen in love.  The boy constantly proclaims that he’s going to marry her; her response is always the same:  laughter!  Tragedy hits both families and the two learn they are going to be separated by thousands of miles. On their last night together, they write letters to each other and bury them in a tackle box beneath an enormous oak tree, vowing to return in eleven years to read the love letters.

Life happens to both of them and the idea of marriage seems impossible. He has become a professional basketball player, enjoying all the success that it brings. She, on the other hand, is a single mother that is estranged from both of her parents and struggles just to make ends meet.  What follows is a beautiful story of healing, restoration, and second chances. I’ve never been a fan of Kingsbury’s writing, but this story along with The Bridge have made me think it’s time to reconsider my opinion of the author.

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