Friday, April 26, 2013

Audio Book review of The Chance by Karen Kingsbury Read by January LaVoy

The Chance
The Chance by Karen Kingsbury Narrated by January LaVoy

From Simon and Schuster Audio:

From number-one New York Times best-selling 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, number-one New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Karen Kingsbury is arguably America's favorite inspirational novelist with a dozen best sellers 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 11 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.

My Take:  I like Karen Kingsbury I really do but this book I really had make myself finish it.  I had a hard time with the characters especially Ellie.  Many times I wanted to yell at her and tell her to get over it.  I know alot can happen in eleven years and what her father did to her was not right but I felt like to suspend reality quite a bit.  I knew how things were going to end up.  It was good to see a Christian character that maintained there convictions like Nolan did.

I thought that the narrator did a very good job.  You could tell the difference between the characters and her reading wasn't distracting.

This book was just ok for me.  I have had a hard time with Kingsbury's books that weren't about the Baxter family or an extension of that series. 

I received a review copy of this book from Simon and Schuster Audio in exchange for my honest opinion.

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