Released March 5, 2013
The day before a teenage 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 buried them in a rusty old metal box. The plan was to return eleven years later, dig the box up, and read the letters. But now, as that date approaches, much has changed. Ellie has abandoned the faith she grew up with, her days consumed with loving her little girl and trying to make ends meet. Sometimes she watches TV to catch a glimpse of her old friend Nolan, now an NBA star, whose faith is known by the entire nation. But few know that Nolan’s own personal tragedies have fueled both his faith and athletic drive. Despite his success, Nolan is isolated and lonely, plagued by a void in his heart that has remained since that night beneath the old oak tree with Ellie. For both Ellie and Nolan, the coming date is more than just a childhood promise. It’s the chance to make sense of it all—the chance to find out if it’s ever too late to find love again.
Karen Kingsbury weaves a moving tale of heart-wrenching loss, the power of faith, and the wounds that only a forever kind of love can heal. She delves deeply into a theme that resonates within us all: Hope lives for those willing to take a chance.
Karen Kingsbury never disappoints us with her love stories and as usual this one is right up there with the rest. The novel deals with love relationships on all different levels with forgiveness and renewal of faith in God. I really enjoyed reading the novel and had a difficult time putting it down. I wanted to read it from cover to cover, but time would not allow that in one sitting. Her charcters seems so real as if you are watching a movie rather that reading a book. I cannot say enough positive things about this book. If you are a Kingsbury fan then you will not be disappointed and if you are not then this book would be a good place to start. For those of you who remember “The Bridge,” Molly and Ryan make an appearance in this novel as well. Just remember, whatever happens, never give up hope.
I was provided a complimentary copy of this book from Howard Books. I was not obligated to write a positive review. The opinions in this review are my own.