Author: Karen Kingsbury
Publisher: Howard Books
Format: Paperback ARC
Source: Howard Books Requested Review
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 eleven 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.
I received this book from Howard Books for a honest and fair review and received no monetary compensation for my thoughts on this story.
Early in this book Ellie Tucker's life falls apart when her mother has an affair and ends up pregnant. Ellie's father Alan kicks out Caroline Ellie's mother and moves the family to San Diego which entails Ellie leaving her best friend Nolan Cook. Which rips Ellie apart. With so much distance between all four people it's a wonder how they will get reunited. Ellie and Nolan at age 15 made a pact to go back to the park and read each others letter 11 years from then to see what they had to say and see how they felt.
Ellie has had a hard life defying her father every time she turns and winds up pregnant and moves in with her friend. Caroline has spent years writing letters to Ellie that have gone unanswered. In the letter she expresses remorse about what drove Alan from Caroline's and Ellie's life. Nolan Cook has everything he has worked for except one thing Ellie, he tries to find her to no avail. This was a great romantic book that included some great insight from God.