The Chance by Karen Kingsbury
The day before a teenage Ellie moves from Georgia to California, she and her best friend Nolan sit beneath the Spanish moss of an ancient oak tree where they write letters to each other and bury them in a rusty old metal box. The plan is to return eleven years later, dig the box up, and read the letters. But now, as that date approaches, much has changed.
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 with us all: Hope lives for those willing to take a chance. (from the dust jacket)
This is the first novel I've read by Kingsbury and it's a page turner. I was on the edge of my seat toward the end hoping things would turn out well for Ellie. She truly deserved it for all that she went through.
Starting Now, A Blossom Street Novel by Debbie Macomber
For years Libby Morgan dreams only of making partner in her competitive, high-pressure law firm. She sacrifices everything for her career -- her friends, her marriage, her chance at creating a family. When her boss calls Libby into his office, she assumes it will finally be good news, but nothing can prepare her for the shocking reality. She's been let go and must rebuild her entire life . . . starting now.
Warmly told and richly textured, Starting Now is filled with the promise of new beginnings and the unending delights of companionship and love. (from the dust jacket)
I've loved all of Macomber's books. She never disappoints. Reading her books makes you feel like you're one of the family of characters she writes about.