Left to Chance by Amy Sue Nathan

Left to Chance

From the author of The Good Neighbor and The Glass Wives comes an enchanting story of returning home and discovering what truly matters after loss.No one knows why Teddi Lerner left her hometown, but everyone knows why she’s back.Twelve-year-old Shayna— talented, persistent, and adorable—persuaded "Aunt Tee" to return to Chance, Ohio, to photograph her father’s wedding. Even though it's been six years since Shay's mother, Celia, died, Ted...

Details Left to Chance

TitleLeft to Chance
Release DateNov 21st, 2017
PublisherSt. Martin's Griffin
GenreFiction, Contemporary

Reviews Left to Chance

  • Sonja Yoerg
    I love stories about extraordinary characters as much as the next person; it's easy to get caught up in the lives of monied world-travelers, ingenious detectives, or even a good old-fashioned serial killer. But there is a special satisfaction in being pulled into a story about ordinary people, especially those from small towns. Maybe it's because I'm a small town girl myself. Maybe it's because most of us, when it comes down to it, are wonderfull...
  • Theresa Alan
    What I liked about this novel was the premise: photographer Teddi Lerner fled her small town of Chance, Ohio, six years earlier and landed a job photographing weddings around the world, sometimes for the rich and famous. However, she always kept in touch with her best friend’s daughter, who is twelve when Teddi returns home to photograph Shay’s father’s second wedding. Shay is the only person Teddi kept in touch with, however. Teddi’s own...
  • Brooke
    *I received an ARC in exchange for an honest & unbiased review. Thanks to GoodReads First Reads, St. Martin's Press & Amy Sue Nathan for the opportunity.*Teddi Lerner has left her hometown, Chance, Ohio, for reasons unknown. Teddi now resides in California as a wedding photographer. She returns to Chance when her twelve-year-old "niece" Shay, contacts her with news of her father's remarriage & she is asked to take the photos. Shay is the daughter...
  • Susan Peterson
    "It had been stupid to think that tying a knot in the past would stop it from fraying into the future." Teddi Lerner left her hometown of Chance, Ohio six years ago, without saying goodbye, on the day of her best friend's funeral. Her homecoming is less-than welcoming, her hometown has changed, and the people she left behind are hurt and confused by her disappearance. I loved Teddi Lerner, and watching her struggle and evolve throughout this stor...
  • Ellen Wiseman
    I stayed up WAY too late reading this because I couldn't wait to find out what happened! A touching, beautifully written novel about grief, friendship and love in its many forms. I loved it!
  • Laura Rash
    Nothing like getting back to your roots & regrounding yourself. This is the theme of this book with a cadence that makes it seem an effortless read. I won this early copy in a Goodreads giveaway
  • Stephanie
    Left to Chance arrived in the mail on a Friday evening and I finished the last line Sunday night. This perfect weekend read follows Teddi's traveling home for a bittersweet wedding. The reader is swept from Teddi's jet-setting photography career back to her small town childhood. Her friends and neighbors give a glimpse into her happy youth spent with her best friend Celia. The memories, struggles and fears of young adulthood are revisited through...
  • Kimberly Brock
    A tender story about love and loss and friendship. I cared about the characters and found so much connection with what they were going through that I felt I knew them when the novel was over and I think I will miss them now. Don't miss this author at her best! I'll be going back to read Amy Sue Nathan's first two books over again.
  • Linda Zagon
    My Review of "Left to Chance" by  Amy Sue Nathan"Left to Chance" by Amy Sue Nathan is an emotional and heartwarming  read. The genre for this novel is Women's Fiction. The story take place mostly in the present, and only refers to the past when it pertains to a character or event.The author describes the characters as complex, complicated and confused. Photographer Teddi  has returned to Chance Ohio, after leaving without saying goodbye six ye...
  • Diane Perry
    I received this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This is an incredible story and so relatable. Teddi left Chance, Ohio after her best friend died. Six years later she has returned, but it is not the warm welcome she was hoping for. Every character was interesting and I felt like I was reading about neighbors and friends. They seem so realistic. What broke my heart. She is struggling with the loss of her mother and being a girl gro...
  • Tamara
    Review to come closer to pub date.Quick thoughts;I read this in a day. I loved it that much. It was light, but with some life messages tucked into it. I thought a character or 2 was being a bit unfair to Teddi, but I was happy with how Amy handled the situations... Perfect book to share with your best friend..
  • Sue
    I have loved all of Amy Sue Nathan's books but this one is my favorite. Even though you can't really go home again and find life like you left it, you can learn to accept what's there and embrace it for what it was when you were there.Teddi ran away from Chance, Ohio, right after her best friend's funeral. She didn't tell anyone that she was leaving or where she was going. After she left she became a famous wedding photographer and tired to keep ...
  • Vivian Payton
    Teddi Lerner loses Celia, her best friend since childhood. On the day of her funeral, she abruptly leaves Chance, Ohio without letting anyone know. Six years later, she’s a photographer and lives in San Francisco. Celia’s twelve-year old daughter, Shay, invites her “Aunt Tee” to photograph her father’s wedding. Shay and Teddi have a very close bond, and in her innocent mind, wants Aunt Tee to marry her father, Miles.Teddi returns to Cha...
  • Lael Braday
    *Teddi returns to her hometown of Chance, Ohio, as the wedding photographer for the husband of her late friend at the request of his daughter, who calls her "Aunt Tee." She keeps crashing into the emotions of those she left behind six years ago, because she cut off contact.The first third of this book repeated the mantra of "You left us, so why do you think you can just step back into our lives." Once the conflicts of her friend's family popped u...
  • Tasha Seegmiller
    Amy Sue Nathan flat out knows how to write, and her third book is just another evidence of this. While the idea of someone returning to their hometown after a period of time isn't new, the way Nathan crafts this story, the depth she gives the characters, how she spins tropes into something new are just a few examples of the freshness and incredible connection LEFT TO CHANCE has in store for readers. I'm thrilled that I got to read this book befor...
  • Amanda NEVER MANDY
    Review to come.
  • Eileen Goudge
    Loved it! A story about friendship, loss, and forgiveness, this warm-hearted novel has it all. I read it on the plane coming back from England, and it eased my journey, keeping me entertained for most of the duration of the flight. Highly recommended for anyone who loves a good read filled with characters you care about.
  • Danielle
    I was lucky enough to win an ARC of this book from an Instagram giveaway. I read it in about two sittings. Amy Sue Nathan's writing is elegant, and the emotions she captures in her characters ring true to me. I feel the hurt and the grief, as well as the happiness and celebration, right along with the story. What I love most about her as an author is that she never takes the easy way out with her endings. She goes for what is real, even though it...
  • Tina
    Every now and then I read a book whose characters stay with me long after I turn the last page. Left to Chance by Amy Sue Nathan is one of those books. I always love how real to life her characters are and before I even turned the first page, I was hoping for a story that I would recognize as a little bit complicated, but that would also lift my spirits. These are the aspects I loved about her first two novels. I'm happy to say I wasn't at all d...
  • Charles Snellings
    Left to Chance Book ReviewGrowing up in a very small town myself I was so excited and nervous to read this book. Excited because I love small town stories, and nervous because sometimes people just get it wrong, utterly and completely wrong. I am assuming I entered in a Goodreads Giveaway and got this advanced proof in the mail, any other publishing houses feel free to send me books I will totally read and review for you, ANYWAY growing up in a s...
  • Jeanne Felfe
    *I received an ARC. Thanks to GoodReads First Reads, St. Martin's Press & Amy Sue Nathan for the opportunity. This is my honest & unbiased review.*One reason I love and prefer Women's Fiction over traditional romance is that the characters generally feel more like real people, with real lives - not just some hunky guy being chased by some gorgeous female or vs. versa, basically stand-ins for real. This book didn't let me down in that respect. Ted...
  • C.E. Hart
    I really enjoyed the beginning and ending of Left to Chance—but the middle lagged a bit. I began to lose interest, and resisted the urge to skip paragraphs/pages. I’m glad I stuck with it, because the pacing picked up with the ‘meat’ of the emotions I yearned for, and the ending was satisfying.Teddi Lerner is easy to sympathize with. She suffered a painful blow when her best friend died. Having a friend die in recent years, I could easily...
  • Heather
    I stalked this book because of the cover, yes I did. The blurb caused me to beg the publisher for a chance to read it early, and the words on the page left me with tears in my eyes. Amy Sue Nathan creates a world where the reader learns how one decision can affect the rest of their life. Teddi is a flawed, driven and successful photographer. She's achieved so much in her life and only has one thing holding her back -- learning how to let go. Tedd...
  • Mary
    A beautifully written story that takes nationally known photographer Teddi Lerner on her first visit back to Chance, Ohio since the death of her best friend six years earlier. Celia’s daughter, Shayna, is very close to her “Aunt Tee” and asks that she come home to take wedding photos for her father’s (Miles) wedding to Violet Frank. Emotions run strong throughout this book. Teddi has to come to terms with her relationships with the people...
  • Jennifer S. Brown
    My first win at a Goodreads Giveaway! Thrilled that it was Amy Sue Nathan's book. Left to Chance is the delightful story of Teddi, who fled her small hometown when her best friend died. She returns, at the request of her friend's daughter, to photograph the wedding of her best friend's widower. The characters are well drawn and I was pulled into the story, happy that it didn't always give me what I expected. A charming tale.
  • Sandy
    I really enjoyed this book. A light read but very heart felt and good characters. Sometimes our friends are just like or mean more than some family to us. All of us could use a special best friend, like Teddi and Cece. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the ARC.
  • Eileen
    I won this as a GoodReads First Read. I thoroughly enjoyed the book. The life in the small town of Chance became real and it brought to life real situations and how people deal with them differently. And it was a clean read which I appreciate.
  • Betsy Aiello
    This finally came last week. Thank you Goodreads. Thank you St.Martin Griffin. I read The Glass Wives a few years ago. I liked it. I liked this , too ! It was an enjoyable read. I liked all the characters. They did behave in a predictable fashion. But still, it made for good read.
  • Stacy Dibble
    I received an ARC of this novel from Netgalley in exchange for my review. Who says you can't go back home? For Teddi Lerner, a famous wedding photographer, the thought of going home again is almost as painful as the reasons that drove her from Chance, Ohio in the first place.Celia and Teddi were best friends their entire lives. When Celia was dying, she challenged Teddi to live her best life and chase her dream of being a photographer, which she ...