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Emily's Chance (The Callahans of Texas #2)

4.27  ·  Rating Details ·  975 Ratings  ·  68 Reviews
Emily Rose may be in the tiny West Texas town of Callahan Crossing for the moment, but it's just a rung on her ladder to success. Her work at the Callahan Crossing historical society will look good on her ever-growing resume as she attempts to break into the prestigious world of a big city museum curator. Little does she know cowboy and contractor Chance Callahan has decid ...more
Paperback, 338 pages
Published October 1st 2010 by Revell
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Oct 27, 2010 Carman rated it it was amazing
I love the characters in this series! They are so real and so on fire for God. I would love to know these people in real life! Emily and Chance just warm my heart. I love how Chance pursued Emily. Sometimes, while reading a book it will annoy me because the hero won’t pursue the heroine for some reason or another, but that wasn’t the case in this book at all! I love men like Chance. Willing to stick up for their girl, protective, compassionate, hardworking… However, he is still human and has his ...more
Feb 25, 2017 Kav rated it it was amazing
The second book in a truly delightful series, The Callahans of Texas. I read and reviewed the first book, Jenna's Cowboy at the beginning of the month and loved it so much I couldn't wait to read the second story. The series follows the Callahan siblings on their quest for true love. Each book reads well as a standalone and this time it's Chance's turn -- and I totally love the clever title. The heroine's name is Emily -- Emily's Chance...get it?

This is pure Texan romance and I say that because
Amber Stokes
Sep 13, 2010 Amber Stokes rated it it was amazing
I was thrilled by how "real" this book was! The book was well-written and flowed really well. The feelings of the characters and the situations that arose felt very true to life, in my opinion, and the dialogue was engaging, witty, and just what the reader would expect to hear from these characters in these settings. The author even brought in cell phones and texting in such a cute and fun way!

The romance was very sweet, and the dilemma of having to choose between a career and love is something
Jul 08, 2011 Christene rated it did not like it
Okay, I'm sure this has a good premise and I could almost get into it when she started talking about old furniture and stuff, but the romance part of it KILLS ME!! I hate love at first sight crap AND I just wanted to poke my eyes out with how perfect this guy is. He loves God, he knows how to do dishes, he just needs to be a little more real. I mean, my husband loves God and knows how to do dishes, but I don't know....I just couldn't even finish it. Sorry. I don't adore the bad boys of books but ...more
May 27, 2017 Camaren rated it it was amazing
Tara Lee
Apr 25, 2014 Tara Lee rated it really liked it
Emily's Chance by Sharon Gillenwater was a gift given to me by the Easter Bunny this year (thanks mom!). I think I was overdue for a cowboy romance novel. This was a good one.

Much of the town has been ravaged by fire and Emily's trying to figure out what the point in staying is. Since her purpose of vising Callahan Crossing was to help get its small museum off the ground. Chance is hoping to give her a reason to stay, perhaps permanently. He fell in love with her the moment he saw her and it w
Oct 23, 2010 Brenda rated it it was amazing
Emily's Chance written by Sharon Gillenwater is a great christian romance novel set in Texas.It is the second book in The Callahans of Texas series but can easily be read as a stand alone work, in fact I didn't have the opportunity to read the first book, Jenna's Cowboy ,but had no problems jumping right into this novel.

The story opens up with the small town of Callahan's Crossing recovering from a devastating wildfire. Emily Rose Denny was in Callahan Crossing hired by the historical society t
Giovanni Gelati
Oct 27, 2010 Giovanni Gelati rated it it was amazing
Too much of a good thing is too much of a good thing, so having said that on occasion I go off the reservation and try to diversify my reading material. Emily’s Chance is one of those breaks. This is not a tale of international intrigue or Emily saving the world from terrorists. She’s a different character for me, and I enjoyed it. A nice shifting of the gears , a breath of fresh air if you will. Okay I think you got the point, here is a synopsis of the novel; I got this from the back cover of t ...more
Oct 30, 2010 Lori rated it really liked it
After first meeting the Callahans of Texas in Jenna's Cowboy, I couldn't wait to get my hands on Emily's Chance. Now, I'm impatiently waiting to see what takes place in Megan's Hero (due out 6/1/2011) -- it sounds like another touching story.

We very briefly met Emily Rose at the end of Jenna and Nate's story, when Chance helped her haul boxes out of the Callahan Crossing Historical Museum during the wildfire that destroyed so many homes and businesses. Emily's Chance picks up shortly after. The
Oct 15, 2010 Cindy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sharon Gillenwater



Fiction/Contemporary Romance

Reviewed by Cindy Loven

Chance Callahan knew from the minute he saw Emily Rose Denny, that she was the one for him. Even if it was in the middle of a wild fire that nearly destroyed his entire hometown. He knew she was the girl he would fall in love with and marry. Now he has to convince her of the same thing, that he is the one for her.

Emily Rose Denny has a five year plan. She has always had to succeed at everything she does. And her caree
Oct 22, 2010 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Author: Sharon Gillenwater
Publisher: Revell
October 2010
ISBN: 978-0-8007-3354-4
Genre: Inspirational/contempory

Chance Callahan virtually fell in love with Emily Rose from the moment he met her. Emily was hired to organize the tiny museum the Callahan Crossing’s historical society was hoping to put together, but she’d barely started sorting through the old photos and paperwork when the town suffered a massive setback and the building they were using as the museum burned.

Tamara Tilley
May 01, 2011 Tamara Tilley rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
EMILY’S CHANCE by Sharon Gillenwater is the second installment in the Callahans of Texas series. While JENNA’S COWBOY centered on Jenna Callahan, EMILY’S CHANCE brings Chance Callahan – one of Jenna’s brother to the forefront.

As the small town of Callahan Crossing recovers from a devastating fire, Chance Callahan sets his sights and his heart on Emily Rose, the newly acquired historian hired to get the Callahan Crossing Museum up and running. After two brief encounters, Chance is convinced Emil
Oct 24, 2010 April rated it it was amazing
EMILY'S CHANCE by Sharon Gillenwater is a inspirational contemporary romance set in modern day Callahan Crossing, Texas. This is the second in The Callahan's of Texas,(Book one Jenny's Cowboy), but can be read as a stand alone.It is well written with details,depth, and surprises. It has romance, secrets, faith, hope, healing, forgiveness, and letting go of the past. The characters are charming, engaging, and will capture your heart. It is cowboy meets city girl, and intends to marry city her. Fr ...more
Apr 26, 2010 Renee rated it it was amazing
Sharon Gillenwater has done it again. She makes the fictional town of Callahan Crossing, Texas, come alive with complex characters, rich history and of course romance. It really helped that the historian in me could very much relate to Emily Rose and her desire to help establish a museum with the Callahan Crossing Historical Society. And Chance Callahan? well if you loved Nate from Jenna's Cowboy all I can say is you will be very happy to meet up with Chance again. I'll say this, bowling never l ...more
Margaret Chind
In January I was introduced to the writing of author Sharon Gillenwater and had mixed feelings. Her research is incredible and I love the story, but I felt like the book Jenna's Cowboy ended in a lurch and that messed it up for me. In starting Emily's Chance I discovered that it picks up immediately from where we left off, and in the case that I would have had this book ready to read right away might have made a difference on my feelings then as I am happy to find out more about the lives of the ...more
Nov 08, 2010 Cafelilybookreviews rated it liked it
Emily’s Chance is book two in The Callahans of Texas series by Sharon Gillenwater. In this story, handsome contractor Chance Callahan, has his eye on Emily Rose Denny and at 29 years of age he is ready to settle down. Chance believes that Emily is “the one”……….but he hasn’t managed to tell her yet. After a fire destroys much of the town, Emily’s job with the Callahan Crossing Museum looks like it may be over.

While Emily fears she may be forced to pack up and head back to San Antonio, Chance wor
Feb 10, 2012 Kame rated it really liked it
This is the second book in the Callahan's of Texas series.

It centers around Chance Callahan and the lovely lady he falls in love with at first sight. In the first book of the series we are there when Chance helps Emily save the artifacts from the historical society. When he comes back to the church after fighting the fire he sees Emily again and falls in love instantly.

This books starts about 1 week after Jenna and Nate's wedding. While Chance has fallen in love with Emily at first site he does
Mar 16, 2015 JaneReads rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
Enjoyed this one even more than the first in the series, Jenna's Cowboy. This one focuses on the youngest Callahan son, Chance, who we had got to know a bit from the previous book. I loved how Chance knew what he wanted and wasn't afraid to go after it and be vocal about his goal. Emily was sweet and also has a goal in mind that she is going after, but as the story progresses she begins to wonder if it is really what she wants or what her parents want for her. We travel along with Chance and Emi ...more
Jan 20, 2014 Pattianne rated it really liked it

Emily Rose may be in the tiny West Texas town of Callahan Crossing for the moment, but it's just a rung on her ladder to success. Her work at the Callahan Crossing historical society will look good on her ever-growing resume as she attempts to break into the prestigious world of a big city museum curator. Little does she know cowboy and contractor Chance Callahan has decided that he can convince her to stay--both with the town and w
Feb 18, 2013 Dorene rated it it was amazing
This was a delightful was the first book in the series. I enjoyed reading something that was Christian and not full of sex scenes. Emily comes to town to help re-open the town museum...and ends up falling in love, which was something she never intended to do because she set high standards for herself as in becoming the BEST museum curator of a very BIG prove to her parents there is life other than modeling or being a plastic surgeon...BUT she never dream Change would step i ...more
Oct 29, 2013 Carolyn rated it did not like it
Shelves: christian
I don't know why, but lately, reading contemporary christian fiction has been a real struggle for me. Throw the story back a hundred years and away I go. Perhaps its the greater chance of running into troubled marriages or infidelity. I am currently 150 pages in and I don't know that there is any of that in this book. There is this sense though, that something yucky is about to happen or be revealed. I feel bad even saying so because the characters seem sweet. Yet it has taken me 3 days to get t ...more
Nov 08, 2010 Valerie rated it it was ok
Emily's Chance is about a young aspiring curator, Emily, who's in West Texas trying to develop her resume working in Callahan Crossing Historical Museum. Chance Callahan is the young contractor intent on winning her heart, as he knows she's "the one."

This is the second book in The Callahans of Texas series by Sharon Gillenwater. I didn't read book 1, but book 2 works ok as a stand alone book.

Emily's Chance didn't really grab me. The plot was uncaptivating and I felt like I was plodding through
Joanna K.
Jan 18, 2015 Joanna K. rated it really liked it
The characters and setting are likable, though somewhat idyllic. I enjoyed the descriptions of small town life in TX. Most of all I appreciated the fact that the main character, a Christian man, was portrayed actively living out his relationship with God through prayer, reading his Bible and other ways. Both the main characters learned and grew through the progression of the plot. The book is slow paced and probably not very realistic, but I enjoyed it. =)
Jan Mcleod
Mar 05, 2016 Jan Mcleod rated it it was amazing
An awesome story so very well written! This novel is about Chance Callahan, the youngest Callahan sibling, and Emma Rose Denny. She was hired to be the curator of the Callahan's Crossing historical museum, and she is very good at what she does. She also captured Chance's heart shortly after she arrived in town.
I'm not going to spoil this with a review--too many details, happenings, secrets, and twists in the plot anyway.
READ the book--you will NOT be bored or disappointed.
Christine Meunier
Feb 10, 2015 Christine Meunier rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015-reading
A great follow on from Jenna's Cowboy, I enjoyed this one even more! Chance Callahan, the youngest son in the family finds himself immediately drawn to Emily Rose, an aspiring museum curator who is setting up the Callahan Crossing museum.

Chance knows he's going to marry Emily, she just doesn't know it, yet! Emily's Chance is a great look at ranch life, the hustle and bustle of the city, the Christian faith and family relationships. An entertaining and delightful read.
Nov 28, 2012 Eileen rated it really liked it
Shelves: inspirational
Chance was my favorite of the brothers. I'm so glad to see the part of the story where he is faced with information from the past dealing with great-great-grandfather Aidan. No one is perfect but we learn from our mistakes and don't be judgmental. very humbling lesson for everyone. Emily learned that she didn't need her parents approval after all. Its funny how you keep striving for their approval even when it isn't necessary.
Sep 05, 2013 Rupine rated it it was ok

A good book yet with a kind of predictable story. The rich Emily chance falls for a cowboy yet wonders if giving up her career and parents expectations for a good job is worth this man. Many years of parental emotional abuse has taken its toll on her life & only Gods love found in that of a good man Chance & ultimately the peace that is found in Jesus is able to bring healing to her heart. The story ends with the couple united before God & man at the altar.
I didn't enjoy this one as much as the first one, but it was still good. The thing I didn't like about it was how inevitable everything was. I know that the only reason I read romances is for the HEA, but it's nice for at least the characters to have a little uncertainty. And while Emily had it, Chance was in love at first site and just "knew" she was the one. I wasn't completely sold on that point, but I did like how he was willing to move to where her job was in order to make it work.
Jacquelyn Smith
I am doing love story this week and this series is a good one.
Emily came to a Callahan Crossing to re- establish their museum, the she was heading back to San Antonio, but a fire destroyed almost everything, and she is helping with the loss, that where she meet Chance Callahan.

He wants her and she is running for cover.
This is a good series I read the book first and this one is a keeper.
Oct 16, 2012 Polly rated it it was amazing
This is book two in a lovely series set in Texas. Chance is a wonderful hero, and Emily is just delightful. I loved that Emily had issues that she had to deal with. Chance is all man. Strong, devoted almost at their first meeting. The family is wonderful. It's nice to get to know each member a little better with each installment to the series. I can't wait to start the final book!

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