Left to Chance: A Novel
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, Teddi can hardly bear the thought of her best friend's husband marrying someone els...more
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Teddi hightailed it out of Chance 6 years ago. She left in the middle of her best friend Celia’s funeral and gave no explanation. Since then she has never looked back. In her mind, she didn’t have a choice. Now, she is asked to return by twelve-year-old Shay who has always considered Teddi her “Aunt Tee.” Teddi is a famous wedding photographer and Shay wants her to photograph her dad, Mile’s wedding. Mile’s first wife, was Teddi’s best friend: the one and only Celia. The ...more
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Shay is the only person Teddi kept in touch with, however. Teddi’s own parents move around the country in a camper, so her dead ...more
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 of Celia, Teddi's best friend, who passed away fr ...more
Teddi doesn’t want to go back home but there’s no way she can say no to Shay. When I say she left six years ago I actuall ...more
I was hoping this book would be a nice light and enjoyable read, something to quickly pass the time and pull my head out of reality for a moment. It was extremely light but not the level of enjoyable I was after. More Hallmark movie that you get up and leave the room on to start a load of laundry and then forget you were even watching a movie to begin with. Maybe you eventually wander back in to finish it or maybe you decide to take ...more
“A man travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it." – George A. Moore
Teddi Lerner left Chance, Ohio years ago. It was not a place for wimps; however, she was on her way, regardless. The place that had haunted her for the past six years. The town she grew up in, and ran from, on the day of Celia’s funeral.
Teddi is a successful wedding ...more
I sashayed down Lark wearing my light blue sundress, as if I were the star of an elaborate tampon commercial. All that was missing was the voiceover.
To me, Cousin Maggie had been like a fairy godmother in sensible shoes. She seemed to know what I needed, and when I needed it. It was Cousin Maggie who handed me Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret two months before I got my period when I was eleven. Cousin Maggie also gave me my first real camera for Hanukkah when I was fourteen. ...more
Teddi ran away from Chance, Ohio, right after Celia's, her best friend, 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 tried to keep her memories out of her life - except for ...more
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...
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"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 years ago. Teddi's best friend Celia had passed away, a ...more
Teddi Learner returns to Chance, Ohio after six years to photograph her best friend's husband's wedding. Miles is the groom and he's getting remarried after his first wife, Celia, passed. Teddi is returning as a promise to Miles and Celia's twelve-year old daughter, Shayna. Now that Teddi has returned, she sees everything that has changed ...more
Teddi returns to Chance, and things have changed in the past six years – the phy ...more
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 up in the story, the action kicked in, and the read ...more
The memories, struggles and fears of young adulthood are revisited through the lens of those left behind and a decade of lif ...more
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 sink into this characters role. Shay, her “niece” on the ...more
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 can seem messier than the HEA may readers like. I ...more
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