Item description for Leave It to Chance: A Novel by Sherri Sand...
Overview After three long years of single motherhood, Sierra Montgomery can finally stand on her own two feet?until a gift horse threatens her finances, her family, and her budding relationship with a handsome landscaper.
Single mom of three, Sierra Montgomery is desperate to find a new job to keep from having to move back home and be smothered to death by her mother's good intentions and overbearing love. So when Sierra inherits Chance, a quirky old gelding she doesn't have a clue what to do with, she thinks her best bet may be to sell the horse to cover another month's rent-a decision that devastates her children.
Enter Ross Morgan, a handsome landscaper who just happens to have an empty barn and fenced pasture. perfect for an old horse to live out his days as the pet of three wounded kids. Ross develops a soft spot for eldest child Braden.and he just might have one for Braden's mother. But what he doesn't have is time for distractions-he's got a landscaping business to run and nursery plants to tend.
But Sierra has a secret. She's terrified of horses and-thanks to her past-wary of attractive men. Yet seeing the way her angry son idolizes Ross and adores that old horse forces Sierra to confront her fears. Will she remain distrustful and self-reliant, or will she seek help from God and those who love her?
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Studio: David C. Cook
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.23" Width: 5.64" Height: 0.91" Weight: 0.91 lbs.
Release Date May 1, 2008
Publisher David C. Cook
ISBN 1434799883 ISBN13 9781434799883
Reviews - What do customers think about Leave It to Chance: A Novel?
Uplifting and enjoyable romance about learning to trust Dec 1, 2008
Leave It to Chance by Sherri Sand is a terrific book about how God can use what seems like bad circumstances to turn our entire lives around. Sierra Montgomery is a single mom facing unemployment and possible eviction by the end of the month when she inherits a horse named Chance. Sierra's three children immediately fall in love with the horse, especially with her mother's interference. Ross Morgan, a landscaper with some extra pasture land, agrees to board the horse for Sierra, but soon all of the Montgomerys are working their way into his life and his heart. Sand writes with a good deal of humor and heart. I couldn't help but ache for Sierra as she struggles to take care of her children inspite of no money and an absentee father and meddling grandmother. Chance brings Ross and Sierra together, as well as providing an outlet for the children's love and hope. God works several miracles through one old horse by the end of the novel. It's a wonderful read.
Leave it to Chance Jul 20, 2008
LEAVE IT TO CHANCE is a delightful read. Though it follows a typical formula: a boy, a girl, and a horse, Sands does well in updating the formula with the modern day trails of a messy divorce, a rebellious teen, and a frazzled single mom. Sierra Montgomery is doing her best to make ends meet after losing her job and having her child support checks bounce. Then, out of nowhere, she inherits a horse, an animal she is deathly afraid of. Knowing she has no intentions of keeping the horse, she runs an ad and hopes to make enough money to pay the next month's rent. When her three kids find out she is selling the horse, they are devastated. When the deal falls through, and her ex-husband sloughs off just one more weekend with his kids, Sierra realizes her kids cannot face another disappointment, and against her better judgment, decides to keep the horse. Her take charge mother arranges to have Chance boarded with Ross Morgan, a landscaper that happens to be single and gorgeous. There is an immediate attraction between Ross and Sierra, but she has no room in her life for more complications . . . or so she says. I enjoyed LEAVE IT TO CHANCE enough to ignore the predictability of it. Sands creates some wonderful characters in Sierra's best friend, Elise and Ross' father figure, Sid. Ross is your typical good guy hero that you can't help but fall in love with. LEAVE IT TO CHANCE is a quick read that keeps you turning pages, waiting for the time that Sierra will finally admit her feelings for Ross.
A summer read the exceeded my expectations! Jul 16, 2008
I've got to be honest. When I first heard the premise of this book, I was more than skeptical. A boy, a girl and a horse. Sounds like a cheesy, teeny-bopper romance - right? I mean, didn't we all dream about having horses and rugged men to come along and reign in our wild, independent spirits with their charm and devastatingly good looks? But then we grew up.
"Leave it to Chance" FAR exceeded my expectations. I couldn't put it down! Yes, it has a boy, a girl and a horse, but the story is much more complex than that. And Sherri's writng is fantastic. Her characters are intricately developed. Their struggles are relevant, and their faith is tried. I anticipated a predictable storyline, but instead was pleasantly surprised with each twist of plot and character's choice.
The book is filled with endearing characters. My favorites: Elise, Sierra's best friend; a fun, quirky chick and one of very few people Sierra has seen exhibit a sincere, uninhibited relationship with God, and Sid, the hunky landscaper's neighbor and father-figure; an ornery grandfatherly type who challenges everyone around him to be their best and believe the Truth. It's a great read!
Fantastic Read Jul 3, 2008
Sherri Sand's "Leave it to Chance" was a delectable read. Devouring fiction is a part of this writer's life, so I go through a lot of books. But this one stands out. Why? Sherri's characters are well drawn, her plot well paced. I enjoyed the romance thread most, but I'd have to say the other elements joined forces to advance the story so well I could barely tear myself away. Her prose was fresh and her story well-handled. Great job, Sherri!
Great read... Jun 18, 2008
[...] Sierra Montgomery is the single mother of three. Life is a struggle, financially and emotionally. She has a strong support group in her friends and mom, who they live with. One of her major struggles is her belief yet doubt in God. She inherits of all things, a horse named Chance. Ross Morgan a landscaper lets Chance stay at his farm and helps Sierra's son Braden train the horse. Chance helps her to believe, love and cope with life. Leave It To Chance is a great Christian read. Sherri Sand cleverly mixes humor and a strong plot to entertain and uplift readers. I could not put this book down. Sand's style is easy to read, inspiring and very enjoyable.