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A Journey by Chance
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Release Date: July 2008
Print Length: 352
ISBN: 978-0-7369-3875-4
Series: 2

A Journey by Chance

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Popular fiction author Sally John’s first series The Other Way Home (more than 65,000 copies sold) comes to life with a fresh, new cover for a new audience of readers.

In A Journey by Chance, the first book of the series, Dr. Gina Philips heads from Southern California to the tiny Midwest town of Valley Oaks for her cousin’s wedding. Her plan to heal from a failed relationship and escape from a lost job is interrupted by the persistent attention of a local, Brady, and the quirkiness of small town America.

But just when Gina thinks she has the town figured out, a secret is revealed that will forever change her family and her relationship to the mysterious Brady.

This novel of romance and healing turns first impressions on end as Gina finds inspiration in the faith of others and joy in her own growing relationship with the Lord.

Meet the author

Sally John

Sally John

Sally John is the bestselling author of 18 novels, including the popular series The Other Way Home, The Beach House, and In a Heartbeat. A three-time finalist for the Christy Award and former teacher, Sally lives in Southern California with her husband Tim. Writing fiction takes a backseat only to her cherished roles of wife, mom,...

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A Word from the Author

"The older I get, the more intrigued I am with how hindsight reveals God's hand shaping my life's journey as I make my way home to Him. What I call detours are actually routes designed by Him to steer me toward a better path. In A Journey By Chance, Gina and her mother Maggie mourn the crumbling of their personal dreams. As they begin to experience the unconditional love of Jesus through family and friends, their resentment about unexpected detours blossoms into joy."
—Sally John, Author of A Journey By Chance

Editorial Reviews

"A Journey by Chance is a wonderfully moving book about Dr. Gina Philips, a veterinarian afraid to practice again after being injured by an elephant under her care, and Brady Olafsson, a best-selling Christian author. Gina visits Valley Oaks, Brady's hometown, for her cousin's wedding and is determined to leave as soon as it is over. Brady is to be her escort during the wedding ceremony and they have to spend much time together. Even though both fight the growing attraction each feels for the other, God's plan for their futures prevails in the end."
Christian Library Journal

"Everybody knows everything in tiny Valley Oaks.  That puts Gina Philips at a distinct disadvantage when she arrives from California for a family wedding.  Had she really thought four weeks in the Midwest would help her recover from a failed relationship, a lost job and a serious injury?  Now, Gina can't shake off Brady Olafsson, a successful Christian author who annoys her with hints of family mysteries.  When Gina's mom reveals a long-kept secret, it forever changes how Gina views her family, her future and her relationship to Brady.  First impressions need second looks as Gina witnesses faith in action."
Inspirational Market News

"A Journey by Chance is a wonderfully moving book. The characters were unique, yet believable, and stayed with me long after I finished it. John does a wonderful job of making you feel as if you know the characters personally."

“Sally John is a wonderful author who is easy to read and her characters are not only believable, but will warm your heart. I recommend that you purchase all four (books) at the same time so you can read straight through the entire series. It will be time well spent. You will not only be entertained, but will learn so much about the love of God and the grace we need to bestow on each other.”

“I loved this book.”
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