I am a sucker for places in real life and settings in books that spark my imagination. When visiting a new town in person or in the pages of a book, I imagine the vast and different lives I could take on in these new geographies. In these places, I imagine ‘what if’. Amy Sue Nathan’s Left to Chance sparked this same kind of longing.

Left to Chance Amy Sue NathanA sort of inverse of wanderlust, Teddi, the protagonist of Left to Chance, journeys back home to Chance, Ohio. As a celebrity photographer travelling from fancy hotel to fancy resort, Teddi lives an enviable life mingling in beautiful places with the beautiful portraits she photographs. When the wedding of a friend calls her back to Chance, Teddi expects to find everything the same as she left it.

Dear reader, we all know what happens when a character has expectations! Nathan’s novel delivers here and doesn’t disappoint. You will keep turning the pages to find out how Teddi navigates the people, places, and secrets she thought she left behind!

Given my own love of place and how it intersects with the grand what ifs of life, Left to Chance fills the bill. The place is as much of a character as the people living in it. Readers will find themselves rooting for Chance, Ohio to win Teddi’s heart just as much as they will for the men that find themselves in Teddi’s path.

Transported is the best word to describe what Left to Chance will do for a reader. Like Teddi, you will surely enjoy the journey!


I’m Amy Sue Nathan, and my third novel, Left to Chance, will be published by St. Martin’s Griffin on November 21, 2017. My debut novel, The Glass Wives, was published by St. Martin’s Griffin on May 14, 2013 and The Good Neighbor was published on October 15, 2015. I’m lucky to be represented by Danielle Egan-Miller of Browne & Miller Literary Associates.

I’ve been blogging since 2006, and launched the Women’s Fiction Writers blog in March 2011. I teach workshops for Writers Digest University and freelance as a fiction editor and writing coach. I’m also a book coach with Author Accelerator and trained in the Story Genius method. My stories and essays have appeared in print and online in over two dozen publications such as The Chicago Tribune, Chicago Parent, Writer’s Digest, Huffington Post, and online in New York Times and Washington Post blogs.

I was born and raised in Philadelphia and am a graduate of Temple University with a Bachelor’s in Journalism (a degree I actually use). I am back in my homeland of Philadelphia after twenty-six years, and am the proud mom of two grown children (my favorite oxymoron). In addition to being a writer, editor, and blogger, I’m a dog-lover, vegetarian, not-so-secret crafter, and lover of all things wine and chocolate.

I’m livin’ the life. Just don’t ask which one.