Fans of The Anonymous Bride, will feel for Shannon O'Neil and Leah Bennett who are stranded in Lookout, Texas, without husbands or future plans. Thankfully, the marshal has ordered the rascally Corbett brothers to pay for the women's lodging at the boardinghouse, but will the brothers' idea of hosting Saturday socials really bring these women the kind of loves they long for? Will Shannon choose to marry just for security? Will Leah reject love when the challenges mount?
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Leah Bennett and Shannon O'Neil are stuck in Lookout, Texas with neither husbands or a place to call home. Ordered completely by accident by the two Corbett brothers trying to find a mail-order bride for their cousin and marshal, Luke Davis, the rascally brothers are ordered to pay the girls' room and board.
After the Corbett brothers host a social for young folks in the surrounding counties, the leftover brides have a daunting challenge ahead. Leah meets someone she could very well fall in love with. But will Dan's unexpected surprise following his brother's death be too much for her to handle?
Shannon is employed to keep the books by the Corbett brothers, being much too stubborn to live off of their forced generosity. But Mark Corbett is a hard man to work for, and she a shy, timid woman. Will Mark ever find happiness after his tainted past? Or will his attempts at protecting Shannon and his reputation ruin any chance the two of them have to be together?
As usual, Mark and Garrett come up with what they think is a solution to their problems - this time in the form of a young people's social. Thinking that the social will marry off the two girls and effectively getting then off their hands, they royally mess things up - again. No matter how much of a headache these two are, I have to admit that they are some very epic brothers. I love every shenanigan they pull, and the results are more entertaining than I might want to admit. If you want a story that will beg to be read again and again, then Second Chance Brides is for you .
I really enjoyed this quick read. This is the second book in the Texas Boardinghouse Series. Shannon O'Neil a beautiful Irish orphan, and Leah Bennett a lovely woman who has been mothering children since she was a little child. They are the leftover brides from the first book, and the Corbett brothers are now responsible for their lodgings. Loved the twist and turns of this story. Some of the happenings will bring you chuckles and others you will need tissues. What all of the characters have to learn is to trust in God. They need to have forgiveness for others and for themselves. They need to follow their hearts and accept the paths the Lord has chosen for them. You can read this book without reading the first book, things are explained enough that you won't feel you are missing something. I was provided a copy of this book by the Publisher Barbour Publishing, I was not required to give a positive review.
Second Chance Brides carries on where The Anonymous Bride left off. It's the story of two of the remaining brides: Shannon O'Neil, the petite Irish immigrant who's all alone in the world, and Leah Bennett, the oldest of eleven siblings who's running from any responsibility that includes wet diapers and leaking noses. Both mail-order brides still live at Rachel's boardinghouse and there is much interaction between the three women. There is also many scenes with the men who are involved with them: - Mark Corbett is one of the brothers who invited the mail-order brides to town. He likes Shannon's quiet fire but something in his past grips him in fear of being found out. He knows he's destined to walk his path alone and it's going to be far away in the city. - Mark's brother, Garrett wants to marry the women off as soon as possible so he doesn't have to keep paying their boardinghouse bill. There's no way he's ready to settle into marriage at this stage, but maybe he can arrange socials to bring the area's single people together. - Rand Kessler is the rich rancher who wooed Rachel in the first book but lost out to Marshal Davis. Rand is still on the lookout for a wife. And he has his eyes on Shannon. - Dan Howard is the local livery owner who lives in a small house with his mother. He may be the tallest man in town but he smells like the horses he cares for every day. And to round out the activities, Rachel's daughter Jack/Jacqueline continues to steal scenes as she dances her way in and out of trouble with her 2 male cronies and 1 arch nemesis. Because of all the subplots and interactions, there isn't room in this book to deeply delve into the storylines of Shannon and Leah, but in the space available, the author does a creditable job of portraying the women's dreams and fears. We know why they react the way they do and can commiserate with their decisions. Second Chance Brides is an enjoyable read about western life in the late 1800's. The individual characters stay true to their beliefs and I really liked following their stories. I was delighted to discover that Jacqueline - older and perhaps wiser - will be one of the main characters in Book 3 of this series due out in Apr 2011. I can't wait for Jacqueline's book. Books in The Texas Boardinghouse Brides series: Book 1 - The Anonymous Bride (2010) Book 2 - Second Chance Brides (2010) Book 3 - Finally a Bride (2011)
Vickie is a master at making her characters come alive. Not just her hero and heroines, but her secondary characters jump off the pages. In book two of her Boardinghouse Brides series continue to follow the lives of the people of Lookout, Texas. She brings back the characters you fell in love with in the first book and continues to weave the stories of their lives. Vickie did a fabulous job in not only the characters, but in making you feel like you are living the history. If you are looking for a good series, look no more.
Book Two in the Texas Boardinghouse Brides series, "Second Chance Brides" is a wonderful continuation of the stories of Leah Bennett and Shannon O'Neil, mail-order brides stranded in Lookout, Texas.
Both Leah and Shannon know they only have two options available after the debacle in the first book leaves them dependent on Garrett and Mark Corbett for support: get a job or find another man to marry. The Corbett brothers do try to atone for the mess they created by sending for the mail-order brides by giving Shannon a job as bookkeeper in their business and hosting Saturday socials for the town's eligible singles.
Both women struggle with allowing their past to come between following God's wishes and what they think will make them happy. Leah was the oldest of eleven children, missing out on much of her childhood due to helping her mother to raise and care for her younger siblings. She promised herself that she would never be tied down to children again, and that promise almost costs her the man of her dreams, livery owner Dan Howard. Shannon immigrated from Ireland with her parents, only to have them die shortly after arriving in New Orleans, leaving her alone. She had pinned her hopes on starting a new family when she traveled to Lookout as a mail-order bride and now blames the Corbett brothers for still being alone and almost destitute. Against her will, she begins to fall in love with Mark Corbett, it seems he feels the same. Then Mark tells Shannon that he will never marry, leaving her distraught and confused. Will she marry another before Mark can reconcile his past and realize Shannon was meant for him?
Other characters from the first book "The Anonymous Bride" are present as their stories are also continued: Rachel and Luke Davis and Rachel's daughter, Jacqueline "Jack." Vickie weaves their continuing story into Leah and Shannon's in a way which enriches the storyline without confusing the reader. An unerring faith in God is evident as the story unfolds, first in one character and then in another. This message is delivered in a masterful, well-written way that leaves the reader feeling uplifted.
I've read several of Vickie's books and thoroughly enjoyed each of them. "Second Chance Brides" did not disappoint me, it just helped cement my love of her writing style and left me eager to read the final book in this series, "Finally a Bride." I highly recommend "Second Chance Brides" to everyone.
With a great premise, Vickie McDonough does it again in this sequel to The Anonymous Bride. What do you do with two leftover mail-order brides? Well, Shannon and Leah find out in this delightful historical romance. The author takes you to Lookout, Texas and with humor and intrigue shows us the answers. Great characters, from the kids, especially Jacqueline, to the towns people, and then of course the Corbett brothers, are found throughout the story. I am looking forward to the third offering in this trilogy. Dare we hope it is the story of Jacqueline?
If you read Vickie McDonough’s first Boardinghouse Brides book, you know there were two disappointed mail-order brides. This delightful sequel to The Anonymous Bride answers the question of what happened to them. Starting with a bang – actually, a tornado – it’s a fun-filled story of love, faith and second chances that will leave you saying, “more, please.”
After enjoying the first book in Vickie McDonough's Texas Boardinghouse Brides series, I was excited to read book two. SECOND CHANCE BRIDES is another delightful story, this time focusing on the unchosen mail-order brides from the first book. Stranded in Lookout, Texas, without husbands (the man they were "ordered" for ended up marrying his childhood sweetheart), Shannon and Leah are basically living on the charity of the conniving (but big-hearted) brothers who brought them to town in the first place. McDonough does a masterful job of relating each young woman's problem-fraught love story, making readers wait and wonder until the very end before revealing their happy-ever-after endings. A special treat is the character of "Jack," actually the young daughter of the couple who own the boardinghouse. She has her own problems to deal with as she tries to figure out how to deal with the town bully--but is he as bad as he seems? Now I'm anxious for the release of book three, which I understand will feature Jack all grown up. Can't help but wonder if she'll forsake her tomboy ways or use them to torment the hero!
All in all, a charming and delightful read. McDonough's way with words, realistic characterizations, and intriguing plot twists will keep you turning pages to the very end.
I think I liked this book even better than The Anonymous Bride, Ms. McDonough's first book in the Texas Boardinghouse Bride series. When I finished book one, I'd become especially enamoured with a pair of secondary characters, brothers Mark and Garrett Corbett. This lively, well-crafted pair deserved their own story, and now they have it in Second Chance Brides. They created quite a debacle when they sent for mail-order brides -- three of them -- for their cousin Luke in book one. Of course Luke could only marry one bride, and as it turned out, two women were left unaccounted for, stranded without home, husband, or prospect in the tiny town of Lookout Texas. The ladies now have to think of something quick, or remain dependent on the Corbett brothers for the foreseeable future. Of course, in 1800s Texas, women are in shortage, and there are ample opportunities for them to wed. But both of them hope to wed for love alone. In the meantime, one of the Corbett brothers has an unshakeable past that keeps him from being able to take hold of the future, a future that could involve one of the left-over brides. As for the other bride, her determination to stick to her own notions of freedom could cost her the love of her life. Ms. McDonough did a fine job of interweaving several story lines together. With a broad cast, and more than one central pair of characters, she had the difficult task of making us care about each character's story. In the meantime, there is the sub-plot of a young girl who is encountering difficulty and heartaches in making right choices while facing peer pressure, and what it means to have integrity and be a friend. Even though Second Chance Brides is, on some levels, a simple prairie romance, it goes beyond many romances which are formulaic. For readers, it tackles themes of moving beyond the sins of the past to embrace the fresh beginning God offers, and of being willing to seek God's plan, even if it's different than the one we had in mind. For writers, it gives good examples of weaving multiple characters and plot lines into a tight fabric that keeps readers turning pages.
Second Chance Brides by Vicki McDonough is a lovely sweet romance that picks up where The Anonymous Bride left off. Shannon O'Neal and Leah Bennett are stranded in Lookout, Texas after they came as mail order brides for the same man...the Marshall. The Marshall has chosen and married Rachel, a woman from his past, leaving Shannon and Leah without a husband and no where to go.
Ordered by the Marshall to pay for the ladies room and board, the Corbett brothers organize Saturday socials to provide opportunity for the ladies to meet and marry nice gentlemen. Sometimes plans go according to plan, and then, sometimes they don't.
Vicki McDonough writes a delightful tale of love's journey and the importance of trusting God. She weaves in conflict and romantic tension beautifully, and takes you to a satisfying end.
Second Chance Brides is the second in the series of Boardinghouse Brides by Vickie McDonough. In book one, widow Rachel must compete with three mail-order brides for the heart of her former heartthrob, Luke Davis. At the end of book one, two women are left displaced from their home and still single, must make a life for themselves in a strange land. Book two is how these two boardinghosue brides find true love.
Shannon O'Neil is injured when a twister sweeps through town during Rachel a ...more Second Chance Brides is the second in the series of Boardinghouse Brides by Vickie McDonough. In book one, widow Rachel must compete with three mail-order brides for the heart of her former heartthrob, Luke Davis. At the end of book one, two women are left displaced from their home and still single, must make a life for themselves in a strange land. Book two is how these two boardinghosue brides find true love.
Shannon O'Neil is injured when a twister sweeps through town during Rachel and Luke's wedding. She is saved by one of the rowdy brothers who brought her to Lookout, Texas to begin with--Mark Corbett. Mark sustains injuries, himself, which impair his ability to keep books for his business. Will time with the Irish lass breed contempt in his conflicted heart, or will Mark find himself falling for her shy, unassuming ways?
Leah Bennett catches the eye of tall, strong and handsome liveryman Dan Howard. She can't deny the atttraction is mutual, but should she hold out for a man with more to offer than a livery owner? And as the oldest sister of eleven children, she longs to find a man who would allow her a childless marriage. Is Dan that understanding?
As these two romance plots keep the pages turning, a tertiary plot with Rachel's daughter Jack and her dilemma with Butch Laird add a subterfuge. Butch is the town bully, or so most believe him to be, but is there more beneath the surface? Jack must do some soul searching to uncover the guilt in her own heart.
Despite the many threads weaving at once, the overall pace brought me on a leisurely read until the final third of the book, where all of the stories harmonized and came to a compelling crescendo. McDonough keeps the reader guessing who will get which girl right to the end, and did a great job making me fall in love with all of the characters, both major and minor. This double romance had many charming and poignant moments, and is sure to put lookout Texas on the map as one of the most love-struck towns in historical fiction.
This book is one of McDonough’s best ever. The cover on the book pulls you into the story. The cover artist caught the essence of the characters, Shannon O’Neil and Mark Corbett translating them into real people for me.
Shannon and Leah Bennett were caught in the Corbett brother’s scheme to find a wife for their cousin. (The Anonymous Bride, Book 1) Both have reasons for not returning to where they came from. Shannon is an Irish immigrant and now she’s alone in Lookout, Texas. Leah’s dad tried to sell her to the oldest man in town and she doesn’t want to go back home.
Now both women are searching for ways to support themselves in Lookout. Shannon and Leah are easy to like, McDonough has transformed them from the needy women in book one to women you want to know.
There is also the subplot of Jack (Jacqueline is the boarding house owner’s daughter) it’s been fun to watch her mature through the pages.
Now I am eagerly awaiting book 3, I don’t know what it is titled but I hope it’s about that incorrigible Carly from The Anonymous Bride!
Leah Bennett and Shannon O’Neil arrived in Lookout, Texas as mail-order brides—ordered by a mischievous pair of brothers for their cousin, who didn’t want to marry either woman!
With all of the initial mayhem behind them, and the reluctant groom married off to Rachel, the love of his life, Leah and Shannon find themselves stuck in Texas without a husband, home, family, or job. Neither of them has better options anywhere else, so they stay, each woman hoping and praying for a miracle.
Shannon finds herself employed by the very brothers who turned her life upside down. Worse, she’s falling in love with one of them, even though Mark Corbett makes it plain from the first that he’s not looking for matrimony—not ever. By the time her list of marriage proposals reaches a dozen, the pretty Irish lass is determined to get over her handsome, brooding employer and make a life for herself with the next man who asks for her hand—and wealthy ranch owner, Rand Kessler, might just be standing at the right place in line.
Leah has no employment prospects, and the marital possibilities aren’t too encouraging either. She’s attracted to the livery owner, Dan Howard, but he’s not exactly her idea of acceptable husband material. Besides, how is a girl to let a man know she’s interested without being bold? And what man of her generation is going to marry a woman who absolutely, positively, without a single doubt…does not want children?
When Garrett Corbett comes up with a plan to get some wedding bells tolling in the small Texas town, most folks fear it’ll be another fiasco that won’t end well. But God has other plans, and the unexpected scheme could just turn out to be a real second chance for Lookout’s boardinghouse brides.
Vickie McDonough’s fast-paced storyline, lively scenes, and laugh-out-loud humor make for an interesting, fun read that’s impossible to put down. Her well-rounded characters become friends that one looks forward to encountering again in the next trip to Lookout, from the heroines and their strong, stubborn frontiersmen right down to Jack, the pig-tailed tomboy introduced in The Anonymous Bride. I loved that first book in the Texas Boardinghouse Brides series, and this second installment does not disappoint. Second Chance Brides is faith-filled fiction at its best.
What a situation. A wedding, a tornado during the reception, and two single women who were brought to the small Texas town of Lookout with no idea of how they will live or what they will do.
Brought to the town under false pretenses by the Corbett brothers as a joke on their cousin Luke, Shannon O'Neil and Leah Bennett find themselves to be the center of nearly all the male attention in town. Now that the truth has come out that the Corbett brothers were only playing a trick on their cousin, and that cousin has married his childhood sweetheart, the two ladies are stranded in a town with no family, no jobs and are being supported by the two men. It is all proper, they are staying in a boarding house and the Corbett brothers are paying their room and board until they know what they are going to do, since it was their fault the ladies were even in town.
Shannon and Leah, love the little town of Lookout, and the people and Shannon has no family left to return to, and Leah has too much family, and a daddy who would sell her off to the highest bidder as a bride, they neither have a desire to leave the little town, but how will they survive, and what will they do in such a small town to make a living?
They both find themselves falling for local men, but will this be the answer to their troubles, will marriage be the answer?
A wonderfully written book, easy to read, and quick moving you will laugh at the antics of the Corbett brothers, you will cry in dismay with Shannon and Leah as their situations look dire. A great story, for a nice afternoon of reading. 319 pages $12.99 US 4 stars
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Call me weird but my favorite character in this book was neither of the brides. Just as in The Anonymous Bride, my favorite is fiesty little Jacqueline. Or Jack as she prefers to be called. We were left hanging though, in thread about her tangle with Butch. I hope we learn more about this relationship in the next book.
Don't get me wrong, Vickie did a good job describing the troubles with the two major romances of the left over brides and how they managed to cope after Luke chose Rachel for his wife. Vickie threw in some surprises I wasn't expecting. Both Shannon O'Neil and Leah Bennett had to learn to lean on God to make right decisions.
Second Chance Brides by Vickie McDonough begins where book one in the Texas Boardinghouse Brides ended. I was pleased to have Rachel, Luke and Jack return in this sequel. I enjoyed reading of the escapades of young Jacqueline Davis and her adjustments to having a new father.Vickie McDonough shares the stories of Shannon O'Neil and Leah Bennett in this captivating sequel. I love the twist that Vickie used in this continuing story of the mail-order brides. I found this book to be a wonderful read and highly recommend it.
Vickie McDonough takes us back to the town of Lookout, Texas and the brides who came to town to marry the Marshall only to discover that someone else had won his heart. Now Shannon and Leah are on their own in finding a husband and those two cousins are up to their old tricks again although Mark isnt as enthusiastic about the new ideas suggested by Garrett. Seems Mark cant get over an old relationship that ended badly, but his heart still pulls him toward the Irish lass, Shannon. Leah, the other bride, falls in love only to have a surprise sprung on her just days before the wedding. Delightful characters will pull you into the story and keep you there as the plot unfolds. In addition, Jack is back and up to her old tricks, but this time she has to deal with her conscience when she doesnt tell the truth and ends up hurting someone. Read this wonderful book to see if Mark overcomes his past and courts Shannon, and if Leah can overcome the shock of her surprise and let love conquer her fears.