A Second Chance (Promises to Keep Series #4)

A Second Chance (Promises to Keep Series #4)

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by Shayne Parkinson
     
 

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Amy uses the second chance she had hardly dared dream of to make up for the wasted years. But a familiar face from long ago makes an unwelcome reappearance, threatening her new-found happiness. Payback has more than one meaning, and sometimes people get what they deserve.

"A Second Chance" is the sequel to the three-volume work "Promises to Keep"

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Overview

Amy uses the second chance she had hardly dared dream of to make up for the wasted years. But a familiar face from long ago makes an unwelcome reappearance, threatening her new-found happiness. Payback has more than one meaning, and sometimes people get what they deserve.

"A Second Chance" is the sequel to the three-volume work "Promises to Keep"

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940000694541
Publisher:
Shayne Parkinson
Publication date:
07/13/2009
Series:
Promises to Keep Series , #4
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Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
12,490
File size:
561 KB

Meet the Author

I write historical fiction set in New Zealand, starting in the 1880s. My sixth novel, to be released in September, takes the series to 1924. I'm fascinated by social history, particularly that of my own country. I live in a state of barely-controlled chaos; fortunately I share my life with an invariably calm and endlessly optimistic husband. I divide my time between an apartment in the city, in reach of good espresso, and a few acres in the country, where the rank grass in the orchard is kept under control by a small mob of sheep (and where we have our own espresso machine). When I'm not writing, reading, or engaged in mundane activities, I play the piano rather badly.

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A Second Chance 4.6 out of 5 based on 3 ratings. 458 reviews.
ivymelinda More than 1 year ago
I read this entire series...sentence to marriage, mud & gold, settling the account, & the second chance...& I LOVED IT!!!!! I love historical romance stories & that is exactly what this is!! You will love the heroine, hate her husband, & love how it all ends up. There are times that you will hate what is happening...love the "justice"...you will hate the stepmother...trust me, you will be captivated & be upset when it's over!! I think that is the only thing I don't like is how the last book ends...what happens to the characters that we have fallen in love with? She just left it hanging like there was going to be another book but I can't find anything else by her...NO FAIR!!! =]
jld47 More than 1 year ago
When I got to the last page of the first book, I shouted, "You can't end it there!" What a relief when I discovered it was a series and I could quickly continue to follow Amy's life. This author really makes you love and hate her characters and the pages of her books fly by. If you've read the series prior to this book, this is a must read. Happiness at last.
Emmay_78 More than 1 year ago
I'm finishing up the last book in this series. About 100 pages from the end and I can't lie. I don't want to finish it. I've flown through these books but it feels like I've been reading them forever. You really do feel like you get to know Amy, Lizzie, and lovely Frank! And all of their kids. I felt like they are strangely a part of me. Shayne Parkinson has a real gift. I'm not going to lie, these books are depressing and you will have that moment where you ask yourself, why am I reading these? Nothing good ever happens to the characters that you grow to love (ie. Amy), but it does seem to come together. You have characters you love, characters you hate...love stories, stories of family, stories of abuse, stories of redemption. I highly think that this a series that is worth your time. Set in 1800's in a small farm town in New Zealand, you meet Amy Leith and her pa and her two brothers. You follow young Amy from the tender of 15 all the way through adulthood. You watch her struggle with the choices that she makes and what she must do to get through this life. And you see just how brave and strong she really is. READ THIS SERIES. The books are long, but beautifully written!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wonder how many reviewers here know that this remarkable quartet of books is self-published? I didn't know either until I had devoured all four books in less than a week. After I finished reading, I visited Parkinson's website and followed a link to a review in which the critic praised Parkinson's work and held it up as an example that there ARE self-published books that are well written and enjoyable works of fiction. I make this point to say that not only did Parkinson write a set of books which I'm certain are destined to be popular classics, but she did it pretty much on her own, without the help of professional editor or publishers. Parkinson is, indeed, one very talented lady. I applaud her and I thank for providing us with such wonderful books! This series of books put me slightly in mind of the American classic Little House on the Prairie series, except written for more mature audiences. I have really only read one of the Little House books, so am not keenly familiar with them, but I did see a resemblance--and I mean that as the highest praise. These characters are captivating, particularly Amy--the main character whose life is followed from late girlhood to mature years. Lizzi, Amy's cousin, gives Amy, however, a run for her money in terms of which character you want to fall in love with. I am an avid reader as well as a former English teacher, so I know a good story when I see it! I heartily recommend these books and as you read, you will see why.
M & V Leswal More than 1 year ago
Very long, very entertaining...perfect summer reading. I had a very hard time putting any of the four books down. I am now off to download anything else this author has written.
RatioZane More than 1 year ago
From book one all the way to the end, I found this book to be one of the best series I have ever read. When I started reading this series, I thought it was going to be kind of boring but decided to try it regardless, and now, Shayne Parkinson is one of my favorite authors EVER! I do wish she wrote another series, and I bet it'd be as good and the Promises to Keep series. Anyway, after reading this book, Parkinson has still surprised me. After the incident with Jimmy, I thought the book was going to be a total downer since the part with Jimmy was exciting to read for me, but it proved to be entertaining afterwards and I especially enjoyed the end. I highly recommend this book to be read in schools for teenagers and young adults in college for those who want to know the experience women had to deal with in the 1800s-1900s. Again, great read!
DoloresGA More than 1 year ago
I simply could not put this series down. I have been completely spellbound by these books. I loved every one of them and couldn't put them down. I can't believe these books are not on a best sellers list. The author pulls you into the fabric of this large family and makes you feel as though you are one of them and leaves you wanting more.
LaToya Hawkins More than 1 year ago
I bought this book just because I read the reviews and for $2.99, I figured...it's not much to lose if I don't like the book...well 3 books down and I'm about to read Second Chance. I don't even have to read this book and I know it's going to be worth it. What I love is that these books are amazingly detailed, well written, and LONG! I'm an avid reader and 200-300 page books usually get read in less than a day! At least I can linger over these awhile....you won't be disappointed!
Brydee More than 1 year ago
I just finished this book, the last of the four series. I am going to miss Ms. Amy and her journey through life. I highly recommend this series. The story which is based back in the 1800's, I learned about the way life was back then and how to appreciate the modern world of which we live in today. Loved it and hope that Shayne Parkinson will soon write more books.
kanders More than 1 year ago
Totally amazing book!!! I have now read the series (4 books total). The first "Sentance Marriage" was a free ebook, but I willingly purchased the rest of them... they were hard to put down long enough to work etc... I just wanted to be able to sit and devour them - my attention was ensnared from the first page through the last!! Would definately recommend these books!!
an-avid-readerPK More than 1 year ago
Read all 4 of these books,spent many late nights, and many days the tv did not even get turned on because I had to read. Extrememly good, I was sucked into Amy and rest of her families lives. Amy is the kind of person everyone should have in their lives. I loved the way Parkinson tied everything up in the end. This will be on my favorite list, hoping Shayne Parkinson comes out with another set of books like these. My opinion "A MUST READ". Can't go wrong for only $2.99each for the last 3 books.
B1942 More than 1 year ago
I just lover her books and am looking forward to another. Even tho I have not read Second Chance, Amy certainly deserves better that what she has had. I agree these books should get a LOT of attention, they are wonderfully written. I was never a reader until the NOOK and now am an avid reader. Glad I found this series! Cannot wait to see what happens in this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the whole series. Sweet stories, with just enough drama to keep you coming back for more. Parkinson's use of descriptive language and her ear for dialogue keep the story moving without ever feeling heavy or tedious. The setting was almost a character in itself: Victorian, colonial New Zealand. I loved getting to experience a different time and place through the characters' perspectives. I liked how the series ended, with Amy's "second chance". Nothing life-changing, but nice reading. I would definitely read more if/when they are available.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I truly loved the writing of Shayne Parkinson, she is a gifted author. I was drawn in with the first book, "Sentence of Marriage", and have read all 4 books of the series. The setting for this story is in the 1800's, which was eye opening for me as a woman. We take for granted the opportunities we have, which were certainly not allowed back when this story was taking place. It makes you realize how the many woman before us really had no say in what was to happen in their lives. The author has a unique way to draw the reader in quickly, and then its impossible to put down her books. I hope she publishes new books soon, as I haven't been able to find any.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed the entire series involving these characters. The author brings a depth to the characters that enables the reader to become totally involved with the story. I would certainly read other books by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I hope someone makes a movie or mini series on these books they were such good reading.
LCC57 More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend this book. I have absolutely enjoyed these books in this series. The writer Shayne Parkinson makes you feel like you are part of the book. I sympathized with the character of Amy and all the hardships that she endured in her life. Second Chance gives Amy all that she deserves. I loved Amy and her optimistic view of life!
OzarkPeaPod More than 1 year ago
This is the 4th book to this series, As angry as I got in the first 3 bboks, I was equally tearful and wanting more.... I was sorry Charles & Amy took so long to find love, thrilled Jimmy finally got his due, and Amy finally found her beloved daughter and peace in her life... Love this story and am looking forward to reading it over and over again... OUTSTANDING story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Completely consuming series. Shayne Parkinson has such a way with words that each book will take you back to the 1900's and keep you there until the end, leaving you exhausted from every emotion and completely fulfilled at the same time. Truly a rare find.
amydague More than 1 year ago
I've finished the series now in just over a week. I couldn't tear myself away from these novels. When I did have other things to do I found myself thinking about Amy and what would happen next. I've even managed to get my mom addicted to them! I was disappointed to finally reach the end, but the Shayne Parkinson website indicates that there's a 5th book "on the way", although it gives no other information. I'm hoping it's soon!
VSnow More than 1 year ago
This book does so nicely what I wish so many others would. It tied up most of the "loose" ends. I felt a since of relief to know what happened to most of the characters. I would love to know what happened to a few that were sort of left out but all-in-all very well done. I would recommend the whole series to all my friends, as I have.
Lynnette Schaff More than 1 year ago
I am amazed how wonderful all 4 books were. A total of over 5000 pages and I never got bored. By the end, all the charcters had become freinds. I am glad the author left the ending so there can be another book. Would love to see the story continued. All 4 books a MUST read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A second chance is the best book i ever read. The author iss very smart and creative with this book.This book makes me think y did this happen.? Would this really hapen in real life? When you read this book you'll have alot of questions goin through your head, but you'll have them answered. This book shows you how it was along time ago. But any ways i recommand this book to who ever reads this.
Brandy42SN More than 1 year ago
The Series title – Promises to Keep – throws me off a bit, because I’m not sure what “promise” the author is speaking about. At any rate, the series was great - on a whole. I both loved and hated the individual books themselves. Sentence of Marriage was cruel, hurtful, overbearing, oppressed, painful, ugly, desperate, horrific and downright sad. Amy’s early life was, if not a bit harsh on the farm, at least happy as it could possibly be living as she did on a rustic, rural farm. But when that’s all you know, it doesn’t seem so bad. But after the deceit of “Jimmy” and the horrible consequences Amy alone faced – with the pushing of her stepmother – was so unfair I often wanted to throw the book across the room (until I of course remembered I was reading it on my $400 Galaxy Tablet!). I cried, screamed, even laughed a little in this book. But mostly I was sad. I literally could feel a sense of heavy foreboding. Then Mud & Gold comes along and you think – finally a light at the end of the tunnel and maybe a little happiness for poor Amy. Not so. She gets the Mud, while her plucky cousin Lizzie gets the Gold. I wasn’t a huge fan of this book, and honestly don’t remember much of it except for Frank’s Jersey Cows, and Amy’s daring stunt to stop the physical abuse she endured. HOWEVER, don’t go applauding the “heroine” just yet. While she successfully stopped Charlie from beating the hell out of her, she did NOTHING to stop him from literally almost beating her sons to death! I kept thinking – why don’t you lay down the same ultimatum to Charlie that saved your hide, in order to save your sons. The subsequent death of Mal was entirely unnecessary. With Settled Account, I thought here, finally is REALLY where Charlie gets what’s coming to him – death, and Amy gets a better life and perhaps some happiness. Well both came true, but not how I would have liked. What I’ve found is Amy is never, truly happy. The author must really be a sad person, because there is no real happiness in this serious except for the successful marriage of Frank and Lizzie. Even the appearance of “Sarah” – quite obviously the long, lost child - “Ann” – that Amy was forced to give up, did not bring me much happiness for Amy. She was a snotty brat, and the author took way to long to let her real identity known to all. There was no reason for Amy to hide her from Lizzie for so long. But oh well. Finally, for the epilogue – A Second Chance. That is exactly what Amy gets! Hooray!! Strong, determined and ever so kind hearted Amy finally gets to “live it up” in Auckland. She gets to be a teacher of sorts, and wear fine dresses. She faces Jimmy and his entire BS, but I personally feel like he got off too easily. But it wasn’t about that. It wasn’t about “getting even”. I think what the author was trying to portray was that in spite of life, in spite of all the heartache and hardships we face in life, it’s how we react that matters. Do we let it shape and mold us into hate? Or do we take it in stride, ever so willing to forgive? Forgiveness is a big word, and even harder to do. But someone, little Amy pulls it off splendidly. At the risk of sounding like a nut, I’m seriously going to miss her and often catch myself wondering “what’ she’s doing”. Duh. That’s the testament of a good book. Well done Shayne.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book, could not put it down- literally, stayed up all night reading it. It was worth the lost sleep!