Second Chance Brides

Second Chance Brides

by Vickie McDonough
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Second Chance Brides by Vickie McDonough

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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781624162626
Publisher: Barbour Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date: 08/01/2013
Series: Texas Boardinghouse Brides , #2
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Bestselling author Vickie McDonough grew up wanting to marry a rancher, but instead married a computer geek who is scared of horses. She now lives out her dreams in her fictional stories about ranchers, cowboys, lawmen, and others living in the Old West. Vickie is the award-winning author of more than forty published books and novellas. Her novels include the fun and feisty Texas Boardinghouse Brides series and the Land Rush Dreams series. Vickie has been married forty-one years to Robert. They have four grown sons, one of whom is married, and a precocious ten-year-old granddaughter. When she’s not writing, Vickie enjoys reading, antiquing, watching movies, and traveling. To learn more about Vickie’s books or to sign up for her newsletter, visit her website:

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Second Chance Brides 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
LASR_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Second Chance Brides centers on Leah and Shannon, the two rejected mail-order brides from Vickie McDonough's The Anonymous Bride. Stranded and penniless, Leah and Shannon are still living in Rachel's boardinghouse following Rachel's marriage to Luke. Both women find their faith in God strengthened as they learn that while it may not yet be apparent to them, He has a reason for bringing them to this small Texas town. Shannon O'Neil is an Irish immigrant whose parents died soon after their arrival in America. An only child, Shannon eagerly accepted the opportunity to create a new family for herself by becoming a mail-order bride. Now that Luke is happily married to Rachel, Shannon realizes that she, too, wants to marry for love. With few prospects for work, Shannon finds herself working for the two men who brought her to Lookout, Mark and Garrett Corbett. Shannon is beginning to fall in love with Mark, but a secret from his past prevents Mark from acting on what is in his heart. Will Mark find a way to forgive himself for past actions before he loses Shannon forever? Leah Bennett chose to become a mail-order bride to escape an unwanted marriage to a man twice her age. The oldest of eleven children, Leah's childhood was consumed by caring for her younger siblings. She and livery owner Dan Howard quickly fall in love and plan their wedding. However, unforeseen circumstances threaten their future, and Leah finds that God's plan conflicts with what she has envisioned for herself. Friendship becomes a central theme in Second Chance Brides. Now they are no longer vying for Luke's hand in marriage, Rachel, Shannon, and Leah have become steadfast friends who provide spiritual and emotional strength for one another. Rachel's daughter, Jack, find herself questioning her loyalty to friends that involve her in situations that often conflicts with her Christian beliefs and upbringing. Second Chance Brides is faith based historical fiction at its best. Ms. McDonough's characters are engaging and authentic as they incorporate their faith in their day to day lives. Fans of inspirational historical romance will not be disappointed in this wonderfully plotted, fast paced novel that quickly works its way into the reader's heart. Originally posted at The Long and Short of It Romance Reviews
AmandaCabot More than 1 year ago
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."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good kept me intertained
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MaureenST More than 1 year ago
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.
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Debbie_Lynne More than 1 year ago
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.
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Shannon O'Neil and Leah Bennet came to Texas looking for husbands only to find out they've been tricked. Their matrimonial prospect up and married someone else. Now they're down and out, stranded and loveless, and everyone in town knows about it. Can the troublemakers who started it all redeem themselves and maybe lose their hearts in the process? McDonough writes yet another warm tale of romance and hijinks, which is why she'll always be one of my favorite authors.
A_J_Hawke More than 1 year ago
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?
kwitemeyer More than 1 year ago
Fans of Vickie McDonough's Anonymous Bride will adore this second installment of the Texas Boardinghouse Brides series. Shannon and Leah, two of the mail-order brides from book one, were left in Lookout, Texas with no prospects and no means of providing for themselves. However, in the opening of Second Chance Brides, a tornado whips through the small town and stirs up more than just dust as these two women come to see how God's provision can lead them to something even better than what they first imagined. Spunky Leah has definite ideas about what her future should look like and has to make a tough choice about whether to hold on to her old dreams or let God grant her some new ones. Shy Shannon develops feelings for the last man in town she should consider, but will his past keep them apart? Vickie McDonough crafts a fun read with characters I enjoyed getting to know more intimately after reading book one. Lighthearted and fun, with spiritual themes that resonnate, this is a book her fans will love!
NMusch More than 1 year ago
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.
SKetchersid More than 1 year ago
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.
LovenGod More than 1 year ago
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 This book was provided for review purposes only, no payment was received for this review. Learn more about the author Vickie McDonough at her website.
SharonALavy More than 1 year ago
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.
Digging4Pearls More than 1 year ago
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.
AAR More than 1 year ago
SECOND CHANCE BRIDES by Vickie McDonough is an Inspirational historical romance set in 1996 Lookout, Texas. It is the second in the Texas Boardinghouse Brides.It is well written with depth and details.It is fast paced, page turner that will leave you wanting to learn more on these enchanting, interesting characters. It has drama, romance, forgiveness, faith, courage, acceptance and following God's plan for your life. Two mail order brides,(Shannon and Leah) find romance, acceptance, a family of their own, faith, and their true love in this small Texas town of Lookout. Mark,(in the freight business with his brother) and Dan,( the livery owner) fall in love with Shannon and Leah, but have a hard time showing them their interest. Dan finally lets Leah know how he feels, Leah is falling in love with Dan too. They have a few difficulties to overcome, but find their way. Mark is falling in love with Shannon, but due to some things in his past doesn't believe he deserves her in his life. Shannon, however, has fallen in love with Mark, but after he tells her he can never marry, decides to marry the first man who proposes to her.With a heavy heart she does just that, but will Mark realizes he is in love with her decides to stop her from wedding. He kidnaps her and proposes to her. What a wonderful story this is, showing us our dreams can come true if we only trust in our heart and our faith. I would highly recommend this book. It is a story that will capture your heart and the characters will keep you interested, hoping their dreams come true. This book was received for review from Net Galley. Details can be found at Barbour Publishing and My Book Addiction and More.