A Second Helping (Blessings Series #2)

A Second Helping (Blessings Series #2)

by Beverly Jenkins


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ISBN-13: 9780061547812
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/05/2010
Series: Blessings Series , #2
Pages: 386
Sales rank: 224,732
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Beverly Jenkins is the recipient of the 2018 Michigan Author Award by the Michigan Library Association, the 2017 Romance Writers of America Lifetime Achievement Award, as well as the 2016 Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award for historical romance. She has been nominated for the NAACP Image Award in Literature, was featured in both the documentary Love Between the Covers and on CBS Sunday Morning. Since the publication of Night Song in 1994, she has been leading the charge for multicultural romance, and has been a constant darling of reviewers, fans, and her peers alike, garnering accolades for her work from the likes of The Wall Street JournalPeople Magazine, and NPR.

To read more about Beverly, visit her at www.BeverlyJenkins.net.


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A Second Helping (Blessings Series #2) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 122 reviews.
KEnglish More than 1 year ago
After reading the first book in the series, I had to get the next one and the next one :) I love it when a writer makes me feel for the characters, they become my friends and that is exactly what Ms. Jenkins has done. An absolute must read!
shardesty More than 1 year ago
A Second Helping picks up right where Bringing on the Blessings left off. Crystal, Amari, Preston, Devon, and Zoey the towns foster children are all learning the importance of family with the help of the entire town of Henry Adams. Though the town may be small, they all take part of truly loving and caring for each of the kids. The end of each chapter leaves you wanting more, and you find it hard to put such a touching story down. We can all learn a thing or two from Mrs. Brown and the life long citizens of Henry Adams. Family and friends are the most important part of our lives. Not how much money we have, what kind of car we drive, or any other object. If there were a real town like Henry Adams out there, I would move in a heart beat. The only downside to this story is there are only 3, but I am hoping Beverly continues on with the tale.
hcbm More than 1 year ago
This wonderful book certainly has the right title. When you are sitting down to a great meal and you are enjoying it so much you have to ask for more, this is the way this book makes me feel. You know this book will be that good. The story draws you in as you immerse yourself into the lives of the people in Henry Adams. You see the growth of the characters you have already meet and some new ones. You are also privy to some interesting secrets. The surprises are handle with love, support and humor. Life is not perfect in this town but it does point out there is almost always a way to overcome . I gulped down this book, almost reading it in one session. Unfortunately, I started it late in the day and had to sleep for a few hours. I will go back in a few days and read again and simply savor.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I first read Bring on the blessings off of a free friday featured book. I fell in love with the characters(my friends) and the story lines..i then purchased the second n the series perfectly named A Second helping. I felt like this one picked up where the last left off and continued to develope the characters, stories and my love for each of my "extended family". I would love to live in Henry Adams with all the characters. This one had a movie worthy ending and had my heart in knots till the last page and now has me wanting more..i have purchased the next book in the series and look forward to what it has to offer. Then i will b purchasing the fourth addition too..The writing keeps me coming back for more and makes me want to hurry home just to get on my nook and read about all my friends and extended fam in Henry Adams..Love it and wish she would continue to write these series and create more in the same likeness..im not much of a romance novel guy but im a definate fan of this type of series...great job..a must read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not sure I've ever read two books in a series in 24 hiurs before, but these keep me coming back for more. Characters you care about, engaging multifaceted plots, and feel good endings. Great escapist read.
Meli03 More than 1 year ago
This is Jenkins at her best! I loved Bring on the Blessings and she just multiplied the good times in this sequel. All of your favorites are back, with even more problems to solve. I am anxiously awaiting part 3 coming this June. Hats off to Ms. Jenkins and her writing genius! #1 in my book!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have immensely enjoyed reading each book in this series! Suspense, hope, love, energy, challenges.I love it!
BookladyMN More than 1 year ago
A second helping picks up where the first book left off, but add a few new characters . This book continues to track changes to the kids, parents, and town. Love the story, the characters and the concept!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best feel good books I have ever read. The first one was an appetizer great reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am sometimes afraid to read the second novel of a series. I loved Bring on the Blessings and this wasn't disappointed with this book. The characters are so realistic I feel that they are friends. Please read this book. I plan to read the 3rd and 4th books in this series.
kan315 More than 1 year ago
i have now read all 4 of this series and want more...this story line makes you smile and your heart happy! it is well worth reading all of the books in the series in order so you know how it all started if i could move to henry adams today i would pack up my boxes and be on my way thanks ms. j! a new for ever fan
Millie1913 More than 1 year ago
A Second Helping was a pleasure to read. All of the main characters were great, but a few of the secondary characters could have been left out and no one would notice. The kids were great! Ms. Jenkins is a great storyteller and I haven't been disappointed in anything that I've read. It's a really good, inspiring story that I highly recommend! Happy reading!
harstan More than 1 year ago
A Second Helping Beverly Jenkins Avon, Jan 5 2010, $13.99 ISBN: 9780061547812 In Henry Adams, Kansas, the town's fairy godmother affluent fiftyish Bernadine Brown, who saved the town when she bought it over the Internet (see Bring on the Blessings), is in Barcelona. Bernadine plans on building a school next when she comes home. However while she does Europe, a crisis occurs when the Dog and Cow Diner's new chef, Florene Maxwell, a culinary college student, introduces French cuisine to the locals who wants good old plain American food as this is Kansas not Oz or Paris. Meanwhile eleven years old Amari Steele has one goal besides not eating puree vegetables for breakfast. He wants to be adopted by his foster father Mayor Trent July and the rest of the family who have welcomed him with love. He comes up with a plan to show he is worthy when he suggests a revival of a dead tradition, the August First parade. Bernadine returns to town still attracted to Malachi, but her cheating former spouse has come to Henry Adams begging her for a second chance, make those 275 million dollars chances at love. However, besides tornadoes attacking the town, unwanted former spouses stalking, Bernadine's beloved Crystal becomes part of an odious abduction plot. The third Henry Adams tale (see the super historical SOMETHING LIKE LOVE) continues the wonderful saga of a town established by former slaves in the 1880s as an oasis, now trying to survive in modern times. Once again as Beverly Jenkins did with the previous contemporary Blessings tale, the great author provides a fascinating look at African-American history inside a town's twenty-first century struggle to remain viable. Fans will enjoy A Second Helping as Ms. Jenkins provides another terrific tale. Harriet Klausner
tanya2009 on LibraryThing 3 months ago
This is the second Blessings book by Beverly Jenkins. I won it on ER. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about the residents in Henry Adams Kansas. This book takes place a year after Bernadine Brown buys the town off of ebay. I enjoyed reading about the changes in the town and the residents who live there. I hope there will be another installment for readers to enjoy.
reads4pleasure on LibraryThing 3 months ago
The second in what I hope becomes a series, A Second Helping is the follow up to 2009's Bring on the Blessings. The residents of the historically black town of Hays Adam, KS are back for more.Readers of the first book will remember that newly divorced millionaire Bernadine Brown bought the struggling town while looking for a project to immerse herself in after she found her husband of twenty-plus years cheating. A woman with a big heart, Bernadine began a project in the first book to unite the families of Hays Adam with hard to place foster children. In her latest sequel, we find the kids and their families thriving and readying for adoption.Eleven year old former car thief, Amari, has found a home with the mayor of the small town and has made the decision to become a part of the July family. In order to do so, he must complete a spiritual quest guided by the matriarch of the July family, Tamar, and complete an unselfish task that brings joy to someone else. Paging through old photo albums, Amari stumbles upon pictures of the August 1st parade and decides to organize one for his new family and new town.Prior to reading this book, I had never heard of an August 1st parade. Most of us are familiar with Juneteenth, which is celebrated on June 19 to commemorate the abolition of slavery in Texas, the last state to free their slaves in 1865. August 1st celebrates the abolishment of slavery in the British empire in 1834 and was celebrated throughout towns in the United States up until 1927. To this day it is also celebrated in Barbados, Bermuda, Guyana, Trinidad & Tobago, Jamaica, Anguilla, The Bahamas, Turks & Caicos and the British Virgin Isles.During the 1830s these annual events were small affairs largely organized in schoolhouses, debating halls, and black churches. Over subsequent decades, however, these annual meetings became much larger, more public, and communal affairs. Thousands of people of African descent would congregate in villages, towns, and city squares during the opening days of August to celebrate the ending of slavery elsewhere and organize for its overthrow in the United States. During the 1850s, these public meetings became breeding grounds for more militant opposition toward American slavery: through the attraction and participation of fugitive slaves; the parade of armed black militias; and, fiery speeches demanding the violent overthrow of American slavery. In British Canada, an older generation of black people, along with fugitives and more recent emigrants, also adapted August First as an important expression of their antislavery actions and political identities. In short, August First Day was to become the most important public commemorative event and popular form of mobilization among people of African descent in the English-speaking Atlantic world between the 1830s and the 1860s. - excerpt from Whatever Happened to August First by J.R. Kerr-RitchieAlong with the adventures that come with planning a parade, readers are introduced to a few new characters and will be delighted to reacquaint themselves with old, familiar characters.What did you like about this book?I loved the introduction of August 1st. The author is known for writing historical romances. Though this is not a romance in the true sense of the word, I'm glad that she introduced the historical aspects of this fictional town.What did you dislike about this book?It ended too quickly. Yes, even with 386 pages, I wanted more.How can the author improve this book?No improvements needed. It's my hope that this becomes a series and that it doesn't take another year for the next edition to be released.
cyderry on LibraryThing 3 months ago
This book is the continuation of the tale of Henry Adams, Kansas which had been purchased by Bernadine Brown off of EBay. The characters are rich and invite the reader into a place that they are endeavoring to improve with Ms. Brown's help. They have built a school which they name after the current teacher of 40 years, they support emotionally and mentally the five children that they have "adopted" into their town and their hearts, and they have shown that even while their town is being transformed, their lives can be as well. This book which I won on the Librarything ER program is the continuation of a story started in a book titled BRING ON THE BLESSINGS. Bernadine Brown has divorced her philandering husband and had received a $275 Million divorce settlement which she promptly used to purchase the town of Henry Adams, Kansas off of EBay. The idea is intriguing and I (as an EBay buyer) got caught up in the story - hook, line and sinker. I am definitely going to be looking for the first book. Since this version was a Uncorrected proof I didn't hold the numerous printing errors against the story being told. But it definitely need a good proofreader - not just a spellchecker.
lrobe190 on LibraryThing 3 months ago
Book 2 in the Blessings series continues the lives of the folks who live in Henry Adams, a small African American town in Kansas. It would have been helpful to read Book 1 first (Bring on the Blessings) because it took me awhile to figure out who the characters were.This is an entertaining, gentle read with a little bit of humor, romance, and mystery.
julyso on LibraryThing 3 months ago
Bernadine Brown has recently been divorced and she received lots of money from her husband in the settlement. She is looking for a new beginning and decides to purchase a town experiencing financial problems, Henry Adams, on eBay. She has lots going on...an ex-husband who decides to make an appearance, a new romance, and several foster children to watch out for. She is also opening a new school and welcoming the new schoolteacher and his son.
JenniWindsor on LibraryThing 3 months ago
I also won this book through ER and it was a very heartwarming book although a little slow going at first. I will probably go back and read the first book in this series though.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read this book and series multiple times. The first two books are my favorite. This book is well writen with great characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my 2nd time reading this book! I loved this book the 1st time I read it but; If possible, I think the 2nd was even better! The story line is so beautiful and inspiring. I could easily see myself moving to the fictional town of Henry Adams. I know I would love it. Beverly Jenkins, as always, blew me away with her unique mixture of romance and history. A lover of both I could never get enough of her books!
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Love it
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Nice to re-connect with the characters. Can’t wait for more!