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A Second Helping: A Blessings Novel (original 2010; edition 2010)

by Beverly Jenkins

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Title:A Second Helping: A Blessings Novel
Authors:Beverly Jenkins
Info:Avon A (2010), Edition: Original, Paperback, 400 pages
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A Second Helping is the second in a series of books about the town of Henry Adams. If it's been awhile since you've read the first book: Henry Adams was turning into a ghost town before Bernadine (a very rich woman thanks to a divorce) bought the town and brought in five foster kids and placed them with families who agreed to live in Henry Adams. The kids are starting to settle into Henry Adams and with the families they have been placed with. Bernadine is busy continuing her plan to grow Henry Adams. This time around she's finishing the local diner improvements, building a school and hiring a teacher for the school. Amari decides he wants to be a part of the July family so must go on a vision quest and come up with a project - he decides to hold an August 1st parade which turns out way bigger - perhaps bigger than even Bernadine can handle. Crystal's mom is still in prison but her dad is back in the picture - will he take Crystal away from Bernadine?

I really enjoy these stories by Beverly Jenkins. She writes a Christian story without being too preachy - yes, perhaps everything works out better than it might in real life but don't you want, even every now and then, to have a place that everything turns out right? I enjoy getting to know the characters and the lay-out of the town. I've been reading some books that are just casual sex with no connections and characters that have been beaten down by life so this is refreshing. Looking forward to more in the series. ( )
  mmoj | Mar 2, 2017 |
We’re back in Henry Adams, Kansas, the historically Black town that was purchased by Ms. Bernadine Brown … and she remains very much the Queen Bee, assisted by elected mayor Trent July and his lady love Lily Fontaine, administrative assistant par excellence. This is the second book in this marvelous series and, because I’m reading the books out of order, things can get confusing.

The new arrivals in town are newly widowed school teacher, Jack James, and his angry teenage son Eli; Leo Brown, Bernadine’s estranged husband, who want to reconcile with her (fat chance!); and a shadowy stranger Otis Miller aka Ray Chambers. It’s easy to see he’s up to no good. Ms. Rocky Dancer, cook at the Dog and Cow diner returns to town after a brief fling at marriage. All the newcomers and Rocky bring their own dramas, which all play out in A Second Helping. For comic relief we have former Mayor Riley Curry and his pet pig Cletus, who’s wanted for killing a particularly character in book #1.

A Second Helping is capped off by an August First parade, the brain child of Amari, who’s aided and abetted by Preston; they’re two of the town’s foster kids. It’s a community service project that has all the earmarks of a disaster in the making. Have no fear, however, the adults are in charge in Henry Adams, and all will be well. That’s one of the joys of these marvelous books, which are recent additions to my list of favorites.

All the books are very easy reads, and most I start and finish the same day. That means the stories are compelling, but also that they’re over too soon. ( )
  NewsieQ | Aug 13, 2015 |
Life in the town of Henry Adams is many things but dull isn’t one of them. For a small town, there is a lot happening: romantic encounters, foster kids wanting to be adopted, a widower trying to connect with his own unhappy son, and a fugitive from the law, on the run with a couple of enormous pigs. And this barely scratches the surface! But if you want the real scoop, you need to hie yourself down to the Dog and Cow diner. It’s the real deal for up-to-date info. This novel, too, is many things: entertaining, thought-provoking, amusing, and well-written, but mostly, it is just a very good story told in a very good fashion. ( )
  Maydacat | Feb 16, 2015 |
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It took me a while to figure out this book - did not read book 1. Also did not realize it was an African-American town - a bit unrealistic.
  shazjhb | Dec 25, 2011 |
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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. ( )
  lrobe190 | Apr 25, 2010 |
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"On the heels of Bring on the Blessings, bestselling author Beverly Jenkins gives readers a second helping of the beautiful Kansas town of Henry Adams, and the residents who make it so unique"--Provided by publisher.

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