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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Second Chance Brides by Vickie McDonough

Second Chance Brides by Vickie McDonough
Texas Boardinghouse Brides, Book 2
Publisher: Barbour Publishing, Inc
Genre: Historical, Inspirational
Length: Full Length (320 pgs)
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 5 Books
Reviewed by Rosemary

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?

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.