Bernadine Brown, philanthropist owner of the town of Henry
Adams, has just gotten started. The town is now financially
sound and the children in need of good homes are secure, but
there is more to be done. Her attraction to Malachi July,
owner of the Dog and Cow diner, is a distraction, one
Bernardine's not sure she wants following her divorce from
her unfaithful husband. If that's not bad enough, said
ex-husband shows up—because a good portion of his millions
went to her in the divorce settlement—looking for a second
chance. Then there are the children—Amari, Preston,
Crystal, Zoey, and Devon—each of whom has an issue of his
own to deal with and which Bernadine finds herself in the
middle of, even as yet another needy child, the son of the
new schoolteacher, joins the community.
A SECOND HELPING is the second book in the Blessings series.
It's a novel about community, but all the facets--the
people, places, mores, and challenges--that make up a
community. I didn't read the first book, Bring on the
Blessings, but this installment was written so that I
quickly learned all of the characters and understood a bit
of their background without feeling as though a
mini-biography had been dumped into the book for each one.
What I love about Ms. Jenkins' writing is that she manages
to infuse her stories, even the contemporary ones, with new
and interesting historical information, the kind that makes
me want to hop onto Google or head to a library for more
information. Here, the town of Henry Adams is fictional,
but the sense of community that I found myself wanting to
know more about Black Native Americans and the history of
their communities in the Midwest.
No matter what genre you prefer, there's some element of it
in A SECOND HELPING: romance, suspense, inspirational,
paranormal. If you missed the first go round, don't be shy
about getting A SECOND HELPING. It will be a treat!
With the millions she received after divorcing her faithless
tycoon husband, Bernadine Brown saved the historic town of
Henry Adams, Kansas, from financial ruin and found loving
homes for five needy children. Now there are other
"projects" crying out for rescue.
If ever a town institution needed rescuing, it's the beloved
Dog and Cow diner. Once it was Henry Adams's social
center—or gossip central!—now it's in danger of becoming
duct-tape central. But there are other distractions pulling
Bernadine from the task at hand: a plethora of romantic
entanglements, including her own with a disturbingly
attractive Malachi July; a bitter young boy newly arrived in
town with his widowed father; and a fugitive on the run with
a six-hundred-pound pet pig that's wanted for murder (the
pig, that is).
And when Bernadine's philandering, trouble-making ex-husband
rolls into town looking for a second chance, life in Henry
Adams gets very interesting indeed.