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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, troublemaking ex-husband rolls into town looking for a second chance, life in Henry Adams gets very interesting indeed.

About the Author

Beverly Jenkins has received numerous awards, including five Waldenbooks/Borders Group Best Sellers Awards, two Career Achievement Awards from Romantic Times Magazine, and a Golden Pen Award from the Black Writer's Guild. Ms. Jenkins was named one of the Top Fifty Favorite African-American writers of the 20th century by AABLC, the nation's largest on-line African-American book club. She was recently nominated for the NAACP Image Award in Literature.

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Product Details

  • Series: Blessings (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (January 5, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061547816
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061547812
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #667,787 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Beverly Jenkins grew up in Detroit and majored in journalism and English literature at Michigan tate University. She has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, People, the Dallas Morning News, Vibe, and many other national publications.

Customer Reviews

It made me laugh and cry.
Glenda Walton
Enjoyed reading this 2nd book of series.
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I love Beverly Jenkins' writings.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Cathy D. Atchison on January 11, 2010
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In this sequel to Bring on the Blessings, we get to know the original characters better and we're introduced to a few new characters as well. We find that the foster kids are thriving; growing and developing as they bask in the love that surrounds them. Two of the major themes are second chances and trust. It seems that quite a few characters in the book have come to the realization that not only has Henry Adams been given a second chance, but so have they. They've been given a second chance at love, a second chance at family, a second chance at finding out who they are and being true to themselves. And to my sheer delight they take complete advantage of their opportunities. This is such a heartwarming book that I am still basking in the glow that has been with me since I finished it. The themes of unconditional love and acceptance that started with Blessings continue in A Second Helping and as a result we see strong bonds and trust being formed throughout. I really enjoyed Ms. Jenkins use of symbolism especially in relation to Amari and his dreams. Henry Adams, Kansas is truly my idea of a utopia. It is a place where I would love to live. Can I please be transported there now?
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Priscilla C. Johnson on January 16, 2010
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Beverly Jenkins returns to Henry Adams, Kansas with another story her fans will truly enjoy. She introduced readers to Bernadine Brown, a recently divorced millionaire, who purchased the historic African-American town on eBay in Bring on the Blessings. In its sequel, A Second Helping, Bernadine, is once again off to rescue the town from what could be its biggest disaster.

Before she can save the town, she has to deal with a few other things--her ex-husband, Leo, who has decided that he wants her back; her growing relationship with Malachi July; and the project that Amari, one of the Foster kids, started that grew into more than he could handle. Like any growing town, old neighbors returned and new ones moved in. Even Riley and Cletus make an appearance on You Tube. And like any town, trouble is in the mix.

Jenkins' story will keep you turning pages and holding your breath to see what is in store for everyone. Like all of her novels, she gives you little known historical facts. I laughed, I cried, and I got upset when I finished the book. I give kudos to Beverly Jenkins for another outstanding novel.

Priscilla C. Johnson

APOOO BookClub
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ms.Harriet M. on January 14, 2010
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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 meet 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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on January 8, 2010
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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
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Velicia Tillman Johnson on January 25, 2010
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A Second Helping is the sequel to Ms. Jenkins book "Bring on The Blessings". We are travelling back to the town of Henry Adams where Bernadine Brown is continuing to bless the small town. The title A Second Helping is true to its word. Some of the main characters are getting a second blessing. Amari, one of the foster children has requested to become a permanent member of the historical July family. Tamar the family matriarch of the July's has told Amari in order to become a July he has to go on a vision quest and complete a project for the town of Henry Adams. He decided on having a parade. Mind you, Amari is only twelve and finds himself in some deep waters, when his dad, Trent steps in and gets the other adults involved. The parade will draw all of the community of Henry Adams in a celebration. There will be a few surprises along the way. You will definitely have to read the book and find out what the special relationship of Riley Curry and Eustasia Pennymaker, two eccentric individuals that are the pet owners of hogs, Cletus and Chocolate. Old flames find new flames. Some old Henry Adams residents return. You will find yourself amazed, laughing and maybe even shed a tear or two. Your interest will definitely be piqued. There are some surprising historical events about African Americans, little tidbits embedded into A Second Helping. The storyline will definitely have you wanting sequel number three that may be entitled, "The Third Time is a Charm". It is a true piece of literary art.
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