This book is one of McDonough's best ever. The cover on the book pulls you into the story. The cover artist caught the essence of the characters, Shannon O'Neil and Mark Corbett translating them into real people for me.
Shannon and Leah Bennett were caught in the Corbett brother's scheme to find a wife for their cousin. (The Anonymous Bride, Book 1) Both have reasons for not returning to where they came from. Shannon is an Irish immigrant and now she's alone in Lookout, Texas. Leah's dad tried to sell her to the oldest man in town and she doesn't want to go back home.
Now both women are searching for ways to support themselves in Lookout.
Shannon and Leah are easy to like, McDonough has transformed them from the needy women in book one to women you want to know.
There is also the subplot of Jack (Jacqueline is the boarding house owner's daughter) it's been fun to watch her mature through the pages.
Now I am eagerly awaiting book 3, I don't know what it is titled but I hope it's about that incorrigible Carly from The Anonymous Bride!
Leah Bennett and Shannon O'Neil arrived in Lookout, Texas as mail-order bridesÃ¢â¬âordered by a mischievous pair of brothers for their cousin, who didn't want to marry either woman!
With all of the initial mayhem behind them, and the reluctant groom married off to Rachel, the love of his life, Leah and Shannon find themselves stuck in Texas without a husband, home, family, or job. Neither of them has better options anywhere else, so they stay, each woman hoping and praying for a miracle.
Shannon finds herself employed by the very brothers who turned her life upside down. Worse, she's falling in love with one of them, even though Mark Corbett makes it plain from the first that he's not looking for matrimonyÃ¢â¬ânot ever. By the time her list of marriage proposals reaches a dozen, the pretty Irish lass is determined to get over her handsome, brooding employer and make a life for herself with the next man who asks for her handÃ¢â¬âand wealthy ranch owner, Rand Kessler, might just be standing at the right place in line.
Leah has no employment prospects, and the marital possibilities aren't too encouraging either. She's attracted to the livery owner, Dan Howard, but he's not exactly her idea of acceptable husband material. Besides, how is a girl to let a man know she's interested without being bold? And what man of her generation is going to marry a woman who absolutely, positively, without a single doubt_does not want children?
When Garrett Corbett comes up with a plan to get some wedding bells tolling in the small Texas town, most folks fear it'll be another fiasco that won't end well. But God has other plans, and the unexpected scheme could just turn out to be a real second chance for Lookout's boardinghouse brides.
Vickie McDonough's fast-paced storyline, lively scenes, and laugh-out-loud humor make for an interesting, fun read that's impossible to put down. Her well-rounded characters become friends that one looks forward to encountering again in the next trip to Lookout, from the heroines and their strong, stubborn frontiersmen right down to Jack, the pig-tailed tomboy introduced in The Anonymous Bride. I loved that first book in the Texas Boardinghouse Brides series, and this second installment does not disappoint. Second Chance Brides is faith-filled fiction at its best.
What a situation. A wedding, a tornado during the reception, and two single women who were brought to the small Texas town of Lookout with no idea of how they will live or what they will do.
Brought to the town under false pretenses by the Corbett brothers as a joke on their cousin Luke, Shannon O'Neil and Leah Bennett find themselves to be the center of nearly all the male attention in town. Now that the truth has come out that the Corbett brothers were only playing a trick on their cousin, and that cousin has married his childhood sweetheart, the two ladies are stranded in a town with no family, no jobs and are being supported by the two men. It is all proper, they are staying in a boarding house and the Corbett brothers are paying their room and board until they know what they are going to do, since it was their fault the ladies were even in town.
Shannon and Leah, love the little town of Lookout, and the people and Shannon has no family left to return to, and Leah has too much family, and a daddy who would sell her off to the highest bidder as a bride, they neither have a desire to leave the little town, but how will they survive, and what will they do in such a small town to make a living?
They both find themselves falling for local men, but will this be the answer to their troubles, will marriage be the answer?
A wonderfully written book, easy to read, and quick moving you will laugh at the antics of the Corbett brothers, you will cry in dismay with Shannon and Leah as their situations look dire. A great story, for a nice afternoon of reading. 319 pages $12.99 US 4 stars
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Call me weird but my favorite character in this book was neither of the brides. Just as in The Anonymous Bride, my favorite is fiesty little Jacqueline. Or Jack as she prefers to be called. We were left hanging though, in thread about her tangle with Butch. I hope we learn more about this relationship in the next book.
Don't get me wrong, Vickie did a good job describing the troubles with the two major romances of the left over brides and how they managed to cope after Luke chose Rachel for his wife. Vickie threw in some surprises I wasn't expecting. Both Shannon O'Neil and Leah Bennett had to learn to lean on God to make right decisions.