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A Second Chance (Promises to Keep #4)

4.31 of 5 stars 4.31  ·  rating details  ·  1,582 ratings  ·  122 reviews
Amy uses the second chance she had hardly dared dream of to make up for the wasted years. But a familiar face from long ago makes an unwelcome reappearance, threatening her new-found happiness. Payback has more than one meaning, and sometimes people get what they deserve...
Kindle Edition, 387 pages
Published April 22nd 2011 (first published 2008)
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I cannot express how much I loved this series. Ms. Parkinson's writing is so engaging and real that I found myself excited to escape into the world of her characters each time I picked up one of her books. To say I am WAITING for the next book in this series would be an understatement! Thank you Shayne for giving me weeks of enjoyment and reminding me how lucky I am to LOVE to read :)
I read books 1 and 4. I did not read 2 and 3. While I may have missed some things, I am glad over all that I did not read the middle two. I liked Amy too much to read about her horrible marriage. I do wish I knew a little more about some of the other characters, like her older brothers. They are not really mentioned in the last novel so I have no idea where they went or how their lives turned out.

I was very glad that Amy was finally able to have peace in her life. She needed and deserved to have
Fantastic reading except for the big mistake I made upon starting the first novel; I wasn't aware it was part of a series! I felt like too little was happening to move the storyline along. Page after page of mundane Little House on the Prairie like lives of the characters set in New Zealand had me wondering when any developments were going to occur. To my surprise and delight, I realized there were three more books. Then it began to make sense, and I realized I was onto just the kind of storytel ...more
Well, What can I say.......

I absolutely loved these books. I fell for every character, good and bad. For a story to be able to provoke so many emotions in a reader is a rare thing. The fact that it wasn't full all sweetness and light and happy endings made them even more real. I do agree with another reader as I would have liked to have known how John and Thomas got along in their lives. As for the ending, I'm not sure if I liked it or was annoyed! I thought for a few moments that my kindle had
Of the four books in the series -- this is sort of a follow up book to the trilogy -- I think this one fell short of the others. It seemed a little forced, to me, as far as story line and the pace felt forced as well. I will say that it pretty neatly wraps up the loose ends that the trilogy had left hanging but it almost wraps them up TOO neatly.

I still definitely recommend the series as a whole if you like this genre!
Ingrid Banwell
After I downloaded the free first book – Sentence of Marriage, I was hooked. The historical fiction series Promises to Keep series combines deft plotting, crystal prose and warm humor. Set in rural New Zealand in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s Shayne Parkinson skillfully weaves universal themes of love, loss, family and sacrifice into her storytelling. Thanks to their convincing back stories, her characters – from the kind and shy Frank and his outspoken wife Lizzy to the obnoxious, status-con ...more
Heidi Harsch
This Series was the best I've read in a very long time!

This was the fourth book in the series. I dreaded it coming to an end. Amy captured my heart in book one as being a sweet and loving country girl. At a young age she experienced so much loss and pain but never lost her kindness and compassion for others.

The second book was very frustrating and difficult to get through. It broke my heart to see Amy be physically and mentally abused by not only her step mother and husband but by her son as wel
This fourth installment of the Promises to Keep saga, set in 19th and early 20th century New Zealand, is as much of a page turner as the prior three. This one is by far the most positive, with some good things happening to our heroine, Amy. Parkinson does a good job of demonizing Amy's early fiancé' and lover, Jimmy, who reappears in this book in person for the first time since the first book. My only complaint is that all of the qualities that originally attracted Amy to Jimmy have disappeared. ...more
This is the 4th book in the series and is a satisfying conclusion. Amy finally gets the chance to relax a little and leave all the difficulties of her past for awhile. However, the reappearance of a particularly lothesome character threatens Amy's new found happiness.
Zoe Schoppa
I have truly truly enjoyed this series of books. I know that it is time to put Amy and Sarah and the rest of the Leith-Stewart family to rest but this series is so well written that you can't help but feel like you are Amy's lifelong friend being given the incredible opportunity of intimately knowing her life.

The story is not finished until all four books are read in full. I have seen many a review that the books are too long but the story doesn't lag and I don't know what could have been left o
Mary E
I thought this book would bring closure to Amy's Saga. In many ways it did, but there's so much more. Frank and Lizzie, David, Beth, Maise! many great characters. I hope she write another sequel.
Sherry Ledet
Promise Keepers is one of the best long series I have read in a good while. The characters are so real I couldn't help but laugh, cry, and rejoice with them from the first book, Sentence of Marriage to the last, Second Chances. The main character is Amy, a fifteen year old naïve farm girl who falls in love with a young rich visitor from the city. Amy can break your heart but you root for her throughout the books As the stories take place in New Zealand in the late 19th century you can also get a ...more
Tia B
This has got to be one of my all time favourite books. The characters are so well developed, and the story is realistic in such ways that at times it took great effort not to throw my kindle out the window in pure frustration at Amy's naïveté and vulnerability to the advances of jimmy. Being around the same age as Amy when I first read this book, it intrigued me more than it might other young people as I found Amy quite relatable, even though I, and many others, are nothing like her. I'm not eas ...more
I thoroughly enjoyed reading the four book series. It was like reading one long novel. Each book picked up like the next chapter and there wasn't a lot of back tracking and bringing the reader up to speed.

The first section was troubling. Sometimes hard to read because of the unkindness and treatment of Amy. By the end, life had done its twists and turns and Amy's life was easier. In between, the pages were filled with day-to-day living, meager existence to luxury. The sense of family ever presen
A thoroughly engaging series

I won't tell the story here. It's much more fun to discover it for yourself. I will say I have read all 4 books...2 1/2 of them in 2 days...and enjoyed every word. I have even caught myself thinking of the characters as I've gone about my real world tasks. I will miss Amy, Sarah, David, Lizzie, and the rest of them. I have laughed and cried and been enraptured throughout. I highly recommend this sure you start at the beginning. You won't be disappointed
I was really satisfied with the conclusion to Amy's story, even though I found myself getting quite impatient with a few aspects, as I kept wondering if she would get the second chance she really deserved.
Amy, in fact earned several second chances with a lot of things in the end. Happiness was to be found not just in one aspect of her life, but in all areas.
This wasn’t a ‘and they lived happily ever after’ scenario. This was a descriptive, long-winded, well-earned continuation of Amy’s life’s
Elizabeth Bailey
I think I've got muddled with 3 and 4 on this series. Suffice to say, as I've said in the other reviews, that this was an absorbing and entertaining read for the duration of the four books. I really enjoyed the development of Amy's and Lizzie's stories, and the youngsters growing up. Some wonderful characters had been met and enjoyed along the way and it was sad to see some of them go, although good to welcome the new ones. A very well written series altogether.
Finally Amy is at peace with her life in this book. It was hard for me in the first 3 books, but at the same time I was unable to put them down as it was wonderful reading and following her life and the lives of all of the people of that era and in that community of New Zealand. From a young girl of just 12 in the first book "Sentence of Marriage" thru this one she has grown into a wonderful woman, gone thru many difficult trials, happy times, children, losses, etc and still found happiness in e ...more
A wonderful series

This story about Amy and her family and life were a wonderful adventure. I loved reading about Amy as a child and watching her grow up. this may sound funny, but Amy became a treasured friend for me, crying and smiling through out her story. on one hand I couldn't wait to turn the page, but on the other hand knowing that I was that much closer to the end of the series. I loved this series. so worth reading.
This 4 book serial held me spellbound this week. I couldn't stop reading and I'm sorry it ended. I have rarely purchased sequels for my Kindle, but after reading the first free volume, there was no stopping. Excellent character development, suspense without major crime scenarios, true to life living situations, and great historical context made this series a fantastic read. I won't rehash the story, except to say that Amy's life held my interest.
While this is a great addition to the Promises To Keep series , it would be a great stand alone book as well . Unlike the first three books in the series which seem to move from one to the other , this book seems to fill the reader in on things covered in the previous books . Again a great stand alone , but I found it just a little distracting having read the series .
This is a much lighter read than the first three books and it does a heart good to see Amy finally living a lighter life . I am
Patsy Chastang
This is th fourth book in the series Promises to Keep. This book takes all the characters and gives all good ending which ties all the books together. This is a great story and a wonderful author. I enjoyed every one of the books. It's takes you back to the 1800's in New Zealand. Once you pick them up to read its hard to put them down. There are so many very sad parts that will break your heart but life was hard back then. The author has written some wonderful books with so much emotion in every ...more
Marion Galvin
So very real!

so great a conclusion to a collection of books.wonderful in detail, lengthy enough to fulfill the needs of the reader. Great heroic characters. everything you could want...romance,strife,sadness,and joy. makes you appreciate the advances in technology. highly recommend the entire collection by this author.
Irene Marie Dawson
Book four

Our heroine continues to amaze.Not since Follett's "Pillar's of the earth" have I enjoyed reading a series so much.Well written historical saga of one woman's struggle as she ages from a young girl raised with love to a woman who overcomes an abusive marriage and continues to find joy in her world.
4.25 I enjoyed this book better than the previous 2 but they all have been very good. This book answers some of the questions I've wondered about in the first book. It's still full of sadness but not all of it and in reality times were not such happy times compared to farm life of today. I loved it. There is at one more book in this series but I'm going to read something else before beginning "Second Chances".
Verity Brown

If the ending of Settling the Account still left you wanting more, this book delivers. Almost too much.

In contrast to the first three books in the Promises to Keep series, which were quite dark, this book errs on the side of being too light. After 20 years of nothing going right in Amy's life, suddenly everything seems to magically work out for her, including a fairly unrealistic take-down of the guy who did her wrong back in book 1. Since the most compelling thing about this series is its reali
Robin Stanton
Satisfying ending

The final book in the Promises to Keep series wrapped up the various characters in a satisfying way. I particularly enjoyed seeing some of the characters complexities drawn more (in particular Frank and Lizzie showed new dimensions).
Karen Jernigan
Fantastic Series!

This series captured and held my attention with zero effort. I'm in awe of the character development and the way the author addresses important topics that we take for granted as rights today, but which were taboo in days gone by.
Tiara Courtney
FINALLY!!!! Things come together!

I've thoroughly enjoyed these books! I feel a connection to the characters. I even cried for them (yes I'm a sap). With book 4, I'm glad I was able to cheer for them, especially Amy! It was long over due!
Dianna Miller


Although I wish things might have turned out differently this was a wonderfully memorable series. I can assure you that I will be reading it again and again in the future.

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