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A Second Chance (Promises to Keep #4)

4.31  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,368 Ratings  ·  151 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.

"A Second Chance" is the sequel to the three-volume work "Promises to Keep"
ebook, 452 pages
Published 2009 by Smashwords (first published 2008)
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Jul 28, 2010 Erin rated it it was amazing
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 :)
Feb 28, 2012 Kristen rated it really liked it
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
Dec 29, 2013 Erin rated it it was amazing
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
Zoe Schoppa
Nov 15, 2015 Zoe Schoppa rated it it was amazing
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
Sherry Ledet
Jan 31, 2015 Sherry Ledet rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 26, 2012 Lisa rated it it was amazing
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!
Jun 22, 2012 Melissa rated it really liked it
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.
Jun 01, 2015 Patricia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

The previous books in this series are long, and wordy.
This one is long, and wordy, and heart rending in places, joyous in places, contrived ...
But I love happy ever after books, even if they are not quite the same as love stories. This one has the odd romance or so, but the plot is definitely not a romantic trope. This is the climax of a life story, with the previously created characters working with a few new introductions to create a weave of delicate emotional tapestries. I can't co
Heidi Harsch
Jun 22, 2014 Heidi Harsch rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
Jun 23, 2014 Marilyn rated it really liked it
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
Karen Jernigan
Aug 31, 2014 Karen Jernigan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Cindy Williams
Apr 10, 2016 Cindy Williams rated it it was amazing
Awesome! I was sorry to have this book end.
Mary E
Oct 06, 2011 Mary E rated it it was amazing
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.
I finally finished reading Promises to Keep series and I love them all!!! All four of them! I can't wait to read "Daisy's War"!
Jun 04, 2015 Linda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Wonderful Book!

I've read this book and the other 3 before this several times in the years I've had them. And each time I've read them I've been pulled into the story and the emotions of the characters. I've cried and become furious while reading them, that's how real the characters and their situations come off the pages of these books. I love Amy and she makes a great protagonist and you become engrossed in her story from the first page. These books, starting with "A Sentence of Marriage" are
Tia B
Dec 27, 2013 Tia B rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 25, 2014 Carol rated it liked it
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
Ingrid Banwell
Jun 05, 2015 Ingrid Banwell rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 30, 2014 Tammy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 10, 2013 Jazmine rated it really liked it
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
Elise Katims
Apr 09, 2016 Elise Katims rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The "Promises to Keep" books always promise to be a wonderful series

Again I continue to love this series. I find myself anxiously waiting to see what happens next. It was wonderful to see a certain someone getting fully what he deserved in this book. And I am strongly attached to Amy, Lizzie, and their families, enjoying their triumphs and tears. Looking forward to now reading book find 5. Thank you, Shayne, for allowing me to be part of the Leith family!
Elizabeth Bailey
Jun 04, 2014 Elizabeth Bailey rated it really liked it
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.
Apr 10, 2013 Donna rated it it was amazing
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
Jeanette  Soeters
Well Written

I gave this book 4 of the (Promises to keep series ) 5 stars because it brings to fruition all the characters' problems and their resolutions of all 4 books.

I liked Book 1 . There was too much physical and mental abuse towards women and children in my opinion in Books 2 and 3 which was depressing.

I wouldn't recommend these books if you are looking for a happy ending. The writing is very good though.
Sep 03, 2014 Dawn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jan 17, 2015 Nancy rated it it was amazing
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.
May 09, 2014 Angie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 02, 2014 Patsy rated it it was amazing
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
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I write historical novels set in New Zealand, starting in the 1880s. My sixth book, "After the Roses", takes the series to 1924. I'm fascinated by social history, particularly that of my own country. I was born in New Zealand, and apart from two years in England have lived here all my life. I'm married to my childhood sweetheart, who grew up in the farming valley that's the inspiration for my imag ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Promises to Keep (4 books)
  • Sentence of Marriage (Promises to Keep, #1)
  • Mud and Gold (Promises to Keep, #2)
  • Settling the Account (Promises to Keep, #3)

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