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Second Chance Brides (Texas Boardinghouse Brides #2)

4.09  ·  Rating Details ·  514 Ratings  ·  60 Reviews
Fans of The Anonymous Bride, will feel for Shannon O'Neil and Leah Bennett who are stranded in Lookout, Texas, without husbands or future plans. Thankfully, the marshal has ordered the rascally Corbett brothers to pay for the women's lodging at the boardinghouse, but will the brothers' idea of hosting Saturday socials really bring these women the kind of loves they long fo ...more
Paperback, 319 pages
Published September 1st 2010 by Barbour Books
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A J Hawke
Nov 17, 2010 A J Hawke rated it it was amazing
With a great premise, Vickie McDonough does it again in this sequel to The Anonymous Bride.
What do you do with two leftover mail-order brides? Well, Shannon and Leah find out in this delightful historical romance. The author takes you to Lookout, Texas and with humor and intrigue shows us the answers. Great characters, from the kids, especially Jacqueline, to the towns people, and then of course the Corbett brothers, are found throughout the story. I am looking forward to the third offering in t
Beverly Frisby
Jan 03, 2011 Beverly Frisby rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone!
Book Two in the Texas Boardinghouse Brides series, "Second Chance Brides" is a wonderful continuation of the stories of Leah Bennett and Shannon O'Neil, mail-order brides stranded in Lookout, Texas.

Both Leah and Shannon know they only have two options available after the debacle in the first book leaves them dependent on Garrett and Mark Corbett for support: get a job or find another man to marry. The Corbett brothers do try to atone for the mess they created by sending for the mail-order bride
Oct 29, 2010 Cindy rated it really liked it
Vickie McDonough


Barbour Publishing


Reviewed by Cindy Loven

What a situation. A wedding, a tornado during the reception, and two single women who were brought to the small Texas town of Lookout Texas, 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
Myra Johnson
Nov 10, 2010 Myra Johnson rated it it was amazing
After enjoying the first book in Vickie McDonough's Texas Boardinghouse Brides series, I was excited to read book two. Second Chance Brides is another delightful story, this time focusing on the unchosen mail-order brides from the first book. Stranded in Lookout, Texas, without husbands (the man they were "ordered" for ended up marrying his childhood sweetheart), Shannon and Leah are basically living on the charity of the conniving (but big-hearted) brothers who brought them to town in the first ...more
Kathleen L. Maher
Nov 07, 2010 Kathleen L. Maher rated it really liked it
Second Chance Brides is the second in the series of Boardinghouse Brides by Vickie McDonough. In book one, widow Rachel must compete with three mail-order brides for the heart of her former heartthrob, Luke Davis. At the end of book one, two women are left displaced from their home and still single, must make a life for themselves in a strange land. Book two is how these two boardinghosue brides find true love.

Shannon O'Neil is injured when a twister sweeps through town during Rachel and Luke's
Mar 01, 2011 Diana rated it it was amazing
Second Chance Brides by Vickie McDonough is the second book in the Texas Boardinghouse Brides series.

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 the
Nov 06, 2010 Delia rated it it was amazing
Leah Bennett and Shannon O’Neil arrived in Lookout, Texas as mail-order brides—ordered 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 woman has better options anywhere else, so they stay, each of them hoping and praying for a miracle.

Shannon finds
Bonnie Blythe
Dec 01, 2010 Bonnie Blythe rated it it was amazing
Shannon O'Neil and Leah Bennet came to Texas looking for husbands only to find out they've been tricked. Their matrimonial prospect up and married someone else. Now they're down and out, stranded and loveless, and everyone in town knows about it. Can the troublemakers who started it all redeem themselves and maybe lose their hearts in the process? McDonough writes yet another warm tale of romance and hijinks, which is why she'll always be one of my favorite authors.
Dec 17, 2010 Pegg rated it liked it
I enjoyed the basic story in this book but I found parts of it wanting. There is an "other woman" situation which builds up nicely and then falls flat when she meekly decides to move on. Character inner dialogs and backstory are over done, repeated through the story. I few times I wanted to say, "okay, I GOT it already!" And while it did give a good Christian message, it came across preachy more than as an organic part of the story.
Sara ♥
Jun 12, 2011 Sara ♥ rated it really liked it
I really liked this book as well... Not as much as the first one, but it was great. This book follows two of the boardinghouse brides from book 1, Leah (the runaway oldest of 11 kids) and Shannon (the orphaned Irish immigrant). Both pairings, Shannon and Dan Howard (livery owner), and Leah and Mark Corbett (Luke's younger cousin) were really great.

Shannon and Dan: SO FREAKING CUTE! And I get Shannon's issues toward the end. I really do. That really had to be hard!

Lead and Mark: Okay, I get Mark'
Nora St Laurent
Jul 08, 2015 Nora St Laurent rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was thankful and glad to receive a review copy of Second Chance Brides, it’s the sequel to The Anonymous Bride, which I really enjoyed. Second Chance Brides starts with a wedding the whole town is cheering about and so is the reader. The mail-order brides, Shannon and Leah, who are introduced in the first book, are witnessing the marriage of a man they were meant to marry. The whole reason they came out to Texas was to marry this God-fearing Marshall, but now they’re forced to find work and su ...more
Jan 02, 2011 Ruth rated it liked it
Second Chance Brides is the second book of this Christian romantic series set in a small Texas town. Shannon and Leah came to town in the last book; each was to be the mail-order bride of the marshal, but neither realized that they had been lured there by the cousins of a man who needed a wife. When the marshal married his old love, he insisted that his cousins pay the girls room and board until they married or became self-supporting. It isn't long until Leah falls in love with a local guy, but ...more
Debbie Lynne
Jan 22, 2011 Debbie Lynne rated it it was amazing
Vickie is a master at making her characters come alive. Not just her hero and heroines, but her secondary characters jump off the pages. In book two of her Boardinghouse Brides series continue to follow the lives of the people of Lookout, Texas. She brings back the characters you fell in love with in the first book and continues to weave the stories of their lives. Vickie did a fabulous job in not only the characters, but in making you feel like you are living the history. If you are looking for ...more
This book starts up at Luke and Rachel’s wedding. The book is told through the eyes of Leah and Shannon the left over mail order brides. Luke has told his cousin’s that they have to pay room and board for the ladies until they either find a job or get married. In an attempt to speed the process up the brothers organize a Saturday night social so all the bachelors can meet the ladies and hopefully marry them.

The thing Mark did not expect was to start to fall for Shannon. Will he over come his pas
Apr 02, 2011 Courtney rated it really liked it
This was another great book by Vickie McDonough. Second in the series of the Texas Boardinghouse Brides!! I loved how the story continued from the first book The Anonymous Bride. Vickie just dived right into to wear that story had left off. This was about the 2 mail-order brides Shannon and Leah that didn't get married in the first book. It's such a sweet story of how they come to find true love!

Second chance brides has all of the most memorable characters from Anonymous Bride that you fell in
Apr 25, 2011 Zette rated it really liked it
The story of the mail-order brides from Anonymous Brides continues in the second book of the series, Second Chance Brides. Again, Vickie McDonough, weaves together three different stories throughout the book with only two concluding by the end which leaves you wanting to go right to book three for the rest of the story. Leah and Shannon both have obstacles to work through in developing relationships and Jack continues to get into many scrapes of her own. I like the light, easy reading style of t ...more
Maureen Timerman
Jul 17, 2011 Maureen Timerman rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011-read
I really enjoyed this quick read. This is the second book in the Texas Boardinghouse Series. Shannon O'Neil a beautiful Irish orphan, and Leah Bennett a lovely woman who has been mothering children since she was a little child. They are the leftover brides from the first book, and the Corbett brothers are now responsible for their lodgings.
Loved the twist and turns of this story. Some of the happenings will bring you chuckles and others you will need tissues. What all of the characters have to l
May 03, 2012 Kame rated it really liked it
This is the sequel to the Anonymous Bride. It is not imperative that you read that first - but you will know the characters better.

It takes place just one week after Luke and Rachel become engaged. Shannon and Leah are the boardinghouse brides and must find a life for themselves now that Luke has chosen his bride.

Both ladies fall in love - but it is a hard road.

Many characters repeat in this book - which makes it more enjoyable - and Jack is up to her normal games!

Dec 17, 2012 Kat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I will definatly be reading the third book in the series. I enjoy reading how God can change hearts and forgive. I thought the struggles between couples were pretty realistic, they each had some baggage to work through which is so true. We are never perfect people, and the other person will have to accept us for that. I enjoy this authors writing style as well. It keeps you wanting to know what happens next.
Jan 05, 2013 Emyrose8 rated it it was ok
A lot of the writing was redundant; it's like the author wants to make sure that you know about everything that happened in the first book, but she repeats herself so often it's annoying. I loved the characters and wanted to find out what happened to them, so I finished the book. I'll probably read the last book in the series too.

Side note: I read a different book by this author and I liked it much more, so maybe this one just missed the boat...
Jun 26, 2013 Deborah rated it it was amazing
Leah Bennett and Shannon O'Neil are stuck in Lookout, Texas with neither husbands or a place to call home. Ordered completely by accident by the two Corbett brothers trying to find a mail-order bride for their cousin and marshal, Luke Davis, the rascally brothers are ordered to pay the girls' room and board.

After the Corbett brothers host a social for young folks in the surrounding counties, the leftover brides have a daunting challenge ahead. Leah meets someone she could very well fall in love
Western historical romance second in the series Texas Boardinghouse Brides Trilogy
In the first story The Anonymous Bride, the town's marshal's cousins bring in a few brides for Luke because they feel that he should marry, but he ends up with his childhood love. This leaves two of the boardinghouse brides without a husband and they do not want to go back to where they are from because of a variety or reasons. So Miss Shannon O'Neil and Leah Bennett are single, without jobs or futures, but there a
Sep 27, 2014 Janine rated it really liked it
"The Second Chance Brides" by Vicki McDonough is the second book of her Texas Boardinghouse Brides and pretty busy, without it being confusing. After all we have two brides, who are not brides, and two grooms, who don't know they are going to be grooms, and a view other views going on.

So yes, there are at least four point of views in this book with a point of view from one or two other people that are basically setting up for the last book "Finally a Bride". I know that these other point of view
Jan 26, 2015 Paula-O rated it really liked it
book#2 series Texas Boardinghouse Brides,"Second Chance Brides"

Well as we learned in book #1 the sheriff went back to his high school sweetheart and the mail order brides lost out so this book will have then looking at second chance for homes and love.
Leah has finally noticed the big husky livery guy and thinks he has merit. will she lose her heart or he lose his when she smiles at him?
The Corbett bros need wives but are reluctant to take the plunge. Mark has a secret and feels he would not marr
Oct 02, 2014 Nicole rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars
I liked Second Chance Brides even better than the first in the series, The Anonymous Bride. I really liked Shannon, having read about her in book 1, and was so happy to finish her story here. To make things better, the two couples in this one were my favorite types to read about in fiction: One of the heroes is a gentle giant type, and the other is a rogue who has a quiet young woman fall hopelessly in love with him (and for a while it really does seem hopeless). Really enjoyed this one
Crystal B
I enjoyed this book much more than the first book in this series. I loved how trusting God was woven into the storyline. The parallel romances were beautifully done. A part of the story that I found hard to read was the controversy between Jack and Butch Laird. I found her treatment of this boy awful and frustrating. This issue was never fully resolved. I kept waiting for Jack to change and see what he truly was, but she didn't. I found Jack to be a selfish, mean character. I also had a lot of t ...more
Jun 02, 2015 Jessica rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this second book in the “Texas Boardinghouse Brides” trilogy. I enjoyed this book more than the first one mainly because I was more interested in the characters. It was fun reading about Leah and Shannon, the two mail-order brides from book one, and seeing how their story progressed. I liked their characters equally and found the whole book extremely satisfying. I have to give props to Vickie McDonough for weaving so many different character stories together so seamlessly. It isn't eas ...more
Oct 19, 2015 Haley rated it really liked it
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Michelle Lunsford
May 28, 2016 Michelle Lunsford rated it really liked it
A great follow-up to the first book in this series. I very much enjoyed getting to experience the romance of the two mail-order brides who weren't chosen. But while the romance was a treat, this narrative contains much more than good romance. It's a tale about friendship, forgiveness, family, and learning about who you really are as a person. It made me laugh, it made me cry, it made me feel quite swoony too. Good stuff all round!

The matches created for these characters were spot on, in my opini
Mariah H
Oct 06, 2016 Mariah H rated it really liked it
Shelves: faith, romance, older-time
great follow up to the first book.
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Bestselling author, Vickie McDonough, grew up wanting to marry a rancher, but instead, she married a computer geek who is scared of horses. She now lives out her dreams in her fictional stories about ranchers, cowboys, lawmen and others living in the West during the 1800s. Vickie is the award-winning author of over 30 published books and novellas. Her books include the fun and feisty Texas Boardin ...more
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