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A Second Helping

(Blessings #2)

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  1,590 ratings  ·  153 reviews
Beverly Jenkins, the bestselling author of Bring on the Blessings, returns readers to the enchanting Kansas town of Henry Adams for A Second Helping of love, laughter, and mayhem. Filling her poignant and wonderful tale with a cast of endearingly eccentric characters—and setting it against the rich historical backdrop that has become her trademark—Jenkins (“A superstar” —D ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published January 5th 2010 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published December 16th 2009)
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K.J. Charles
Did I say I was going to glom this series unstoppably? I am glomming this series unstoppably. Black American small town roman fleuve, which is to say soap opera in books, with joyous characters, buckets of love, just enough hard edges to make us fully enjoy all the good stuff. Pure escapism. I'm literally reaching the end of one and one-clicking the next. ...more
Sep 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Such a good fun read. A little beyond the real, but so full of warm hearted characters in a small town who support each other, and where they weed out those there to cause trouble.

Why? I fell in love with the small town in the first book in the series Blessings by Beverly Jenkins.
The book takes up the stories of the various children who have been fostered. Amari wants to join the July family as a fully fledged member and must undergo a spirit journey. Preston is worried his foster parents m
Dosha (Bluestocking7) Beard
Jul 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library
I am very happy to review this second book in the blessings series. If you choose to read this series, you will find that this is a very pleasant, easy reading, good feeling series. Nothing too deep, but just complicated enough to make you wonder what will happen next. Of course in some scenarios, things are just a bit too tidy, but that is why the easy good feeling type of writing is so refreshing. I have enjoyed this book more than the first because I've settled down with the characters that a ...more
Too many characters to keep track of for easy listening; this might have been better for me as an ebook. That said, the narrator did a fantastic job especially making the characters sound different. There just were so many of them.

The story was sugar sweet and heartwarming, a little over the top at times, but full of hope and love with a recognition of hard times and troubles. I liked all of the characters and rooted for them. The story wraps up some threads and leaves others open. The ending is
The Blessing series by Beverly Jenkins is fast becoming a favorite series! I have grown fond of the quirky residents of Henry Adams and am loving their heartfelt adventures💗
May 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Can I just live in this fictional town? I’ll just walk into the pages and be quite happy. Love it! 4 stars
Emily Goode Lucas
Apr 27, 2010 rated it it was ok
Another clearance book that I struggled through (probably why it was on clearance). The thought behind the book was good but there were just too many characters to keep up with at the beginning. Then, once I got everyone straight, the book became very repetitive and predictable. Didn't really end either...just set up the next book. ...more
Oct 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This one was just as good as the first book. All of the residents of Henry Adams are settling in, the new families cementing their bonds. I loved how Amari was welcomed into the July family, between the spirit quest and the parade, great fun. The parde became so much more than what the adults every thought. I was glad when Preston got fed up with Amari and went to the adults for help. I think the adults were dumbfounded at all that Armari and Preson achomplished with no adult help.

Crystal's sto
square: elaborate proposal scene (or maybe hero has a pet other than a dog or cat, though it turns out he was not the hero since it was such an ensemble cast story -- somebody's love interest, though!)

This was my first non-historical by the illustrious Ms. Bev and it was light and sweet... the best kind of escapist read, honestly, a soap opera but where characters do their best to be good to each other and the villains are ridiculous or get their comeuppances without causing a
Jan 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
A Second Helping is the sequel to Bring on the Blessings. It brings us up to date on the folks of the Henry Adams, Kansas. The foster kids that have been given a real second chance with the loving families that have taken them in. Some of the adults are given 2nd chances also. We also are introduced to new residents. I laughed, cried and cussed during this book. Yes it was a roller coaster ride and I enjoyed it. Looking forward to the next book because there are questions that must be answered.

Michelle Leonard
Oct 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio, 2010
After recently being disappointed by a sequel (McMillan's Getting to Happy), I was a bit hesitant to read Jenkins' follow-up book. I was very pleased though. I happily caught up with favorite characters from the first book, especially the foster children. It was great to see how the community came together to support the kids, even when they stirred up trouble. This is a sequel that won't disappoint. ...more
Jun 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
I just love the Henry Adams community. A full review will be featured on my Series Sunday blog meme.
Nazarene Static
May 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
As everyone should know by know I love this woman and her books. I have yet to see her do wrong, I am not saying she is incapable of doing wrong...IJS, I haven't seen it. In the second book of the Bring on the blessings series, we follow up with the members of the Henry Adams County community and the entertaining soap opera that is their lives.

I wrote a whole lot about it here:

Anywho, I just want people to read this book for the character! Like each one is ju
Mahoghani 23
Funny, Family, & Frivolity All in One

A great story that shows that family comes in all shapes and sizes; blood has very little to do with it. A small town where the neighbors are really neighbors and care about each other.
Read In Colour
Jan 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
The second in what I hope becomes a series, A Second Helping is the follow up to 2009's Bring on the Blessings. The residents of the historically black town of Hays Adam, KS are back for more.

Readers of the first book will remember that newly divorced millionaire Bernadine Brown bought the struggling town while looking for a project to immerse herself in after she found her husband of twenty-plus years cheating. A woman with a big heart, Bernadine began a project in the first book to unite the f
Jul 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
A Second Helping is the second in a series of books about the town of Henry Adams. If it's been awhile since you've read the first book: Henry Adams was turning into a ghost town before Bernadine (a very rich woman thanks to a divorce) bought the town and brought in five foster kids and placed them with families who agreed to live in Henry Adams. The kids are starting to settle into Henry Adams and with the families they have been placed with. Bernadine is busy continuing her plan to grow Henry ...more
Mar 22, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: bookclub
This is the second book in a series. You can read it as a stand alone book because the author spends a lot of time summarizing the first book. Since I had read the first book I found that very boring. There are lots of characters in this book and I find that distracting. The author is dealing with too many characters and storylines so she doesn't have the opportunity develop any of them very well. The book also ends in a way that doesn't wrap up the story but sets us up for the next book. I will ...more
Feb 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio
Life in the town of Henry Adams is many things but dull isn’t one of them. For a small town, there is a lot happening: romantic encounters, foster kids wanting to be adopted, a widower trying to connect with his own unhappy son, and a fugitive from the law, on the run with a couple of enormous pigs. And this barely scratches the surface! But if you want the real scoop, you need to hie yourself down to the Dog and Cow diner. It’s the real deal for up-to-date info. This novel, too, is many things: ...more
Jun 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was great to see how the lives of the people of Henry Adams have continued. Bernandine continues to be the towns angel, and her blessings are being returned since it seems like she and Mal will get their chance. I was happy to see Trent finally come to his senses regarding Liily because those two deserve happiness, and I hope in the third book Devon gets his little brother or sister. I love the history that is being taught in these books. It realyl makes me want to go and research my own fami ...more
Jun 16, 2013 rated it it was ok
Way too perfect. It was like reading an article from Christian Science Magazine or a screenplay of a movie featured on the "Uplifting" channel. ...more
The second stop in Henry Adams is just as much fun as the first one. The story picks up nine months after the end of Bring on the Blessings, but we're still very much at the beginning of the journey.

My favorite storyline this go-around was definitely Amari's. He wants to become a "real" July, but finds himself facing a formidable challenge when the clan matriarch Tamar tells him that he'll have to complete a Spirit Quest and an uplifting town project in order to gain his greatest wish. Amari is
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Jul 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Oct 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Excellent Second Chance book. I love how Trent and Lily rekindled their relationship. Siz was great addition. Rocky meets her match in Jack who is the teacher. Will be interesting to see how their story goes. His son Eli changes for the better because of his interaction with the foster children. Glad they finally caught up with Riley and Cletus. Devon finally got to preach. Zoey is blossoming having great parents. She is a musical genuis. It was intersting hearing some of the hardships the foste ...more
Veronica A Garnett
Enjoyable read

I have not read a Jenkins novel in years and this series is going to be fun. As always her characters are fully formed and credible. After all the mobsters, pimps and venture capitalist I've encountered the citizens of Henry Adams are a refreshing change. The theme of redemption is strong and woven into each character's scenario but isn't overwhelming.
The foster children are a true to life and it is important that their stories are not sugar coated. Most of us won't encounter a si
I took a two-year break between the first book and this one, but it was not difficult at all to jump back in. Beverly Jenkins hit that sweet spot of summarizing previous events for new readers without annoying the folks who have read the previous book with too many details. This second installment gives readers a chance to drop back in and see how Bernadine Brown is doing with her foster children program and the revitalization of a historic black town in Kansas.

I've heard readers talk about revi
sharon buck
This is the second book in the Blessings series by Beverly Jenkins that I've read recently. Like the first one, it's a feel-good novel with an improbable premise (a rich divorcee purchases an entire town in Kansas that's about to disappear, and brings it back to life by infusing it with purpose along with her money). The characters are mostly lovable and believable, as are the situations (notice I said 'mostly'). There's enough romance, humor, and suspense to keep a reader moderately interested, ...more
Oct 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Best to read these books in order! Jot down names and who they are at the start of the first book and it will be easier to follow the extensive cast of characters! So far, I have just read the first two, but the third is calling me! These books remind me of the Greek Village series by Sara Alexi, interesting and joyful. The inhabitants are people of good will and kind hearts (for the most part.) Real problems are looked at, but the resolutions are quickly found. If you want gritty, gut wrenching ...more
Kimberly Williams-Green
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely Love Beverly Jenkins!! She is such an amazing author! I love the way she ties African American History into her books! I have learned so much from her about our history in a way that makes it easy to remember and fun all at the same time! Also, being someone who has worked in social services for 11 years and still at it, I can appreciate the way Beverly Jenkins balances out bringing awareness to many of the issues that youth in care suffer -while also providing those who love to read, ...more
Divine Transformation
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Uhhhh, She did it again folks! Left me wanting to know more about the future of the Henry Adams townsfolk! What I really enjoyed about this second book is more of the feeling of connecting with the history of Black townships. As an African American women myself I do Quite enjoy reading about my history and learning about all the good bad and in between that comes with it and this story was no different! This makes me want to go out and discover for myself more of these places and visit them to l ...more
Apr 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 ⭐️
This is book #2 in the Blessings series set in fictional Henry Adams, Kansas.
There is a delightful mix of African-American cultural history and community in this small town, that put itself up for sale on eBay. Purchased by a woman with a heart to make a difference and back that heart with deep pockets, this series excells at presenting the humanity of the characters with foibles, flaws and fabulousness that is endearing. Very good read! Read in order (Bring on the Blessings is the first
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Beverly Jenkins is the recipient of the 2018 Michigan Author Award by the Michigan Library Association, the 2017 Romance Writers of America Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award, as well as the 2016 Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award for historical romance. She has been nominated for the NAACP Image Award in Literature, was featured in both the documentary Love Between the Covers and on CBS ...more

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Blessings (10 books)
  • Bring on the Blessings (Blessings, #1)
  • Something Old, Something New (Blessings, #3)
  • A Wish and a Prayer (Blessings, #4)
  • Heart of Gold (Blessings, #5)
  • For Your Love (Blessings, #6)
  • Stepping to a New Day (Blessings, #7)
  • Chasing Down a Dream (Blessings, #8)
  • Second Time Sweeter (Blessings, #9)
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