In this second book of the Blessing Series, Beverly Jenkins brings us deeper into the lives of the characters and the town of Henry Adams from her first book, Bring On The Blessings. Her main character, Bernadine Brown, has saved the historic African-American town from ruins by purchasing it on ebay. Using some of the millions she received from her divorce from her philandering husband, Bernadine is bringing new life to the small town of Henry Adams, and the foster children that she brought to town with her.
Jenkins brings us back to the quaint town of Henry Adams, Kansas, where some major changes have taken place. Not just for the town, but also for Bernadine, and the foster children. Love and second chances are the order of the day, along with some drama that may threaten the happiness and changes taking place.
The new school is almost finished and ready to open. Bernadine has hired a new teacher, which introduces us to the new characters of Jack and Eli; a widowed father and his surly son. The Dog and Cow Diner—the social hub or gossip central!—has seen a face lift. Malachi July, the owner, and Bernadine have partnered to restore it. A growing a relationship is developing between Bernadine and Malachi, but may be threatened when Bernadine’s ex comes to town seeking to get his wife back.
The foster children are thriving with their new families. Amari, one of the foster children decides he wants to become a permanent July. He asks permission from the matriarch, Tamar, who tells him he has to go on a spirit journey to see if the ancestors will accept him.
The way in which Jenkins uses symbolism to bring you deeper into the heritage of the characters of the African-American town of Henry Adams is brilliant.
Yet, not everything is rosy in the town of Henry Adams, Kansas. Circumstances and surprise newcomers threaten to shake the happiness and growing development of Henry Adams, and its residents. Love, betrayal, lies and even fugitives are on the menu in A Second Helping.
What a phenomenal read! I cannot begin to tell you how awesome A Second Helping by Beverly Jenkins is. You really are going to have to read this book for yourself; a second in a series of books, called: The Blessing Series.
A couple of weeks ago, I received a package with several books. I had not ordered anything, but was surprised to find a belated birthday from a friend who knows how much I enjoy a good book. Well…she hit the nail on the head with this selection!
From the moment I opened to the first page, I was hooked! It gripped me and pulled me in for a journey that I wouldn’t mind taking over and over again!
Feelings of hope and love and second chances are woven throughout this novel that will leave each character endeared to your heart, and perhaps having you wanting to find your own Henry Adams.