A Second Chance

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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" More

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Published: July 13, 2009
Words: 167,880
Language: English
ISBN: 9781452303871
About Shayne Parkinson

I write historical fiction set in New Zealand, starting in the 1880s. My fifth novel takes the series to 1918. I'm fascinated by social history, particularly that of my own country.

I live in a state of barely-controlled chaos; fortunately I share my life with an invariably calm and endlessly optimistic husband. I divide my time between an apartment in the city, in reach of good espresso, and a few acres in the country, where the rank grass in the orchard is kept under control by a small mob of sheep (and where we have our own espresso machine).

When I'm not writing, reading, or engaged in mundane activities, I play the piano rather badly.

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Review by: Patricia Conway on July 15, 2013 : (no rating)
Loved this book. Read others by this author and was captivated by the story to the point where I simply had to buy more to find out how the character's lives were going.
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Review by: Brenda Caunter on March 01, 2013 : star star star star star
The whole series was wonderful! I hope more is written on this series.
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Review by: Sue Brida on Feb. 17, 2013 : star star star star star
I loved them all it gave me an understanding of my grandfather and to a degree my own father.Thank The Lord I was born in the year I was.Sue.
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Review by: Jazzy Dolly on Feb. 15, 2013 : star star star star star
Hahahaha Suck it Jimmy! I loved it, couldn't put it down.
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Review by: Jazzy Dolly on Feb. 15, 2013 : star star star star star
Hahahaha Suck it Jimmy! I loved it, couldn't put it down.
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Review by: Pam on Jan. 31, 2013 : star star star
A great follow on from the previous three cant wait to read Daisy
's story
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Review by: Jo Terry on Jan. 24, 2013 : (no rating)
I'm so pleased I read this book after reading about Amy's terribly hard married life. It certainly made me stop and be thankful for the life I have. I lovely holiday read.
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Review by: Pauline Rouse on Jan. 20, 2013 : (no rating)
Well written and great reading. Enjoyed reading all five books
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Review by: Diane Nicholson on Jan. 19, 2013 : star star star star star
An amazing series. Just wants you to turn the next page and pick up the next book.
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Review by: Graham Kinge on Oct. 20, 2012 : star star star star
Very Good. Enjoyed it
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Review by: Patricia Hughey on Oct. 20, 2012 : (no rating)
I donot know how to get my book on my kindle I read and it makes no sense I already paid for it
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Janet Hunter on Sep. 16, 2012 : (no rating)
Loved the whole series...wish there would have been more.
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Review by: Zuleida Ramirez on July 23, 2012 : (no rating)
I enjoyed every word of this book! It is simply amazing!.
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Review by: Debbie Yates on June 22, 2012 : star star star star star
I've enjoyed each of the books in this series. Excellent historical novels. Couldn't put them down.
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Review by: trish smith on June 01, 2012 : (no rating)
Enjoyed this book as much as the others in this series. Have just started reading daisy,s war. Hope there will be another one to follow.
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Review by: L LT on May 20, 2012 : star star star star star
I enjoyed this entire series. Couldn't put it down!
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Review by: Sharon Kung on May 13, 2012 : (no rating)
Loved the book! It was so addictive that I read all books within a week!
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Review by: eldon nifong on March 28, 2012 : star star star star star
I franticly downloaded a second chance to continue my voyage through shayne robinsons epic creations. Greatly eenjoyed these historical novels
eldon nifong
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Review by: eldon nifong on March 28, 2012 : star star star star star
I franticly downloaded a second chance to continue my voyage through shayne robinsons epic creations. Greatly eenjoyed these historical novels
eldon nifong
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Review by: joan31 on March 14, 2012 : (no rating)
This series was a fascinating journey to the late 1800's.
The characters were adroitly fleshed out. The authoress is
to be praised for her ability to make the time frame so real
A joy to read. I look forward to future works by this author.
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Review by: Rose Branscombe on Feb. 29, 2012 : star star star star star
This is one of the most mind grabbing series that I have read in a long time. I got the first book, "Sentence of Marriage" as a free book and then went on to purchase the next three books. WONDERFUL BOOKS.
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Review by: malkainca on Feb. 28, 2012 : star star star star star
This series is addictive! I hope it's not the last in the series.
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Review by: wanda on Feb. 18, 2012 : star star star star star
A great read an can't wait for more. Love all these books.
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Review by: Dana Fairchild on Feb. 18, 2012 : star star star star star
So sad this is the last one for now. Please let me know when "The End" is finished. I'm looking forward to it.
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Review by: GEORGE AARO on Feb. 09, 2012 : star star star star star
This is one of the best series I have read in a long time. I well be waiting for the next Book. Anyone that has not read this series give it a try, you well be hooked.
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Review by: Lynelle Clark on Jan. 25, 2012 : star star star star star
Just finished the last book, what happens next?

Excellent
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Review by: H Carole Stucki on Jan. 08, 2012 : star star star star star
After reading the Sentence of Marriage I was hooked and immediately went into Smashwords and bought the whole series and archived after I read each one. Each book was really good.
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Review by: bjbook on Nov. 26, 2011 : star star star star star
Enjoy the whole series --the characters seem like old friends.
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Review by: pj on Aug. 27, 2011 : star star star star star
Wish there were more to read about this family, what a great story!!!
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Review by: JS E on Aug. 12, 2011 : star star star star star
Although this has a "Disney" type of an ending- it is fitting with the whole series and leaves me satisfied. After this story it will be a hunt to find another epic that captures my imagination and heart the way Parkinson had.
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Review by: lascjs on Aug. 11, 2011 : star star star star star
I enjoyed the series and recommend it!
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Review by: Doris Holmes on Aug. 11, 2011 : star star star star star
I have read all four books in the Promises To Keep series. I must say that this one was great and poor Amy finally had something good happen to her. I read the first in the series and could not put it down and HAD to have the other three books. Thank you Shayne Parkinson for helping me to miss going to the gym (smile). Keep up the good...no great writing, I will be reading more of yor works. I feel like I know these people and now I am sad to lose them.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: queenofsheba50 on Aug. 09, 2011 : star star star star star
Review by: queenofsheba50 on Aug. 09, 2011 : (Remove)
I read this entire series and love it!!! Ms Parkinson draws you in from the very 1st book. A must read series.
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Review by: idealsoul on Aug. 08, 2011 : star star star star star
a+++++
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Review by: Karen de Pedro on July 26, 2011 : star star star star
Perfect ending for the series. Amy finally got the life she deserved, and no more Charlie. A must read for every follower of the books.
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Review by: MadameD on July 25, 2011 : star star star star star
Wonderful story, I was hooked from the first chapter of the first book!
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Review by: evrythingszen on July 05, 2011 : star star star star star
I LOVED this series. From the very first one, I was hooked. If you are going to read one, you need to read them all.
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Review by: Lauren Devine on June 26, 2011 : star star star star star
The final book in the trilogy definitely holds up to the others. Closing the story arc, I almost felt as if everything ended so nicely for Amy that it was almost too perfect. However, Amy's 'message' to the readers has always been that perseverance and tolerance will see her through rightly. Amy's character revisits this theme again and again as she struggles through a difficult marriage. As a reader, I don't think I'd have had the heart to see her end off no better than when she started and so while the ending was a bit 'perfect', it was extremely, extremely satisfying.

I've commented on Parkinson's writing in previous reviews, so I won't revisit that here, but if you're reading about this author for the first time, know that he's worth checking out and has an excellent writing technique.
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Review by: infinitetornado on June 22, 2011 : star star star star star
I am almost done with the last book in this series and I am sad that it is almost over. I enjoyed each and every book and I look forward to reading other books by this author. I will miss all the wonderful characters in these books.
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Review by: MArti Wangen on June 20, 2011 : star star star star star
Can't wait to see what Shayne Parkinson writes next!
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Review by: Claire Williams on June 06, 2011 : star star star star
This story ties up so sweetly, I will miss Lizzie and Frank, I will miss Amy too. However, the ending of this series is very well done. I loved it!
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Review by: Joan Peart on April 11, 2011 : (no rating)
So sad this is the last book in the series - but enjoyed it sooo much. I'm going to look for more from this author.
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Review by: Nancy Edwards on March 23, 2011 : star star star star star
This series is absolutely wonderful! I wish there were 10 more! 5 stars for sure!
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Review by: sofia valenzuela on March 10, 2011 : (no rating)
great book!!!!!!!!!!!!!! loved it!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Review by: Julue Hale on March 09, 2011 : star star star star star
Thoroughly enjoyed this book wound the story up very nicely. thank you
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Review by: Brian S. Pratt/DiddaEinars on Feb. 26, 2011 : star star star star star
I agree with other reviewers. All four books in the series of Shayne Parkinson are excellent. They are well written and exciting.
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Review by: debra johnson on Feb. 22, 2011 : star star star star star
What a wonderful ending to the series. Keep writing Shayne and I will happily keep reading. Koodo's to an excellent author.
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Review by: Monica Davis on Jan. 29, 2011 : star star star star star
I have read every book in this series and could not put any of them down. I was so enchanted with the whole series I was actually disappointed when I found this to be the last one. All the characters are well written and engaging which drew me into the story more and more. The indepth look into their lives, loves. worries and joy are outstanding.
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Review by: irishreader on Jan. 21, 2011 : star star star star star
Great read...will be reading anything Shane Parkinson writes.
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Review by: Janice Weaver on Jan. 20, 2011 : star star star star star
This book had me reading it night and day. I was a little sad at how it ended but happy that Amy got to be the woman she should of been a long time ago. Shayne you are a great writer. Hope to read more of your books in the future. Thanks for these series I cried, laughed, got angry. but all worth it. Awesome work.
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Review by: Jem George on Jan. 10, 2011 : star star star star star
I'm actually really sad!
I couldn't put this down, yet I didn't want it to end!
I was engrossed in finding out what happened to everyone..
I do hope there will be more in this series.
I'm sure there are more adventures to be had for Amy to witness
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Ann Cooper on Dec. 24, 2010 : (no rating)
So sorry that the series ended with this book - hopefully there will be more.. Would love to follow the relationships of Amy, her daughter and grandson plus those she left behind!!
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Review by: Carol Newman Cronin on Dec. 23, 2010 : star star star star star
Can't wait for your next book, and very glad there was a happy ending for most!
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Review by: Suzanne Howarth on Dec. 02, 2010 : star star star star star
Great series of books. Very entertaining with great characters that you could easily imagine. Looking forward to another in the series.
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Review by: Jennifer Elsea on Nov. 30, 2010 : star star star star
While this too was an entertaining read, I must confess that I was a little tired of Amy in this book. Her personality seemed to be a bit colorless, rather than the strong and quiet person she was before. Overall, a very good book.
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Review by: Sue Brown on Nov. 10, 2010 : star star star star star
Wonderful series of books by Shayne Parkinson. After reading the first book, I couldn't wait for the next one. Excellent story line full of interesting characters who were well described and easy to imagine. A very compulsive read. I was unable to put the books down. If you like history, adventure, drama and romance, it's all here.
More please.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Sharon Mc Govern on Oct. 26, 2010 : star star star star star
Oh Ms Parkinson, I forgot to place my signature on my review. R. Sharon Mc Govern rsmquilts@aol.com
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Sharon Mc Govern on Oct. 26, 2010 : star star star star star
I have just finished reading "A Second Chance" and was surprised to discover the book had ended. Amy has lead quite a life and her little grand-son is just getting started. Surely there is more to come?

Amy is about the age of my maternal grand-mother and Ms Parkinson's books have been a great help to kind of get to know Grandmother Ewing. The Victorian age is so starkly different to the life of the average woman today. "A Second Chance" should be read by all woman of all ages to understand how fortunate we are these days. It will startle and astound the reader. Looking forward to further adventures of Amy, Sarah and Eddie.
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Review by: Pam Castleman on Sep. 23, 2010 : star star star star star
Great series. Very talented writer. Ms Parkinson, more please.
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Review by: Tynetta Chastain on Sep. 16, 2010 : star star star star star
Excellent series! Can't wait for the next one.
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Review by: N F on Aug. 24, 2010 : star star star star star
The series is well worth the purchase!
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Review by: marloccc on Aug. 16, 2010 : star star star star star
Can't wait for the next book.
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Review by: Joan Flett on July 26, 2010 : star star star star star
This is one of the best series that I have read in a very long time. I got to know every character so well, some I loved, like Amy and Lizzie and others were just plain despicable like Jimmy. I am almost finished with A Second Chance and am really looking forward to reading the next book in the series. Please hurry Shayne, you've got a lot of people waiting.
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Review by: Donna Brady on July 23, 2010 : (no rating)
Wonderful read!
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Review by: Kesia Saenz on May 31, 2010 : star star star star star
I absolutely am in love with this series!!! I love the characters and how real the author makes them. I finished the whole quartet within a week and am now anxious to read on to the fifth, whenever it's completed. I am completely addicted to this story and I absolutely recommend it. So much emotion and drama that you can't help but be wrapped up in it all and feel the same thing they are. Love it!!! Can't wait for the next in the series.
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Review by: Millage Smith on May 24, 2010 : star star star star star
Millage Smith
The characters in the PromisesTo Keep quartet have become a permanent part of my life.
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Review by: Richard Adin on May 23, 2010 : star star star star star
The Promises to Keep quartet (the 3 primary books and the sequel) are outstanding books. For an indepth review, see the review by An American Editor at http://tinyurl.com/2afznkg.
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Review by: Janel Biondo on May 13, 2010 : (no rating)
Amy has become a part of my live over the last couple weeks! Please hurry witht he next book! I love your writing skills!
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Review by: Kim Bullock on May 04, 2010 : (no rating)
I am currently reading this last book of the series and I can honestly say I have really enjoyed everyone! I am kinda sad to see it end, but all good things must come to an end! It's always great to find a book that you look forward to picking back up. I personally love historical romances, and when I find a good one I like to let everyone know, because I read reviews and they really help. Keep em comin!
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Review by: R Johnson on May 03, 2010 : (no rating)
Excellent Service. Great Book. Look forward to more from this author.
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Review by: Debra Torrison on April 30, 2010 : (no rating)
Wrapped everything up in a neat little bundle. Almost too neat but it was a wonderful series. Such realistic depth throughout made it OK to end it in a little less realistic but happy ending.
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Review by: Joelene Gonzales on Aug. 05, 2009 : star star star star star
The first book is what really got me. Then I had to buy the others. With the discount it was only 3 dollars.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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