George Shaffner

In the Land of Second Chances : A Novel

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In Ebb, Nebraska, things are pretty much as they were fifty years ago-aside from that coffee shop-and that's just the way folks like it. Plucky Wilma Porter is the proprietress of Ebb's only Bed and Breakfast, and she knows everything there is to know in town: the mental state of Clara Tucker Booth Yune, a rich recluse who says only two words at a time; the gossip at Loretta Parson's Bold Cut Beauty Salon; and the sad series of events that have led poor Calvin Millet to the edge of desperation. Calvin is the owner of Millet's Department Store, a village mainstay for generations, but many fear that it-and the downtown-won't survive his terrible run of bad luck. <p></p>Wilma prays for a miracle to save Ebb's special way of life, but she's surprised when it arrives in the form of a traveling salesman, if that's what he is. Vernon L. Moore claims to peddle games of chance, but he sticks his nose in odd places and says things like, &quot;uncertainty is the spice of life.&quot; He is welcomed nonetheless, because he seems to have the power to change minds, save fortunes, and fix broken hearts.

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In Ebb, Nebraska, things are pretty much as they were fifty years ago-aside from that coffee shop-and that's just the way folks like it. Plucky Wilma Porter is the proprietress of Ebb's only Bed and Breakfast, and she knows everything there is to know in town: the mental state of Clara Tucker Booth Yune, a rich recluse who says only two words at a time; the gossip at Loretta Parson's Bold Cut Beauty Salon; and the sad series of events that have led poor Calvin Millet to the edge of desperation. Calvin is the owner of Millet's Department Store, a village mainstay for generations, but many fear that it-and the downtown-won't survive his terrible run of bad luck.

Wilma prays for a miracle to save Ebb's special way of life, but she's surprised when it arrives in the form of a traveling salesman, if that's what he is. Vernon L. Moore claims to peddle games of chance, but he sticks his nose in odd places and says things like, "uncertainty is the spice of life." He is welcomed nonetheless, because he seems to have the power to change minds, save fortunes, and fix broken hearts.In Ebb, Nebraska, things are pretty much as they were fifty years ago–aside from that coffee shop–and that’s just the way folks like it. Plucky Wilma Porter is the proprietress of Ebb’s only Bed and Breakfast, and she knows everything there is to know in town: the mental state of Clara Tucker Booth Yune, a rich recluse who says only two words at a time; the gossip at Loretta Parson’s Bold Cut Beauty Salon; and the sad series of events that have led poor Calvin Millet to the edge of desperation. Calvin is the owner of Millet’s Department Store, a village mainstay for generations, but many fear that it–and the downtown–won’t survive his terrible run of bad luck.

Wilma prays for a miracle to save Ebb’s special way of life, but she’s surprised when it arrives in the form of a traveling salesman, if that’s what he is. Vernon L. Moore claims to peddle games of chance, but he sticks his nose in odd places and says things like, “uncertainty is the spice of life.” He is welcomed nonetheless, because he seems to have the power to change minds, save fortunes, and fix broken hearts.

Specifications

Publisher
Random House Publishing Group
Book Format
Paperback
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
336
Author
George Shaffner
Title
In the Land of Second Chances
ISBN-13
9780345484987
Publication Date
January, 2006
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
7.47 x 5.51 x 0.72 Inches
ISBN-10
0345484983

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Most helpful positive review
Average Rating:(5.0)out of 5 stars
I just finished this b...
I just finished this book tonight and like another reviewer, I'm not sure what I think about the book. I enjoyed, there were parts where I was amused and I found it easy to read. Vernon Moore is a traveling salesman who comes to Ebb, Nebraska, a town of 2,000, ostensibly selling games of chance, but really is selling hope. I fully intend to read the rest of the trilogy--maybe then I'll be able to figure out how I feel about the story. :)
Most helpful negative review
Average Rating:(2.0)out of 5 stars
This was a strange and...
This was a strange and silly book. I would not recommend it.
Most helpful positive review
Average Rating:(5.0)out of 5 stars
I just finished this b...
I just finished this book tonight and like another reviewer, I'm not sure what I think about the book. I enjoyed, there were parts where I was amused and I found it easy to read. Vernon Moore is a traveling salesman who comes to Ebb, Nebraska, a town of 2,000, ostensibly selling games of chance, but really is selling hope. I fully intend to read the rest of the trilogy--maybe then I'll be able to figure out how I feel about the story. :)
Most helpful negative review
Average Rating:(2.0)out of 5 stars
This was a strange and...
This was a strange and silly book. I would not recommend it.
I just finished this book tonight and like another reviewer, I'm not sure what I think about the book. I enjoyed, there were parts where I was amused and I found it easy to read. Vernon Moore is a traveling salesman who comes to Ebb, Nebraska, a town of 2,000, ostensibly selling games of chance, but really is selling hope. I fully intend to read the rest of the trilogy--maybe then I'll be able to figure out how I feel about the story. :)
This was a strange and silly book. I would not recommend it.

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Average Rating:(5.0)out of 5 stars

I just finished this b...

I just finished this book tonight and like another reviewer, I'm not sure what I think about the book. I enjoyed, there were parts where I was amused and I found it easy to read. Vernon Moore is a traveling salesman who comes to Ebb, Nebraska, a town of 2,000, ostensibly selling games of chance, but really is selling hope. I fully intend to read the rest of the trilogy--maybe then I'll be able to figure out how I feel about the story. :)

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Welcome to Ebb Nebrask...

Welcome to Ebb Nebraska. Population of almost 2,000. Wilma Porter owns the local bed and breakfast called Come-Again. She has been praying for a miracle for one of the youngest residents of town who is very sick with an unknown disease. Her daughter Mona's marriage is falling apart. She gets help in the strangest way. Vernon Moore, a traveling salesman, who comes to town selling games of chance. Although its been 30 years since anyone has even seen a traveling salesman and he sure doesn't dress like one, Vernon changes the lives of several people in town. Although slightly religious, several references to god and an afterlife, you wouldn't call this christian fiction. There are several times you will be laughing out loud with some of the things people say. The ladies in this town are great. I think anyone who enjoyed Fannie Flaggs book "Can't wait to get to heaven" would probably enjoy this series. This is the first book in this series.

Average Rating:(4.0)out of 5 stars

These are light, but i...

These are light, but interesting, particularly if you live -- or have lived -- in southeast Nebraska. They are not to be read as fiction but as sort of an extended moral tale, like Aesop's or Grimm's stories. In that light, they're quite fun.

Average Rating:(4.0)out of 5 stars

I thought this was a f...

I thought this was a fun, easy, light read that makes one stop & think about what is important in life. Not too deep and the characters are fun to read about. Great beach or vacation book

Average Rating:(4.0)out of 5 stars

This was a feel-good b...

This was a feel-good book. The characters were well realized and warm. It promoted faith without getting into a lot of religious doctrine.


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