Second Chances 101 by Donna K. Weaver
Thirty seven year old Francie Davis, a recent widow and empty nester, gets to attend college at last. She’s sure her luck has changed when she also lands a job on campus that will pay her tuition, as administrative assistant to a history professor. When her handsome new boss yells at her on the first day of work, Francie worries she will never be good enough.
For Professor Alex Diederik, life is going downhill fast. Not only is his bitter ex-wife trying to poison their only daughter against him, but now his one place of solace—his work environment—is being complicated by his attractive new administrative assistant. She drives home his feelings of failure as a husband and father, and Alex wonders if hiring her was the right thing to do.
Francie will have to put aside her hurt and insecurities or risk her dreams, while Alex must look outside himself if he’s to mend the breach with his daughter. And, perhaps, find someone who can help heal his pain.
My Review: Francie Davis hasn't been truly happy in a long time. Her marriage to Greg was not a happy one, despite all appearances otherwise. The only bright spot in her life has been her son Rafe, who is now headed to Harvard on a scholarship. But life is looking up for Francie too, she'll be headed back to school and she has even figured out a way that she won't have to pay very much for it. She'll be working full-time on campus as an administrative assistant to a couple of professors. She hopes that she'll be able to handle full time work plus full time school and studying. Her first day isn't looking so great, when her car won't start, so she does the only thing she can do, calls her job and tells them she'll be late. The administrative office is understanding, but her new boss, Alex, is another story. He's had a rough day dealing with the demands of administration and the stress of his daughter rebelling against him and idolizing his ex-wife and doesn't mean to yell at Francie, but he has a hard time finding the right time to apologize. Will these two be able to look past a bad first impression on both of their parts in order to discover that they really do need each other?
This is the first book that I've read by Donna K Weaver, and I was really impressed. I liked that her characters were well-written and believable. I liked the way that Francie was so determined to make do and do everything all on her own, she's really an amazing character. I liked Samantha and her rebellious self, even though she really doesn't want to turn into the same woman that her mother is. I really enjoyed the plot of this book and thought that the ending was cute. I love these clean romances! I'm really sad that there's only one more of these fun Ripple Effect Romances left to read, but I know I'll have fun reading them over again!
I was sent an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Author Donna K. Weaver
Donna K. Weaver has always loved reading and creating stories, thus she’s been ever entertained. An avid cruiser, she’s sailed the Pacific five times. Wife-mother-grandmother-Army veteran-karate black belt-Harry Potter nerd.
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