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: I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review
Second Chances 101 is the fifth book in The Ripple Effect Romance novella series. This is an incredibly fast-paced story. I think I read it in less than an hour. It's a sweet story about two people finding each other after dealing with former bad partners. Francie's spouse died and Alex divorced his shrew of a wife.
There is little romance in this novella. Alex and Francie just agree to start dating and the next thing we know it's several weeks later and the story is over. I would have liked more time to get to know the characters as a couple. We get to know them pretty well as singles, but everything still felt a bit rushed.
I loved Francie's character, she was an amazing woman. After years of mental abuse, it's surprising she was able to turn her life around the way she did. But I think the true star of the story was Alex's daughter, Sam. I think Ms. Weaver could write an entire story devoted to Sam and what happens to her in the future. I really hated Sam's mother. She was a conceited piece of work. The relationship between Francie and Sam is better developed than that between the Francie and Alex.
I enjoyed this sweet story, just wish there was a bit more to it. I wasn't quite ready to part with the characters when the novella ended. Another fun addition to this clean romance novella series.
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.
The Ripple Effect Romance Novella Series
Enjoy this exciting new series of clean novellas by six critically-acclaimed authors. "Like a pebble tossed into calm water, a simple act can ripple outward and have a far-reaching effect on those we meet, perhaps setting a life on a different course—one filled with excitement, adventure, and sometimes even love."