17 May, 2014

#BookReview :: Second Chances 101 (Ripple Effect Romance #5) 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.


Francie Davis is going back to college! Here’s the thing, she is thirty seven, with a rough past and an historical home who has landed an administrative job to pay for her tuitions. As she puts her husband’s death behind her, copes with her son moving out to college, a fresh start is what she looking for. Getting shouted at on the first day at work isn’t the kind of start she was expecting.  But that is exactly what Alex Diederik, a history professor and her new boss, has in store for her. Alex himself is trying to get over the bitter divorce all the while taking care of his daughter. So, when the historical home that Francie inherited brings Alex and Francie together outside campus, something brings them closer together. Is it their past or their mutual need for organizing, or Francie’s cooking or simple chemistry? Read the book to find out.

I found Francie to be a character that is easy to fall in love with. She lost her husband and brought up her son as a single mother. Now that he is off to college, irrespective of her age, she decides to go back to college too. She cooks, she gardens and takes teenagers under her wings. I would love to have her strength and grit. Alex on the other hand takes time to warm up to. You know he is a good guy but his short temper makes you vary. The way he tries to reach out to his teenage daughter is also endearing. I like Rose, Alex’s daughter too. She is not a typical teenager, even though she may come across as the typical emo kid. But she takes to Francie immediately and enjoys gardening with her. The plot as such is cute and simple. The author has stuck to simple language and narration style to match her couple next door characters.

On the whole I had a fun time reading this novel.



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Author 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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