Friday, May 16, 2014

Ripple Effect Romance - Second Chances

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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.

 
Tifferz Take~
Francie is starting over. Her husband Greg has died and her son Rafe is going off to Harvard! So she is going back to college and working full time. Big changes are in store for her. Her first day does not go as planned but she manages. She later learns one of her bosses Alex is divorced and his ex wife is a shrew. Never has a kind thing to say just like her husband Greg with her. Francie can relate to how Alex is treated.
Francie meets Rose at lunch when she can’t find another place to sit. She is rude to Francie but Francie just puts her in her place and they chat over lunch and became friends. They plan to make bread and preserves on Friday night! Which turned out to be a huge success and they made plans again!
Alex and Francie meet again when he shows up at her house because it is on the historical list and they end up spending the day together. They seems to have a natural re pore. The flow of the story was great and characters were fun.  I liked this sweet romance but the ending seemed a bit rushed to me.  Other than that it was a delightful romance.

Jewelz Review~
I just love Francie and Alex - not to mention Sam. As with the previous Ripple Effects Romances, Second Chances 101 is a delightful, sweet read that you can tear through in a single sitting. The story is engaging and the characters are delightful. Since it is a novella the characters are not overly developed, but they do have their own unique personalities and you come to feel as if you are reading about the goings on in the life of a dear friend.

I love that Francie and Alex are truly perfect for each other - that they are so similar in their need for organization along with their common scars from a previous relationship. Sam is delightful and brings a fun element to the story and their relationship. While I would have loved for the book to have been longer so that the relationships & character development could have been more thoroughly explored, I do enjoy a book that I can read in one sitting - and this fits that bill perfectly.

I can't wait to read the final installment in this series.

DonnaWAuthor 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.

~Excerpt~
“Are you for real?”

“I’m not sure what you mean,” Francie said, trying not to be offended. She was used to being complimented on her cooking. Even Greg hadn't been able to find anything wrong with that.

The girl pointed at the sandwich Francie had pulled from the plastic wrapping. “You’re really bringing food from home?”

“I don’t have money for eating out.” Francie hated the flush she could feel creeping up her neck.

“What, you spend all your money on your clothes?”

Francie glanced down at the suit she had bought for her first day. It was only the second time she had worn it. She decided to address the girl's remark the same way she had when Rafe used to get snarky with her.

“I like you.” Francie picked up half of the sandwich. “You remind me of when I was young and rude. What’s your name?” She took a bite of her lunch.

The girl blinked but then giggled. “All right. I deserved that.” She reached out her hand in a very formal gesture. “You can call me Rose.”


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