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.
“How did you sleep?” Alex asked, opening the fridge. He took out a carton of eggs and held them for her to see, his brows raised in query.
“I don’t understand how you can eat the unborn.” She shuddered and took another sip of her herbal tea. The haughty disdain reminded him of his ex-wife. Divorce certainly hadn’t freed him of that.
“You ate them six months ago.”
“I’m enlightened now.” Sam heaved a sigh, tilting her head and putting on a martyred expression. Another perfect imitation of her mother.
This is book 5 of the Ripple Effect novella series. Francie is a sweet woman that has had some hard times in her life, from her family disowning her to an abusive husband. She gets a second chance after he dies and is able to attend a local university.
I liked the interaction between Francie and Sam/Rose – she gives Sam/Rose what she needs, a sense of balance and just a friendly ear to listen plus teaching her cooking skills that she hasn’t gotten at home. Then there is Alex, Sam/Rose’s father and also Francie’s boss at the university. Apparently he is quite the hunk from the author’s description…and he sees something in Francie that he has been missing.
The one thing I have noticed in all of these novellas is that the relationships happen very quickly and it was no different here. But still a great story and we give this 5 paws up!
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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