Blog Tour: Second Chances 101 by Donna K. Weaver (review, excerpt, giveaway)

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Second Chances 101 (Ripple Effect Romance Novella #5)
written by Donna K. Weaver
published by HEA Publishing

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Why did I pick this book: I participated in the blog tour hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer(I received a copy of this book for review purposes.)

Did I enjoy this book: 
I did enjoy this book. But it isn’t one of my favorites in the series.

I think it’s toward the bottom because it felt too short and fast. And I know this is a novella and it’s supposed to be short, but I was left wanting more. I wasn’t quite satisfied when this installment ended.

With that said, I loved the story. I loved the characters. Alex is a sweetheart–kind, caring, loving. Francie is brave and going after what she wants after putting her dreams aside for so many years. Rose is a mixed up young woman who has a good heart. I loved her friendship with Francie. You root for them all. You want them all to be happy in the end.


Would I recommend it: Yes. Read the whole Ripple Effect Romance Novella Series.

About the book: 
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.


“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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DonnaWAbout the 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.

Find Ms. Weaver here: Website * Goodreads * Twitter * Facebook * Pinterest



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