Thursday, May 15, 2014

Second Chances 101: A Ripple Effect Romance by Donna K. Weaver + a $25 Giveaway


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.


I thought maybe Francie would get her own story told in this book.  This is a character we met in Lost and Found, the previous book in this series.  I'm glad Francie has her own story.  She isn't anything like what I imagined her to be when I read the other book.  There is so much more personality and depth to her than I first thought.

One thing that sets this book apart from the others is that the characters in this book are older and more experienced in life.  They have experienced many deeper struggles.  They both have grown children.  There is a sense of maturity there.

I love how Francie tends to mother all those around her.  She can't help but take care and look out for other people.  Her compassion makes her a great character.  She has spent years being a strong woman, taking care of almost everything by herself.  I love how there is just no hesitation.  If there is something to be done, she just does it.  Like fixing the roof.  ;)  You just need to read it to find out the fun scene behind that one.

This was a great addition to the Ripple Effect Romance series.  These books are quick and easy to read.  You are guaranteed a happily ever after ending which really makes me happy!

Enjoy the following 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.”

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.

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  1. I like that this one has "older" people in it...I laugh because I am sure they are probably my age...hehe! These all sound super cute!

  2. Actually, I should have said "more mature" instead of older because I can tell you that I am older than these characters, although not by much. And I am totally NOT old. Or older. Well, maybe I am. :)


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