Tuesday, May 13, 2014

BLOG TOUR: REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: SECOND CHANCES 101 (Ripple Effect Romance, #5) by Donna K. Weaver

Title: Second Chances 101
Series: Ripple Effect Romance Novellas, #5
Author: Donna K. Weaver
Publisher: HEA Publishing
Publication Date: May 5, 2014
Genre: Clean Romance
Reviewed by: Angie Edwards
Source: Received for blog tour review
My rating: 4/5


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.


This installment in the Ripple Effect Romance series stood out for me as it is entirely different from the previous four novellas. That I already picked up when I read the book summary. Second Chances 101 is all about character development and, well, second chances and letting go of the past.

If you’ve been following this series, you would remember Francie from the previous book, Lost and Found. I loved that in this book the characters were much older than the ones in the previous books, and I could even relate with the joys and sorrows they experience with their teenaged kids as I’m also mom to a fifteen-year-old. All the characters, including the secondary characters, were a joy to read. They each brought something a little special to this sweet romance.

The story moves at a steady pace, but at the end I felt the romance between Francie and Alex was a little rushed. It had great potential for a full-length novel though. Overall I was delighted at how everything fell into place for the two main characters. Both of them have suffered a great deal in the past, and even though they end up together, they have to learn how to have faith again before they can trust each other completely. I love the inspiring message this quick read sends, and in all honesty this has been my favorite addition to this series!



Author of adventure romance series Safe Harbors (A Change of Plans, Book #1; Hope's Watch Short Story, #1.5; and Torn Canvas, Book #2 (coming 2014) & Ripple Effect Romance Novella #5, Second Chances 101. Wife-mother-grandmother-Army veteran-karate black belt-Harry Potter nerd.

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