Thirty seven year old Francie Davis is sure her luck has changed when she lands a job on campus that will pay her tuition But when her handsome new boss yells at her on the first day of work, Francie learns that the last person you expect to fall in love with might be the one that s the most perfect for you


10 thoughts on “Second Chances 101

  1. Kathy Kathy says:

    I liked this one Our lead characters are older than I normally read Francie is 37 and Alex is early 40s , both have teenaged kids I actually enjoyed reading aboutmature characters and was a little bummed that I m closer in age to them than my usual YA books We met Francie briefly in Lost and Found, I thought she was a little aloof in that and was curious how she would come across as a lead in this one I liked her She s had it pretty rough and after losing her husband and her son go I liked this one Our lead characters are older than I normally read Francie is 37 and Alex is early 40s , both have teenaged kids I actually enjoyed reading aboutmature characters and was a little bummed that I m closer in age to them than my usual YA books We met Francie briefly in Lost and Found, I thought she was a little aloof in that and was curious how she would come across as a lead in this one I liked her She s had it pretty rough and after losing her husband and her son going off to college she gets a new start in life Alex is still getting over a bitter divorce and trying to figure out a way to relate to his goth daughter They don t get off on the best terms, but I like how their relationship develops They are good for each other I wish this were a full length novel I think this is a story that would benefit being a little longer I would love to delve into all the different relationships and I would like a littleromantic development between Francie and Alex I felt the end was a little rushed as far as their story goes Overall, a cute read I loved the setting and characters ContentClean


  2. Rachael Anderson Rachael Anderson says:

    First off, I have to say this turned out to be my favorite cover of the series Aren t those colors beautiful And this story really surprised me as well in a good way These days, it s not often that a book can capture my attention right away, but this one did From the first chapter, I was sucked it and didn t put it down until I d finished That s a huge compliment to Donna and her writing LOVED this book It s a beautifully written story and a perfect addition to this series I hope you First off, I have to say this turned out to be my favorite cover of the series Aren t those colors beautiful And this story really surprised me as well in a good way These days, it s not often that a book can capture my attention right away, but this one did From the first chapter, I was sucked it and didn t put it down until I d finished That s a huge compliment to Donna and her writing LOVED this book It s a beautifully written story and a perfect addition to this series I hope you enjoy it as much as I did


  3. Donna Weaver Donna Weaver says:

    Yes, I loved this book, but I m biased I listened to the audiobook, and Tiffany Williams did a wonderful job with the narration.Did you notice the cameo appearance of one of the characters from the Safe Harbors series That s going to lead to another story that will bring Sam, Francie, and Alex in the that world.


  4. Tamera Westhoff Tamera Westhoff says:

    Sweet RomanceI loved reading about Francie the widowed mother that eats only out of her garden and is going back to school and Alex the divorced dad that is Francie s boss I especially like their kids I was sad at how fast they went from starting to date to a proposal A little crazy, but it was done very nicely.


  5. Melanie Melanie says:

    I was excited to read a story where the characters are closer to my age I liked this story, but it wasn t my favorite I think this would work better as a full length novel Since Francie and Alex are older, their romance iscomplex his daughter and ex wife and her son and it was gradual at the beginning but then felt rushed in order to get to the happy ending.Having said that, this really is a great addition to this series I didn t think I got a good feel for Francie in the last book a I was excited to read a story where the characters are closer to my age I liked this story, but it wasn t my favorite I think this would work better as a full length novel Since Francie and Alex are older, their romance iscomplex his daughter and ex wife and her son and it was gradual at the beginning but then felt rushed in order to get to the happy ending.Having said that, this really is a great addition to this series I didn t think I got a good feel for Francie in the last book and the impression I got was that she was pretty uptight so I honestly wasn t sure if I would like her or not I enjoyed reading her back story and finding out how she got where she is Her husband has died and her son, Rafe, is going away to Harvard She decides it s time to attend her local college but money is tight so she s also going to work on campus She s working as an administrative assistant for two professors and it s not easy They re both attracted to her and one of them flirts with her and makes her uncomfortable while the other one yelled at her on her first day and keeps his distance.The professor who keeps his distance is Alex He has a lot to deal with between his daughter and ex wife and doesn t feel like he has the time to train a new assistant He feels bad for the way he treated her on the first day so decides he ll make it up to her somehow Francie meets a student named Rose and they become friends We know that Rose is actually Sam, Alex s daughter, but Francie doesn t know that Francie offers to teach her how to preserve fruit and bake bread so Sam starts going to Francie s house and helps fill the hole left by her son, Rafe.This is a great story about second chances, of course, but also hope, healing and finding somewhere to belong It turns out that I loved Francie and am glad I got to learnabout her I m sad that there s only onebook in this series because it s been so much fun to read I received a copy of this to review My opinion is 100% my own.Mel s Shelves


  6. Books Books says:

    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 c 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


  7. Aimee (Getting Your Read On) Aimee (Getting Your Read On) says:

    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 muchpersonality 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 andexperienced in life They have experienced many deeper strug 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 muchpersonality 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 andexperienced 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


  8. Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews says:

    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 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 descriptionand 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


  9. Julie Ford Julie Ford says:

    Great story about a woman, Francie, who lives in a historical home, gardens, and cooks vegetarian dishes that had my mouth watering Her troubled marriage over due to her husband s death, she is now faced with starting over and going back to college Enter Alex, a somewhat short tempered history professor who is suffering from the demise of a troubled marriage himself Add to that an emotionally abusive ex wife, a surly teenaged daughter and trying to navigate online dating, and his life only ge Great story about a woman, Francie, who lives in a historical home, gardens, and cooks vegetarian dishes that had my mouth watering Her troubled marriage over due to her husband s death, she is now faced with starting over and going back to college Enter Alex, a somewhat short tempered history professor who is suffering from the demise of a troubled marriage himself Add to that an emotionally abusive ex wife, a surly teenaged daughter and trying to navigate online dating, and his life only getscomplicated when he starts to fall for his lovely new assistant, Francie I really enjoyed the way Weaver wove all of these characters together, and how they were all able to help and heal each other How the powers that be will bring us together with the right person, at the right time, if we will simply open our hearts to the possibility Enjoy


  10. Kaylee Kaylee says:

    Thirty seven year old Francie Davis is sure her luck has changed when she lands a job on campus that will pay her tuition But after her handsome new boss yells at her on the first day of work, Francie learns that the last person you expect to fall in love with might be the one that s the most perfect for you.The characters in this book are so easy to love Francie is getting a second chance inways than one After a very tumultuous marriage, I enjoyed watching Francie find her footing, not Thirty seven year old Francie Davis is sure her luck has changed when she lands a job on campus that will pay her tuition But after her handsome new boss yells at her on the first day of work, Francie learns that the last person you expect to fall in love with might be the one that s the most perfect for you.The characters in this book are so easy to love Francie is getting a second chance inways than one After a very tumultuous marriage, I enjoyed watching Francie find her footing, not only in life but also in love The side characters are fantastic as well Francie s son and Alex s daughter add a ton to the story I highly recommend this one for people who love sweet romances that leave you feeling like second chances are possible, no matter what circumstances life has given you