Second Chances 101 – Ripple Effect #5 Blog Tour

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.

DonnaWAuthor 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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 My Review:

Nothing tugs at my heart the most as when two hurting and lonely people find each other in a most unexpected way! I believe that thought perfectly sums up the beautiful premise of this touching story. It might sound old to some, but for me it will never ever grow old. As one who has a hard time finding my worth at times, the healing and hope I found within these pages will forever stick with me. It’s impossible for me to forget how I felt while reading even if I happen forget the name and book title. The memories we store in our heart live and breathe with us every day of our life.

Francie Davis recently felt the sting of her husband’s death along with sending her only child off to college. These huge changes bring some anxiety and excitement back into her life. She isn’t sure how she will make it on her own, but to be free of the poor treatment of her husband is a huge relief. Perhaps now, she can begin to nurture her self-confidence back to life. Alex Diederik’s life is slowly spiraling out of control. His ex-wife is wreaking havoc on his life as well as their daughter’s, and she isn’t sorry for any of it. He worries and tries his best to reach out his daughter Sam, but the harder he tries, the more she pulls away from him. With the new school year starting and new changes being made to the administrative staff, Alex is worried that his life is going to be one long year of heartbreak and chaos that he is not ready to face.

With a little hesitation but a heart full of hope, I started this journey of Francie and Alex. What I discovered was with a little courage and the willingness to look past our own suffering, there is no limit to the impact that we can have on the lives of those around us. Francie’s tender heart and easy friendship brought about a major transformation in Sam while Alex’s tenderness and persistence slowly pieced together and started to heal Francie’s shattered heart. Alex not only found a reason to love again, but it was the change he saw in Sam that brought light and hope back into his world. Three hurting and lonely souls found the love they craved, the hope they desperately needed, and the healing that they never imagined would make them whole again.

These incredible characters broke my heart while watching each of them suffer thinking that they weren’t worthy of the love, attention, and acceptance of anyone. Oh, how so far from the truth that was! They were each a priceless, stunning treasure, and waiting patiently until that was realized by the others was almost maddening at times. It’s almost impossible to crawl out from underneath a suffocating cloud of being told that you are worthless and unlovable, so it was amazing that each of these heavy-hearted people decided to take a leap of faith and shrug off their all-consuming burden to help someone else who needed them. Hope radiated from every corner of this story, and it touched my heart in a way that I won’t forget. Perhaps one day, I will win the war with these same struggles in my own life.

Donna K. Weaver has touched my heart like few authors have. She ripped open old and new wounds, but then showed me that it is possible for all of them to finally heal. No punches were pulled, but she showed that hope can live among and conquer despair. Each of us is worth so much more than the short-sighted opinion of one person. I hope that the journey of Francie and Alex will show that our self-worth can never come from another person. It has to come from our own heart, and the heart of those who see us as we really are.

 

EXCERPT

The door burst open and a pretty girl with long strawberry blond hair stomped out. Her headlong rush drove her right at Francie, who squeezed against the wall, almost out of the way. Their shoulders hit, and they both stumbled. As Francie steadied herself, she could see tears in the girl’s heavily made up eyes. Staggering for a couple of paces, she managed to stay on her feet and then ran down the hallway.

“Come back here,” a man yelled from inside. He dashed out the door and halfway down the hall before it was obvious the student had made her escape.

Yelling at a student and chasing her down the hallway? That can’t be my new boss.Francie couldn’t help staring at the compact but solidly built—almost buff—man who stood with his back to her. The angry energy came off him in waves, and she had to fight a primal instinct to run and hide. Giving a quick glance over her shoulder, Francie began to edge away. Maybe she could pretend she hadn’t seen. Suddenly the man swore and spun around, seeming to see Francie for the first time.

“What are you doing there?” he growled. “Eavesdropping?”

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The door burst open and a pretty girl with long strawberry blond hair stomped out. Her headlong rush drove her right at Francie, who squeezed against the wall, almost out of the way. Their shoulders hit, and they both stumbled. As Francie steadied herself, she could see tears in the girl’s heavily made up eyes. Staggering for a couple of paces, she managed to stay on her feet and then ran down the hallway.

“Come back here,” a man yelled from inside. He dashed out the door and halfway down the hall before it was obvious the student had made her escape.

Yelling at a student and chasing her down the hallway? That can’t be my new boss.Francie couldn’t help staring at the compact but solidly built—almost buff—man who stood with his back to her. The angry energy came off him in waves, and she had to fight a primal instinct to run and hide. Giving a quick glance over her shoulder, Francie began to edge away. Maybe she could pretend she hadn’t seen. Suddenly the man swore and spun around, seeming to see Francie for the first time.

“What are you doing there?” he growled. “Eavesdropping?”

 

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