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 have a soft spot for Second Chances 101 because I was lucky enough to introduce Francie in my book. I wasn't sure what to expect, partly because two of the main characters are a little older than most of the other main characters in the series. I was so pleasantly and instantly surprised. I loved this book. Loved it. Loved everything about it. Donna has told a story that is touching, uplifting, sweet, funny, and seriously entertaining. I whole-heartedly recommend it.