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The Backup Plan

The Backup Plan, January 2023
Sunrise Cove #3
by Jill Shalvis

Avon
Featuring: Lauren; Alice
384 pages
ISBN: 0063095475
EAN: 9780063095472
Kindle: B09Y8JSB1J
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"THE BACKUP PLAN by Jill Shalvis explores old relationships and dark secrets of the heart."

Fresh Fiction Review

The Backup Plan
Jill Shalvis

Reviewed by Annie Tegelan
Posted January 18, 2023

Women's Fiction Contemporary | Romance Contemporary

Second in the Sunrise Cove series, THE BACKUP PLAN by Jill Shalvis explores old relationships and dark secrets of the heart. When Alice inherits a B&B from her childhood, she is stunned to learn that she must help run it with two strangers.

Now, these two people aren’t completely unknown to her, but it’s been years since she has had contact with the woman who was once her best friend and the man who broke her heart. Now they must learn how to get along and pull off a miracle.

There’s no doubt that Jill Shalvis has mastered the art of creating unique conflicts for her characters to endure and work through. I am always really impressed by her ability to come up with something different with each book. However, sometimes I do miss her old way of writing, which was more Romance than Women’s Fiction. While I love the additional storylines of friendship and romance running parallel in these books, sometimes I think the focus can get skewed when there’s so much going on. But that’s not to say that I didn’t enjoy this book.

There’s still the same charm and humor that is evident in all Shalvis books. The settings are also fun and entertaining and the situations that she puts her characters in never fail to entertain me. So all in all, THE BACKUP PLAN was an enjoyable read.

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SUMMARY

New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis returns to Sunrise Cove with a heartwarming tale of three people who are bought together when they’re bequeathed an old Wild West inn that has the potential to pull their lives apart, but instead turns into the gift of a lifetime.

When Alice receives a call about an unexpected windfall, she’s stunned to learn the gift is a falling-apart-at-the-seams old Wild West B&B she once considered home—and she’s inherited it along with two strangers. Except they weren’t always strangers. Once upon a time, they were friends. One is her ex-BFF Lauren. The other is Knox, the only guy to ever break her heart, all while never even knowing she existed.

It turns out their lives are unknowingly entangled because they once separately helped the same woman without expecting anything in return. Years later, Alice, Lauren, and Knox are broken in their own way, with their own history—and secrets— causing them to start out on the wrong foot with each other. But according to the will, they must renovate and be partners in the inn for one year or else lose their inheritance.

Stuck together, they make a list of rules to keep the peace—rules that end up doing the opposite, but by some miracle they find what they didn’t even know they were looking for—acceptance, true friendship, and in a case (or two!), true love.


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