The Backup Plan by Jill Shalvis
Publication January 17, 2023
Genres: Romance, Contemporary, Women’s Fiction, Chick LIt
Taken from Goodreads: 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
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.
My Thoughts: The Backup Plan is the story of 3 friends who lost touch for various reasons. When the owner of the B&B leaves it to the 3 of them after she passes away it brings them back together, along with their hard feelings, their love for each other, and forces them to deal with their pasts.
I really enjoyed learning about Alice, Lauren, and Knox’s histories. While they all intertwine, some more than others, they each have their own thing going on. They each have their own reason for why the B&B was left to them. From the synopsis, I knew that none of them would leave town before the B&B was renovated, but I wondered about how much pain it would cause them and how it they would heal.
The pasts collide, the present helps them heal, and all three characters find a future that gives them their own HEA. Jill Shalvis is a must-read author for me and I cannot wait for more of the Sunrise Cove series.
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Meet Jill Shalvis (taken from her website): Multiple New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is … mostly coincidental. Look for Jill’s bestselling, award-winning heartwarming and full of humor novels wherever books are sold and visit her website for a complete book list and blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures. Her most recent book, The Friendship Pact, was just recently published and her next book, The Backup Plan, comes out in June.