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The Backup Plan (The Charleston Trilogy #1)

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It's finally time for Dinah Davis to go home. The world-weary correspondent wants to settle down with the sweet guy she left behind in South Carolina's Low Country. Instead, she's confronted by his black-sheep brother, and—despite her longing for serenity—sparks fly.

How can she possibly trade her perfectly safe backup plan for a risk-taking guy like Cordell Beaufort after
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Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Published December 28th 2010 by Mira
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Jane (PS)
Dec 03, 2012 Jane (PS) rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
1.5 stars

Through sheer persistence I finished this audiobook. The narration was not the problem. The storyline was just plain weak.

Dinah, who is a self-professed 'brillant, talented, determined, courageous and top-in-her-field' war correspondent in Afghanistan, has PTSD. Understandable. Her solution? Resign. Good move. And move back to her home town to marry her childhood sweetheart that she hasn't spoken to, much less thought about, in 10 years. WHAT??? From this point on, I couldn't take this
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Laura
Cheesy romance :)
Lin Stepp
Jun 10, 2012 Lin Stepp rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first book in the Charleston Trilogy ... followed by FLIRTING WITH DISASTER and WAKING UP IN CHARLESTON. Loved the first book ... also greatly enjoyed the second and third. Wonderful settings and interesting characters. Typical of Woods, her characters are spunky, independent women who make others sit up and take notice. Not perfect, they have tempers, make mistakes, but keep working at life.
In THE BACKUP PLAN... Dinah's world as a famous news correspondent is threatened by a tragedy and acc
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Dinah
Sep 02, 2016 Dinah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I must admit, that the main reason I decided to try this book is because it's the first time I've ever read one with a character who's name is the same as mine. That's very rare, because as you may know, it's not a very common name to begin with.

Dinah is a reporter who recently had a traumatic experience while covering a story overseas and the vehicle she was in was hit by a bomb, killing her boyfriend. Her boyfriend was able to save her right before the explosion. Since then she's been faced wi
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Emily
Apr 04, 2013 Emily rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
For some reason I seem to have a different set of standards for one of these novels than others. The novels plot is so slow that I've fallen asleep while reading it (in broad daylight!) And this part if a trilogy? Lord! The author regularly has Dinah mention that an encounter with Cordell ought to be memorable and just so "hot" yet when we finally get there, it's a huge let down. I feel almost cheated. You would hope that the plot could save this book, but even the plot is amazingly dull - Dinah ...more
Darcy
Like most books by this author, I didn’t care for this first book. I don’t know what it is, but the first book in her series’ are lackluster for me. It didn’t help that I didn’t care for Dinah, I thought she was selfish. Yes, I hated what she went through in her job, but it didn’t help me like her any better. Cord wasn’t that much better for me. He was supposed to be the big bad boy man, but he was more pansy than bad boy. I also didn’t care for the secondary romance. I will probably check out t ...more
Arlene
Dinah is a world famous war correspondent who suffers from a terrible loss when her camera-man, lover is blown up in a car bomb. After suffering from depression and PTSD her boss wants her to take a break or vacation or move to another assignment but she quits instead and goes home to Charleston to find Bobby. They had had a "back-up plan" 10 years earlier but he is now engaged and his brother Cord wants to protect him. Things go from there.
Jodi
Jun 04, 2011 Jodi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fun book. I loved Dinah the main character and how she grew as a character throughout the story. The main male character, Cord, was super sweet and definitely was "hot". The relationship between Dinah and Cord was a bit frustrating at times, but eventually they figured out what was best for both of them. A fun summer read and would have been great for the beach!
Briana
Oct 02, 2011 Briana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute read. It was interesting to watch Dinah work through all of her problems. I think it was a fairly realistic perspective on the struggles someone might have after a situation like that. I loved her relationship with Cord and the way he pushed her & yet balanced it out with love & affection. Cute couple going on a journey of self-discovery.
Lynn Aoude
Ok plot. Things could have been much more interesting if Dinah were a lot less selfish and self-centered, and more active instead of passive and running away from her issues (especially for someone who prided herself on being a strong independent woman).
Annina
Jun 04, 2014 Annina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Es war ok - aber für meinen Geschmack zu schnulzig. Habe es nicht durchgelesen. Nur Anfang und Schluss. Kann also kein objektives Urteil abgeben. Ich hab's halt nicht so mit diesen Herzschmerz-Geschichten von denen man zu Beginn schon weiss, wie sie ausgehen
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Miniseries: The Charleston Trilogy
Elaine
Dec 29, 2016 Elaine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the 1st of 3 books set in Charleston. Her characters are very real & very complex. I love the way she develops them & her storyline.
Peggy Eddens
Jan 07, 2017 Peggy Eddens rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fun read

It was a good story and one that he'd my interest. It has a few twists that kept me curious as to how it would wrap up.
Kelly
Feb 08, 2016 Kelly rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Writing 101: Make your characters more realistic by giving them flaws.

My golly, did Dinah have flaws. They were big and scary and they were as stubborn as she was, not developing once throughout the whole novel! Dinah was stupid, insincere, entirely self-obsessed, ridiculously stubborn and truly unlikable. I have read books with villains in them who have turned out to be better people than Dinah was.

Due to the lack of development in her character, I grew more and more frustrated until eventua
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Lisa
Oct 07, 2016 Lisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
2.75
Niki
I always like books that are in a series and especially series about small towns where you get to read the life if a different person in each book. This book is from a small series like that. I liked the characters and was happy to read the the next two books in the series. There are others that write series like this that I prefer but was happy to read them.
Linda
Jun 04, 2015 Linda rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Nancy H
Sep 12, 2016 Nancy H rated it really liked it
This book is a good read. It has a sizzling romance, some PTSD issues, some family issues, plenty of good friends and family, and is just right for a beach read.
Renee
Feb 23, 2013 Renee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
I'd started reading this, on my Kindle, after I finished Clash and before Storm arrived on interlibrary loan. It was, in many ways, a perfect e-book. I didn't find myself wanting to turn back a few pages to re-read things (which is incredibly annoying with a Kindle), it didn't have maps or other things I would like to easily page to and see, and the errors in converting it to an e-book (most notably the failure to insert new paragraphs appropriately) were easy to spot and read correctly.

The book
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Mary Z : )
Aug 07, 2014 Mary Z : ) rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
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Susan
Mar 12, 2016 Susan rated it it was ok
Wow...let's get right to it with a deeply moving story about how one person deals with tragedy and it's aftermath.

The story centers around Dinah Davis, a war reporter, who survives a devasting accident involving her cameraman. Now she's afraid of everything and lost her edge. Her boss wants her to go home and get some help. She just wants to forget everything that happened, but she can't. So after some gentle persuasion, she finally goes home to the man she left behind long ago. The one whom wi
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Linda
Jan 29, 2014 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You sure can not tell a book by it's cover and that is the truth with The Backup Plan by Sherryl Woods. This book was filled with so much that it is hard to explain everything. This book tells about friendship between two girls from grammar school and two brothers who they knew at the same time. It tells of love but also heartache when Dinah's love was killed in a bomb while she was a war correspondent. She went back home to Charleston, South Carolina to try to heal and renew her backup plan. Te ...more
Heather in FL
So this was my first Sherryl Woods, and it appears I'm going to have to seek out more. It was an impulse buy on Audible, but well worth the price. Since I haven't been through what Dinah had been through, there's no way for me to judge her actions. I can't even imagine going through that nightmare. Much less to have that nightmare cost you the career you worked so hard for. It's funny... since I didn't know anything really about Cord, it was hard to like him at first because we only saw him thro ...more
Marcia  Haskell
Nov 21, 2011 Marcia Haskell rated it really liked it
It's finally time for Dinah Davis to go home. The world-weary correspondent wants to settle down with the sweet guy she left behind in South Carolina's Low Country. Instead, she's confronted by his black-sheep brother, and—despite her longing for serenity—sparks fly.

How can she possibly trade her perfectly safe backup plan for a risk-taking guy like Cordell Beaufort after all the dangers she's already faced? But to Dinah's dismay—backup plan or not—her heart has its own ideas.

A little dated but
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Tonya
Feb 21, 2011 Tonya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-reads
A backup plan or a better plan? I think a better plan? When Dinah Davis is overseas and experiences a carbombing with her cameraman/boyfriend dies and the network thinks it's time for her to step down, she decides to quit and head home.

However she doesn't tell anyone at home that she quit or what really happened. She had made this "pact" with Bobby who she used to be in love with that if they didn't have anyone when they were 25, they would marry each other, so she figures that is what they wil
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Marina
Nov 20, 2012 Marina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good beginning to the series.Great characters.Love the easy chemistry.Can't wait to read the next book.
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Note to self;
Dinah Davis (31yo,sis,war correspondent,debutant,pal,ex) + Cordell Beaufort ("Cord",older bro,construction firm & restoration),Tommy Lee D. (29yo,bro,ex banker,new construction worker) + Laurinda, Bobby B. (bro,pal,ex) + Rianna (fiance),"Maggie" Magnolia Forsythe (pal1,g
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Michelle
Mar 30, 2016 Michelle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-books
2.5 stars

The thing I liked best out of this ridiculous chick lit book was the beginning. And I love chick lit, just was disappointed with this one. A new-to-me author. Her writing style was ok. Might try one more of her books.

This story grabbed me at the beginning, but then just fell flat at the end. There was also a lot of unrealistic things, like how everyone just knew Dinah (the main character) even though she's been away for about 10 years. And the name Dinah?? Don't know anyone today with t
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Dannielle
Apr 12, 2012 Dannielle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, 2012
3.5 stars

I enjoyed the story. I just found it difficult to like Dinah at times. She had so many people ready and willing to listen and she refused. Instead she preferred to shelter herself away and feel bad for herself. It got old pretty quick. In regard to her getting better I just wish that things had moved a little quicker.

I loved the supporting characters and how there was a little side story with her parents. Cord was pretty great and definitely what Dinah needed. I really like Maggie so I
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Christine
I read this book and enjoyed it, it was a good light read. But the eBook copy was so badly formatted it really detracted from the book. A number of words were divided into separate words by syllables, but the most glaring error was the word “dancing” has been replaced by the word appointment throughout the book. As in , “they’re probably line-appointment at some country-western bar.

Kobo refunded my money and hopefully, the publishers has corrected the errors by now. But if you're planning on bu
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"The friends are the only things I've brought with me through the years that really matter," she says. "I could probably live without one more chintz teacup, another tin-litho sa
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