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The Backup Plan (The Charleston Trilogy #1)

3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  1,568 ratings  ·  115 reviews
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 af
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Paperback, 384 pages
Published December 28th 2010 by Mira (first published March 1st 2005)
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Jane (PS)
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
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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Mary Z : )
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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.
Linda
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
Jodi
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
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.
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Renee
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.

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Linda
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Jeanne
Another good romance story from Sherryl Woods. As a war correspondent in Afghanistan, Dinah Davis has seen more than her share of the horrors of war, including the death of her cameraman and love Peter. She is having a hard time coping and quits her job and returns home to South Carolina. She tries to look up Bobby, the boy she left behind, to see if he's still waiting for her return. But she runs into Cordell, his bad-boy brother, and her body, heart and mind have had a change of ideas. Excell ...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
Tonya
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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Jill
Love the characters. Cant wait to see where the next in this series takes us. The Backup Plan is definitely a book for women who love the idea of having a tall, strong hero who saves the heroine from herself. She's got a lot of demons and it takes his pushing and prodding to make her walk towards the light. This is a wonderful love story that will leave you really feeling happy.
Marcia Berg Haskell
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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Ren
Dopo aver letto le 4 magnolie mi sto appassionandoa qst scrittrici mi piace tantissimo cm scrive e nn è volgare...Lui lo adoro passa dall'essere odioso/molto dolce/tenere/duro mentre lei passa dall'essere scontrosa/dura/kiusa/libera/aperta...bellissima storia d'amore
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).
Marina
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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Annina
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
Grace
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
Raul A. Velez
Easy Read.. Very Romantic

Romance at its best...
Love the characters... Leaves you wanting to read the next chapter..
Very good characters.
Loved it!!
Megan Peterson
New favorite Sherryl Woods book. I loved everything about this book from the characters to the plot. Definitely worth a 5 star review.
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
Elizabeth
Fun read! Another series that I'd heard of, but never read. Enjoyed the characters and the plot.
Sharon l childers
The backup Plan

It was a great book .I think everybody will enjoy it . Will. Go look for more .Thank for the great books.
Megann Zeigler
Goofed and read the first last but still great. One of my favorite authors
Emily Higgins
Dinah Davis was a top TV reporter in Afghanistan when her photographer and lover was killed in a car bombing that she narrowly escaped. PTSD affected Dinah's work to the point that her boss suggested that she take some time off to deal with the trauma.

Back home in Charleston,Dinah ran into Cordell Beaufort, the brother of a high school friend that she hoped to hook up with now that she had returned. It turns out that she hooked up with Cordell instead. This is a good story about love, commitment
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Susan
I am on a Sherryl Woods read-a-thon! Enjoyed this one!
Dannielle
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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With two other careers to her credit before becoming a novelist and four states in which she's lived for extended periods of time, Sherryl Woods has collected friends and memories, along with way too much unnecessary junk.

"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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The Charleston Trilogy (3 books)
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  • Waking Up in Charleston (The Charleston Trilogy, #3)
The Inn at Eagle Point (Chesapeake Shores, #1) Stealing Home (The Sweet Magnolias #1) Harbor Lights (Chesapeake Shores, #3) Beach Lane (Chesapeake Shores #7) Flowers on Main (Chesapeake Shores, #2)

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