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The Plan

(The Creek Water Series #3)

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  193 ratings  ·  51 reviews
Bead shop owner Amelia Frothingham has been keeping a secret from everyone she knows.

She pretends to be the ultimate care-free bohemian chick, but the truth is, shes the worlds biggest control freak. Much to the delight of her Southern family, Amelias life appears to be smooth sailing. That is, until bad boy rockstar Huck Wiley mysteriously blows into town like a spring
Kindle Edition, 871 pages
Published March 10th 2020
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Arpita Shrivastava
Mar 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Plan is the third book in the Creek Water series but can be read as a stand-alone.
Amelia Frothingham has a bead shop in Creek Water. She wants everyone to think she is a happy-go-lucky kind of a person but in real life, she is facing anxiety because of an incident that happened when she was little. Due to her anxiety issues, she has been ignoring things that are out of her comfort zone, things as simple as taking a flight, or long-distance drives. She likes music and is a die-hard fan of a
AJ's book-reMarks
Mar 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Plan is the third book in The Creek Water Series, each book is a stand-alone but they work better when you have the back story for each of the characters since they all cross over into each book. This is Amelia Frothingham, bead store owner, she is the older sibling to Brad and Davis and she has been keeping a huge secret from her family and friends, well just everyone. This is unlike Whitney's usual style of writing rom-com in that the subject matter is serious and as such there are only a ...more
Mar 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Rock star crazies!

Coming back to Creek Water, Missouri is like going back to visit your own kaaarazzeee family! These folks are what yall should picture for a big, loving, crazy Southern family/friends and they do NOT disappoint. There are so many ways this story turns that I cannot do it justice so you will just have to read it for yourself. What I can say is this: When you were a teen, did you ever dream about ones of your idols showing up on your doorstep to sweep you away? Yes, right? Well,
Mar 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
(4.5 stars) - Totally hooked me in!

I noticed that the book has 61 chapters as I was starting & thought "Dang, this is a long story. I hope it won't be a slog." It was so NOT a slog!

Amelia's dealing with untreated anxiety, & as someone who has had to learn how to deal with it (though not at a debilitating level), I can tell you that the worst thing you can do is cater to it. So she's kind of a mess, as she's been living her life to appease the anxiety monster.

It wasn't immediate but the
Storme Reads A Lot
This was super cute, and it was a fast read for sure. I did enjoy the whole rock star and normal person falling in love because that is a dream many of us share. This just did not get more stars because I thought some of the writing was a little juvenile and tedious. I just thought the way Amelia acted around Huck sometimes was someone that was like 18 rather than 34, and I just wanted more of a mature relationship. I did like how they dealt with her anxiety and made it realistic she needed ...more
Karen L Ledee
Mar 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another great adventure from Creek Water! Huck and Amelia are both broken and have secrets. Amelia has debilitating anxiety attacks from a childhood incident and is constantly trying to be in control. Huck is looking for his roots since he was adopted. Hucks daughter Maggie also has anxiety and she and Amelia help each other through the attacks. Now, throw them into the small town craziness. Wonderfully written and so enjoyable. Its good for one sitting. Its upside down laugh out loud funny, its ...more
Mar 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Well, I did think from the start of the series that Amelia was special, but the insight into what anxiety means and the ways of coping with it were very interesting - and touching.
I would have thought the "modest rock-star" approach is a bit unbelievable, but then he's also special, so that's that, the stuff of legends...

I really liked it, I look forward to reading the next book in the series (who will be the centerpiece, I wonder?).

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am
Mar 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: whitney-dineen
An interesting read that starts with a woman who has anxiety attacks, a guy whose daughter also has them, their getting together and just as you wonder if it could happen- a jaw dropping reveal.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Joyce Black
Mar 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Excellent Reading Material. Exceedingly Poignant. Well Written. Highly Recommended Read Across Genres.

This story was exceedingly poignant and Ms. Dineen developed the sensitive material with a matter-of--fact manner, yet with a high level of compassion. Kudos to Ms. Dineen for bringing forward this delicate issue and enlightening the masses, of what is going on inside the head of a person living living with an anxiety disorder.

Nonetheless, there is a charming romance evolving as well. The main
Mar 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is book #3, in The Creek Water series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. For reader understanding, and to avoid spoilers, I recommend reading this laugh-out-loud series in order intended.

Amelia has gotten to a good place. She no longer freaks out. She listens to good music. Then she gets a visitor who performs said music in her shop. Tongue tied does not really describe what happens.

Huck is attracted to the honesty Amelia gives him right away. Never did he think he would find
Emily Young
Mar 13, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2020
This third installment of the Creek Water series missed the mark for me. It was still nice to feel the familiarity with the characters in this world, but I had a lot of trouble getting behind this one.

I did love Amelia and Maggie finding each other. Their relationship was great, and Huck's bond with his daughter made him all the more attractive as a love interest. Something about Amelia felt forced - maybe its because the previous two books centered around girls who had been living in New York
Mar 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A fabulous plot, great characters, the authors famous humor, and romance too. I love her stories. This is Amelias story, and I dont want to give any of it away. Youll have to read it for yourself. I would recommend it for anyone.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Lene Norway
Mar 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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I don't know how to tell you how much I loved this book and this series. It is a sweet, fun and heartfelt romance with great characters and a well developed plot.

I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Readers Copy of this book.
Mar 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone in the market for a good romance!
Recommended to Belle by: NetGalley
Shelves: arc
The Plan by Whitney Dineen is seriously swoon-worthy and laugh out loud fun.

Amelia is a small-town girl who has her life organized to help reduce her anxiety issues, but when the dream rockstar Huck Wiley walks in with the sweetest little girl on Gods green earth her life flips upside down.

There is a lot to love about The Plan, its sweet and has so much southern charm I felt like I was right there with them in Missouri. The endless strange sayings were so spot on for southern families, I would
Janani Kalpathi
Mar 29, 2020 rated it liked it
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Mar 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
🎶A more serious side to the residents of Creek Water, Missouri🎸


Enjoyable romance with plenty of emotion (not all related to the romance) and populated with some great chatacters.

I found this book in the Creek Water series a bit of a departure from author Whitney Dineen's other stories that focus on a romance with zany and quirky residents dominating the secondary character spots. Heroine Amelia is a seriously troubled, anxiety-ridden soul. It takes the appearance of young Maggie, the
S Paschal
Mar 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Amelia appears to world like a laid-back bohemian chick. What she really is, is a whole lot of crazy who's learned to hide it well. When music superstar Huck Wiley blows into town, she is totally unprepared to meet the man whose music has meant so much to her for the last decade. Unable to control it, her crazy just leaks out all over the place and Huck is enamored with her in spite of her inability to rein herself in around him.

Filled with fun banter, but also presenting the darker sides of
Linda McKay
Mar 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Plan created by Amelia Frothingham is to never leave her little town for the rest of her life.
Amelia is a 30-something and anxiety-ridden. She lives above her bead-shop busines. and tightly controls her life within narrow confines. But shes challenged in oh so many ways when her musical idol, hot-as-sin rock star Huck Wiley, shows up in her shop about beading lessons for his precocious, lovable little daughter. And can it be? he seems to have eyes for Miss Frothingham!
I love the big drama
Mar 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another hit:
I couldn't stop reading this book! I loved how it drew me in and that I experienced a myriad of emotions right along with the characters. It was beautifully written with poetic descriptions and engaging dialogue.
It was fun being back in Creek Water and catching up with all of the craziness and family shenanigans, but this was more toned down than in prior books.
Both Amelia and Huck are likable, tender souls and I felt a real connection to them both from the start. This is thankfully
Debbie Orazi
Mar 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Totally enjoyed this book. The characters are quirky, funny, heartbreaking and come with their own set of baggage.

Amelia Frothingham owns a bead shop and crafts jewelry. She also has a serious case of anxiety and suffers frequent panic attacks. She has locked herself in her small town where she feels safe. She has convinced herself she can only be happy in her town with the people she knows.

Huck Wiley is a rock star. He was given up for adoption as a baby. He and his daughter Maggie come to town
Emily Pennington
Mar 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Amelia Frothingham owned a bead shop. Shes also a control freak, which is a secret she keeps hidden from everyone around her, hiding her anxiety and trying to cope. So when Huckleberry (Huck) Wiley, a rock star she has crushed on, walks into her store, she is left speechless! Huck pushes Amelia out of her comfort zone when he takes an interest in having a relationship with her. She is drawn to Hucks daughter, Maggie, who struggles with similar anxiety issues, and they can find help and comfort ...more
Jennifer Dale
Very well written. I will have to say, Huck was a super awesome hero / dad!
Huck has a daughter name, Maggie. The heroine is Amelia that owns a beading store and provides beading/crafting sessions.
Amelia loves Huck's music but really, how would she ever meet a guy like him? A rocker that has it all.
Amelia has anxiety that stems from an early childhood. While she was setting up her store, the bell over the door ran singling someone coming in. Looking up......Mouth opened....and speechless.. is it
Danielle D
Mar 17, 2020 rated it liked it
This story is part romance, part reminder to continue to grow (even with anxiety) and that you are always braver than you think you are.

This is the first of the Creek Water books I have read. I really enjoyed that the narrator of this book is a woman who is suffering from anxiety (a thing I know too well of). She has secured herself a modest life and a bead store in a small town to manage her anxiety. She feels safe and secure. Little does she know that her life will be changed forever when a
Kristen Lewendon
Mar 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ummm wow! There are so many things in this book that I wasnt expecting. And I cant share any of them because theyd spoil the experience for everyone else. Theres lots of big emotions, but its also just so stinkin cute. Its a Rockstar romance with a twist. Mind you, can anything with the Frothingham clan involved be straightforward? Amelia, Huck, and Maggie make the most adorable little family unit even though theres a ton of growing pains and a whole lot of emotional baggage involved in getting ...more
Mar 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Enjoyably - each book seems wackier than the previous one, but ...

Amelia was, as many of the characters of this series are, extremely quirky as she copes with a very real and unsettling problem. Huck and she 'crash into one-another', and it is so enjoyable to see where this obvious mismatch ends-up. Maggie is a delight, and a wise one well beyond her years; she is also the glue to many characters in this tale. My "but" relates to the rather extreme and somewhat unrealistic Cootie component to
Mar 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received this gem for an honest review!

This author write with a flare and hilarious flare for the dramatics. Ive have literally laughed my butt off at some of the quotes and lines Ive read throughout this book. The romance between the main character is a bumbling funny mess and I quite enjoyed myself while reading it. I actually had to read it twice just to make sure I didnt miss any funny business. Dont get me wrong there are some heavy topics in this book such as kidnapping, dealing with
Jeanie Womack
Mar 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Amelia and Huck

After a childhood incident, Amelia developes a fear of lots of things, but since no one ever talks about the family trip to Atlanta, she's not even sure about what caused her insecurity and worry. When her favorite country music singer shows up in her small bead shop in Missouri, Amelia can barely get a word out. He's been in her dreams for years and his music is always a go to for her.
Her family and friends thought her last boyfriend would be "the one" until he announced his
Mar 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Humorous & inspirational romance fans
Recommended to Molly by: Booksprout
Amelia is one of the Frothinghams . Her extended family is numerous and pretty boisterous. Amelia herself is a little OCD, and has struggled with a panic disorder since she had a traumatic childhood experience.

Huck is a literal rock star. He comes to Amelias home town to spend his off time with his daughter Maggie- and he might just have some other personal business in town

These three seem to be on a journey of discovery: fears seem much easier to manage with support from the right people

Mar 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book. I love these story. I couldn't put the book down. Great characters that pull you into their story and will pull at your heartstrings. The story flowed effortlessly with a few twists and turns that werent predictable. I really liked the way the author deals with the important issue of anxiety in a way that felt empowering. Huck and Amelia couldn't be more different, yet they are perfect for each other. Both characters have things from ...more
Heather Wamboldt
Mar 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Plan: A Sweet and Sexy Rock Star Romantic Comedy is the third book in The Creek Water Series and is an entertaining read.

This story is lighthearted but also depicts the serious issue of anxiety disorders with compassion and empathy. The storyline is well written and enjoyable, with a control freak, a rock star, and his precocious daughter. Can Huck and Maggie be able to help Amelia with her issues or will they be too much to overcome?

I read and reviewed this book with no obligation.
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Whitney loves to laugh, play with her kids, bake, and eat french fries -- not always in that order.

She's a multi-award-winning author of romantic comedies, non-fiction humor, thrillers, and middle reader fiction. Basically, she writes whatever the voices in her head tell her to.

She lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her husband, Jimmy, where they raise children, chickens, and organic

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“When you have anxiety, you don’t feel like a normal person. You feel like an oddball, like a freak. Like you’re the only one who isn’t right in the head.” He nods which spurs me on. “Take the number three, for instance. It looks like half of the number eight. Eight is perfect and round and complete; three looks like half of it, so the number three is a freak.” “Go on,” he says. “The number five is sort of a backward version of three, so it’s a backward freak, which is freakier than a freak.” “What about the number seven?” “Seven looks like an upside-down number one when it has a foot at the base. Upside down is as bad as backwards.” “And the number nine?” he wants to know. “Upside-down six.” “Why can’t the number six be an upside-down nine?” “Because six comes first, so nine has to be an upside-down six,” I explain. “And you find comfort in these numbers because they’re imperfect?” “I can relate to them.” Then I drop the bomb of my reasoning, “Odd numbers are just as important as even numbers, they just aren’t perfect.” “Like odd people are just as important as perfect people, huh?” “Just like that.” “I’m mighty glad you stopped by, Amelia,” he says, sounding like he really means it. “You are? Why?” I wonder if he wants to cancel his daughter’s beading lessons or something?” 0 likes
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