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The Plan

(The Creek Water Series #3)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  1,331 ratings  ·  181 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, she’s the world’s biggest control freak. Much to the delight of her Southern family, Amelia’s life appears to be smooth sailing. That is, until bad boy rockstar Huck Wiley mysteriously blows into town like a spri
Kindle Edition, 351 pages
Published March 10th 2020 (first published March 4th 2020)
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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
I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This is a combination of Heart of Dixie and a rom com, as a huge fan of that show it was a pleasure to read something from another small town in the southern parts of US.

This is a third in the series but I´ve read it as a stand alone and to be honest I didn´t even know it was a series. It´s completely fine to read it without reading the other two, although if you plan on reading the series I would recommending starting with
Arpita (world of a book enthusiast)
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
M.  [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 trea ...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 y’all 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 story di
What an odd book. I liked a lot about it but other stuff bugged me. I had to adjust to the southerness of this book. I started reading everything with a twanging accent and I started to bug myself:} This was a chaste romance....sorta. She was so modest and didn't let him kiss her till almost the end of the book but the author had plenty of opportunity's for some great heated scenes and they just got passed over. I hate to say she was a prude but dang she wouldn't even hold his hand. SO that part ...more
InD'tale Magazine
The cast of small town Creek Water, Missouri is fun-filled, outrageous, and enjoyable.

Read full review in the 2020 May issue of InD'tale Magazine.
Shuhada Ramli
May 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my honest opinion about The Plan: A Sweet and Sexy Rock Star Romantic Comedy written by Whitney Dineen. Thank you, NetGalley for this ARC and; in exchange to that, I am writing my honest review for this book.

Although the book is a series of The Creek Water, I am glad that I could read it as a standalone novel.

I love this book. I giggled and smiled a lot while reading it. I just love the patience that Huck has towards Amelia Frothingham and his daughter Maggie. His romantic gestures were
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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. Huck’s 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. It’s good for one sitting. It’s upside down laugh out loud funny, ...more
Nov 12, 2020 rated it it was ok
Anxiety & Insecure

I should give my self a medal for finishing this book
Wow the h is one of wonder it’s ok to have anxiety but she took all the cherry by having stubborn , insecure and micro managing other people life which she claimed doesn’t have interest with - in this case the H

I gave it two stars just for H & his daughter , their bond keep me sane
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 volun
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 m
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 so
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
Mar 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A fabulous plot, great characters, the author’s famous humor, and romance too. I love her stories. This is Amelia’s story, and I don’t want to give any of it away. You’ll 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.
Oct 27, 2020 marked it as to-read
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Jan 27, 2021 rated it liked it
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I can totally relate with this book as someone with anxiety and is sometimes experiencing panic attacks. There are a lot of things I don't want to hear (or rather read) but I needed to. And I kind of hated it because, in some ways, they are right.

I wanted to give this a full 5 stars but I can't because I feel like I'm reading scenes from personal experience or something and I'm not so comfortable. In a way, it is very triggering. I also hated how pushy Huck wanted to "cure" Amelia's anxiety. It'
Apr 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Full review appeared at Reader's Edyn on 04/29/20

Amelia is finally in a good place with her life … well, as good as it is going to get for her anyway. The victim of a harrowing experience in childhood – though she is unaware of that little detail – she suffers from extreme anxiety. It’s been a long and debilitating road to get to some form of normalcy, but she’s done it. She may have to make sacrifices along the way and she might seem a bit odd to some, but she’s found happiness. Until her dream
Jessa Leigh
Jun 01, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: tbr-pile
Release Date: March 10th 2020
Amelia has lived a quiet life in the town where she grew up. She plans to continue living that quiet life until Huck the rock star comes into her life. She and Huck’s daughter bond over their shared anxieties. Amelia and Huck develop a tenuous relationship and end up falling in love.

This book was all over the place. It was a sweet Christian novel, then Huck was seducing her one day after meeting her. I have anxiety and this book was very triggering in a number of w
Sandra Hutchison
Jun 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fun-romances
I only ordered this because I was so enjoying the series. I don't care a fig about rock stars, but these books are as irresistible as that next potato chip. I felt it could use just a touch more heat compared to the other two, and it drove me crazy that we never found out if that customer came back and paid for her beads. (The bag of cookies drove me crazy, too, until they were finally accounted for.) Still, this is such a fun series that I am looking forward to the next one. ...more
Emily Young
Mar 13, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 C
Emily Pennington
Mar 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Amelia Frothingham owned a bead shop. She’s 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 Huck’s daughter, Maggie, who struggles with similar anxiety issues, and they can find help and comfo ...more
Margarita Shuster
Apr 12, 2020 rated it it was ok
This book started off great! Loved the plot, who wouldn’t want to meet a real life rock god?! About a 1/4 of the way in, she lost me.

Questionable parts:

-Myrah’s character seems a bit to overdramatized. She’s says stuff like “Black don’t crack”. She sounds like she’s trying to hard to fit a stereotype.

-Buck who is supposed to be this sexy, modern rock star says stuff like “You know how vicious girls are”. Come again...?

-The 10 year old daughter was portrayed as overly mature yet had anxiety iss
Apr 11, 2020 rated it liked it
I may be too picky, but...

Both the main characters are annoying. She suffers from anxiety and he suffers from ego. I know people who have anxiety problems and they don't ask rude personal questions or make demands on someone they don't know well. Amelia crosses the line a lot in this book. Huck and his daughter Maggie have a good relationship, but I didn't like his assumptions about Amelia. The happy ending involves a 'twist' I saw coming a mile away and there were more realistic ways of achievi
Doreen Klein
Mar 17, 2020 rated it did not like it
Just couldn’t like the main characters

*** Spoiler alert****


I’ve enjoyed other books by this author, but just couldn’t feel good about this one. Best excerpt was an exchange between Amelia and Mrs. P. So I ended up not liking Amelia or how things planned out at the concert- and what was the deal with Tonya and Huck grabbing her ass and kissing her on the mouth??!! So Amelia should just be oK with it?? Made me not care for him either! The issues of anxiety are weakly addressed
Kay's Pallet
Mar 05, 2021 rated it did not like it

I really really did not like this book. 1. I could not stand Amelia. She is so out of touch with reality. She's so annoying with the whole "I have anxiety and it controls my life" thing. Newsflash, you aren't special. Many people have anxiety and don't mention it every 20 seconds. And why does she act like people, specifically Huck, owe her something. She comes off as entitled and dramatic as she overreacts to literally everything. I'm not even going to get into her over the top "
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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 USA Today Bestselling & 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,

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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
“Tethered to the past by phantom chains of longing. Tethered to a place by illusions of belonging. Tethered to a girl who left without a glance. Tethered to a life that never had a chance.” 0 likes
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