by Sherryl Woods

March 2005
ISBN: 0-7783-2149-5
Reviewer Graphic Button Mira Books #1
Mass Market Paperback

Dinah Davis had the most harrowing experience a war correspondent could ever have. Now she’s losing her edge and her grip. When her boss suggests that Dinah return home and marry a nice young man, she remembers her “backup plan” with her childhood sweetheart. However, things aren’t the same when Dinah goes home. Her sweetheart is MIA and his older brother seems determined to, not only keep them apart, but also force himself into her life.

Cordell Beaufort has always been attracted to Dinah, however, she was his little brother’s girl so, for the most part, he left well enough alone. Now that she’s back, though, he’s going to show her that he’s not the bad boy she always assumed he was. When she has a reaction to a loud noise, Cordell starts to realize that Dinah isn’t the spoiled rich girl he always assumed she was.

I’m a bit of a newcomer to Sherryl Wood’s books. However, I quickly learned that her writing style is smooth and exciting. This story is no different and the added “harrowing” experience is handled with the care and respect it deserves. Dinah is a strong and overly independent woman, to the point that she is sure that she can handle post-traumatic stress syndrome on her own. She’s never let the fact that her family is a wealthy family at the center of the close-knit town get in her way of doing exactly what she has always wanted. Cordell is very much a laid back southern male. He’s more inclined to allow people to think what they want of him, knowing that he is better than they believe. He’s got a heart of gold and tons of patience when it comes to helping Dinah straighten herself out. With a plethora of interesting and completely developed “supporting” cast, I found The Backup Plan to be another Ms. Wood’s keeper book. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing more of these people in the second installment of the Low Country trilogy.

Reviewed in April 2005 by Vikky.

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