The Backup Plan: A Novel

· The Sunrise Cove Series Book 3 · Sold by HarperCollins
13 reviews

About this ebook

New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis returns to Sunrise Cove with a heartwarming tale of three people who are brought together when they’re bequeathed an old Wild West inn that has the potential to pull their lives apart, but instead turns into the gift of a lifetime.

When Alice receives a call about an unexpected windfall, she’s stunned to learn the gift is a falling-apart-at-the-seams old Wild West B&B she once considered home—and she’s inherited it along with two strangers. Except they weren’t always strangers. Once upon a time, they were friends. One is her ex-BFF Lauren. The other is Knox, the only guy to ever break her heart, all while never even knowing she existed.

It turns out their lives are unknowingly entangled because they once separately helped the same woman without expecting anything in return. Years later, Alice, Lauren, and Knox are broken in their own way, with their own history—and secrets— causing them to start out on the wrong foot with each other. But according to the will, they must renovate and be partners in the inn for one year or else lose their inheritance.

Stuck together, they make a list of rules to keep the peace—rules that end up doing the opposite, but by some miracle they find what they didn’t even know they were looking for—acceptance, true friendship, and in a case (or two!), true love.

13 reviews
Yvonne Cruz
January 17, 2023
This latest stand alone in the series proves once again, that this talented author always delivers a winner. Alice Moore, Knox Rawlings, and Lauren Scott are brought back together to the Last Chance Inn, when its owner, Eleanor Graham, dies and leaves the Inn to them. Years ago, Lauren and Alice had been best friends, but a tragedy ended it, and shortly after, Alice left town. Knox was older, and thanks to Ms. Eleanor, he survived his heartbreaking youth.
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Kristy M
January 18, 2023
Another reviewer used the phrase “Jill Shalvis induced haze” and I’m living this right now. This book was so fabulous that I don’t want to read anything else that would diminish the happy feelings invoked by this amazing story. Knox, Alice, and Lauren get thrust into reviving this run-down inn, while having to navigate reviving a strained friendship and trying not to establish long term strings. Great read, great characters, fun banter, and two HEAs!
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Sue Galuska
January 17, 2023
I really enjoyed this second chance at life story. Alice, Lauren and Knox all had demons from their past still affecting their current lives. Together the three of them helped each other get past those hurdles so they could have a better life. Beautifully written characters and a perfect story line, this book gives you laughter, sadness and pure joy.
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About the author

New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill’s bestselling, award-winning novels wherever books are sold and visit her website,, for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

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