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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.

©2018 Sherryl Woods (P)2020 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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Standard Sherryl Woods goodness, frustrating audio

The Backup Plan is a good start of the Charleston Series - decent, predictable (in a good way!) character development, and good story line, something we've grown to expect from Sherryl Woods. Small town girl comes home after being gone a decade, bringing PTS syndrome baggage with her, and hoping to get some R&R, to recover back home in familiar territory. Expecting life back home to have remained unchanged after all the years she's been away - including the Beauforte brothers - she's not quite prepared for things to be almost as messy in Charleston as they are in the rest of the world.

But the narration AND audio production made this a tough listen. The elimination of all breaths made the production choppy and bracing, mechanical. Ending sounds were clipped short throughout, which tells me this is more of a production issue than a narrator problem, but I also struggled with the way dialogue was handled by Ms. Cottle - for instance, there was a lot of over-the-top emotional outbursts (where none was indicated) that made it feel contrived, and character voices often changed from one setting to the next, making it a little confusing. I'm usually pretty willing to ignore narration issues, but this one was difficult to get through. It made it hard to thoroughly immerse myself in the story. I'm relieved the other books in the series are narrated by other actresses, otherwise, it would have been a deal breaker for me.

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Great Read

I enjoyed this book. it wasn't built on predictability but had a great ending.

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Good book / Not so good narrator

The story held my attention but it took a lot of stops and starts as the narrator breaks up the sentences so often. She is reading, not narrating. Her “style” is too broken and doesn’t sound natural and it was distracting.

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