The Backup Plan by Jill Shalvis EPUB & PDF – eBook Details Online
- Author: Jill Shalvis
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Alice’s To-do List
Buy potato chips. The family-size bag. If anyone eats them, act appropriately grief-stricken at
After two days of driving, Alice Moore needed to make a pit stop to stretch
her legs but ended up in a drive-thru instead. Hey, it wasn’t her fault that
exercise and extra fries sounded alike. She’d just finished licking the salt off
her fingers when she realized she was nearly at her destination.
She was either experiencing heart palpitations or her tummy had regrets
about supersizing her order.
Probably it was both.
What was it people said about the past—don’t look back? Well, she’d
tried not to. Valiantly. But as she drove along the north shore of Lake Tahoe,
surrounded by 360 degrees of sharp, majestic, still snow-covered peaks, she
felt her past settling over her as heavily as the storm swirling overhead.
It’d been four years since she’d been in Sunrise Cove, the small mountain
town where she’d been born and bred. She’d spent most of her adolescence at
her dad’s work, the Last Chance Inn, nestled in the hills above the lake. But
that’d been a long time ago. She’d been braver back then, full of hope. These
days she was more of a slap-an-out-of-order-sticker-on-her-forehead sort of
She’d been driving for two days, blasting old 1980s rock so she wouldn’t
think too much. But the closer to Lake Tahoe she got, the more her heart
began to pound in her ears. Or maybe it was just the squealing of the clutch in
Stella, her 1972 Chevy Blazer, proving that she needed a throw-out bearing
replacement even more than she needed gas.
Turning off Lake Drive, she headed up Last Chance Road. At the end of
the street, the ostentatious gate in front of her was wide open. She drove
along the muddy and still snow-patched land surrounded by thick groves of
towering pines that made the place smell like perpetual Christmas.
The old Wild West Last Chance Inn had been standing tall and proud
since 1885, complete with a wraparound porch and wooden signs above the
windows labeled SALOON, JAIL, GRAVEYARD, etc., all making her feel like she’d
just stepped back in time. She knew every nook and cranny of the place like
the back of her hand. She’d learned to drive here, and was proud to say she’d
only hit the mailbox three times. She’d ridden her bike here, and had helped
her dad fix up anything with an engine. Convinced she could fly, she’d
climbed the trees and jumped from the high branches. It’d taken a broken
ankle at age ten to figure out that maybe she wasn’t meant to be airborne.
She parked in front of the inn, but her gaze went to the barn, a hundred
yards to the south. Beyond that was a creek where inn guests had once
panned for gold, but it was the barn that had always called to Alice. Along
with her car racing older brother and dad, she’d lost hours and weeks and
months working on the inn’s incredible collection of antique and old muscle
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