#bookreview: The Great Escape by Susan Elizabeth Phillips @SEPauthor

Book: The Great Escape: A Novel

Author: Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Publisher: William Morrow

Pages/Price: 432/$25.99

ISBN: 78-0062106063

Category: Fiction

About The Great Escape

The Great Escape

Where do you run to when your life has fallen apart?

Lucy Jorik is a champ at never embarrassing the family she adores—not surprising since her mother is one of the most famous women in the world. But now Lucy has done just that. And on her wedding day, no less, to the most perfect man she’s ever known.

Instead of saying “I do” to Mr. Irresistible, Lucy flees the church in an ill-fitting blue choir robe and hitches a ride on the back of a beat-up motorcycle plastered with offensive bumper stickers. She’s flying into the unknown with a rough-looking, bad-tempered stranger who couldn’t be more foreign to her privileged existence.

While the world searches for her, Lucy must search for herself, and she quickly realizes that her customary good manners are no defense against a man who’s raised rudeness to an art form. Lucy needs to toughen up—and fast.

Her great escape takes her to his rambling beach house on a Great Lakes island. Here, she hopes to find a new direction . . . and unlock the secrets of this man who knows so much about her but reveals nothing about himself. As the hot summer days unfold amid scented breezes and sudden storms, she’ll also encounter a beautiful, troubled beekeeper; a frightened young boy; a modern-day evil queen; and a passion that could change her life forever.

In this dazzling follow-up to her New York Times bestseller Call Me Irresistible, Susan Elizabeth Phillips tells the funny, touching, enchanting story of a young woman searching for her destiny . . . and of a damaged man who doesn’t believe in second chances.

Tliz’s review of The Great Escape

I love Lucy and you will too.  In The Great Escape: A Novel, Ms. Phillips’ twenty-first novel, the story of Lucy Jorik continues.  We initially meet Lucy in First Lady.  She’s a spirited teenager on a cross-country journey with her baby sister and two unlikely guardians.  Fast-forward seventeen years and The Great Escape occurs.
The story begins as Lucy slips out through the side door of her own wedding.  She jumps on the back of a motorcycle driven by a man she doesn’t know and escapes what most (including herself) consider her perfect match.  Lucy strikes a deal with the man who goes by the name Panda and the adventure/self discovery begins.

Although she is initially more than slightly horrified by her traveling companion and his lack of manners, Lucy quickly realizes his behavior seems contradictory and is a clever ruse.  It appears he is just one more mystery in her life that she feels compelled to try to solve.  Their journey takes them to an island in the Great Lakes where they become surrounded by a menagerie of unique characters.  In Lucy you have a heroine who seemingly doesn’t know herself at all and in Panda a hero who thinks he does.

The relationships are paramount.  They are the universal glue of all the great Susan Elizabeth Phillips books.  Be they secondary or prime they are what moves the story and takes the reader to a place where emotions rule.  She has created masterfully a commonality tying the reader to the character.  The predominance of the romantic, familial and friend relationships set the pace for this heart-stirring story.  As a reader we bring our own personal understanding to everything we read and in this case it propels you back to those common and powerful emotions shared the world over.

In this novel Susan Elizabeth Phillips has done what she does best; created characters you’d like to know.  People you’d invite over for a potluck.  All of them flawed, imperfect and endearing.  You don’t just cheer for them, you love them.  You celebrate their accomplishments and struggle with them through their misconceptions.  So if you’re looking for an engrossing, engaging, and enthralling story then this is the book for you.  Run, don’t walk, to the bookstore…or perhaps just hit a button, but whatever you do my suggestion is to do it post haste!

Disclosure: Tliz received a review copy of this book in order to facilitate her review. She was beyond excited!

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  1. Philomena Lynott says:

    I enjoyed the very descriptive review by Ms. Munn. She really paints a sharp picture, describing and making you want to get to know Lucy and Panda more..I have read a couple of SEP’s previous Bibles and am sure this will not dissapoint. I wonder if Ms. Munn also likes the taste of Champagne?!!

  2. Philomena Lynott says:

    I really enjoyed Ms. Munn’s descriptive review. She really knows how to paint a sharp image. I have read a couple of SEP’s previous Bible’s and can’t wait to get my hands on this one!! I wonder if Ms. Munn also likes Champagne?!!

  3. Great comment TLiz! Rock on Mo!

  4. I love SEP’s writing and the review from Tliz makes me want to run to the bookstore, call off work tomorrow, turn off my cell phone, and spend the day reading. I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of The Great Escape.

  5. Joe major says:

    Excellent review! I am running now to the bookstore!

  6. Loved the review by Ms. Munn, makes me want to read the book, and attend that potluck!!