Monday, July 23, 2012

"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."

The Great Escape (Book 6)
The Great Escape (Book 6)
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2.0 out of 5 stars DifferentJuly 23, 2012
The Great Escape by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Normally I really enjoy Ms Phillips novels. Usually they are fairly light and fluffy, with something that will eventually pull on your emotional strings, perhaps make you weep a tiny bit just before the feel good "happily ever after" ending.

This book takes a totally different approach that the first books in this series-yes we still have the heroine who meets the hero under usually humiliating circumstances, so that at least is the norm in this book. We also have the hero doing something extremely stupid just as he realizes that he loves the heroine, so that too is working into the formula. However, I don't believe I've ever read a book by Ms Phillips where the hero was so depressing or cruel. Nor can I remember a book Ms Phillips has done that actually concentrated on 4 characters so much, instead of just the two main ones. The last book I remember that had a slightly extended secondary character story was Match Me If You Can : A Novel

I am going to refrain from writing a synopsis since I don't believe I could do it without using too many spoilers.
After you read the entire book you understand why he was that cruel, but it may be difficult for long time fans to try to get through most of this book. It is a slow and at times a very depressing read. I don't like the `broody hero' aspect. There is so much going on about what I assume is Ms Phillips favorite `cause' that I caught myself rolling my eyes. I understand that this cause was started with the book "First Lady" and it was interesting then, but I think it was taken a bit too far in this book.
I read books to be entertained, to escape my real life that at time is depressing (like everyone in the world!) and this book did not have the moments of humor that I've come to expect with the author

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