The Great Escape: A Novel (Wynette, Texas) Paperback – 20 Aug 2012
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“No one tops Susan Elizabeth Phillips” (Jayne Ann Krentz)
“...intelligent, funny and hot enough to make you sigh.” (People)
“With her latest flawlessly written romance, Phillips delivers the kind of complex, realistically complicated characters and richly emotional love story her fans have come to expect. Fueled with incendiary sexual chemistry, and deliciously witty, The Great Escape is another jewel from one of the genre’s most incandescent stars.” (Booklist (starred review))
With brilliant dialog, sassy humor, and laserlike insight into what makes people tick, Phillips gifts readers with an engrossing, beautifully written romance that satisfies on all levels. Another winner from a stellar writer who never disappoints. (Library Journal (starred review))
Phillips’ signature mix of complicated characters, sexual chemistry and emotionally compelling writing is irresistible. (Chicago Tribune)
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“Next to Tracy and Hepburn, nobody does romantic comedy better than Susan Elizabeth Phillips.”
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In this book, author continues the story from her previous work, telling a story about main character Lucy Jorik (main character from previous book Meg's best friend), who lead perfect life being daughter to the one of the most famous women in the world until her wedding day when instead marrying a great guy named Ted, she will escape from the church with an almost complete stranger, named Panda, on his motorcycle.
While all the known and unknown people will be searching for her, she will realize that she must first find herself, needs to change herself if she wants to survive in a world full of people different than the ones she was used to live nearby.
Slowly, she will learn lot about her mystery companion man, and while revealing his disturbed past she will realize they too have lot in common.
Her escape will take her far away, at the end all the way to the beach house on Great Lakes where she would for the first time understand that she is really getting to know strange man because of which her life was so drastically changed...
I wouldn't want for you to understand me wrong and I don't want to sound sexist, but this is truly a novel for women.
And by that, I don't think anything bad, but simply its motives, plot, and especially the outcome of the novel are such that they will have far more appeal to female readers than to the man, and I'm sure that was author's intention.Read more ›
Such a shame, I like her books normally.
I have no doubt that there will be readers out there who will enjoy it - but don't let this be your first SEP experience. I understand what she was trying to do with Lucy (giving her a taste of the childhood she didn't have), but I just found her a bit difficult to love. Panda was cool. I liked him. :) As usual, there are several sidelines and that kept the book entertaining, but I still felt like there was some zing missing.
Still a keeper for me!
Recently, my librarian asked me to send her a list of books I wanted to read and after (a lot of) searching for some that I knew would be good, I finally went for my failsafe when it comes to a great read - A Susan Elizabeth Phillips book.
I loved diving in to Panda & Lucy's story after such a long time. It was just what I needed after reading such intense books for so long. It had some great twists in it, all of which I wasn't expecting. I think they were more surprising because it's the first time Susan's used twists in her stories (at least from what I can remember of her other books). Twists in an SEP book? Yes please!
It took all my willpower to finish reading the book though; I really had to use all the perseverance I had in me to read the last 70- odd pages. I can't tell you how many times I almost didn't finish the book, but then to get so far and not finish? I couldn't do it. I thought Panda & Lucy's storyline could have been told with fewer pages to be honest, the rest of it just seemed unnecessary.
The stars of the book for me were Toby, Bree and Temple. When I felt like DNFing the book they are what kept me reading.
When everything's said & done would I recommend the book to somebody? Of course! Despite the fact that I think it dragged on a little too much, you can't get any better than SEP. If you're looking for a read with witty dialogue and laugh out loud moments to go with your romance then this (or any SEP book for that matter) is the one for you.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I could not put this book down from start to finish! I love reading Susan Elizabeth's Phillips books, no matter what she pulls it out of the bag!Published 18 months ago by Alice dales
Got this on a whim from the library, I do like a frothy romance to pass the time away, but 50 pages in,,,, really??
A man called panda??? Again really? Read more
This fills an afternoon but isn't SEP's best. It has the standard elements but doesn't fit together as well as other stories. Read morePublished on 12 Jun. 2014 by avidreader
I have to say that I am a massive SEP fan I have read all her books. I was slightly dissapointed with this- it was slighly rushed and then was too slow in other places.Published on 14 Jan. 2013 by zee
Some previous reviewers commented on this novel unfavourably however I must disagree. As far as I'm concerned it had all the signature elements one would expect from a SEP work. Read morePublished on 28 Dec. 2012 by Miss I Spy
I have read other books by Susan Elizabeth Philips and enjoy her writing.
I found this book a light read and it passed the time.
I thought The Great Escape by SEP was a great book. It took me a while to get past the first few pages as the other reviews put me off reading it. Read morePublished on 8 Oct. 2012 by Jw13