THE GREAT ESCAPE
Wynette, TX series
by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
14 hours, 9 minutes
On Sale: 07/10/2012
Performed by Shannon Cochran
Also available in Print formats Including Mass Market Paperback and e-books
On Sale: 03/25/2014 | Pages: 416
Library Book. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinion presented herein is my own except as noted.
Instead of saying “I do” to Mr. Irresistible, Lucy Jorik hitches a ride on the back of a beat-up motorcycle 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 to 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 encounter 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.
With a “runaway bride” theme, Susan Elizabeth Phillips explores finding oneself while pretending to be someone else while adopting another persona. This is essentially about finding one’s self: and of course that’s the source the line in the header and the title for the post both come from.
There are a few story lines through which this happens, each requiring in its own way, that the characters come to a personal realization in order to solve the problem or advance to the next stage in life; do what they really want.
There is missing back story from another book in the Wynette, TX series; it’s obvious the backstory regarding the bride’s adoptive parents is available in FIRST LADY, the book stands well enough on its own.
The story may be a little obvious, but is not without enough twists and surprises to keep it interesting. The characters are sometimes appealing, sometimes cranky, and some seem a little two-dimensional. But, even then they are not necessarily typical.
And the variety of situations in which we find them were varied enough to keep me guessing as to how they would react.
I enjoyed the narration: The reader had a pleasant voice and effectively changed voices without over acting. One character, did seem a little overly bored, or tired, sounding.
The love scenes were not too steamy, but were effective in imparting a little of the crazy way the characters felt about each other.
I particularly liked how Lucy’s character recognizes the positive characteristics of others and is accepting of who they are. She is not as adept at understanding herself though – not uncommon. And she learns that changing her clothes and hair doesn’t change who you are inside.
Very enjoyable listen – I highly recommend it.