The Great Escape

The Great Escape

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"Next to Tracy and Hepburn, nobody does romantic comedy better than Susan Elizabeth Phillips."
--Minneapolis Star Tribune

Perennial New York Times bestseller Susan Elizabeth Phillips now provides her fans with The Great Escape from ordinary women's romantic fiction. One of today's most beloved writers, the incomparable Phillips follows up her utterly beguiling hit, Call Me Irresistible ("Phillips at her very best. Romantic, funny, sexy, and poignant" --Kristin Hannah) with a sequel that's equally impossible to resist. Returning in The Great Escape are some of Phillips's most adored characters, including headstrong, impetuous ex-president's daughter, Lucy Jorik, who's just abandoned her fiancé, Ted "Mr. Irresistible" Beaudine, at the altar. Now she's looking for adventure--and perhaps a little romance--embarking on a wild and hilariously unpredictable road trip that begins on the back of a rather menacing-looking stranger's motorcycle. The winner of more Favorite Book of the Year Awards than any other romance author, including Nora Roberts, Susan Elizabeth Phillips offers her fans an Escape to remember, and they'll certainly want to come back for more!
Publisher: New York : William Morrow, c2012
ISBN: 9780062203885
Branch Call Number: PHIL
Characteristics: 420 p. ; 24 cm


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Dec 11, 2012

The author makes you want to shake the characters until they come to their senses, which,of course, they eventually do. A great read!

LDuke2012 Dec 11, 2012

So, I know I'm going to get a good read whenever I read Susan Elizabeth Phillips as I've been reading her since the mid-1990s. We know it will all work out in the end. Emotionally stunted people will grow and help others to grow. She will always get a 3 or higher star rating from me. Usually there isn’t any true “suspense” or “action” but just a solid story about character development.
That being said: I had several problems with this book: 1. SEP never explained the origins of the nickname of the hero. 2. Heroine suffered badly from “damsel in distress” for far too long. She is supposedly such a smart cookie – did guilt and wedding planning warp her brain? 3. Everyone was just too good to be true. Of course that is part of the charm of a romance but there has to be a baseline reality check for the characters to bounce out around.
Sadly, for these characters the reality baseline swerved wildly and constantly. I’m thinking part of the problem is the ick factor of the runaway bride leaving (with no real reason defined ) and hooking up with a “bad boy”.
The secondary story of the TV celebrities was completely unnecessary. I feel it was put in only to develop a major LBGT character. I enjoy promoting civil rights in art…but I truly feel the publishing contract now include a clause that say a LBGT character must be included, even if the character doesn’t moves the plot along.

MLRMS Sep 27, 2012

It's a very good read, but not as good as other SEP's books such as "Call Me Irresistible", "Blue Moon" and "Match Me If You Can". Very entertaining nevertheless.

Jul 28, 2012

Another fun novel by SEP. She tells such an entertaining story - and doesn't disappoint with this conclusion to Call Me Irresistible.

libraryfamily_1 Jul 23, 2012

Another fun, fast romantic read from the wonderful master Phillips. Picks up from a character in another book and gives her "a book of her own."


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Jul 28, 2012

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.

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