The Great Escape - Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Release Date - April 2013
Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Book Review by Tracy Farnsworth
Long-time readers of Susan Elizabeth Phillips will recognize many of the characters in The Great Escape from First Lady and Call Me Irresistible. Readers met Lucy Jorik in First Lady, when she was a scrappy teen trying to survive the streets and keep her sister safe. They saw Lucy again in Call Me Irresistible when Lucy fled from her impending wedding leaving her friend Meg to smooth everything over, only Meg started to fall for the fiance that Lucy left at the altar.
The Great Escape details Lucy's escape from Lucy's point of view. Readers learn where Lucy goes and how she struggles to figure out how to get back in her family's good graces after running away from her wedding. Little does she know, the bad boy, Panda, she hitches a ride with has his own secrets.
I really disliked Lucy for letting Meg take the brunt of everyone's anger in Call Me Irresistible, but I found myself liking her character best of all in this book. She is witty, tough, and definitely the ideal match for Panda.
There's a secondary romance in The Great Escape. Once settled in the lake house, Lucy discovers a neighbor's kid, Toby, watching her. After Toby's grandmother dies, a former friend of Toby's mother, Bree, becomes his new guardian. She has her own issues dealing with events of the past, all related to Toby's parents. Bree's back and trying to keep a low profile, but a man from her past wants to make it known that he's always loved her.