Thursday, April 18, 2013

Book Review: The Great Escape by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

This is a really good example of the right book finding me at the right time.  You can look back through my blog history and see that I don't typically read romance novels.  Women's lit or YA maybe, but not much straight up romance.  BUT, I've been doing a ton of serious and/or academic reading.  I read (and will soon review) Going Clear by Lawrence Wright and I'm taking an MOOC hosted by Duke in Behavioral Economics that has required a fair amount of research and academic reading.  My brain totally needed a break.  Enter The Great Escape.

Lucy, our main character, is the adopted daughter of the President and is about to get married to the perfect man, when she loses her nerve and flees the church.  She winds up on the back of a motorcycle driven by the rough-around-the-edges Panda.  As she finds herself and discovers what she really wants in life, she is pulled in directions she never imagined and finds herself inexplicably drawn to Panda and the life he represents.  Add a quaint island town, cute orphan, some spunky female friends, and you have a recipe for amazing brain candy.

I was looking for an escape, if you will, and this perfectly fit the bill.  It follows the traditional formula (and in this case, I don't mean that negatively) of a romance and the love scenes were all well written.  The plot was interesting, the characters kept me entertained, and it flowed well.  Just keep in mind it's a romance novel, not lit fic, so if you're looking for something serious, high-minded, and/or realistic, this may not be it.

Entertainment Value
Do you know what's weird?  What I love in a romance novel is almost always the exact opposite of what I love in reality.  I would HATE Panda if I knew him in real life and I'd NEVER date him.  But I loved him as a foil for Lucy.  And I was enthralled by the book.  I plan on picking up the rest of the series (they don't need to be read in order) and keeping them around for times like this when I need a bit of brain candy!

Thanks to TLC for including me on the tour!  Click here to see the other tour sites and dates.


  1. I have read a lot of Susan Elizabeth Phillips books (my favorite has been the Chicago Star Series) and all of them pretty much follow the same pattern. But like you said, great escape. :)

  2. Yup, I'm with you there - what I love in romance novels is definitely not what I love in real life!

    Glad you enjoyed this one overall. Thanks for being a part of the tour.

  3. I'm not a fan of romance novels either, but this one sounds like a good read!

  4. I'm such a sucker for romance novels for a good fluff read!

  5. Sounds like a cute story! I'm particular about my women's fiction, but I think I could get into this one!

  6. Hi, Carole's Chatter is collecting posts about Favourite Romance Novels. This looks like a good one. It would be super if you linked it in. This is the link - Your Favourite Romances I hope to see you soon. Cheers