Tuesday, April 23, 2013

The Great Escape-Susan Elizabeth Phillips

The Great Escape

Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Morrow, Apr 2 2013, $14.99

ISBN: 9780062106186

In Wynette, Texas perpetual First Daughter Lucy Jorik jilted her fiancé retired PGA star Ted Beaudine. After she fled town with Panda Shade, a dangerous-looking stranger on a motorcycle, Lucy's BFF Meg Koranda married the town mayor (see Call Me Irresistible). Thirtyish Lucy feels overwhelmed with guilt and remorse. She needs time to think while ridding herself of the pretense of being the offspring of a POTUS. Instead she pretends to be a kick butt biker chick and behaves like a street hooker.

On the same island lives impoverished divorcee Bree residing in a rundown cabin. She is guardian to angry tweener Toby, who hates her. Though she wants no part of raising any child especially a hurting belligerent one, Bree needs to rid her acrimonious self-loathing; smitten Mike plans to help her.

The Great Escape is an enjoyable contemporary romance though the Bree subplot is the more realistic and entertaining of the two stories. Fans who accept Lucy’s radical personality change as part of a coming of age metamorphosis will root for her to find contentment and love while also hope for the best for Bree.

Harriet Klausner

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