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The Great Escape

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

Another great book by Susan Elizabeth Phillips! Lucy Jorik has d

Another great book by Susan Elizabeth Phillips!
Lucy Jorik has done the unthinkable! The adopted daughter of the POTUS has jilted Mr. Perfect, literally at the altar, and made a run for it. She finds herself on the back of a motorcycle driven by a man named Panda who s...
Another great book by Susan Elizabeth Phillips!
Lucy Jorik has done the unthinkable! The adopted daughter of the POTUS has jilted Mr. Perfect, literally at the altar, and made a run for it. She finds herself on the back of a motorcycle driven by a man named Panda who she remembers seeing at the rehearsal dinner. Panda is lean, mean, sexy and crude but he is all she has at the moment and she bribes him into taking her along on his travels.
Lucy is looking to find the girl she once was- a young girl with gumption- not the cashmere twinset pale version of herself that she has become. The Lucy we met from “The First Lady” was a real firecracker who didn’t take any guff from anyone and has somehow turned into a pleaser with no backbone. With Panda she starts to find a little bit of that old spunky Lucy. After a short time together, sparks fly and they end up in bed together. Then he dumps her and sends her back to her family.
Panda is a man in a difficult position. He is attracted to Lucy but he has to keep his distance and get her to back to her family for her own protection. After Lucy figures out the truth about him, she sets out to find him again and ends up squatting in his Michigan lakeside home. When he returns, things become pretty interesting. Lucy has adopted a new personality and starts to make friends with the locals including Toby, her pre-teen neighbor and his guardian, Bree.
Although the book is primarily about Panda and Lucy, there are many other interesting characters in the book, Mike, the flashy real estate salesman with hidden depths, Temple, a mostly crazy fitness guru who has let herself go to pudgy, and assorted other folks who add color to the story. There is an interesting backstory about the history of some of the island residents and it relates to Panda as well.
Lucy and Panda are so good together even when they are fighting and insulting each other. Lucy needs to get her mojo back and Panda needs to settle some old issues that are keeping him from engaging in having a happy life and they need each other to do it. When I read the last page, it felt like everything had just turned out so right both for this couple and for Meg and Ted, who make a brief appearance. Loved, loved, loved this book!

posted by SharonRedfern on July 10, 2012

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Most Helpful Critical Review

11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

I am not a book critic...I am an avid book reader, and since I w

I am not a book critic...I am an avid book reader, and since I was 16 years old, Susan Elizabeth Phillips has been one of my favorite authors. I'm one of the few who places her release date on my calendar and run to Barnes and Nobles to purchase her hardcover because I ...
I am not a book critic...I am an avid book reader, and since I was 16 years old, Susan Elizabeth Phillips has been one of my favorite authors. I'm one of the few who places her release date on my calendar and run to Barnes and Nobles to purchase her hardcover because I don't care how much her books cost; I just want a great read. I say this to establish my loyalty to her, and explain to anyone reading this post, that I say this out of genuine affection and nostalgia of her other books.

I am truly disappointed with this book. It took me a week before I garnered the courage to read it in the first place-- I did not like "Call Me Irresistible." My expectations were already low from Meg and Ted's story; so for me to be disappointed is really telling. I waited twelve years for Lucy to grow up and fall in love, and two years for this book, and it did NOT allow me to fall in love with adult Lucy or Panda (I didn't even have a crush...however his role was better than Ted's). I needed something more from Lucy...I kept waiting for her to open up to Panda and deal with her insecurities. Maybe that's why the love scenes weren't passionate at all because Lucy and Panda did not have an emotional connection like many of her other characters in other books.

I'm used to crying at some point during Phillips's novels...I'll never forget Patches peeling off his face paint in "Honey Moon" and laying his soul bare. Or Kevin Tucker running with Molly and jumping into the lake. Nor will I ever get the memory of Dean building a relationship with Jack Patriot at his summer house. Those are only a few memories running through my mind right now from SEP's novels. All of these moments are what make Phillips' books so special and memorable. And I guess that's why I'm so disappointed. "The Great Escape" did not have any moments like those to get me to feel.

Will I stop reading SEP? Probably not, but I'm hoping enough of us fans will help her find her passion for writing again...I feel that it's waning. And that breaks my heart.

posted by mimisthoughts on July 18, 2012

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  • Posted July 17, 2012

    Horribe!

    I have loved just about all of SEP's books, but this was just a disaster. The 2 main characters are utterly boring and the whole gothic disguise is annoying. I could not have cared less about either Lucy or "Panda" - what a ridiculous name! I basically forced myself to finish the book. I hope SEP starts to write the hilarious, lovable romances that she is known for like Heaven, Texas and the entire football series. How about a hockey series?

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2012

    It didn't click for me.

    Broke my heart -- I've always loved her books. But this one needed more editing and a plot revision.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2012

    The book has not shipped yet do why are you sending me this email

    The Barnes and Noble website is having technical troubles as this book is preordered and not scheduled to ship for 3 more weeks!

    1 out of 26 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 30, 2012

    I want my money back! Love sep but this was her worst wok yet.

    I want my money back!

    Love sep but this was her worst wok yet. I had no empathy with the characters and didn't like how they spent very little time together but still fell in love! I need to re-read Just like heaven to erase this last one from my memory

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2012

    I have read many Susan Elizabeth Phillips books, and have loved

    I have read many Susan Elizabeth Phillips books, and have loved them. Even "Call Me Irresistible" and "First Lady", in this series, I loved. But this one - "The Great Escape" - fell short in many ways. I barely got myself to finish it, and by the end was skimming it, just so I could put it down. The main characters - Lucy and Panda - were fine except for the interaction between them, a major part of the story. Lucy's anger at Panda was misplaced, inappropriate, and very unrealistic. How she could get angry with a man for coming back to his own house whenever he needed to or wanted to, saying "he didn't deserve the house", but she (staying there free of charge) did - just because she seemed to like it more? This bordered on the ridiculous. When he tried to make up with her for things he said and did - that she herself had willingly participated in, and were not his sole responsibility - she would refuse to be placated, and held on to her anger. It was just unrealistic and almost ridiculous - taking me, the reader, out of the story, and feeling critical of the writer. I was very disappointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2012

    A halfway book at full price!

    Barely able to stomach it to the halfway point. SE, are you developing a new genre, "dysfunctioal romance"?

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