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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

12 out of 13 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 10, 2012

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    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 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!

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 10, 2012

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    I loved this book. very well written. Finished it very quickly

    I loved this book. very well written. Finished it very quickly

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 13, 2012

    I loved the book! SEP is my favorite author and I love all her

    I loved the book! SEP is my favorite author and I love all her books for different reasons. She has the ability to take something farfetched and make it believable.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2012

    Great book

    SEP at her best. Very satisfying story with depth and great secondary characters. Once you start to read, you wont want to stop. I hated for the book to end.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2012

    Loved it.

    Great read

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2012

    I have read all of SEP's books and some of them numerous times..

    I have read all of SEP's books and some of them numerous times...this is definitely one of my favorites and ranks up with This Heart of Mine and It Had to Be You as one of the better ones. Definitely better than What I did For Love or Match Me If You Can, even Natural Born Charmer. This and Call Me Irresistable are definitely two that I will reread again.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2012

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    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2015

    Highly recommened

    Great book. Touches on a lot of current issues.

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  • Posted November 27, 2013

    The was the first book I've read by Susan Elizabeth Phillips and

    The was the first book I've read by Susan Elizabeth Phillips and now I'm wondering why? Her writing is really well done. Lucy actually did
    a courageous act by not marrying the man everyone thought was perfect, by realizing he wasn't her perfect man.  Enter Panda, the bad
    boy on a motorcycle to her rescue. I also enjoyed the friendships that Lucy found in the journey of finding herself again. I highly recom-
    mend this book. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2013

    1 of my favorite authors

    I love all of Susan Elizabeth Phillips books. I like the way she had written the conversations with Meg. And Lucy's outfits made me LOL. And of course there is sexy Panda. Enjoy the secondary characters also.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2013

    Another great Susan E Phillips book!

    Fun read, characters are very lovable, but real. You'll enjoy this one if you like other Susan Elizabeth Phillips books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2013

    Highly Recommend

    Great read! Susan Elizabeth Phillips books are all great, I have read everyone of her books at least twice.

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  • Posted February 8, 2013

    Funny, sweet

    Great read! I loved it. The characters are fun and engaging. They have depth and you can't wait to see what happens to each of them, even the small characters. You'll love it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2013

    Jen to sam.

    Sam shadow is acting e.mo.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2013

    Jaycee

    Is in the house

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted January 14, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2012

    Good

    Wonderful story

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2012

    Dee

    But...*she pouts.*

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2012

    Anonymous

    Don't listen to negative reviews. This is classic SEP. She's as entertaining and funny as ever. If she changed her style too much her faithful readers such as I would be disappointed,and the self-important "critics" would still be grip. Remember,SEP, "Be the best at what you're good at." You are the best and we still love you.

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  • Posted July 16, 2012

    I have loved all of SEP's books and this one was no exception.

    I have loved all of SEP's books and this one was no exception. Her characters are always facinating, even the ones who have a secondary role in the story. I'm hoping that Tracey will have her own story next!

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