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Escape by Barbara Delinsky

New York Times Bestseller

From the author of Not My Daughter comes the story of Emily Aulenbach, an idealistic young lawyer who once dreamed of representing victims of corporate abuse. Instead, she now spends her days in a cubicle arguing victims of corporate greed out of their rightful claims. She no longer connects with much in her life, period, with the exception of three things—her computer, her BlackBerry, and her watch. One day, she snaps. Without telling anyone where she is going, she heads north to Bell Valley, New Hampshire, the small town where she spent a life-altering summer during her college years. There, she will set out to forge new relationships with lovers, long-lost friends and the person she once wanted to become.

"A first-rate storyteller who creates believable, sympathetic characters who seem as familiar as your neighbors." 
The Boston Globe

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385532730
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/05/2011
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 5,031
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

BARBARA DELINSKY has more than thirty million copies of her books in print. She lives with her fam­ily in New England.

From the Hardcover edition.


Newton, Massachusetts

Date of Birth:

August 9, 1945

Place of Birth:

Boston, Massachusetts


B.A. in Psychology, Tufts University, 1967; M.A. in Sociology, Boston College, 1969

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Escape 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 163 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Thirty two years old Emily Aulenbach seems to be living a good life in New York. She loves her husband James deeply and is employed as a lawyer at a prestigious firm where she is highly regarded and her spouse will soon be a partner in his firm. Emily constantly reminds herself she is fortunate. Still as she keeps saying how lucky she is, she goes home and packs. Emily drives away not stopping until she reaches Bell Harbor, New Hampshire.-------------- A decade ago while at college, she spends a wonderful summer there and became close friends with her Vicki Bell and her brother Jude whom she had a torrid relationship with until he cheated on her. Emily left; severing all ties with the Bell siblings. Now she tries to heal the wounds she caused Vickie. She is staying at Vicki's bed and breakfast while deciding about the rest of her life. She knows what she no longer wants to do, which is returning to the sterile, risk free and friendless life she had in NYC. However, James remains adamant about becoming a partner; a position hetoiled to achieve for years. Their marriage appears doomed.------------------- As with all of Barbara Delinsky tales, the characters are the heart and soul of the novel. Escape is no different as gutsy Emily holds the tale together with her desperate flight from Manhattan though she loves and adores James. Fans will root for the couple to find a way to stay together, but it looks doubtful as neither side has room for compromise. Although the climax is simple and realistic, this is a poignant look at lifestyles.-------------- Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I check the reader reviews of a book, I expect to read a review of the book. I do not want to read more complaints about the price of Nook books. I know people are unhappy about the price of Nook books. Fine! Complain! But please do it in another venue and leave the review space for reviews of the book.
Amanda Betzer More than 1 year ago
This is by far one of my most favorite novels by her.
wordsurfer More than 1 year ago
If you enjoy the kind of drivel that Danielle Steele writes, then you will probably enjoy this book. If you prefer original plot lines and multiple-dimensional characters, then I recommend you find something else. I bought this as a mindless vacation read, and struggled to finish reading it because it was so mind-numbingly boring.
SnjDebi More than 1 year ago
The impression I got was the here were 2 hard working individuals and one wakes up suddenly unhappy with the life they created one day- thinking there must be more to the meaning of life. Very Eat, Pray, Love to me. I couldn't help but feel that Emily was a bit spoiled - even though she was made to have a difficult relationship with her father - and I can't even fathom just getting up and "running away " one day and my spouse being sort of ok with that. Aside from being chock full of grammatical and spelling errors, I found the story line to be fairly predictable and at times annoying in it's simplicity. This was my first work by Delinsky and it may very well be my last!
The_Reading_Reviewer More than 1 year ago
Emily can't take another day of answering the phone, sitting in her cubicle, worrying about whether she is doing the right thing by her clients or if the dream she has been chasing has crumbled in her hands. She loves her husband but suspects he may be cheating on her, likes being a lawyer, but hates the type she is practicing and adores her parents but is tired of worrying that she is a disappointment to them. One day she decides she has had enough and drives away in her husband's car to figure out if the past is what is stopping her from loving the present and unable to work on a future. Emily reconnects with her college friend, which is yet another relationship she stopped nurturing and finds she cannot live without. But going back to a place that provided peace in the past and calm during the storm may turn out to be a nightmare if the reason she left this little slice of heaven shows up. Everyone has a secret they hold close to their heart and this one broke Emily's heart and she is not looking to repeat any mistakes when the man she is married to has fulfilled her expectations but keeping this secret from her husband is as sinful as the ones she is accusing him of. At some point Emily is going to have to face her husband and family, which is not going to be easy. She has to tell them why she ran away but still can't decide when she will be home or how she is going to mesh the life she wants with the life she has and still be able to afford to have a baby. The reward for Emily is the joy she receives every time she walks into The Rescue and sees all the animals that have faced much pain and misery than working too many hours and not getting enough sleep. Life is never the problem it is living the life that does you in. I bought this book with no idea what it was about because any Barbara Delinsky is a must buy on my list and never question that it will be great. However, this particulate book comes in a time when my life is a mess and what I want more than anything is to go someplace that will stop the craziness and calm my stress. The main character is like every other woman who does not want to throw the life she has away, she wants to make it work and just cannot figure out how. Her husband has his ideas, her parents another and work is what you do to pay for the life you have. This story will hit everyone that reads it regardless of your age because at some point we all want to hit the button that gets us off the bus and lets us walk for a while.
ILgirl07 More than 1 year ago
I listened to this on audio and just could not get into it. Started off strong - woman needing to escape chaotic NYC life - but it struggled from there. The book was kind of repetitive. The story line with Leigh was interesting but definitely just a side story. Read some of Delinsky's other books like Family Tree or While My Sister Sleeps instead of this one.
boo9 More than 1 year ago
I usually like most of Barbara Delinsky's books but this is not one of my favorite ones. It wasn't as interesting as some of her other books that I have read. I would recommend it but not one of her better ones.
Michael Smith More than 1 year ago
I have always loved her books but not this one. The whole story bored me. Cannot wait for next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I experianced this as an audiobook and really enjoyed it. The characters are well developed and the reader truly experiances their emotions and understands the struggles and growth each goes through even if they don't act/react typically.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Escape is a very good book, and truly worth buying. All of the people griping about prices, don't do it here. This is for the true book lovers who want to see what others have to say. Anyhow, ESCAPE did just that, it allowed me to escape from my "hard nosed job" and all of society today. It was a great book that I highly recommend. THE CHATEAU by CD SWANSON is a shockingly good book for a new author. I loved all the twists and surprising ending. Romance, intrigue, danger, love - perfect book to ESCAPE from life. Two of the better books I have read this summer!
Ann Comrie More than 1 year ago
I loved ever minute of it. Its a good read!
Princesa12 More than 1 year ago
I have read half of the book, just want to finish it because I pay for it. SO far, boring characters, same old escape story... Nothing exciting happening (petting cats, and NYC lawyer believing a coyote live in her, yeah right). Boring.... If its gonna get better???
Donna Bringman More than 1 year ago
I just read 2 chapters and liked it, If the whole book is as good as the beginning then it willbe terrific,
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was so easy to get into and so hard to put down. It made me think about the importance of slowing down or taking a break to figure out what is most important. Highly recommend if you like this genre.
txjewkat More than 1 year ago
If you like Delinsky, this isne of her best.
Irish_Lassie More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was really good. The characters were fun, funny and really caught you up in their lives. Career, life and love issues all in one book, who could not be interested.
DCFL More than 1 year ago
A good story line, interesting characters and I did not want to put it down
KelleBelle1028 More than 1 year ago
I have never read a Barbara Delinsky novel prior to this but from the minute I saw the cover and read an excerpt I was drawn to it. I think at one point or another everyone searches for an escape from their busy life. An escape from work, family, technology, friends, obligations. An escape from the reality of the real world. And the promise of escapefrom all of my daily routines were no exception- in fact it drew me to it in the first place. This was a great read! I will definitely read more of her novels..kept me up way to late reading, but worth it :).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Barbara Delinsky is one of my favorite authors. I haven't finished Escape but I am enjoying it.
mommaofthreeloves More than 1 year ago
I tried this book was painful to get thriugh. Generally love the author
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have always enjoyed Barbara Delinsky's writing and this novel was no exception it was a great read.
BookHounds More than 1 year ago
Who hasn't thought about tossing everything and just running away? This story starts out simply enough with a Emily, a corporate lawyer in New York, realizing her life isn't what she thought it would be. She loves her husband and like being a lawyer, but finds herself more on the side of those she is supposed to be defending her client against. Emily decides she has had enough and simply walks out--on everything. She ends up driving until she discovers herself in a familiar setting where her best friend from college, Vicky Bell, lives and runs a bed and breakfast. She settles into a routine, helping Vicky out and volunteering at an animal shelter. There the story becomes a legal drama and something happens that I wasn't expecting. Yes, I did expect her to meet Jude, the guy who broke her heart and Vicky's brother, but I never expected the part where she comes to the defense of the B&B's baker, Lee. This is where the story really goes into legal thriller as she helps Lee defend herself against evil relatives in order to keep an inheritance. There were parts of the book where I though the plot was not going anywhere and then this drama unfolds and becomes a page turner. The last part of the book is worth sticking around for. Overall, a good summer read with a bit of drama and romance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book can be tough going at times; it is not a quick read. When you finish, you have something to think about. It is one of those books you appreciate more after reading, than during the reading process. Regarding Nook. If price is your issue, use the library or go to second hand book stores. If your friend has a Nook, you can share books.
Elizabeth Allen More than 1 year ago
Sadly, I tried to get an idea of what others think about this book and 11 of the 12 reviews were about the price. We get it! If you think it's too expensive, then don't but the book! Quit wasting my time and let us use this venue for its intended purpose.