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The Great Escape: A Novel (Wynette, Texas) by [Phillips, Susan Elizabeth]
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Perennial New York Times bestselling author Susan Elizabeth Phillips now provides her fans with The Great Escape from ordinary women’s romantic fiction.

One of today’s most beloved writers, the incomparable Phillips follows up her utterly beguiling hit, Call Me Irresistible (“Phillips at her very best. Romantic, funny, sexy, and poignant” —Kristin Hannah) with a sequel that’s equally impossible to resist. Returning in The Great Escape are some of Phillips’s most adored characters, including headstrong, impetuous ex-president’s daughter, Lucy Jorik, who’s just abandoned her fiancé, Ted “Mr. Irresistible” Beaudine, at the altar. Now she’s looking for adventure—and perhaps a little romance—embarking on a wild and hilariously unpredictable road trip that begins on the back of a rather menacing-looking stranger’s motorcycle. The winner of more Favorite Book of the Year Awards than any other romance author, including Nora Roberts, Susan Elizabeth Phillips offers her fans an Escape to remember, and they’ll certainly want to come back for more!


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1142 KB
  • Print Length: 421 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0062106082
  • Publisher: William Morrow (10 July 2012)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers (AU)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0070XF97O
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #73,940 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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I have read a lot of her books. She continues to entertain me with her stories. This book lives up to her reputation as a top writer. Can't wait to read more.
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This was the first SEP book I'd read and it sent me off to look for others. I've since lent the book to friends. recommendation in itself
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By Maree on 17 December 2014
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Susan Elizabeth Phillips is always a good read
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another hit with favorite characters 10 May 2014
By JMimi - Published on Amazon.com
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Building on the characters and storyline from a previous book, SEP continues to provide us with her skilled writing and storytelling in this novel. I absolutely loved it as well and for many of the same reasons I've loved all of her books. We get to meet a few new people and drop in on some of those we may have met in other SEP books. This story picks up after Lucy, daughter of the President of the United States, bolts from her wedding as she is supposed to walk down the aisle. After hopping on the back of a motorcycle driven by a rough-looking dude named 'Panda', we are treated to a story of Lucy's rebellion from being the 'perfect daughter' for once. One of the great things about SEP books is that you do not have to have read the others to enjoy them but if you have, it's like visiting old friend. Another great thing is that there is always a secondary storyline that is almost as good as the first and SEP has a great talent of interweaving them. I love all of her books!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Companion Book to CALL ME IRRESISTIBLE 21 August 2014
By Sheila M - Published on Amazon.com
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THE GREAT ESCAPE is the seventh book in the Wynette, Texas series. In the previous book, Lucy Jorik fled from her wedding leaving her groom and bridesmaid to end up together. THE GREAT ESCAPE tells what happens to Lucy. Lucy (who is first introduced as the daughter in FIRST LADY) ends up on the back of a motorcycle with a man named Panda. She travels with him and ends up in bed with him. When the two part, Lucy is not yet willing to let go and she ends up at his home on a Great Lakes island. There Lucy learns who she is. Lucy and Panda are both people who have pasts that still haunt them. On the island, the two begin anew.

This book is a little too long for me. There was just a little too much about other characters when I would have preferred to have more detail about Panda and Lucy. I think if there had been just one secondary couple instead of two, the book could have been tighter and my mind wouldn't have wandered so far from the main couple as much.

Despite that, I liked the interaction between Lucy and Panda. Lucy is trying to figure out who she is after suppressing herself during the years her mother was in the White House. As Lucy acknowledges in the book, this story is about a thirty something experiencing what usually people do as teens and young adults. Panda is a man who doesn't let people close because of his past. I especially liked how Panda and Lucy have similar pasts that still haunt them in different ways.
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2.0 out of 5 stars What a Disappointment 8 October 2012
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I've ranked SEP as coming into a close second to Judith McNaught. Needless to say, I devoured her books like there was no tomorrow. Despite the next day schedule, I was sure to finish an SEP book overnight, eyebags be damned.

I was eagerly awaiting this book and had its release date noted in my calendar. The moment it came out, I bought it and sat down on my favorite chair ready to ignore anything.

Then...disappointment. The protagonists in this book have NO CHEMISTRY at all. They are absolutely not charming or lovable or endearing in any way. I had to look at the cover so many times to check if SEP had indeed written this book. I expected more. So much more. It almost felt...uninspired.

Sad to say that I did not even finish this book. I dont even think I got midway through it. I was that disappointed. I just wanted to forget this SEP book did not exist.

I just hope the next book totally redeems the great letdown this book was.
3.0 out of 5 stars A Disappointing Work From A Favorite Author 31 August 2012
By Meialy - Published on Amazon.com
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I must begin this review by stating for the record that I own every single book written by Susan Elizabeth Phillips. Most of these are in both print and digital versions. To say , that I am a huge Susan Elizabeth Phillips fan is an understatement. She is one of maybe five authors that I make sure I pre-order months in advance. I have been looking forward to Lucy's story since I read Call Me Irresitible. I loved Meg and Ted's story and was eager to find out what was going on with Lucy while Meg and Ted were avoiding falling in love. I had very high hopes for this book and maybe that is why the disappointment is so strongly felt. If I had not cut my teeth first on Ms. Phillips's first novels, I may have found this book to be a good read.

First of all, I pretty much didn't like Lucy for at least the first half of this novel. I hated the way that she left Meg to fend for herself with Lucy and Ted's families. It just seemed strange to me that in her family, the origins of which began when her mother ran away from her own responsibilities and fell in love with a man, a RV, and two motherless orphans, she would not feel like she could talk to her parents honestly about her concerns about marrying Ted. She apparently had no problem giving them shocking and potentially problematic news at the end of the novel.

In fact there was a lot of behavior in this book that didn't make sense to me based on my knowledge of the characters. Lucy didn't think it was strange that a man who was an apparent guest at the wedding just happened to be outside on a motorcycle. Lucy didn't think it was strange that the daughter of a former president could just disappear without anyone coming after her or figuring out where she was staying. In addition, Lucy seemed to have an apparent lack of interest or concern during the first half of the novel about all the people whose lives she affected by simply disappearing out the back.

I am more willing to suspend my hold on reality when I find the characters likeable. I couldn't really connect with Lucy at the beginning of this novel. I was more interested and intrigued by the secondary characters who appeared when Lucy began hiding out at Panda's house. I was interested in their back stories and interconnections.

Lucy's time at Panda's island hideaway was my favorite part of the novel. I enjoyed reading about the friends she made there and slowly found her more tolerable. I was finally relaxing and easing into the novel....and then the end of the book happened. I won't ruin it for you but I was so disappointed by the end that all my good will from the middle rapidly disappeared. It felt like the commercial Hollywood ending that a 15 year old starry eyed teen woudl write about her future with her school yard crush. It was overly simplistic, contrived and a bit too pat.

After reading this book, I had to re-read Call Me Irresistible to erase the taste of disappointment from my mouth. Their chemistry, passion, and sizzle made me fall back in love with Susan Elizabeth Phillips.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Likeable on the whole. 20 July 2012
By Diana M. Hockley - Published on Amazon.com
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This novel was okay, in spite of a few puzzling things. Firstly, I couldn't believe that a girl like Lucy with all her attitude in First Lady turned out such a drone, but the adult Lucy covering herself in fake tattoos and nose rings didn't ring true either. When she gets into real difficulties one night, although no woman deserves this kind of trouble, I couldn't feel that sorry for her. Her game playing got quite irritating, particularly at the end of the book.

Panda (where did that knickname come from? Everyone uses it but there is no explanation of why Patrick is called that) is full of attitude as well, but as he was gorgeous I didn't mind too much. I don't think there's ever been a romance novel where the hero was NOT gorgeous/macho/devastatingly handsome/sexy/not goodlooking but "oh so sexy" - and long may it continue! :)

I couldn't understand why Nealy, Lucy's mother, was referred to as the President, but at other times, former President. Is this an American thing? Either she is the President or she's not the President.

There were some cliched characters in there who didn't bother me too much, but I don't think this was one of SEPs finest efforts.