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Drawing Free (The Escape Collection) [Kindle Edition]

Elena Aitken
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Book Description

Women's fiction that every woman can relate to—even if she doesn't want to admit it...

“What would happen if I just kept driving?”

Moms aren’t supposed to have a life of their own, at least that’s what Becca Thompson believes. Between dealing with her youngest’s never ending tantrums, her teenager’s attitude and her ailing father’s rapidly failing memory, Becca doesn’t have time to worry about who she used to be.

Deep down, Becca knows she wants more than the daily chaos and the quick fixes her self-help books have to offer, but when her husband starts demanding more, the pressure proves to be too much. On the way to pick up her daughter, she makes the split second decision to take a different exit off the freeway and drives towards the mountains leaving her crumbling life in the rear-view mirror.

Fleeing to a remote mountain town, Becca knows she must rediscover her spirit, even if reconnecting with herself comes at the expense of everything she left behind.

**NEW Edition contains BONUS content including a Reader's Discussion Guide**

Editorial Reviews


"...the story that unfolds is beautifully written, covering some delicate and difficult issues sensitively and with compassion..."

"I couldn't put it down." honest in the way it portrays a mother's frustration with not only herself but the world around her. While this author could have taken the easy way out and given everyone a happy ever-after ending, she instead chose to be upfront and honest. This one of the most genuine heartfelt stories of motherhood imaginable." ~Bette Lee Crosby

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There was nothing quite as wonderful as starting the day with a hot cup of coffee. Especially when that cup of coffee was enjoyed in complete silence before the rest of the house woke up. I only had a vague recollection of such moments, since it'd been years since I'd actually enjoyed one. My latest book, The Right Foot: Setting yourself up for success, suggested setting the alarm a half hour early, to enjoy the quiet time, and with nothing to lose, I'd done just that.

Then I hit snooze. Twice.

By the time I dragged myself out of bed, there was only about five minutes left before I'd have to wake the girls for school. But I'd take what I could get.

I ran my hand along Jordan's bedroom door as I passed. For a split second I was tempted to open it and watch her sleeping. It was my favorite way to see her, at least since she'd become a teenager. But no, I had to start my day off right, and that meant a cup of coffee, even if it was rushed. At least it would be quiet.

A crash came in the direction of the kitchen. I froze. Panic pricked at the back of my neck. What if someone was in the house? Should I hide? No. Protect the girls. I glanced behind me to Kayla's room. The door was open. It only took me three steps to reach her room. Kayla's pink comforter was crumpled on the floor, her usual nest of stuffed animals, flung around the room.

"Kayla?" I hissed under my breath.

Another crash. Then, singing.

I sighed, the vision of my coffee dimming as I walked towards the high pitched rendition of Mary Had a Little Lamb. As soon as I rounded the corner into the kitchen and splashed straight into a puddle, that vision vanished completely.

My eyes took in the wreckage. The new jug of milk I'd just bought, lay, mostly empty on the floor blocking the fridge door. The high pitched beeping of the refrigerator door alarm filled my head. Again, I cursed Jon's insistence on purchasing top of the line appliances, the stupid things were always making noise. A mixture of corn flakes, fruit loops and my favorite granola covered the counters, and most of the floor, turning into a chunky sludge where it met the milk.

Product Details

  • File Size: 588 KB
  • Print Length: 322 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0987745778
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Ink Blot Communications; 1.6 edition (December 17, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006PWS5W2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars When a mother is lost January 8, 2012
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The author has a way that kept me engaged from the moment I started the book to when I ended it.

As a mother - I found myself relating to Becca. I think at one point or another every mother finds herself in Becca's shoes. As a mother with three girls - the thought of running away and not having to deal with things anymore is tempting. We all have those thoughts - even for a split second. This story - while a book of fiction - holds truth that will appeal to many. A mother losing herself in the daily life of her family. A woman lost, adrift... her journey was the heart of the story.

There were elements of truth in each story line. The key to remember is it is a work of fiction and not everyone's journey is the same.

As a former pastors wife - how Becca dealt with her own journey is one I've seen many times in a lot of women.

I enjoyed this story and have added this author on my favourite list.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great writing, tough questions, worthwhile! January 8, 2012
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DRAWING FREE is an engaging and evocative read. The writing is strong, the dialogue flows seamlessly, and Elena Aitken keeps the plot moving.

What I like most about this book, however, is that the author avoids plot cliches. The main character, Becca, is sympathetic and likeable, but she doesn't always make the "right" decisions. Characters who always make the right decisions are tiresome and predictable. We may not like all the decisions Becca makes, but this is fiction; furthermore, even in real life, we don't love all the decisions our friends (or even we, ourselves!) make. And it makes a book a lot more interesting.

I've read and loved all of the other books this author has written, and they are quite different in subject matter. I am SO GLAD she wrote "on the edges" of this one. She took risks and they worked. I recommend DRAWING FREE. It'll make you think.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars half way January 6, 2012
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Wow! I'm only half way through this book and it's like I'm reading my life. My life in words! Shock, awe, and freedom knowing that maybe I'm not the only mom with this life (ok, so I have 4 kids). I must confess I've envisioned myself driving away and not coming back for a while, so again, speaks to me! First book I've read by this author and I look forward to reading more of her novels.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Getting older is hard January 10, 2012
By M.C.
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You don't need to be a mother to read this book. At some point most women know what it is like to feel overwhelmed, undervalued, loved, lost, needed and confused. Ms. Aitken captures what it is like to be a fallible all while trying to be perfect. Painful, funny, heartwarming and hopeful, this was the first book I read this year and it was perfect. A reminder that to be true to others you must be true to yourself. Mistakes and all. Easy to read, but true to the bone, Ms. Aitkens books don't disappoint. I look forward to more.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great escape! January 8, 2012
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I downloaded this book after the Xmas holidays when I'd felt I'd earned a little escape from the world. Ms. Aitken certainly delivered a much needed time away. I was drawn into the story immediately and empathized with Becca the main character. As a mother of two little ones, I could totally get Becca's need to run away. I loved how this story showed what might happen, the heartache of dealing with life and the tough decisions she had to make. I truly enjoyed it and would recommend it to any of my friends.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Have you been watching me?? January 10, 2012
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I loved this story because it was so close to home for me. I was able to relate to Becca from the beginning and could hardly put the book down until I was finished. Elena did an excellent job of capturing Becca's frustrations and missteps in her journey to get back to her real self. I loved how Becca got angry sometimes when I didn't expect it and how the story was related in a way that gave me an opportunity to look back on my times as a parent and partner. I could relate to her attitudes and feelings of self-loathing that came with every perceived 'bad' parenting moment. She was so hard on herself and blamed her family members for her problems, just like we women tend to do sometimes. In this realistic story of her relationships and her growth, I could see myself, my sister and many of my friends.

Thank you Elena for writing this story and giving us all a chance to lighten up on ourselves and realize that our inner peace comes from caring for ourselves first. Like Becca, we tend to get overwhelmed and forget who we really are. Watching her take steps to re-connect with herself offers hope and ideas for taking that journey personally.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing! December 31, 2011
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Elena continues to amaze me! Her writing style is captivating, the storylines and character development make you think you are right there! I had to wait to start this book because once I start reading Elena's books I never want to put them down. It's rare to see talent like this!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this story September 10, 2012
By Rikki
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I just loved this story. As a mother it just gave me reassurance that it is OK to sometimes feel very overwhelmed with life and that we are not "superhuman", even though we try. This story was a page turner and I could not put it down. This is the second book I have read by Elena Aitken and both I have enjoyed very much. I definitely recommend Drawing Free for any mother.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Fantasy
This is another "escape" novel which filled the bill rather nicely. I don't think there is anyone, male or female, mother or childfree, who doesn't dream of going off to... Read more
Published 9 days ago by FrancesG
4.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
She never came right out and said the word "depression" and I think she should have . I enjoyed the drawing and painting segments.
Published 9 months ago by Sandy
4.0 out of 5 stars Good beginning!
I think this book is great so far and I really like it I could share this if I wanted to
Published 9 months ago by K.Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
Just amazing how life has it tough times and love this story is amazing and I recommend it to anyone
Published 12 months ago by Melissa addonizio
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book...
I loved the twists and turns the reader experienced while reading Drawing Free. I only wish the author would make a series with the characters outlined in this book.
Published 14 months ago by Crystie J. Super
3.0 out of 5 stars a journey of self-healing
This is a story of a woman reaching the lowest point in her life and starting a journey to find herself again. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Roberta
5.0 out of 5 stars An Amazing Book!
Reading this book brought up so many emotions that I could relate to as a woman, mother and wife. I could feel what Becca was going through. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Czam131
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed
As I'm reading this story, they're so many elements I feel I could relate too. As I further read the book I feel like I could see how this was going to end. Read more
Published 17 months ago by J. Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars A story a mom can relate to
This story was a mirror of my own life, feelings, and activities. Some aspect of this story is true to every mom. Read more
Published 22 months ago by A. Mettie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
I read a lot of books and I'm not sure I've ever written a review but feel compelled to do so now because this book was so wonderful, the kind you hate to have end. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Linny B.
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More About the Author

Like a lot of my readers, I'm a busy mom. It often feels like life is pulling us in a million different directions, which is why I love to write romance!
There's nothing better than knowing you have an escape waiting for you at the end of a long day in the form of a good book.

I'm lucky enough to live in the shadow of the Canadian Rocky Mountains in the foothills of Alberta, where I can write the stories I love. Whenever I get the chance, I escape into those amazing mountains and I can usually be found sitting with my feet in the lake, working on my next book.

As well as contemporary romance novels, I also like to write women's fiction and my collection of stand alone novels are all part of the Escape Collection. I'm always trying something new, so stay tuned to see what's next!

I LOVE to hear from my readers! Please sign up for my newsletter at (link on website) so you can stay up to date on my latest releases. Plus there's a link to an exclusive free short story!

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