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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday; First Edition edition (July 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780385532723
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385532723
  • ASIN: 0385532725
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (139 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,002,368 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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PRAISE FOR ESCAPE:

"Delinsky nails it in her trademark latest, a captivating and moving story about a woman who's had enough of her life and wants a fresh start. . . . [She] keeps the story moving with some nice twists on a familiar plot, rich characterizations, and real-feeling dilemmas that will keep readers hooked."—Publishers Weekly

"Escape is another appealing page-turner from a writer who continues to earn her bestseller status."—Bookreporter.com

PRAISE FOR NOT MY DAUGHTER:


“A topical tale that resonates with timeless emotion.” —People, 3½ stars

“Delinsky proves once again why she’s a perennial best-seller with this thought-provoking tale . . . Timely, fresh, and true-to-life.” —Publishers Weekly

About the Author

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

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I enjoyed this book, it was a good story and the characters were relatable.
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Everything was her way, her feeling and too bad for everyone else.
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64 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 9, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Who hasn't wanted to escape our "techno" world? I know I have, and this books helps me do that, even though I realized that I wasn't totally escaping because I was reading it on my Kindle. Emily realizes one day that she is so burned out with work and life in general that she needs to escape. She ends up spending time with an old friend and during this time reconnects with herself and parts of her life that were very good. I particularly enjoyed the parts about communicating with the coyote and her pups. I love that the author doesn't make everything easy at the beginning, that there is a struggle to get James on the same path as Emily. I loved every minute of this book and wanted to scream "NOOOOOOO" when it was ending. I wanted to continue to escape. Hope everyone enjoys this book as much as I did. Thank you Barbara for taking me away for a few hours with this book.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Mary Gramlich VINE VOICE on July 11, 2011
Format: Hardcover
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.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By R. Collins on August 6, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I have been a big fan of Barbara Delinsky for years but I've been very disappointed in her last 5 or 6 books. I'm not sure what has changed. My favorites were from years ago - A Woman Betrayed, Together Alone, The Passions of Chelsea Kane, More Than Friends.

Maybe with Escape it's the fact that it's written in first person, which I NEVER tend to like. Others may not mind but I feel with first person narratives, we never get an insight into the other characters. I would have liked to be in James' mind when Emily just "escaped'' one Friday and turned off her phone and in Vicki Bell's when Emily showed up on her doorstep after years of not speaking to her. Other characters' perspectives would have really enriched the book.

The best parts of the book for me were when Emily was at The Refuge caring for the animals. Just a small part of the plot but it evoked more emotion in me than the passages between our heroine and her husband.

I would recommend readers get this from their library rather than pay full price for it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By jennifer kelly on July 19, 2011
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I was hesitant to purchase this book based on the sample but after I read the first review I gave in and bought it..Big Mistake...It was boring and the main character was spoiled, selfish and boring. Everything was her way, her feeling and too bad for everyone else. I had no idea the importance of the wolves in the story. I could relate to what she was feeling...burnt-out but the actions she took were just selfish and the story dragged on and on and on..Too bad you can't get a refund when you buy for your Kindle. I will think twice before I buy this author again because lately her books have been disappointing. She generally writes interesting and good books but not this one...Two thumbs down.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By K. Murphy on October 26, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I have to agree with some of the other readers that felt that this book was dull and not worth finishing. I have enjoyed many of Barbara Delinsky's stories but this one was just ridiculously boring and the characters not the least bit appealing, especially the arrogant and self-centered Jude. Who cares? All I can say is that I am glad that this was a library book and not a book that I purchased.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Diane C on August 5, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I'm not a big Barbara Delinsky fan, but I have liked some of her previous books. I found this one on the "new book shelf" at the library and it looked good. It started out alright, but then it seemed to repeat the same thing over and over; Emily wasn't happy in New York,what did she really feel for her old boyfriend, could she convince her husband to change with her? I didn't have anything else to read, so I stuck with it, but I really wouldn't recommend it to anyone. I don't know what you could discuss in a book group that hadn't already been beaten to death in the novel.
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Barbara Delinsky, author of BLUEPRINTS (2015), SWEET SALT AIR (2013), ESCAPE (2011), NOT MY DAUGHTER (2010), WHILE MY SISTER SLEEPS (2009), THE SECRET BETWEEN US (2008), and FAMILY TREE (2007), has written more than twenty-one bestselling novels with over thirty million copies in print. She has been published in twenty languages worldwide. Barbara's fiction centers upon everyday families facing not-so-everyday challenges. She is particularly drawn to exploring themes of motherhood, marriage, sibling rivalry, and friendship in her novels.

A lifelong New Englander, Barbara earned a B.A. in Psychology at Tufts University and an M.A. in Sociology at Boston College. As a breast cancer survivor who lost her mother to the disease when she was only eight, Barbara compiled the non-fiction book Uplift: Secrets From the Sisterhood of Breast Cancer Survivors, a handbook of practical tips and upbeat anecdotes. She donates her proceeds from the sale of this book to her charitable foundation, which funds an ongoing research fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Barbara enjoys knitting, photography, and cats. She also loves to interact with her readers through her website at www.barbaradelinsky.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/bdelinsky, and on Twitter as @BarbaraDelinsky.

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