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64 of 65 people found the following review helpful
on July 9, 2011
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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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon July 11, 2011
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.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on August 6, 2011
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
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
on October 26, 2011
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on November 6, 2011
For me, this was one of the most boring books I have ever purchased. I kept waiting for it to get better, but it never did. I managed to make it through almost half. Dont waste your time or money on this one.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on August 5, 2011
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 21, 2012
I am a huge fan of Barbara Delinsky, just not this time.

I liked the premise of the story: Escaping from the traps we've built around us - demanding careers; incompatible jobs; lack of personal connections; overall unhappiness with status-quo. I was hoping for a story that would be uplifting and lighthearted. Instead, I found the book tedious and boring. The protagonist kept dwelling on the pitfalls of her life and what she should do improve it. Add several other characters/relationships, some more developed than others, symbolic dreams and appearances by coyotes, a crime thrown into the mix to help the protagonist reconnect with her spouse, and you have the basic story line. I did 'a lot' of skimming hoping to find the magic 'escapism' that I usually find with this author. I should have given up after the first 5 chapters and reclaimed precious time, rather than force myself to read to the end.

I was hugely disappointed with this book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on May 10, 2012
I am normally a huge fan of Barbara Delinsky, but this was just so not up to her usual standards of storytelling. The main character was a spoiled, selfish, self-absorbed witch who didn't care about anything or anyone but herself. My sympathy was for her her husband that she unceremoniously ditches with barely a note.

I really feel that the author has too much going on. Too many plots and she winds up skimping on all of them, leaving the reader with a very dissatisfied feeling. There is the main plot of Emily and her abandoning her life and husband, with no real repercussions. I found her husband's reaction to what she has done and why totally unbelieveable. He was far too easily forgiving of what she did. The author gave him no reaction to his wife's mid-life crisis that very much impacted him as much as her, so that made this story a bit shallow and contrived.

Then, there is the subplot of Jude, the ex-lover, who turns out to be a totally useless and unlikeable mess of a character that serves no purpose other than to give Emily's husband a 'secret' past to uncover and be jealous of. But he's just a two-dimensional, card board cut out of a character that ultimately serves no purpose.

And then she adds the story of the baker being terrorized by her husband's family. I suppose to give the two main character lawyers something to do and bond over, but since the author simply seems to drop the particulars of that story once James has fallen into Emily's line of thinking (like a good little doormat), it seems like a waste.

And ultimately, I tried and tried to find something likeable and rootable in the character of Emily. But, really, I shouldn't have to work so hard to find even one remotely likeable thing about a protagonist. She was just spoiled and selfish and she was rewarded for those traits with getting everything 100% her way on her timetable. I mean this is a woman who refused to even keep in touch by phone with her husband. No line of communication at all. And she ends up getting everything her way? With not a word of censure about how she has treated the man she supposedly loves? I find that totally unpalatable. I actively dislike Emily.

All in all, very disappointing read.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on July 23, 2011
I gave up on this book. It started out fine enough but the story stayed in the same place and seemed very boring and I started skimming the book to see if it was going anywhere and it wasn't, I read it on my kindle, and I ended up giving up on it, which I rarely do.
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