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Escape by [Delinsky, Barbara]
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"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."—


“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

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In her luminous new novel, Barbara Delinsky explores every woman’s desire to abandon the endless obligations of work and marriage—and the idea that the most passionate romance can be found with the person you know best.

Emily Aulenbach is thirty, a lawyer married to a lawyer, working in Manhattan. An idealist, she had once dreamed of representing victims of corporate abuse, but she spends her days in a cubicle talking on the phone with vic­tims of tainted bottled water—and she is on the bottler’s side.

And it isn’t only work. It’s her sister, her friends, even her husband, Tim, with whom she doesn’t connect the way she used to. She doesn’t connect to much in her life, period, with the exception of three things—her computer, her BlackBerry, and her watch.

Acting on impulse, Emily leaves work early one day, goes home, packs her bag, and takes off. Groping toward the future, uncharacteristically following her gut rather than her mind, she heads north toward a New Hampshire town tucked between mountains. She knows this town. During her college years, she spent a watershed summer here. Painful as it is to return, she knows that if she is to right her life, she has to start here.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 793 KB
  • Print Length: 322 pages
  • Publisher: Anchor (July 5 2011)
  • Sold by: Random House Canada, Incorp.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #96,761 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Wouldn't you just love to escape the everyday and run as far as you can with little to no consequences? I know I would.

Escape for me was a book of fantasies... looking towards to 'what-ifs' and the 'shoulda, coulda, woulda's. While I really enjoyed the characters and the setting of the book, I found the whole premise to be to unbelievable. It just doesn't seem possible, in our present world, that you can literally 'escape' the everyday and not have a single issue as a result; not with your job, your marriage or your finances.

Putting aside the unrealistic, I found myself living through Emily. I could hear the static in her head and, through Barbara Delinsky's desciption, could feel her stress lessening as she escaped to Bell Valley. The story was a perfect mix of 'then and now', never really leaving the present to explain the past but instead, giving you just enough information to make the story work. You understand why Emily chose Bell Valley and what she needed to accomplish in order to return to the 'real world'.

A pleasant surprise to this book was the hidden mystery that Emily stumbles upon when she meets Lee, the baker at the bed and breakfast she is staying at. As the mystery develops, the book really becomes a page-turner, and Emily's future seems to become mapped out right before her eyes.

Overall, a good book with a story that anyone can relate to.
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By Louise Jolly TOP 100 REVIEWER on Sept. 4 2011
Format: Paperback
Thirty-two-year-old Emily Aulenbach was a lawyer living in Gramercy Park, New York with her husband, James, who is also a lawyer. They don't have pets or kids because they're trying to work to put in their hours now so they can eventually take things a bit easier later. Emily was tired of her job and tired of her life so she ups and leaves work one morning within an hour of arriving. Once home, she packs a bag, hops in the car and begins driving. She has no idea where she is headed as long as it is away from New York and the busyness that is her life there.

Emily spent a couple of nights in some small town motels and tried to think "where" she wanted/needed to go and then it struck her. If she wanted to figure out who she was, then she needed to "... go back to the place that had set me on this course" and it wasn't New York. It was "Bell Valley", nestled in a valley in the state of New Hampshire. It had been ten years since Emily had been there and her last memory of the place was "...breaking up with Jude," her first love. As Emily thought of Jude, she began to cry and wondered if she was crazy for coming?

Everyone is worried: James, her boss, her Mom, her Dad, friends, co-workers and anyone else who has also known the same-routine Emily. This was totally out-of-character for her, but she really needs to find out who she is and what it is that she really wants.

Just prior to her arrival in Bell Valley, Emily received a letter from Jude telling her that he is returning to Bell Valley as well. Will Emily be able to resist her first deep love, will she return to James or divorce him, and what about her well-paid lawyers' job?

As painful as it feels to be back in Bell Valley, Emily knows that if she is ever to make her life work, then she has no choice but to start here where it all began.
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66 of 67 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa33f1b04) out of 5 stars Incredible July 9 2011
By Amazon Customer - Published on
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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.
34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa33f1d50) out of 5 stars Could you walk away from the perfect life you thought you had created? July 11 2011
By Mary Gramlich - Published on
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. 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.
21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa33f1f90) out of 5 stars Not as good as her earlier works.... Aug. 6 2011
By R. Collins - Published on
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.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa33f7228) out of 5 stars Disappointed and tedious read March 21 2012
By Rose - Published on
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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.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa33f70c0) out of 5 stars Boring and Disappointed July 19 2011
By jennifer kelly - Published on
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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.