THE GREAT ESCAPE by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Best of 2012
Kirkus Star



This highly anticipated book delivers Phillips’ fans a charming, satisfying answer to the question “So what does Lucy do?”

Lucy Jorik knows how lucky she is. Saved as a young teen by the woman who would become the first female president of the United States, Lucy has spent her life since then being the eldest daughter of the perfect first family. But on the day she’s supposed to marry her perfect mate, she bolts from a life she feels she has fallen into, rather than one she really wants. Accepting a ride from the church on the back of a motorcycle with a perfectly inappropriate man, Lucy embarks on a journey of self-discovery that will take her from Texas to the Great Lakes, while forcing her to face her fears, inadequacies and issues of personal power. Despite his warm-fuzzy name, Panda is tough, surly and sexy as hell, and like most of the world, knows all about Lucy and her story, while giving absolutely nothing away about himself. The two share an electric attraction, but Panda is determined to keep Lucy at arm’s length and his secrets—not to mention his heart—well-protected. Lucy has run away from her life with a vengeance, and she’s not ready to go back anytime soon. As the world searches for her and the media condemns her, she’ll take on a disguise, a new persona and a brand new community of damaged, struggling people who are looking for their own life-affirming answers. Lucy finds comfort, friendship and authenticity on the shores of Lake Michigan in a rambling, shabby, formerly grand house with amazing potential that reflects Lucy’s desire to synthesize her past and present into a future as the woman she was meant to be, with the perfectly imperfect Panda by her side.

Offers humor, heart and characters you’ll cheer for. Romantic women’s fiction at its best.

Pub Date: July 10th, 2012
ISBN: 978-0-06-210606-3
Page count: 432pp
Publisher: Morrow/HarperCollins
Review Posted Online:


Fiction THE COVE by Ron Rash
by Ron Rash
Mystery BLOODLAND by Alan Glynn
by Alan Glynn
Fiction ACCIDENTS OF PROVIDENCE by Stacia M. Brown
by Stacia M. Brown
Fiction AMERICAN DERVISH by Ayad Akhtar
by Ayad Akhtar


FictionCALL ME IRRESISTIBLE by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
FictionWHAT I DID FOR LOVE by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
FictionTHIS HEART OF MINE by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
by Susan Elizabeth Phillips


FictionRETURN TO WILLOW LAKE by Susan Wiggs
by Susan Wiggs
FictionDOWN AND OUT IN BEVERLY HEELS by Kathryn Leigh Scott
by Kathryn Leigh Scott
FictionBACK TO YOU by Robin Kaye
by Robin Kaye