THE LUCKY ESCAPE BY LAURA JANE WILLIAMS


PLOT SUMMARY:

ONE CANCELLED WEDDING

When the day finally comes for Annie to marry Alexander, the last thing she expects is to be left standing at the altar. She was so sure he was Mr Right. Now, she has no idea how she could have got it so wrong.

ONE UNEXPECTED ENCOUNTER

After a chance meeting with Patrick, an old friend who reminds her of who she used to be, Annie takes a vow of her own: she’ll say yes to every opportunity that comes her way from now on.

ONE SPARE TICKET FOR THE HONEYMOON

Could a spontaneous trip with Patrick be the way to mend Annie’s heart? She’s about to find out as she embarks on her honeymoon – with a man who’s not her husband…


MY REVIEW:

If you're looking for an easy and light summer read, then this is definitely for you. It's fun, light hearted, very cheesy and predictable but sometimes you need that kind of book in your life.

The Lucky Escape starts off on a sad note where our protagonist Annie gets left at the altar on what should be the best day of her life. This sparks a huge journey of discovery for her and she learns a lot about herself in the weeks that preside this awful event. I did like that the journey had this slightly deeper meaning, it wasn't just about a girl who gets dumped and then goes on her honeymoon and has fun. Annie perfectly embodies the insecurities and uncertainties that so many of us have. Many of us drift through life always trying to please others and rarely take a step back to ask ourselves if this is what we want, are we doing what makes us happy. I liked that we got to follow Annie on this journey and watch her grow and finally learn to be her own person.

The writing is a little over the top at the beginning but then it starts to have a better flow after the first 10-15%. It has a nice level of wit to it and some lines are very funny and you can't help but smile. I did like most of the characters but also found they lacked some depth. Annie did go through this journey of self discovery as I said above but apart from that, her and the other characters were too perfect and therefore I found it hard to relate to them on a deeper level. They just came across as too flawless: really pretty, really smart, really good at their jobs. So where I could relate to Annie in ways, it still felt like she was a little shallow as a character and I would have liked her to have a few more flaws and represent a normal person.

The rest of the story is also a little over the top, which is why I only gave it 3 stars. I think if I read it on holidays be the pool I would have loved it but I just got a little annoyed with how unrealistic the whole thing was. I kind of expected it but still, I think I was just in a mood where I was hoping for some more obstacles haha!

As I said, if you're unsure what to read next and you want something light and easy, then this is definitely worth a read. You get exactly what you expect from the blurb, it gives you laughs and smiles and you will get through it super quickly.

A big thanks to NetGalley for letting me review it before it was published.


IN 3 WORDS/PHRASES:

Fun

Light

Easy Read


FAVOURITE QUOTE:

'The first ting Patrick had said when we'd opened the door was that if I was getting Fernanda and Charles a giant Toblerone, he was going to gift them a kidney.'


FAVOURITE CHARACTER:

Not sure to be honest, sometimes I loved Patrick but then also found him a little annoying.


OVERALL RATING:

7/10

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