Wednesday, August 24, 2011 Posted by Dina N
Have you ever woken up in a cold sweat thinking you’re stuck in a life you don’t want? Did you ever consider disappearing — leaving family, friends, even a spouse — ditching everything you’ve ever known and starting over again? Maybe, just maybe, even returning to an old lover?
Emily Aulenbach is thirty-two, 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.
Barbara Delinsky, a best-selling author with over 30 million copies of her books in print, writes about the emotional crises people face in life. Her latest novel, published in July by Doubleday, is no exception. Escape is as thought-provoking as it is engaging. Emily is a lawyer who one day realizes just how much substance is lacking from her life. She is brave enough to do something about it. Emily skips town and retraces her past, hoping to find out just where she's lost the dreams and feelings that she once considered vital to her existence. Her journey is emotional and difficult. As it often happens in life, she stumbles upon the things she is looking for in places she least expects.
Last but not least - kudos for the absolutely gorgeous cover. The picture is not just beautiful but it aptly represents the dilemmas Emily is facing in the story.
Whether or not you are a Barbara Delinsky fan, I highly recommend Escape. Personally, I could not put it down and thought about it long after I finished it. And that's five stars in my book.
Thanks to Doubleday Publishing, two (2) lucky U.S. readers will win a copy of Escape by Barbara Delinsky!
To enter, please comment below with the title of another Barbara Delinsky book you've enjoyed, or just tell us about a good book you've read recently.
This giveaway is closed. Congratulations to the winners, #36 Diana D and #172 Hollowsins!
Disclaimer / Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of the book with no obligation for a positive review. No compensation - monetary or in kind - has been obtained for this post. Cover art and book description courtesy of the publisher or PR firm.